Mexican Cruise Ports Of Call

Planning a Mexican cruise? Find out the about the various ports of call. Read our guide for more facts and information…

Different Mexican cruises have different ports where the ships docks. Every one heading for a Mexican cruise should know about their ports of call in advance so that they can plan their activities. The port of call where your ship will dock depends on the itinerary of your cruise.


Manzanillo is considered simple in style compared to other Mexican ports. It is a simple community based port which does not offer the glitz and glamour that other ports do. Manzanillo is the second largest commercial port and is located between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. The port has an industrial feel due to the tuna canneries, grain and seeds silos. It is slowly but surely moving towards becoming an attractive port due to its top class deep sea fishing, splendid beaches and its town center.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination as well as an important port of call. It has a rich history and is the second most visited resort. Puerto Vallarta is located on the Bay of Banderas which is one of world’s largest bays. It is covered by over 25 miles of beaches and with the Sierra Madre Mountains in the background, the port is a must stop.

The town is a favourite among tourists, photographers, shoppers and history buffs. Tourists can easily find resorts close by which are pleasant and accessible. Visitors can also find boats at reasonable prices, they can swim with dolphins or go kayaking. The areas of Las Animas Quimixto, Mismaloya and Yelapa located on the south are known for snorkelling and the scenic views.

Puerto Vallarta is also known for its marine life. One can see Pacific dolphins from the bow wake of the cruise ship. Due to the marine life photo safaris and eco tours are offered by many tour operators. Other excursions include jungle tours, visits to tequila factories and horse back riding.

Cabo San Lucas

The Cabo San Lucas is one of the favourite towns of Mexico which offers an extensive range of activities for its visitors. Fishing was mainly the main attraction but over the years golf, desert explorations, eco tours and water sports have gained immense popularity. People of all interests  relish their time at Cabo San Lucas and consider it as an enjoyable port of call.

Other activities at the port include snorkelling, diving, hiking, whale watching, dune buggy ride and kayaking. There are also many shops and bars for the tourists.

Learning about the ports of call will help you make an informed decision about which itinerary to choose. Shorter cruises with ports such as Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta will offer much more than others. So keep in consideration what each port has to offer before you book your cruise.

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