Mexico Cruises

Why has Mexico become one of the most popular of all cruise destinations? Climate, culture, history, shopping, and spectacular beaches are just some of the reasons. If you want a cruise which offers all of those things and more, and is a terrific value to boot, take a Mexico cruise.

Some people hesitate at the thought of a Mexico cruise simply because they are not fluent in Spanish. But that should be the least of their concerns, because many Mexicans speak English very well and can assist you in finding whatever you need. You can also use a Mexican cruise as an opportunity to improve you own Spanish.

The Riviera Or The Yucatan?

Mexico cruises, which are among the least expensive available, usually last between three and fourteen days and fall into one of two categories. Mexico cruises to the Mexican Riviera leave from Los Angeles or San Diego and sail along Mexico’s Pacific coast between Baja California and Acapulco.

Shore excursions for Mexico cruises to the Mexican Riviera will include deep sea fishing, parasailing, horseback riding, sunbathing, and of course, the legendary Acapulco nightlife. Some of the Riviera ports-of -call are Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan.

If you would prefer Mexico cruises which depart from the eastern half of the US, the Mexico cruises to the Yucatan sail from Florida or the Texas ports of Galveston or Houston. The Yucatan region of Mexico is more humid than its Pacific coast, and its warm clear waters are perfect for snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba diver. Beach lovers can bask in the sun and sand of Cozumel of Cancun, while history buffs immerse themselves in the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilizations at Tulum, Uxmal, or Chichen Itza.

Cozumel is also a favorite shopping destination for Mexico cruises, with its open air mall of duty free shops right next to the main cruise ship port. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, blankets, and clothing are available at very reasonable prices. And next to the Cozumel shopping district is a restaurant, bar, and gift shop, Carlos and Charlie’s, one of the major party stops for Cozumel visitors. It’s a great place to pick up some gag souvenirs for your friends back home.

Carnival cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and celebrity cruises offer 4,5 and 6 day cruises from Port miami usually visiting Key West and Cozumel.If your unsure of which cruise line will suit you best checkout www.cruisesfromsouthampton.uk who provide details of sampler cruises.

Cozumel

Located about 10 miles from the mainland, the tropical paradise island of Cozumel is Mexico’s largest island. The island lies off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula in south-east Mexico and can be reached by an hour long ferry ride or by a short plane transfer from Cancun Airport. Cozumel is the place to go if you are looking for modern facilities mixed together with a rich Mayan heritage. Offering top-class cosmopolitan hotels and restaurants visitors can enjoy the old traditions which blend nicely with the new. Holidays in Cozumel are available for all budgets and are usually centred on the islands numerous beaches. The Cozumel town of San Miguel has an excellent choice of international restaurants and shops which line its busy streets.

Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, this popular holiday destination is well known for its amazing beaches and first-class diving. Most of Cozumel is undeveloped with dense jungle which is home to exotic flora and fauna like parrots, macaws, deer and lizards. The west coast of the island is home to hotels and resorts and is popular as a cruise-ship stop-off point.

Cozumel beaches have fine white sand and crystal clear azure waters which are home to many coral reefs. The best beaches can be found on the islands sheltered south-west side which is also famous for its magnificent stretch of coral reef and the protected Parque Marino de Cozumel which is excellent for diving and snorkelling. The beaches of Playa Corona and Playa Palancar can be found along this stretch but if you are looking for larger beaches you will need to visit Playa Sol and Playa San Francisco which are also popular with the cruise ships. All along the coast there are ‘beach clubs’ which serve food and drink and also offer sun beds and loungers for sunbathing. The Parque Chankanaab which has a shallow lagoon and sheltered children’s pool is very popular with families looking for a safe location for their children. The long beaches of Playa Santa Pilar and Playa San Juan are found in the north of the island and are lined with large resorts. The northern coast of Cozumel is also well known for its beautiful crystal clear lagoons. The unspoilt eastern side of the island faces the Caribbean and has wind-swept deserted beaches.

Ranked as one of the top five dive destinations in the world, Cozumel offers excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities as well as a range of water sports, deep-sea fishing and sailing. The famous undersea explorer, oceanographer and film-maker, Jacques Cousteau, discovered the amazing coral reefs around the island and filmed his documentaries here in the 1960s. For a truly amazing experience swimming with the dolphins in the warm Caribbean waters is a must on your holidays to Cozumel.

Away from the beaches and the sea Cozumel has many historic sites to explore, including the Mayan temples such as Castillo Real and San Gervasio. Take a ferry trip to Mainland Mexico and visit the resort of Playa Del Carmen to explore the famous Mayan ruins. Golf enthusiasts can play a round or two at the 18-hole golf course at the Cozumel Country Club or the championship course at Playacar which is just a short ferry ride from the island.

Cozumel is surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea which is warm all year round, the temperature of which rarely falls below 25C. With a sub-tropical climate the island is perfect for sun worshippers with temperatures around the 28C mark and humidity levels eased by the cooling sea breezes.

Top Cancun Hotels

he hotel zone in Cancun host many fabulous hotels and resorts. You can get whatever you need at the resorts and local shops. Arrange for tour to the Mayan Ruins or go on a Sea Doo tour through the mangroves. There is something for everyone in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Below is a short review of 10 of the more popular resorts.

1. Oasis Cancun – A Little Piece of Paradise

As the name implies, the Oasis Cancun Hotel and Resort is a literal oasis, located in the middle of the Cancun hotel zone. Surrounded by lush gardens on three sides, and a half mile of white beach on the fourth side, you won’t even realize that you are in the middle of a busy tourist area. Your entire vacation could be spent exploring all the Oasis Cancun Hotel and Resort has to offer.

2. Riu Cancun – A Fantasy Hotel and Resort for A Fantasy Vacation

Deemed as one of the most luxurious hotel resorts in Cancun, Riu Cancun offers guests everything they can imagine and more. Offering an all inclusive vacation package, the Riu Cancun has been given a rating of five stars. The resort is located in Corazone, which is Cancun’s famous resort area. The main building is fourteen stories, with a five story annex building. It takes that much space to house everything the Riu Cancun has to offer guests.

3. Spend Your Next Vacation At The Palace – The Cancun Palace

The Cancun Palace Resort, located near Cancun’s entertainment area – which includes shopping and party centers – is situated on a white sand beach with mesmerizing turquoise water. The beautiful building, scenic surroundings, and superior staff will make you feel like royalty, living in a real palace. The Concierge and bell staff will handle all the small personal details for you, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

4. Moon Palace Cancun – Exclusive Paradise

Offering seclusion, beauty, and elegance, the Moon Palace Cancun Golf and Spa Resort is considered to be one of the most luxurious and exclusive resorts in Cancun. The Moon Palace Cancun resort is located just south of Cancun, and is situated between the breathtaking white sand beach of the Caribbean Sea and 55 acres of tropical foliage. Combined, this scenery offers guests a virtual tropical paradise.

5. For A Unique Vacation, Visit The Avalon Grand Cancun Resort

A Premiere four star resort, the Avalon Grand Cancun Resort has a uniqueness that isn’t found anywhere else in Cancun. Starting with breakfast in bed each morning, your days at the Avalon Grand Cancun Resort will be filled with pampering, relaxation, and sheer enjoyment. The well trained staff ensures that your Caribbean vacation at the Avalon Grand Cancun Resort will be your most memorable vacation ever.

6. Royal Solaris Cancun- The Ultimate Resort Vacation

Known as the largest all inclusive resort in Cancun, the Royal Solaris Cancun Resort features pyramid shaped buildings, which house 500 guest rooms, a theater, seven restaurants, and four bars. There are even two-bedroom villas available on the grounds.

7. The Crown Paradise Cancun Resort – Offering A Family Friendly Environment With Style and Elegance

The Crown Paradise Cancun Resort is located on the magnificent white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Ten minutes away from Cancun’s largest shopping mall, and only fifteen minutes from the International Airport, the Crown Paradise Cancun Resort is the ideal spot for your family vacation.

8. Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel – Good Things Come In Small Packages

With only 288 luxury guest rooms available, the Grand Oasis is often mistakenly thought of as one of the smaller hotels in Cancun. However, you are about to discover that this just isn’t so. Once you see all that the hotel offers, the outstanding personal service, the facilities, and the contemporary Mexican landscaping and decor, you will see that this is one of the best places to stay in Cancun.

9. Sheraton Cancun Resort and Towers – The Vacation You Want, At a Price You Can Afford

The Sheraton Cancun Resort and Towers offers guests an exotic Caribbean vacation on the beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone. This allows guests the luxury and seclusion of a resort, as well as easy access to local cultural events and sightseeing opportunities.

10. Experience Comfort and Elegance At The Hyatt Regency Cancun

The Hyatt Regency Cancun Hotel is located in the Cancun’s Hotel Zone, just fifty yards from the Caribbean Sea. If you wish to have close access to the Cancun nightlife, the Hyatt Regency Cancun Hotel is the best place to stay.