The Mexican Riviera, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is a beautiful and diverse part of the country that stretches from the US border in the north all the way to the state of Oaxaca in the south. From sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters to historical landmarks and cultural attractions, there is no shortage of exciting things to see and do.
Thanks to its wonderful climate, a Christmas vacation to Mexico is a fantastic way to indulge in a little winter sunshine and shake off the seasonal blues. And because Mexicans take Christmas pretty seriously, a family adventure to the Mexican Rivieria lets you see in Christmas Day on the beach without missing out on any festive fun!
So if you are planning an unforgettable cruise to Mexico at Christmas, here are some of the best places on the Mexican Riviera to visit during the holiday season.
Puerto Escondido is all about laid-back surf vibes, awesome wildlife, and beautiful beaches. With temperatures upwards of 76 degrees in December, it is the perfect place to relax and catch some rays at Christmas, and there is always plenty to do. From snorkeling and scuba diving to whale watching or crocodile tours, this corner of Oaxaca state is full of excitement. Plus, Playa Zicatela, known as the ‘Mexican Pipeline’, is one of the best surf beaches in the world, perfect for an adrenaline-fueled festive celebration!
San Jose del Cabo
This charming and historic town in Baja California Sur is right next door to Cabo San Lucas, but it could not be more different from its Spring Break-fuelled neighbor. San Jose is quiet and traditional, with a rich cultural heritage and a fantastic art scene. At Christmas, the town is lit up with beautiful decorations and festive lights, and a walk through Downtown to discover the wonderful colonial-era architecture is a treat. Exploring the San Jose del Cabo Art District is also a great experience, as this small town is packed full of galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists.
One of the main cruise ports on the Mexican Riviera, Ensenada is a vibrant and lively city known for its delicious seafood, buzzing nightlife, and exceptional wine. The nearby Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico’s answer to Napa Valley, and a Christmas vacation spent sampling a few choice vintages while the kids enjoy the excitement of the hustle and bustle of Mercado Negro will be a Christmas well spent.
Zihuatanejo is one of the Riviera’s hidden gems, often overlooked, but well worth visiting. Located in the state of Guerrero, it is a charming and peaceful town known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. At Christmas, the town comes alive with festive events and activities, with lights and decorations galore and a Christmas parade that is bith quaint and delightful. Spend your days lounging on the beach and visit the craft market in the center of town to choose last-minute Christmas gifts from a wonderful selection of locally-made crafts, jewelry, and handmade goods.