7 Days on the Mexican Riviera: What to do, see, and eat

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The Mexican Riviera stretches down the Pacific coast and offers a stunning array and variety of sights and experiences for the adventurous traveller. From Ensenenada in Baja California all the way to the beaches of Oaxaca, there is an astonishing amount of wonderful vacation destinations on this side of Mexico.

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However, if you’ve chosen to take in the Mexican Riviera from the water with a cruise and you’ve only got a week, you might need some help fitting everything in! So take a look at the best things to do, see and eat in this gorgeous corner of Mexico, and prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime.

Mazatlan
Do
Mazatlan has a vibrant, lively and esoteric art scene, and the town is awash with excellent little independent galleries and studios. If you are lucky enough to be in town on the first Friday of the month, experience the artistic vibe with a guided Art Walk walking tour.

See
Mazatlan’s historic centro is a picturesque delight, and well worth spending an afternoon exploring. Wander around its gorgeous muddle of leafy plazas and 19th century architecture, and grab some refreshment at one of the many quaint and charming bars and cafes.

Eat
Mazatlan’s food scene is cosmopolitan and adventurous, blending authentic Mexican cuisine with innovative international tastes. Nao Kitchen Bar showcases the talents of Andrea Lizarraga Osuna, one of Mexico’s youngest and most interesting chefs, while the Taqueria Playa Sur is the perfect place to gorge on classic Mexican fare.

Puerto Vallarta
Do
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most beautiful coastal towns, and exploring the Pacific is the thing to do here. Head out on a whale watching boat tour, and discover the majestic beauty of the gray whales and humpbacks that migrate here for the winter.

See
Playa del Amor on the Islas Marietas just off the coast of Puerto Vallarta is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Tucked away below the surface of the island beneath a vast hole open to the sky, it is accessible only by swimming or kayaking through a long tunnel that connects the beach to the Pacific. A truly romantic, mysterious spot.

Eat
Puerto Vallarta’s dining scene is varied and interesting, with wonderful fusion spots like Cafe des Artistes and Icu leading the way. However, some of the best food in town can be found in the huge variety of taco stands that pop up in the Zona Romantica after dark.

Puerto Escondido
Do
Surf! The Oaxaca coastline is world famous for its surfing, and the beaches of Cardisarillo, La Punta and Zicatela offer breaks for everyone from beginners to pros.

See
Puerto Escondido is one of the few places in Mexico where you can see one of nature’s most magical wonders, glowing phosphorescent bioluminescence, in the lagoons and mangroves that line the coast. Head to Laguna de Manialtepec on a moonless night and be prepared for a breathtaking experience.

Eat
Oaxacan cuisine is famous throughout Mexico, and Puerto Escondido is a great place to experience the rich foodie traditions of the state. Try Pascale or Almoraduz for gourmet takes on authentic Mexican favourites, or El Nene for something more down to earth.

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