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Vacation Hotspot: The Mexican Riviera
by Roy Witman © 2008

With some of the best-known cities in the world, the Mexican Riviera has long been an attraction for the wealthy and glamorous. It's wide range of activities offer delightful excursions for every age range and interest. From the world-famous cliff divers of Acapulco to the exceptional snorkeling of Cabo San Lucas, touring the coast of Mexico makes for a vacation you'll always remember. If you choose one of the premium cruise lines, such as Princess Cruises, you'll get more for your money and enjoy exceptional service, too.

Glitz and Glamour of Acapulco

If you want to see and be seen, Acapulco is the place! Jet setters, movie stars, the wealthy and more clamor for all that is Acapulco. Local bistros, mariachi bands and premium shopping are just a few of the delights this cosmopolitan town offers. But, without a doubt, one of the best-loved sights is the cliff divers.

Since 1940, men have trained themselves to plunge, unscathed, from rocky cliffs 136 feet high. As if this wasn't enough, the divers land in just nine feet of water within a narrow channel filled with the churning ocean. One wrong move, one wrong calculation in timing, means certain death. Crowds flock to see this miraculous exhibition from the windows or outside deck of a local restaurant for each of the four daily shows. You won't want to miss it!

Formerly owned by legend John Wayne, the Los Flamingos Hotel is a destination all to itself. With regular celebrity sightings, many people visit the hotel just to people watch. But if you crave something more than eye candy, try a high-speed jaunt up the Papagayo River onboard a jet boat. The setting for the blockbuster movie Rambo, this river boasts untouched wildlife and rich naturescapes.

Even if you partake in world-class golf, exceptional bird watching, cooking lessons from authentic Mexican chefs and intriguing archeological tours, you've only scratched the surface of what Acapulco has to offer!

Puerto Vallarta - From Sleepy To Stunning

Who would have thought the making of a movie could transform a sleepy little fishing village into the vibrant, stunning tourist hotspot? Richard Burton's Night of the Iguana did just that for Puerto Vallarta. Today, the rich and famous flock to this international resort for great values on leather, jewelry and crafts as much as they do the white- sand beaches.

If you were asked to describe the perfect beach, what would you say? White, powdery sand? Palm trees swaying in a gentle breeze? Crystal-blue waters? You've just described Bahia de las Banderas, one of the most famous beaches in Puerto Vallarta. Relax, soak up the sun and the view, as you're pampered beyond your wildest dreams. Princess and other cruise lines make sure your every wish is met!

When you're ready for some excitement, book a dolphin adventure! Bottlenose dolphins greet you, as you get wet and wild with these friendly creatures. A local educational center sponsors these events that allow up close and personal encounters.

Jungle tours, mountain treks and other memorable excursions are available to make your stay in Puerto Vallarta everything you want it to be.

Cabo San Lucas - A Water Wonderland

The Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez merge at Cabo San Lucas. With water all around, you'll have your choice of a long list of quests to choose from. As the ocean pounds the ancient rock formations, you can easily spot sea lions, pelicans and even hear the thunderous sound of whale tails crashing the waves.

Snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving are also popular pastimes in this water-encircled Mexican village. If it is related to water, chances are, you can do it in Cabo!

Many top-quality cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, take great strides to provide out-of-the-ordinary experiences for your entire family while onboard or on land. With so much to choose from in the Mexican Riviera, you can opt for practically any length of cruise you wish to as many destinations as you have time for.

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