A Gulf of Mexico cruise offers an exciting combination of rich Mexican culture and adventurous scenery. Full of sparkling turquoise waters, sunny blue skies, ancient ruins and lush terrain these cruises to the Gulf of Mexico are great for people who love to explore the outdoors. There are many activities to keep a visitor busy: snorkeling, scuba diving and water sports, exploring the ancient Mayan ruins, horseback riding and mountain climbing. Cruises to the Gulf of Mexico operate all year long because of the country's warm, sunny climate and its convenient location.
Cruises can vary from as little as three days to ten days depending on the cruise line and ports of call. No matter what type of cruise you decide to take, you will definitely be able to witness a rich Mexican culture. Traditional music, dance, cuisine and education about the Spanish colonial influence and the ancient Mayan culture are all part of this unique experience. Popular sites include Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, and Isla Holbox. Three Gulf of Mexico destinations not to be missed are Cancun, Cozumel and Veracruz.
Cancun is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world and has a warm sunny climate. This Mexican beach resort destination gets crowded, especially during Spring Break. However, Cancun offers several water sports and nightly entertainment that sometimes lasts until dawn. There are superior accommodations, excellent gourmet restaurants, and choice shopping. If times allows, Cancun is also within proximity via land to the ancient Mayan Ruins in Tulum and Chichen Itza. Cancun is located on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo where you will find many lagoons, sandbars, and mangrove forests and swamps, and coral reefs.
Cozumel is the largest island of the Mexican Caribbean. According to Mayan legend, it is the cradle of Ixchel who is the goddess of love and fertility. That is probably because Cozumel is an island rich with scenery, marine life and wild fruit. Cozumel is popularly known as the capital of skin diving. The Palancar Reef, which is the second largest reef in the world and which is also a national park, was proclaimed by the legendary Jacques Cousteau as one of the best places for skin diving in the world. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Cozumel was a favorite hideout for pirates who attacked and destroyed many cargo ships off the shores of the island. Because of this, divers love to explore the ocean floor. The many sunken ships and colorful natural reefs provide a unique diving experience that cannot be found elsewhere.
Veracruz is one of Mexico's most popular tourist centers. The city which is over 400 years old has a year-round party like atmosphere. It is a mixture of culture, adventure and eco-tourism. With its miles of beaches, huge coral reef, semi-tropical lush forests, and high mountains which are only an hour away, there is a vast amount of adventure tourism. You can also scuba, snorkel, go whitewater rafting, river and ocean kayaking, mountain climbing, take nature tours, and go bird watching. Music such as jarocho, marimba, mariachi, and norteño can be heard each and every day from afternoon until dawn in the city. There is also plenty of old culture charm in that can be found in the quaint shops and restaurants in colonial buildings, in parks and museums, and in the open-air market.