Puerto Vallarta

The Malecón (The Boardwalk)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Olas Altas Beach

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Puerto Vallarta

The City of the Golden Beaches

Golden sand, green hills and a fantastic tropical climate, the perfect place for a holiday filled with sun, sea and cocktails on the beach. Puerto Vallarta, in the heart of Mexico's largest bay, is a pleasant paradise that combines various locations, each with its own character and special charm. During your MSC World Cruise, you will have the opportunity to disembark in a land full of pleasant amenities accompanied by the lush greenery of the Sierra Madre.

In the far south of Puerto Vallarta can be found the picturesque Romántica Zone, where the famous Malecón lies. Its boardwalk, the main attraction of the village, is characterized by artistic paving in the form of drawings made out of pebbles. It is here, on this coast, that you can find the emblematic sea horse, one of several bronze sculptures that overlook a breathtaking view. The tour will continue with a stop at the famous Olas Altas Beach, ideal for swimming, but above all for surfing or snorkeling.

The Mexican coast does not offer just any old normal beaches, but real treasures for lovers of the natural beauties of the ocean, beauties that can be enjoyed thanks to your MSC Cruise. Puerto Vallarta also hides another precious jewel, the most attractive of the city's landmarks. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, whose bell tower rises majestically above the other buildings, is surmounted by a wrought iron crown held up by angels, specifically designed to look like the one worn by Empress Charlotte of Mexico.

How many wonders can you discover, explore, and fall in love with thanks to a cruise ship and an MSC World holiday.

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    Under the shade of a sombrero
    Under the shade of a sombrero

    One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico is a great cruise destination with its melange of Mesoamerican cultures, modern indigenous tribes and Spanish traditions; it’s a vibrant modern economy too, the biggest in Latin America after Brazil.

    Mexico’s landscapes are just as diverse, from the shimmering blue coastline of Baja California and the iconic cactus-strewn deserts of the north, to the Mayan villages and gorgeous palm-smothered beaches of the Caribbean Sea. You can climb volcanoes, watch whales, swim underground and tour tequila farms during your holiday to Mexico.

    And sprinkled throughout you’ll find richly adorned colonial churches, giant ancient pyramids and a sophisticated cuisine that has little in common with the world of nachos and burritos. Despite the inevitable influence of the US and close links with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, the country remains resolutely individual. The music that fills the plazas in the evenings, the buildings that circle around them, even the smells emanating from a row of taco carts: they all leave you without any doubt about where you are.

     Many first-time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a “developing” nation: the country has a robust economy, the world’s fourteenth largest, a remarkably thorough and efficient internal transport system and a vibrant contemporary arts and music scene.