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day 1 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Located on the Gulf of Nicoya, the small town of Puerto Caldera is one of Costa Rica’s top attractions, perfect for travelers who like more off the beaten path destinations where the native Tico lifestyle can be experienced. It is the gateway to San Jose, Jaco and the big city of Puntarenas, plus Los Suenos and Tortuga Island. Carara National Park is nearby, the rainforest home to crocodiles, over 400 species of birds and is considered the most likely place to see scarlet macaws.
6:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 2 Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica
The coastal area of Bahia Herradura is known worldwide as the fishing capital of Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination with close proximity to Jaco Beach, with its excellent surfing conditions. This area offers many other outdoor recreational options along the black-sand beaches lined with palm trees. You will not have to worry about running out of daylight regardless of the time you visit because the sun rises and sets at the same time in Costa Rica all year long. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
6:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Playas del Coco
day 3 Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
Playas del Coco, with its unspoiled cocoa-colored beaches, is a jumping off point for rainforest canopy tours, nature walks, and other inspiring eco-adventures. It is one of the more popular beach towns in the country for both locals and tourists and is well-known for being a family friendly town. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 5 Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Chiapas is an important commercial port for agricultural produce and the gateway to Tapachula and the Izapa Mayan ruins. The Izapa played a major role in the creation of the Mayan calendar and the settlement here is 3,500 years old. The ruins include the Mayan Tree of Life carving, several plazas, pyramids and ball courts. The fertile fields produce high-quality cocoa beans and bananas. In Tapachula visit the planetarium for information on Mayan astronomy and cosmology. See the architecture and town square with its diverse influences from German, Chinese, Japanese and French cultures over the years and shop for handcrafted goods like leathers and ceramics.
11:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 6 Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Santa Maria Huatulco is one of the few places on earth to earn the pure air EarthCheck Gold Certification. It is known for the nearby pre-Hispanic ruins found at Parque Eco-Arqueologico Copalita, including a large stone temple. Huatulco is home to nine bays together called Bays National Park, a protected reserve. The coral reefs provide excellent diving opportunities and kayaking the rapids and sport fishing are also popular activities here. A visit to the Museum of Oaxacan Art will provide an chance to purchase traditional clay creations known as “Barro Negro,” and date back several centuries. Each piece is unique and hand sculpted.
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Recognized as Mexico’s busiest seaport, Manzanillo was also the location for the filming of Bo Derek’s slow-motion jog down the beach in the movie “10.” The large blue sculpture at the waterside plaza is a tribute to Manzanillo’s self-proclaimed status as “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The waters off Manzanillo offer a high concentration of marlin and other deep-sea fish and excellent dive sites with numerous coral reefs, shipwrecks. With 350 days of sunshine a year any day can be a beach day and Miramar Beach will attract with its waterfront promenade, golden sand and spectacular view of the twin bays here.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 9 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A popular resort town, visitors come here to relax and rest on the lovely sandy beaches or take up activities like strolling the picturesque boardwalk, horseback riding, snorkeling and boat trips. The quaint cobblestone center of Puerto Vallarta is home to boutiques, restaurants, bars and the ornate Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church.
Puerto Vallarta’s biodiversity is home to hundreds of species including orchids, birds, ocelots, jaguars and iguanas. The sea is full of wildlife as well including dolphins and humpbacks.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
La Paz is beautifully situated on the stunning Sea of Cortez and declared to be one of the most biodiverse places on earth. A walk along the seafront Malecon promenade reveals beaches, parks, numerous bars and restaurants and fascinating art from both Mexican and international artists. The city center’s main feature is the 19th century Nuestra Senora de La Paz Cathedral and Velasco Garden. The gulf is a rich ecosystem with a wide range of creatures. It is a migrating stop for humpbacks, gray and blue whales and it is possible to swim with whale sharks or dive and snorkel at Espiritu Santo Island.
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
day 12 Loreto, Mexico – Mission de Loreto
Laid back and peaceful, the beauty of Loreto is found in its quiet uncrowded atmosphere. The colonial architecture of Loreto includes the Mision de Nuestra Senora de Loreto, the starting point for Jesuit priests to evangelize the new territory and Museo de las Misiones. Backed by the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, trails lead to prehistoric cave paintings. Off the coast lies Bahia de Loreto National Park, that is home to pelicans, whales and dolphins.
10:30 AM TO 7:00 PM
Cabo San Lucas
day 13 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The resort city of Cabo San Lucas sits invitingly on the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. Cabo is known for its white-sand beaches, impressive arching stone cliffs, including the famous Arch of Cabo and wildlife-filled waters. Outdoor activities and encouraged and plentiful including horseback riding, kitesurfing, parasailing, banana-boating, jet-skiing, snorkeling and diving. The best known beach is Playa El Medano with its outdoor restaurants and bars. Just outside the city limits majestic cardon cacti can be found along with caracara birds and arroyos.
day 16 San Diego, California – Balboa Park
Sometimes referred to as “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is home to lovely beaches and parks, a large naval fleet, including the USS Midway, numerous microbreweries and enormous Balboa Park, the site of the famous San Diego Zoo. This favorite travel destination is full of things to do on or off the water. Brave souls can take a ride on the Giant Dipper of Belmont Park, a historic wooden roller coaster on the coastal boardwalk, or spend some time at Legoland and Knott’s Soak City. Fantastic shopping and sightseeing can be found at Old Town or Seaport Village and kayaking and surfing opportunities are everywhere.
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.