Marine-life rich Sea of Cortez. Dramatic beaches and coastlines.
Fiestas are a way of life in Mexico, fitting for a country with so much to celebrate. A virtual aquarium offshore in the Sea of Cortez. Mayan temples bathed in desert light and shadow. Cuisines and coastlines that marry the smooth and soothing with the surprisingly sharp and dramatic. Come in search of trophy marlin, an authentic mole, the perfect beach, and find them all in Mexico. Along with an all-suite white-and-teak ship to frame each stunning sunset.
San Diego to Puerto Vallarta - 7 Days
Follow in the wake of John Steinbeck and Jacques Cousteau as you explore the charismatic Baja peninsula and wildlife-rich Sea of Cortez. Called the “aquarium of the world,” these waters are home to all manner of marine life. Fish for trophy-size marlin and tuna. Swim with wild dolphins and sea lions. Shop for Baha hoodies in sleepy mission towns and take a 4x4 high into the Sierra Madre mountains to swim at secluded waterfalls. In between adventures, sample delicious Baja Med cuisine, sip local Valle de Guadalupe wines, and enjoy the unblemished natural wonders all around you.
Vancouver to San Diego - 10 Days
Ten days fly by as you take inventory of the west coast’s most intriguing ports of call and cuisines. Small ship-only moorages in places like Portland and Sausalito alternate with grand dames like Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego. Go wine tasting in Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Take a cable car to lunch in San Francisco’s Chinatown and taste wild California sardines at Monterey’s famous Cannery Row. From food trucks to fine dining, farmers’ markets to cooking classes that put you at the heart of the action, this is a cruise for people who have a taste for life and a thirst for adventure.
Colón to Cozumel - 8 Days
West of the well-traveled Caribbean, even further west than the Cayman Islands and ABC Islands, lies a handful of scattered cays and mainland ports that combine Caribbean charm with Latin appeal. This is where you’ll find the Mayan legacy of Chacchoben. Where you’ll see chalk-white beaches and rainbow-hued corals, shimmering underground waterfalls and howler monkeys swinging through the rainforest canopy. And where only small ships like Wind Surf give you access to tiny unspoiled islands like Isla San Andres.
Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Caldera - 8 Days
Mexico’s southern coast is known for its beauty, its ruins, and its cuisines. Enjoy all three as you make your way south from Puerto Vallarta through regions rich with indigenous cultures and natural abundance. Ride an ATV along lush jungle trails in Manzanillo. Try your hand at cooking Oaxaca style in Huatulco. Explore the mysterious Mayan ruins of Izapa from Puerto Chiapas.This voyage is a treat for the senses. Come indulge them all.
Colón to St. Maarten - 19 Days
Begin in Colón by exploring the engineering wonder of the Panama Canal. In Bocas del Toro, soak up the laidback atmosphere and colorful clapboard houses before heading to Isla San Andres to swim with puffer fish and sea turtles at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Snorkel and kayak with dolphins in the ocean playground of Roatan, and sample baleadas and pastilles with delicious Honduran coffee. Visit the howler monkey sanctuary in Belize City and explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Chacchoben on Costa Maya. Discover Cozumel’s Chankanaab, an eco-park with underwater caverns home to dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. Wander the Mayan Temple of El Meco on Isla Mujeres and experience Grand Cayman’s energetic art scene, with over 250 practicing artists. Explore Cayman Brac’s island-long bluff with caves, secluded beaches, and lush forests, and reach for the incredible Reach Falls from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Visit the Caribbean’s oldest city and largest botanical garden in Santo Domingo and discover white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs on Isla Catalina. In Virgin Gorda, swim in the underground pools known as “The Baths,” and complete your journey with Dutch treats and French delicacies in the “Cuisine Capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten.
Cozumel to St. Maarten - 18 Days
Dive right into adventure in the underwater caverns of Cozumel’s Chankanaab eco-park — home to dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. Then set sail for Isla Mujeres to wander the Mayan Temple of El Meco and Hacienda Mundaca ruins. On Grand Cayman, experience Stingray City, where you can feed and touch these mystical creatures. Explore Cayman Brac’s island-long bluff with caves, secluded beaches, and lush forests, and visit the marine life of Reach Falls from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Stroll the Caribbean’s oldest city and largest botanical garden in Santo Domingo, and discover white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs on Isla Catalina. In Virgin Gorda, swim in the underground “Baths,” and sample Dutch and French culture in St. Maarten. Barbuda brings its signature pink sand while Roseau offers snorkeling in the bubbly waters of Champagne Beach. On Pigeon Island take in the Pitons volcanic peaks and discover the distinctive French charm of Les Saintes with an underwater world that’s attracted the likes of Jacques Cousteau. Visit Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in lovely Basseterre and the chic island of St. Barts (look for celebrities). Return to St. Maarten, the Cuisine Capital of the Caribbean, for one last treat before you say au revoir.
Vancouver to San Juan - 65 Days
Indulge in delicious meals, breathtaking scenery and unforgettable excursions during this epic 65-day cruise that explores Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and many memorable Caribbean ports. From calving Alaska glaciers to steamy Colombian jungles, this grand journey covers more than 60 degrees of latitude, but Windstar touches like the Watersports Platform and daily complimentary laundry service keep you relaxed and ready for adventures. Explore Mayan ruins, taste California wines, transit the Panama Canal transit, sport fish in the Sea of Cortez, soar into Costa Rica’s lush rainforest, shop Mexico’s open markets and relax on white Caribbean beaches during this unique journey.
San Diego to Puerto Caldera - 15 Days
Mexico and Costa Rica await as you sail from San Diego to the storied waters of the Sea of Cortez. Sip smooth, wood-aged artisanal Jalisco reposado and añejo tequilas distilled from local family distilleries. Learn about sea turtle habitats and the effects of human encroachment during a visit to a Loreto sanctuary. Wander among the shadowy stone recesses of 3,000-year-old Izapa Mayan ruins. Before this remarkable 15-day journey ends you’ll have opportunities to snorkel among puffers and yellow butterfly fish near Costa Rican beaches and venture inland to dense and misty cloudforests, unique havens for almost 20 percent of our planet’s butterfly species.
Puerto Vallarta to Colón - 15 Days
Explore small ports such as Isla Parida and Puerto Chiapas and popular landmarks like the Mayan ruins and Manuel Antonio Park in detail throughout Mexico and Costa Rica before transiting the busy Panama Canal during this 15-day journey along Western Central America. Swim, sunbathe and snorkel on remote Baja beaches, then savor Sea of Cortez sunsets over hearty Tempranillo wine from nearby Valle de Guadalupe. Sample refined agave cocktails in a vibrant Puerto Vallarta beachside bar. Experience the rarity of a daylight transit of the Panama Canal as you learn insights about the history and challenges endured throughout the construction of this maritime marvel.
Vancouver to Puerto Caldera - 25 Days
Sail from Vancouver’s Coastal Range vistas to the Pacific Coast’s warmer waters via Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, Portland’s eccentric and artistic enclaves, San Francisco’s trendy Silicon Valley architecture and timeless Cabo San Lucas beach sunsets. Stay late for dining, dancing and exploring Portland’s Riverwalk and Sausalito’s lively waterfront. Along the way James Beard Foundation chefs will serve up culinary demonstrations and award-winning recipes. South of the border you’ll snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, shop Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk, and seek out sleepy sloths and other rare and reclusive wildlife high in the lush canopies of Costa Rica’s cloud forests.
Cozumel to St. Maarten - 11 Days
Cruise through the Greater Antilles discovering magical places that fell off the map and tiny gems that were never on it in the first place. Skip the crowds of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios and head instead for the silver screen beauty of Port Antonio, “discovered” by Errol Flynn and then long forgotten. Enjoy the retro-Caribbean vibe of Grand Cayman and the undersea wonderland of Isla Catalina. Sink into the sand on perfect white beaches, dive to pirate shipwrecks, swim beneath waterfalls wrapped in jungle and fall in love with a Caribbean you didn’t know still existed.