From exploring the ruins of ancient civilizations to watching cliff divers in Acapulco, we highlight the best shore excursions in Mexico.

Acapulco: Cliff Divers

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Drive along the scenic, coastal highway to one of the most notorious cliff diving destinations in the world. Watch as the daring La Quebrada divers plunge 130 feet into the Pacific Ocean. In addition to watching the spectacular diving, there are great photo opportunities of breathtaking landscapes. End the excursion at a local café and cool off with a margarita.

Tulum: Explore Mayan Ruins

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Step back thousands of years and experience the fascinating culture of the Mayan civilization. Even non-historians will revel in fascinating tales and legends of this ancient civilization. After exploring the walled cities of Tulum, cool off at a beachside bar and breathe in the sights of turquoise blue waters and sugar white sand.

Cabo San Lucas: Snorkeling

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Come up close and personal with vibrant fish and other endemic species in the crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. Home to some of the spectacular marine life, find out first hand why Jacques Cousteau nicknamed the Sea of Cortez the “world’s aquarium.”

Loreto: Mission Tours

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Situated between the vast mountains of the Sierra de la Giganta and the aqua waters of the Sea of Cortez, the picturesque town of Loreto dates back to nearly 12,000 years ago. The city, which was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja peninsula, is rooted in colonial origins and still retains many beautiful relics from the past, as well as cave paintings and petroglyphs. Be sure to check out a mission tour of San Javier and see why it was one of the most import historical missions of Baja.

Baja: Wine Country Tour

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Not just for Napa, wine enthusiasts will love exploring the flavors of Baja California’s wine country. World-renowned vintners guide guests through their vineyards and into the tasting rooms for a sample some of the region’s most prestigious wines. For an epicurean extravaganza, book a pairing tour and indulge in fresh farm to table cuisine, the perfect complement to fine wine.

Cozumel: Scuba Diving

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Thousands of divers flock to this popular destination located off the Yucatan peninsula, each year. Great for beginners, most companies offer shore diving excursions as well as deep sea dives. Favorite shore dive spots such as Chankonabe Underwater park or Paradise Reef provide an abundance of marine life like angelfish, coral, and nurse sharks.

Puerta Vallarta: Zip lining

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Adrenaline aficionados soar above a canopy of treetops as they zip atop a natural rain forest. However, that’s just the beginning. Many of the zip line shore excursions offer additional heart-pounding activities like hiking, off roading, and even repelling off the mountain into natural river pools. If time permits, check out one of Puerta Vallarta’s tequila tasting tours.