When it comes to sun-soaked getaways from the west coast, nothing beats cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico. Hugged by the aquamarine waters of the Pacific, Catalina Island and the Mexican Riviera have everything going for them — delicious cuisine, pretty historic towns, pristine beaches and even a world-class wine country. What’s more, you’ll have just as much to look forward to in between shoreside discoveries as you sail onboard the Amplified fleet-favorite, Navigator of the Seas®. Whether you’re maximizing just a few days on a three-night cruise from Los Angeles, or leveling up your vacation on a week-long escape, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.
Catalina Island has long been a favorite spot to escape the bustle of LA. With its scenic hiking trails, pretty sailboat-studded bays, and quaint, Mediterranean charm, it’s the perfect destination to soak up the sunshine and slip into a vacation state of mind. Sail there on a three-night cruise from Los Angeles so you can break away from the daily grind and chase island vibes instead.
Ensenada, Mexico is one of the top-rated stops on cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico — and once you’re there, it’s no surprise why. This vibrant city is one of the brightest jewels of the Baja coast. From world-class dining and delicious regional wines, to top-rated beaches dotted with lively seaside bars and restaurants, Ensenada beckons with natural beauty, rich culture, and bold flavors.
CABO SAN LUCAS
Another fan-favorite stop on cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico, Cabo San Lucas totally lives up to the hype. This lively coastal town brims with all kinds of wonders for every adventure-seeker — like hidden coves and dramatic rock formations along Land’s End, world-famous golf courses with dazzling views of the Pacific, and beautiful white-sand beaches.
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A sprawling resort-style pool deck that’s perfect for soaking up the sun. Gamechanging thrills like The Blaster® aqua coaster and Riptide℠ mat racer. And craft cocktail bars that channel serious island vibes. When you cruise from Los Angeles onboard the Amplified Navigator of the Seas®, every sea day is something to look forward to.
Savor bold Mexican flavors and sip regional wines in Ensenada, then spend some time hopping between Cabo’s world-famous beaches. Do it all in just a few days on a short Baja cruise from Los Angeles, or wander further on a week-long getaway with stops in historic Mazatlán and pretty Puerto Vallarta.
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View of Point Dume in Malibu, California
Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and Long Beach are four of Los Angeles' most popular beach destinations. Of the four, Malibu is the most remote and least urban — head here for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Depending on traffic, you can get to Long Beach in 40 minutes, while the others take around an hour.
The famous Hollywood sign in California
Snap a pic of the Hollywood sign, stroll down the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or visit Paramount Studios. You can see all of these and more on the Grand City Tour by StarLine Tours which operates two times a day, seven days a week.
LA isn't only about urban adventure — the locals love the outdoors, too. Hike the hills at Runyon Canyon Park, where they also offer free outdoor yoga classes. Or hit the Griffith Park trails: Here, you can hike to Bronson Canyon, the entrance of which appears as the mouth of the Batcave in the 1960s version of "Batman."
As international and unique as its residents, the cuisine in Los Angeles is an experience all of its own. Indulge your sweet tooth with unique ice cream flavors like chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake at Salt and Straw. Stop by one of the many food trucks for carne asada tacos. Or head to high-end Nobu for classic sushi or new-school tuna sashimi tacos — it doesn't get more LA than that.
LA is known for its shopping, and the city's most iconic spot for retail is Rodeo Drive. Browse through high-end fashions, and maybe spot a few celebrities while you're there. Head to the Grove for more budget-friendly designer offerings, and stroll down Melrose Avenue if you're looking for boutiques and vintage items. For bargains on clothes, shoes and textiles, check out the Los Angeles Fashion District.