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Baja to Costa Rica: Whales and Wilderness

San Diego to San Jose - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse
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Board the Scenic Eclipse for an amazing voyage to explore the wonders of Latin America. Mexico and Costa Rica await as you set sail from the Gulf of California, through the storied waters of the Sea of Cortez and down the coastline of Latin America. Soak in the views of the rugged tropical mountains, endemic wildlife, cobblestone streets and the breathtaking seaside of the Mexican Riviera. Observe the rich marine wildlife of playful sea lions, dolphins, tortoises and dozens of species of fish that will leave you fascinated.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Diego, USA | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : La Paz, Mexico
Day 5 : Isla Cerralvo
Day 6 : Puerto Vallarta
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Acapulco
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Day 11 : Acajutla, El Salavador
Day 12 : Corinto, Nicaragua
Day 13 : Bahía Culebra, Costa Rica
Day 14 : Puerto Caldera | Disembark | Transfer to San José Airport

Highlights

  • Visit La Paz, known for its old world charm and seafront promenade
  • Explore Puerto Vallarta, where ‘The Night of the Iguana’ was filmed
  • View the stunning coastal environments and golden sands of Acapulco
  • Discover El Imposible National Park at Acajutla

Ship

Scenic Eclipse

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Peppers hanging up in Mexico Exploring the coast by kayak A monkey clings to the tree Jumping down a sand dune in Mexico Turtle swimming along
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Day 1 San Diego, USA | Embark

Board Scenic Eclipse to explore the beautiful Mexican Riviera and Costa Rica.

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Relaxation beckons, and with so many choices onboard, you will wonder how time passes so quickly. Choose one of the daily activities, join an entertaining discussion in the Theatre, or make time for the fitness regime. 

Day 4 La Paz, Mexico

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is known for the old world charm of the seafront promenade mixed with the older architecture of the city center. It is a vibrant city with a real multicultural urban vibe.

Freechoice: Head towards San Rafaelito Island for the chance to snorkel with a small colony of Californian sea lions, or spend the day exploring this charming town. Alternatively, kayak or paddleboard at Balandra Bay.

Day 5 Isla Cerralvo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The waters around Isla Cerralvo or Jacques Cousteau Island are abundant with marine life. With water visibility up to 30 meters, this area is considered by many to be among the top five fishing spots in the world.

Day 6 Puerto Vallarta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Vallarta is a town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, known for its beaches and water sports. It is also where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor filmed John Huston’s ‘The Night of the Iguana’. 

Freechoice: Immerse yourself in the rural beauty that surrounds with an off-road adventure, or explore the charming south region of Vallarta, rich in natural beauty, history, and heritage. Alternatively, visit one of Mexico’s greatest treasures, San Sebastian.

Enrich: As the stars appear in the sky in the heart of the steamy tropical rainforest at Las Caletas, experience a dazzling world-class show depicting the Aztec creation.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxed day at sea onboard Scenic Eclipse. There is ample time to rejuvenate. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or try one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa.

Day 8 Acapulco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stunning coastal environment, golden sands, tropical weather, warm seawater and the friendliest people on earth – that is Acapulco.

Freechoice: Assist with the conservation of the sea turtles by releasing baby turtles at Bonfil Beach, or explore the highlights of Acapulco and see the death-defying feats of its high cliff divers, or if you’re feeling active, head to Roqueta Island for a hike.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relaxation and rediscovery are yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 10 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Drive into the mountains to beautiful old Antigua, once the country’s colonial capital, and discover its lovely bougainvillea-draped buildings and breathtaking views of emerald volcanoes, or travel to the famed Lake Atitlan and enjoy time in a small community where the Mayan culture remains.

Day 11 Acajutla, El Salavador

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Acajutla, El Salvador offers an authentic look at life along the Pacific coast of Central America.

Freechoice: Visit what is known as the most important natural remnant of the country, El Imposible National Park, or discover the fascinating Mayan civilization at the archaeological site of San Andrés. Alternatively, learn the history of the region, including where some of the best coffee in the world is grown, or choose to have a unique gastronomic experience visiting a cocoa hacienda.

Day 12 Corinto, Nicaragua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visitors are attracted to Puerto Corinto’s untouched beaches ad idyllic tropical surroundings, its streets lined with quaint shops and lovely churches and architecture – here, life slows down.

Day 13 Bahía Culebra, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bahia Culebra, Culebra Bay, is a naturally formed bay which due to the quality of its waters has become a valuable natural eco-system and a model for preservation.

Freechoice: Snorkel around Flamingo Beach and discover an enchanting marine world, or choose a Costa Rican cultural experience, where you will get a taste of how ancestors used to live in the 19th century. Alternatively, if you like adventure, zip line through the Papagayo Canopy, ride horseback across some of Guanacaste’s most beautiful surroundings or try white water rafting.

Day 14 Puerto Caldera | Disembark | Transfer to San José Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
The cruise ends this morning in Puerto Caldera as you say farewell to the crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to San José airport for the flight homeward.
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Verandah Suite D
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DB
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite DD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 5, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite C
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite CA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite CD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 6, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite B
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite BA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite BD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite A
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite AA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite AD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Spa Suite S
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SA
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SB
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Grand Panorama Suite GP
1,130 sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 6 these opulent suites feature curved terraces and spacious interiors, bedroom suite with a king-sized bed, bathroom with full bath, steam shower and a dual vanity, spacious lounge area, and additional services.
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Panorama Suite P
1,184sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 8 these opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, a king-sized bed, full bath with steam shower and additional features and services.
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Owner's Penthouse Suite OP
2,099sqft. The oversized Owner’s Penthouse Suites are the ultimate indulgence. Located on Deck 9 and elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views onboard, you will never want to leave.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • The services of a Cruise Director, Discovery Leader (if applicable) and/or Tour Director as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on embarkation and disembarkation days
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All standard beverages whilst on board the Scenic Eclipse. This includes champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, specialty teas and coffee and standard spirits. It also includes daily replenishment of the suite minibars
  • Specialist Discovery Team
  • Discovery excursions
  • Active discovery experiences
  • Expert-led range of Scenic Freechoice shore excursions 
  • All tipping and gratuities both on board and on shore
Excluded from cruise fare:
  • Any airfare or associated fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • All helicopter, submarine and scuba diving experiences are an additional cost
  • Additional optional activities
  • Laundry services or any items of a personal nature
  • Passport fees and/or Visas
  • Vaccinations; medical assistance; medical serviced on board Scenic Eclipse
  • Spa and beauty treatments on board Scenic Eclipse
  • Overnight accommodation not specified in the itinerary

All Freechoice and Discovery excursions can be booked whilst on board with your cruise or tour director (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability, seasonal and operational factors. Some activities require a minimum or maximum number of participants to operate.
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