Toplobampo, Mexico Cruise Port
Located in the Gulf of California within the state of Sinaloa is the cruise port of Topolobampo, Mexico. Important as the beginning of an international trade corridor (which ends near Odessa, Texas), Topolobampo also connects the northern Mexican states via railroad, and supplies ferry service to the capital city of La Paz, Baja California Sur. Once the site of a utopian colony inspired by the ideas of American political economist Henry George (and actually referred to as “Mexican Eden”), today the city's economy largely depends on the nearby town of Los Mochis; while the climate in Los Mochis is conducive to agriculture, Topolobampo has a tropical arid desert climate. The city is also a gateway to Mexico’s famous and breathtaking Copper Canyon, where many a thrill-seeker has explored the flora and fauna of six distinct canyons. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Topolobampo, Mexico:
To find the best beach in the area, head seven miles southwest to Maviri Beach; a busy place on the weekends which is popular for not only relaxing by the water but birdwatching. Keep an eye out for cranes, pelicans, and scissor birds (just to name a few).
Not far from the beach is the Cueva de los Murciélagos, where thousands of bats roost. Each day at sunset, the sky is covered by the beating of wings, creating an unforgettable spectacle.
One of the area's most famous residents is Pechocho, a friendly bottlenose dolphin who lives in Topolobampo Bay. There are tours that will take you to get close to this amazing creature, as well those that get you closer to La Paz for snorkeling and sea lion-spotting.
Take the 15-mile trip north to visit the botanical garden called Jardin Botanico Benjamin F. Johnston near the Los Mochis Sugar Mill. With around 35 acres of land housing plants from all over the world, it's excellent place to spend an afternoon getting back to nature. Keep an eye out for a vast variety of birds while browsing the exotic collection of flora.