Friday, May 13, 2011

A Vacation in Mexico

Although I’m a huge road trip lover, cruising down to Mexico was a very different/fun/beautiful experience

For Christmas last year, my boyfriend surprised me with a cruise to Mexico. This was my first time on a cruise, and my first time outside of Canada and America.

Our cruise was supposed to stop in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. 4 days before we left for our cruise, we were advised by Carnival Cruise Lines that we would no longer be stopping in Mazatlan, due to travel safety issues and recent events in Mazatlan. A scary way to start our trip.

Our cruise started off in Long Beach, California. We flew from Vancouver, down to LAX and made our way down to the cruise ship terminal. It was quite an experience to be standing alongside this massive ship while waiting to board. Once we got on the cruise ship, we were able to grab a bite to eat before heading to our cabin. As much as we enjoyed the cheaper rate for having an inside cabin, it was quite dark in our cabin with no windows. My boyfriend has been on a cruise before and was smart enough to book us on the main floor where all the activities and pools were. We were also fortunate enough to have a cabin in the centre of the ship, on the main floor, to avoid long waits at the elevators, and long walks to the end of the hall after a night of drinking. 

We spend two fun days at sea enjoying the sun and everything our ship had to offer before making it to Mexico. Our first stop was Cabo San Lucas. This was our favourite place in Mexico. We learned that the port at Cabo San Lucas was not deep enough for our cruise ship to come inland, so we were transported off the ship on water taxis. Once we reached land we spend a good 2 hours exploring the town and sightseeing before making our way to a bar along the water. We quite enjoyed this little bar that we were at, and were entertained numerous times by mariachi bands and employees at the bar. We spent the rest of the day at the bar before heading back to the ship.

The following morning we woke up in Puerto Vallarta and were excited for a new day of adventures. We chose not to plan any excursions or adventures while in Mexico, as it was our first time there. We were travelling with another couple who have been to Mexico numerous times, and told us that the downtown core of Puerto Vallarta was only a 15 minute walk from the port. Off we went on our little journey downtown in 95 degree weather at 9 am. It took us a little over an hour to get to the downtown core, but enjoyed our walk along the way. I am quite happy with the walk we did, even though it was really far.

A sign we found on our walk to downtown Puerto Vallarta

We were able to experience quite a bit of Puerto Vallarta by walking through the town. We eventually made it to downtown Puerto Vallarta where the beautiful beaches are and spent the day relaxing and enjoying the scenery. On the way back to our ship we were smart enough to grab a taxi and let our feet have a bit of a rest, but my goodness the taxi driver was crazy.

The next morning we woke up back in Cabo San Lucas. This was in compensation of our cancelled stop in Mazatlan. Back in Cabo San Lucas, we decided to have a little fun since we had already explored most of the local town while there two days prior. We met up with a man that worked at the bar we were at previously, who offered us jet skis for $70. We took him up on his offer and had a great experience in the water, and an even more amazing view of Cabo San Lucas from the water. The laws in Mexico are quite different than they are in other parts of North America. Before we headed out on jet skis, the bar owner asked us if we were going to enjoy a few buckets of beer? Although we were on vacation … it was only 9am, a little early to start drinking.

Outdoor shopping area in Cabo

While leaving the marine on jet skis, we had a sea lion follow us out to the open waters, it was great to see. After a wonderful day in Cabo San Lucas, we had to head back to our ship for our journey home. I absolutely loved Cabo San Lucas. As much as Puerto Vallarta had beautiful beaches and a fun atmosphere, Cabo San Lucas had this cool small surf town feel to it. We were back on the ship for another two fund days at sea. The one thing I enjoyed the most about being on the cruise ship was the dinners and night entertainment. My boyfriend highly recommended that we do not miss a dinner, as the food was unreal, so we went out for dinner every night. Most nights were formal night, and it felt great to get dressed up and enjoy a fancy dinner while on vacation. Following dinner there was always some sort of post-dinner entertainment, whether a comedy show or a dance musical. Overall the cruise was a great experience, and we can’t wait to go again.

Have you been on a Mexican cruise before? Leave your comment below and let us know where you're cruise went to!

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