Cruising to Mexico

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Just as Covid was hitting the U.S. in March 2020, we were on a cruise to Mexico.  We drove home after the cruise and went into lockdown.

It seemed only right to take this cruise again as we are coming out of the pandemic, 2 years later!

This time all passengers were vaxed and tested before boarding and the ship was one third full.  We don’t expect to see that ever again – it was wonderful!  We wore masks in indoor spaces and had no trouble keeping our distance.  We ate outdoors except for dinners when the dining room was almost empty.

The cruise started in San Diego.  In 2020 we did a walk around downtown before we boarded.

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This year we spent a day on Coronado.  Here’s a view looking back at the city.

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We always walk through the Hotel Del when we come here.  And we wander through the pretty neighborhoods.

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Cabo San Lucas

This is a favorite port because we have friends who live near here.  They came into Cabo both times to see us.  In 2020 we took a boat tour out to the Cabo Arch.

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Pelicans and sea lions claim spots on the rocks.

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In 2020 we took a walking tour.

The Basilica Cathedral of Mazatlán is very impressive.

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We visited the restored Angela Peralta Theater, originally built in 1874.  It fell into complete ruin and was about to be demolished but Friends of the Theater stepped up, with the city, and rehabilitation began in 1987.  It is now one of the premier performance spaces in Mexico. 

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The theater is on the Plaza Machado.

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This year there was an interesting piece of art in the plaza.

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Colorful architecture of Mazatlán…

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This year we had the name of a tamale place in the market, and we found it!

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Markets are always interesting places…

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Our lunch stop was another recommendation we would never have found on our own.  We thought we were ordering 3 shrimp tacos to share but ended up with 6!

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There is lots of artwork along the Malecon de Mazatlán, the main street running along the beach.

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As well as cliff divers and a swimming pool.

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This year we walked farther up the beach and found even more.


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2020 & 2022 

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Puerta Vallarta

In 2020 we met friends who were vacationing here.

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After lunch we did a short walk around and stopped in to see the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Puerto Vallarta has an art filled Malecon too.  We visited in 2006 on a Panama Canal Cruise and took these pics.

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I got to swim with the dolphins on that trip!  Very Fun!

This year we took a Vallarta Eats Food Tour.  It started in this pretty park.

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Then we ate our way through town.

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My favorites were the guacamole spread and the Chocolate Shop.

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And there was more!  We finished with Tequila tasting and an enchilada with two mole sauces.

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Somewhere in there we stopped for ice cream.  I was so full I opted for the lime pop.

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A good time was had by all!

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About graciamc

Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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4 Responses to Cruising to Mexico

  1. Alison Erickson says:

    Looks lovely, and having the cruise 1/3 full wonderful! I’m jealous of your swim with the dolphins! On our RV trip through the SE, I had an appointment to do so in Gulfport, Mississippi, but a tremendous thunderstorm came up and so it got cancelled.

  2. So nice to have your travelogues again Gracia. Thanks.
    I have spent some time in ‘’’Puerto ‘Vallarta. Your pictures bought back old memories.

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