By Cacinda Maloney
Blazing through the deep, deep ocean, I look out my balcony to see the fast approaching colorful houses by the water’s edge. Excitement fills the room, as I know what is about to approach: Mazatlan, Mexico! Stuffing my swimsuit, flip flops, camera and sarong into my beachy bag as fast as I can, I head on out the door to meet my family for our disembarkation. On this stop, we have no idea where or what we will do, but sometimes, that is what makes it all that more adventurous. Once out of the fast moving line, we are on our own and with no idea where to go.
As we are walking, we end up meeting a family with their friends who had a plan for the day! They were going to Stone Island by boat! “Stone Island? I had never heard of that, but hey, that sounds like a great idea to us.” I thought. We ask if they don’t mind if we follow along. “Sure, the more the merrier” they replied!
After a few blocks of walking to the docks, we veered off to the left, where the entry was for a tiny, motorboat ride to the island- 25 pesos. How easy was that? A few of us, with our beach bag belongings, piled into the boat and we were ferried over to the island.
One by one, they helped us get out of the tiny motorboat and there it was: our oasis for the day! Hut after hut, café after café, and each one, waiting for a guest to take a seat and lounge in the open air on their dreamlike beds and chairs. There were white cushions under crystal while umbrellas swaying in the breeze. With so many to choose from, we walked and walked and walked until we found the perfect one, Lety’s.
There, we sat all our belongings down, ordered our tropical drinks and began to relax. With so many things for the kids to do, all they wanted to do first was get in that ocean blue water, running and splashing in the sun.
Later, they rode banana boats, as momma lounged in the shade. We could not have chosen a more perfect thing to do that day, as on the previous stop on this cruise, we did the “city thing” and so now it was a “beach day” for us!
Cruise Trip Planning Advice: Sure it is great to have a plan, but on at least one of your stops, of your next cruise, let the family just wing it and go with whatever unfold for the day! Moods are lighter and you just never know where you will end up!
Here are a few other articles I wrote about Mexico: