Thrilling Mexican Riviera officially on the list of places of interest.
Cruisers need to experience the Mexican Riviera. I like to call it the Spring Break row. It consist of three cities, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallerta, and Mazatlán. Each city has its own advantages and tourist attractions on why it could the best. But none the less each destination offers an amazing and thrilling experience.
Although March is a little cooler on the west coast than anticipated, it was still warm enough for us Detroiters. The Los Angeles nightlife was filled with a different feel than what we were use to in Michigan. The vibe was real laid back and the lounges that we visited were more for enjoying a good time with friends, rather than sweating it out on the dance floor. Shout out to the Velvet Room for an amazing time. Most of the group did not spend a lot of time on Hollywood Blvd. However we did see some of the iconic locations, such as Ripley’s and Wax Museum was thrilling in its own right.
As the weekend continued we were able to get over to the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica pier was filled with action and packed with a lot of specialty shops, unique food spots and entertaining vendors. And of course there was one gentleman who will go down in history, the pigeon man. For the life of me I can not understand what he was doing with all those pigeons and why.
But on to the main attraction for the vacation. First stop Cabo San Lucas, what a beautiful destination for vacation. Crystal blue waters, white sand beaches and seals being fed on yachts. Yes that is not a typo. There was a giant white yacht that had a seal jumping off and on his boat as he fed him food. We were to able to see some great sea life at our thrilling scuba diving excursion with Cabo Adventures. Once the we had enough of the water we took a short boat ride over to a rock that had at least 15 seals basking in the warm sun as if it was a seal spa. This quick sail through the ocean although a good picture taking moment left some in the crew with a not so good feeling, that unfortunately was deposited back in to the ocean as chum.
So needless to say it was a moment the entire boat will never forget. Back to land and to see what else Cabo had to offer. Well, the Thumbprint friends found $1 tequila shots, need I say more. This was a time where actually having cash in your pocket became a dangerous thing that led to a different kind of thrilling experience. All in all the Thumbprint group loved Cabo and were looking forward to Mazatlán.
Mazatlán took our thrilling experience in Cabo to the next level. Our adventure started with a quick bus ride to El Cid Marina Beach Club Resort. This hotel is absolutely awesome! The atmosphere was jumping with great music as we walked down the path to the grotto style pool equipped with diving platform. After having a feeding frenzy at the buffet with amazing Mexican cuisine, it was time to take part in the open bar. The bartenders were friendly, funny and on point with all the drinks. Which put the entire Thumbprint family on cloud 9, having the time of their lives. And of course the photographer had to much fun and needed to be carried home. So thankful to all the fellow cruisers that allowed us to cut the line. And a special thank you to security for not asking to many questions of how things went.
Puerto Vallerta was the last stop on this most epic and thrilling vacation with the Carnival Miracle. As it turns out, the most extreme filled adrenaline rush came during the Extreme ATV Excursion through the rain forest. We raced through the city streets and up a winding dirt road, navigating tight turns as we gazed down the side of the rugged mountain cliff. Absolutely without a shadow of doubt the best ATV ride ever. I never heard so many screams from back seat riders. We could barely see each other through the monsoon of dirt from doing donuts, drifting down the mountain. We finished off the ride with a cool refreshing jump into the natural waterfall. Check out more pictures below of our amazing and thrilling vacation to the Mexican Riviera.