Mexico | An Afternoon of Beer and Tacos in Mazatlan

Monday, August 14, 2017

I cannot believe that it has already been almost a year since Mr Sweetie and I went on a 10-day cruise to Mexico. How time flies! We went on our trip last November. I posted part of the trip on my old blog. My goal is to write about the rest of our  vacation on this blog before 2017 comes to an end. 

We docked at  four ports (Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas) during this trip.  If I have to vote which Mexican city I liked the most during this trip, my vote is for Mazatlan. We actually spent an entire day touring this city from early morning until evening.

We got lucky that we had a great tour guide.  Instead of booking the cruise-sponsored tours on the ship as we often do whenever we go on cruises (this has been our 3rd cruise), we took a chance based on the advice of veteran cruisers we met on the ship. Sure enough, when we got off the boat, independent tour operators were waiting. The tour cost $70 per person which was a lot cheaper (compared to $150+ pp if booked on the cruise).

Mr Sweetie and I chose an air-conditioned van with just another 4 couples. There was plenty of room on the van and we were offered unlimited beer and/or water. It was very clean and our driver was also very attentive.

Our driver took us to many beautiful places and attractions in Mazatlan.  I will try to create a separate post on the activities that we did in Mazatlan. This post is about a beautiful afternoon by the beach after touring all day. 

I wish I can remember the name of the resort that our driver took us to. (I am a hoarder of tickets, postcards and business cards when traveling. I might find it somewhere.) Mr Sweetie and I actually said that if ever return to Mazatlan,  we would actually stay here. There was a pool and it was right on the beach.

We were given over two hours to eat and chill. This was our last stop before being driven back to the cruise ship. It was already late afternoon. And that was what we exactly did -- drink beer, eat Mexican food and watch people who were parasailing.  They were just right in front of us.

It was such a treat as we were being provided with entertainment while resting our legs from a full day of sightseeing and shopping. (I was actually thinking, better them than me! I am not into extreme sports! And yes, I consider being suspended a hundred feet up in the air while my stomach is left on the ground extreme sport!)

We started out with tortilla chips and Coronas. (Gotta drink ice cold Corona when in Mexico!)

The food was actually very good! Mr Sweetie ordered a carne asada plate while I had shrimp and marlin tacos.

I still remember those tacos that I had, most especially the  marlin tacos to this day. Each plate came with guacamole, rice and refried beans, with a basket of warm tortillas, of course. 

It has been a gorgeous day that I remember with fondness. Cold beer, delicious Mexican food, fresh seafood and an afternoon  spent with my sweetie at a beautiful beach in Mexico.

November 2016