Three cruise ships

Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Quintana Roo,
Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Costa Maya is the large chunk of land that sticks out a bit at the most south-eastern part of Mexico. It has few roads and fewer towns but plenty of coastline =  beaches.  Just a short distance farther south is the world's second largest Coral Reef - second to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  This part of the world used to be reserved for the most hardcore traveller as it had not even electicity!  But the Mexican government has designated it for development on a similar scale to Cancun.  The first stage of which was to build a cruise port.  As luck would have it, there were THREE ships in port for our only full day here.  There were none the day before we arrived and there will be none the day after we leave; only one on both our arrival and departure days.  Oh well.  They have a lovely malecon (sidewalk along the beach) with cute touristy shops.  We hadn’t even realized this was here when we drove into town because you can’t see it from the road.

The prices were ok but the service was outstanding.  We had lunch and our waiter was running the whole time.  And he called Jeff, 'Mr Jeff’ which Jeff always likes.

Keara, Nicky and I went diving.  We got to see: a turtle, two sting rays, an eagle ray, a moray eel, lots of small fish, and some of the most spectacular coral I’ve ever seen.  Both dives went well, except I got seasick between them so could barely enjoy the second… I’m such a wimp.

Our hotel is lovely.  They generate their own electricity using wind and solar power.  The toilets are marine composting so not always sweet smelling but it’s a small price to pay to protect the water table here.
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Grannie on

What a nice surprise to hear from you when we thought you'd be out of range for any communication! As you said -- we had no idea this was here. Sounds like there will be a lot of 'this' there pretty soon, and you're lucky to get a look at it before it's all built up. Sounds like you were almost as surprised as I am about that wonderful reef!

See you in two days!

Heidi on

See you very soon! We're getting very excited. I"m hoping there will be some good snorkeling opportunities for those of us who aren't scuba divers!

Rachel on

I'm very excited to see Adam, Nick and Keara on Saturday!

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