Last month, I finally got the opportunity to leave the USA and visit some other countries. My husband and I went on a cruise to Mexico, Belize, and Roatan – an island of Honduras. My uncle wanted to surprise my aunt for her 50th birthday, and he did so by planning this cruise. About 30 of her best friends and family members were in attendance. It was so much fun! I enjoyed spending time with my husband and sisters (who were also there)and doing something that I had never done before. I wish I had enough time to write a play by play of the entire trip, but I did take a lot of pictures and some of those will have to do for now!
My favorite stop was Roatan. It was the first stop we made, so technically it is the first place outside of the USA that I have ever visited. I loved Roatan’s natural beauty, good food, and clear beach water. We rented a car there, and it was a little scary because there are huge potholes everywhere, steep hills and sharp turns, and there seem to be no rules on the road! A taxi used the sidewalk to pass us when he got frustrated at our slow movement – this was one of many “traffic violations” that we saw! We visited the West End and West Bay beaches while we were there. I had really good quesadillas and befriended a little girl while swimming in the ocean.
After Honduras, we went to Belize. My husband and I didn’t get to explore as much in Belize, partially because we did an all-day excursion. We rode bicycles through Bacab eco-park which is built in a jungle. We saw holler monkeys, different types of birds, learned interesting jungle survival tips, climbed a tree, ate a tree nut, and stood on the Belize River. It was alot of fun and a good physical challenge. After making it through the jungle, we swam in the biggest pool I’ve ever seen in my life!
After Belize, we went to Mexico. We stopped first in Costa Maya Mexico, where we visited Mahahual beach. Costa Maya is so pretty and lively in a relaxed sort of way. We met Chilli Willy, who gave us free tequila shots. I kayacked for the first time (and tipped the boat over), and we met more little kids that wanted to hang around us. I also had the best platanos fritos imaginable. I still crave them.
Our last stop in Mexico was in Cozumel, where we visited Mayan ruins and swam at Chen Rio beach. I love history and enjoyed learning more about Mayan culture. Cozumel had a lot of natural, untouched (uncommercialized) beauty and I really appreciated the rawness of Cozumel.
Aside from visiting these countries, there was lots to do on the boat. We had cocktail parties, stayed out late at the nightclub, did karaoke, yoga, and had mid-day barbecues on the boat’s pool deck. There were video arcades, game shows, and basketball tornaments. There was a party every night! It was alot of fun.
I am grateful for having had the chance to go on a cruise and to accomplish my goal of visiting other countries this past year. I hope my traveling days are not over with! There are still alot more places that I’d like to see. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make that happen!