Summer was a very busy time for my husband and me! Due to a big project at work, I was constantly busy and falling behind with my to-do list and my dear hubby was struggling to balance full-time work along with full-time school! There was rarely any downtime to enjoy summer and when we finally got a day off together, we were too tired to do anything beyond rest.
So when September came around it was time for our Mexican Cruise – we were MORE than ready!!!! 7 days away on a boat visiting beautiful cities in Mexico sounded like true paradise! No work. No school. No emails to be answered. Simply Rest and Enjoyment and my favorite: BEAUTY!!! We were beyond excited to get away.
As always, I had much to photograph as we explored our beautiful cruise ship, then the 3 gorgeous cities: Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta! Below are some of my favorite photos.
We went on the beautiful Carnival Miracle cruise ship and departed from Long Beach, California. It was so much fun boarding the boat and seeing the lovely Long Beach coastline. Thankfully the weather was perfect – so we could lounge wherever we wanted on the boat and take in the sites from each direction!
Thankfully the rain didn’t last long! We took shelter in a nice restaurant and enjoyed some authentic Mexican Margaritas. And then after 30 minutes or so, the sky cleared and we were good to explore again! The streets were flooded but thankfully one doesn’t have to wander far to find beauty!!
After touring the city a little, we ended at this amazing beach resort (Las Flores Beach Resort) and enjoyed the most perfect lunch and walk along the beach! I could have stayed here forever, it was so beautiful and the water was so warm!!!!
Leaving Mazatlan was beautiful! The sky was full of clouds and the city looked so lovely! It was one of the best moments – relaxing on the cruise deck and taking in the lovely sites of the city as we went away.
I was amazed by all the unique sculpture art along the boardwalk. Every 100 feet or so there was a new amazing sculpture! Against the palm trees and blue ocean – the scene was gorgeous – I couldn’t help but photograph all the beauty!
After a nice walk along the boardwalk and a few margaritas, we were up for going somewhere new! I am ALWAYS a fan of gardens so I thought we should check out the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately, it was quite a drive outside of town. But the trip was worth it as it really was quite lovely and relaxing!
What a treat it was to get away and see some new places! We definitely got the rest we needed and feel refreshed so we can go to the busy routine!
We had a great time on our Mexican Cruise and would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a vacation! Feel free to message me and ask me more about the details if you are interested!
– Naphtalie JOY Joiner