Our first port stop was in Cozumel.
That place is simply stunning. Although it is very tourist-y and the shops were very comparable to our own.
We had booked an excursion which included a ride on a catamaran, snorkeling, inflatables and a day of relaxation on a secluded private beach.
We boarded the catamaran and headed out to snorkel.
The wind was CRAZY and the waves were wild, but we gave it a shot anyways. We were able to see tons of fish and even a puffer fish.
Our next stop was the private beach. It was uh-mazing. So relaxing and gorgeous.
There were beds and hammocks and plenty of chairs to just relax and soak up the sun. We even saw several iguanas, scurrying about.
After a couple of hours, we headed back into the town.
There were shops and performers and all kinds of photo opportunities.
Um, no thanks!
The next day, we ported at Progresso.
I instantly fell in love with the “old” Mexico. This place was very authentic, just what you imagine Mexico would be. Slightly run down, but gorgeous in it’s own way. I’m still trying to convince Steven we should sell everything we own and move there. (After all, we could live for a couple of years, just by selling our car!)
The first thing we did was take a double decker bus tour. (Compared to the tour in New Orleans, this was quite a bargain, only $5 each! )
It was a great deal, since we got to see a lot of thing in areas that we would’ve otherwise avoided.
After the tour, we headed towards the beach, stopping by a few shops and markets on the way.
They sold a little bit of everything!
We finally made it to the beach and bought some chips and salsa, which is really just pico de gallo. (Who knew that “blended” salsa is actually an American thing?)
After snapping a few photos of some abandoned fishing boats, we headed to get a massage at Marina’s.
All you can eat chips and salsa, all you can drink tequila, a reserved spot on the beach and an hour long massage for $20? Uh, yes please!
While lounging on the beach, you can buy pretty much anything you wish. We purchased homemade kites, whistles, mangos, Hena tattoos, movies, conch shells, movies and songs.
It was “Children’s Day” in Mexico, so the kids were out of school and playing in the ocean. One kid even caught a fish, without a pole!
We headed back toward the shuttle bus, moseying around and seeing all kinds of fun stuff.
I snapped a few photos of the work going on around the port. A new bridge is being built and they were working HARD on it. No doubt, Progresso will soon be a “tourist town” much like Cozumel. I really hope they keep some of it’s old world charm and don’t modernize the entire area. It was simply too gorgeous to lose.
Progresso was my absolute favorite part of the entire cruise.
Maybe on your next cruise, you will find me there, living the simple life.