Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Vacation Recap #5: Costa Maya, Mexico December 23, 2011

Costa Maya was the final port of call for the ship.  And, I’m pretty sure that Costa Maya was also the favorite port of everyone in our family.  It had such a rich culture, beautiful beaches, a fun shopping experience, and a wonderful tour guide!  We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the trip!

 

Our ship, the Carnival Dream, at sunrise in Costa Maya

 

We were in port by 7 AM (which was only 6 AM in Mexico) so we got to see the sun rise

 

The water was a bit rough though

 

The cruise port

 

Bug by the fountain

 

Beautiful morning!

 

We found a huge lookout tower and decided to climb it to get a good look at the surrounding city

 

It was a tall staircase!

 

My three little goofballs!

 

Feeding a baby tiger--he was there as part of a fundraising effort to raise money for a wildlife preserve/rescue

 

Isn't he precious?

 

Mexican flag waiving in the breeze

 

Once we were done exploring the port, we got on the tour bus for a tour of the city and an afternoon at the beach. Here is one of the several roadside restaurants we found.

 

Some little cottages

 

We stopped off at a small fishing village for exploring and shopping

 

Some of the handpainted items inside the main shopping area

 

One of the local restaurants

 

A building being constructed....we decided not to get too close. 😉

Some brightly colored blankets

 

After some shopping, the kids decided to hit the first of two beaches we visited

 

She's always happiest at the beach

 

Jedi and Monkey

 

The water calmed down a bit after the morning waves

 

Daddy with his baby girl

 

The kids were having so much fun!

 

After a bit of time on the beach, we boarded the tour bus to head to a private resort for some snacks and more beach time. Here, the water was a bit rougher, but the kids had fun chasing the waves

 

Digging a giant hole

 

The waves were getting pretty high

 

Bug decided to go pick up some shells....

 

...then quickly changed her mind

 

She did find a coconut she was pretty proud of

 

Afterwards, we headed back to the port

 

The kids loved this guy

 

 

Together, they decided to stage this. Everyone around us was cracking up laughing

 

Bug wanted a doll from every port--from bottom to top it is the doll from Belize, Cozumel, Honduras, and Costa Maya...and then a very happy Bug.

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