As part as our parent’s 50th Anniversary celebration, our family embarked on a Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor from August 8th – 15th. The cruise departed from Long Beach, CA with stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
Our trip began in Boise, where we flew to Oakand and then on to Los Angeles. After a short ride to the Long Beach docks, we were ready to embark. This, of course, after waiting in multiple lines to get luggage checked in, checked through security and obtain our boarding pass. I have to thank Mom and Dad for getting Steve and I through every single line!
Around The Ship
Look to the right to see some specifications about the ship we stayed aboard. The Carnival Splendor, completed in June of 2008, was just over two years old at the time of our cruise.
Puerto Vallarta was our first stop on the cruise. We arrived on Wednesday, August 11th after 2 days at sea. Once in Puerto Vallarta Steve, Mark and I rented a Jeep Wrangler and drove about 45 minutes south to Boca de Tomlatan. There we hiked about 2 miles along the beach and up into the jungle until we got to Las Animas. Las Animas is a small beach resort only accessible by boat or foot. There are no road leading to Las Animas. The night before our hike, Puerto Vallarta experieced extremely heavy rains, leading to the high, muddy rivers we encountered.
We arrived in Mazatlan on Thursday, August 12th at 9am and has approximately 9 hours at port. Steve, Sue, Jessica and I rented a taxi cab and when the the Golden Zone where we rented Kayaks and paddled out Bird Island just off of the main beach. Two additional islands were near by; Dear Island and Wolfe Island.
Cabo San Lucas
Our stop in Cabo San Lucas was the shortest of the 3. We arrived on Friday, August 13th and spent about 7 hours in port. While most of the family went to the beach, I spent the day at the docks with Mark, Anne and the kids.
Heading south along the California Peninsula, we ecounter many schools of dolphins. They couldn’t seem to show off enough for us, which provided great photo opportunities. Some schools had as many as two dozen dolpin in them.
Some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever encountered. These were taking while cruising south along the California Peninsula.
Some of my favorite photos from our Mexican Riviera Trip.