Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010 – Huatulco, Mexico – 86F – Sunny - Humid

We finally get to see Mexico…

Awakened by the movement of the ship.  The sea is a little rough and my first thought is that we are experiencing wind driven waves from Caribbean fetch.  At breakfast, passengers tell me we went through a spectacular thunderstorm about 5 AM – that was the cause of the rough seas.  We missed the whole thing…

 Rough Morning 5-9 (Small)

Rough seas at the start

Hualtuco sits in Santa Cruz Bay

Huatulco approach (Small)

Approaching Hualtuco

Santa Cruz Bay Homes (Small)

Estate size homes overlooking the bay

After  lunch we make the very long walk from the ship to the tour bus pick up spot.  It is very hot and humid making it seem all that much longer.

Our tour today: “Highlights of Huatulco” (Guide: Lalo) takes us to various scenic overviews of Santa Cruz Bay.  The Mexican government wants to develop Huatulco into another Cancun so we also see many condos and hotels in various stages of construction.  One stop has a great view of the beaches and waves of Tangolunda (“Beautiful Woman”) Bay.

Tangolunda Bay Huatulco (Small)

Tangolunda Bay

The bus then returned to the city for a stop at the church and museum.  We went on our own and found an Internet Store ($1 per hour).  A little bit of shopping and we rendezvoused with our bus (too hot to walk around).

Even though it was nearly 5 PM, our final stop was at a local restaurant for a Mexican Lunch. The passengers really enjoyed the spread but we opted only for drinks.

Heading home, the bus gave us a million dollar view of the Island Princess berthed in the Bay.

 Santa Cruz Bay and Island Princess (Small)

Island Princess docked in Santa Cruz Bay 

The beaches at Huatulco are white sand and nice.

 Santa Cruz Bay Beach (Small)

The beach at Huatulco

Mexican Navy patrol (Small)

Mexican gun boat provides security

After an excellent dinner, we attended the final performance by pianist Mac Frampton in the Princess Theater.  Great show – he also gives a bit of history behind the music which I find enjoyable and informative.

Some lounge music and we call it a day…

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