Mexican Riviera Cruise: Dolphins Party with Margarita Mariners

Mexican Riviera Cruise: Dolphins Party with Margarita Mariners

Puerta Vallarta Pacific DolphinBottomless Margaritas flow freely as our small boat heads back to Puerto Vallarta from Yelapa. The party only gets better when hundreds of dolphins come to play.

Heading straight for us, they surround the sides of the boat, dive under and come up to see the people on the bow. Smiling for the camera, they come straight for – and playfully duck under – the boat’s photographer whose legs dangle in the water.

 

Boat DanceLeaving the dolphins in our wake, our playful crew puts on a show of their own, costumes and all. Is it the fact that we’re watching a stage show on the bow of a moving boat that makes this such a crack up?

Margarita MarinersNot to be outdone, we Margarita Mariners improvise our own show. I have to say, dancing unfamiliar moves on ocean swells while drinking makes folks appear far more intoxicated than they truly are. I, on the other hand, am probably exactly as intoxicated as I appear.

WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR

  • Part 1:  Vacation in San Diego — We see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier, and we ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.
  • Part 2:  Ship Sets Sail — The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.
  • Part 3:  Wildlife of Bahia Magdelena — Bay waters teen with breaching gray whales, humpbacks, a harbor seal swimming for its life and other beautiful sea life.
  • Part 4: Whales of Puerto Vallarta — We board a small boat, the only means of transport to Yelapa beach, but find ourselves detoured by 7 feeding humpback whales. All this, after the most beautiful sunrise over Puerto Vallarta.
  • Part 5: Banderas Bay — After our crew’s entertaining dance, we relax in this beautiful landscape, snorkel with orange and black striped fish, and kayak the shoreline.
  • Part 6: Wildlife of Yelapa Lagoon — The remote resort of Yelapa has a a serene lagoon where humans, horses, and herons are great fun for playful Mexican dogs as well as a beautiful beach where humans play.
Mexican Riviera Cruise: Yelapa Lagoon

Mexican Riviera Cruise: Yelapa Lagoon

Yelapa LagoonLet’s take a small boat From Puerto Vallarta to the remote beach resort of Yelapa, a magical oasis for tourism, local crafts and wildlife. And yes, there are bottomless margaritas for all on this journey! The trick is not to spill them while riding the waves. (Yelapa is only accessible by boat.)

Once at the resort, bargain with locals for one-of-a-kind bead work or beautiful sarongs and drink a Mexican beer – all from your beach lounger. Of course, you might have to compete with some pretty beach-savvy Mexican dogs for that coveted seat at the shore. You’ll see what I mean… (Aside from the dogs, this video is mostly human. The next is about local wildlife if you prefer to skip ahead.)

Yelapa boasts a population of roughly 10,000 residents with its very own school and hospital. Still, the economy has much room for growth and tourism offers an opportunity for locals to persuasively peddle their wares. While this can be a bit too persuasive for comfort at times, we found a peaceful escape to quietly enjoy the beauty.

Walk with us to a lovely lagoon where Mexican dogs playfully romp along-side herons, horses, humans, egrets, cormorants and sand pipers, as soaring black vultures with white-tipped wings glide through bluebird skies.

As an important aside, while we love iguanas and find them fascinating, to see them leashed and manhandled by sweaty, suntan-lotioned people during every sunny beach hour just doesn’t seem fair. For that reason, we refused to pose with one for a photograph.

WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR

  • Part 1:  Vacation in San Diego — We see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier, and we ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.
  • Part 2:  Ship Sets Sail — The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.
  • Part 3:  Wildlife of Bahia Magdelena — Bay waters teen with breaching gray whales, humpbacks, a harbor seal swimming for its life and other beautiful sea life.
  • Part 4: Whales of Puerto Vallarta — We board a small boat, the only means of transport to Yelapa beach, but find ourselves detoured by 7 feeding humpback whales. All this, after the most beautiful sunrise over Puerto Vallarta.
  • Part 5: Banderas Bay — After our crew’s entertaining dance, we relax in this beautiful landscape, snorkel with orange and black striped fish, and kayak the shoreline.
Mexican Riviera Cruise: Banderas Bay

Mexican Riviera Cruise: Banderas Bay

Banderas BayThis week, we share with you our entertaining crew of an excursion called “Two if by Sea.” Dancing on the bow of the boat, they show us their stuff before whisking us off to Banderas Bay for some snorkeling and kayaking. The birds and fish were gorgeous, and you might think the same of some of our crew.

If you missed the whales we saw on the way here, go back and watch. That was a sight to see!

WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR

  • Part 1:  Vacation in San Diego — We see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier, and we ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.
  • Part 2:  Ship Sets Sail — The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.
  • Part 3:  Wildlife of Bahia Magdelena — Bay waters teen with breaching gray whales, humpbacks, a harbor seal swimming for its life and other beautiful sea life.
  • Part 4: Whales of Puerto Vallarta — We board a small boat, the only means of transport to Yelapa beach, but find ourselves detoured by 7 feeding humpback whales.
Mexican Riviera Cruise: Whales of Puerto Vallarta

Mexican Riviera Cruise: Whales of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta SunrisePUERTO VALLARTA TO YELAPA

Puerto Vallarta’s sunrise, on this morning, is a spectacular blend of hot pink and orange clouds hanging low over the city, their reflections dancing playfully upon the water. Enjoy them in the moment. Each color burst fizzles quick like fireworks in the Mexican sky giving way to the full sun of morning and a spectacular view of … Walmart?

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A WHALE OF A DETOUR

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Humpback WhalesWe board a small boat as the only means of transport to Yelapa, a small, secluded beach resort where we plan to kayak, scuba dive and drink plenty of Margaritas.

On our way, we spot seven humpback whales ahead in the distance. They approach a neighboring boat, dip under it, then turn toward ours. Hovering, floating and arcing near the surface, the whales appear to be bubble netting. They collectively blow bubbles in a ring to disorient small fish and come up from the center to scoop a hefty meal with their baleen. The show is unexpected, somewhat unnerving in proximity, and ultimately a mind-blowing encounter. I’m so glad you’re here to experience it with us!

WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR

  • Part 1: San Diego – We see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier. We ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.
  • Part 2: Ship Sets Sail – The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.
  • Part 3: Wildlife of Bahia Magdelena – Bay waters teem with breaching gray whales, humpbacks, a harbor seal swimming for its life and other beautiful sea life.