An Informative Discovery

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A recent visit to Cozumel, Mexico, was fun and enjoyable.  A shore excursion to Discover Mexico Park was very informative. Our tour guide was engaging, proud of his country, and shared lots of interesting details.  Discover Mexico is one of the most seen parks in Cozumel that offers tourists a unique experience about Mexico.  The park provides tourists an opportunity to learn about its collection of arts and crafts of the country.  Their main objective is to portray Cozumel as not just another island of the Caribbean but part of a multi-diverse country.  The $19.99 we spent for the tour was well worth it.  Here are some of the facts communicated to our tour group:

  • The official name of Mexico is “The Mexican United States.”
  • The area of Mexico is 760,000 square miles.
  • Mexico is the 11th most populated country (118 million in 2013).
  • Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world.
  • Mexico is the largest silver producer in the world.
  • Mexico’s main exports are corn, beans, avocado, coffee, cotton, chocolate, chili, Tequila, and silver.
  • Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • The smallest volcano in the world is located in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Mexico is the country that has the highest per capita consumption of Coca-Cola in the world.
  • The first person which patented color TV was Mexican; Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, when he was 23 years old in 1940.
  • Mexican presidents get elected every 6 years and there is no reelection.
  • Mexico has no official religion; however, around 82% of the population is catholic.
  • 51% of the population are women.
  • The life expectancy in Mexico is around 75; in 1930 it was 34.
  • The Mexico – U.S. border is the most frequently crossed international border in the world.

Our tour group arrived back at the cruise ship more informed and inspired as a result of our visit to Discover Mexico Park. Definitely suggest a visit.

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Sweet Tampa

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Spending time in Tampa prior to boarding a cruise ship bound for the Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.  Enjoyed a leisurely day shopping and dining.  Found the city to be attractive and the residents to be friendly and engaging.  Had a delicious meal at Carmines Restaurant, located in the heart of Ybor City – Tampa’s Latin Quarter.  The restaurant specializes in dishes from Spain, Cuba and Italy.  We had a front row, window view of 7th Avenue, recognized as one of the ’10 Great Streets in America’ by the American Planning Association.  Ybor City today is one of only two national historic landmark districts in Florida.  The shopping and dining in Ybor City are quite enjoyable.  There is also a movie theatre on the property.  This multi-purpose complex is located just northeast of downtown Tampa.  Ybor City, founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and populated by thousands of immigrants, grew to be a popular spot for visitors and citizens alike – especially the night club and entertainment areas.  Definitely suggest a visit.

Cruise Beauty

IMG_2122Sometimes it takes only a moment to capture a beautiful sight – even from your ocean view stateroom on a cruise ship.  This picture depicts an anticipated moment when entering Cozumel, Mexico.  Good on the inside and even greater on the outside – taking in a skyline of beauty to an ocean’s delight.