Salsa & Salsa-Great Excursion in Costa Maya
About 1 year ago, May 2014, I took my eldest Greta on the Carnival Liberty. It was a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise that I had won during a travel agent promotion Carnival ran. We had decided on this particular itinerary due to it's Spanish speaking destinations. Greta was already in her 4th year of Spanish and mom wanted to put what she learned to practice. We had a delightful time on the cruise and enjoyed both onboard and off board activities. Our favorite though was the day we spent in Costa Maya doing Carnival's Salsa & Salsa excursion.
The Salsa & Salsa was a combination of learning how to make salsa and learning how to dance the salsa. This of course was right up our alley as Mexican cuisine is one of our favorites and Greta had been dancing since the age of 2. We ended up with a beautiful day as we disembarked the ship and headed for our meet up point on the dock. We lucked out discovering there were only 8 of us that signed up for this particular tour. The small group size made it even more fun!
We took a short van ride into the main town area. I'm not sure by size it really qualified as a town, but was very colorful and friendly. We entered a covered patio area where a table was set for us. Once seated and introductions were made, our adorable guide, Frederico, began to explain what we would be doing. The first thing on agenda, order a cocktail. Something with Tequila of course. The best part, the first activity was to learn how to make your very own blue margarita. Mind you we would be drinking these throughout the activity. Just sayin', things can get a bit jovial when the tequila starts flowing. Once our drinks were set, we moved on to learning how to make 2 different types of salsa and a guacamole. One was smoky and spicy and one mild. We even used traditional methods that the locals would use in their own homes. I had to buy a few of the implements to bring home with the recipes to make it the traditional way upon our return.
Once we had successfully mastered and taste tested our salsas and margaritas, we moved away from the table to the open floor to learn the salsa. Let me say there is a reason they give you the margaritas before hand. All shyness gone, and for some the ability to move without wobbling! Greta and I were partners to begin. She laughed so hard to see her now tipsy mom try to learn these steps without tripping over myself. Of course being the awesome dance creature she is, she had no problems and immediately caught on. Frederico was very anxious to make her his partner after our lesson. They did a beautiful dance for us.
The remainder of our time concluded with exploring the small town. We opted for some local massages on the beach and then some browsing of souvenirs. We returned back to the ship happy, satisfied and relaxed. We returned home with recipes and memories of a lifetime!
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.