Cruise Vacationing Defined in Just Two Words

You must be thinking….how can she describe cruising in just two words. As the number of people that cruise you will probably find that many words to describe their experiences. Some might say it’s relaxing, others might say trying new foods is what they enjoy, others might not enjoy the sea days while others look forward to it. These different likes and dislikes can really be put into 2 words: loose vs tight.

First, lets define loose vs tight in the context of cruising.

Hang Loose
Hang loose!

Loose: Not fixed in place, free from anything that binds or restrains.

Tight: fixed, not relaxed, unyielding

There are also loose personalities vs tight personalities. Neither is better than the other but it does help to know what kind of person you are and what kind of person you might be traveling with. Because under certain conditions a loose personality traveling with a tight personality will eventually be negotiating through some difficult moments while cruising.

The cruise industry itself is tight! They must stay on schedule for one thing, safety issues is a huge one, and now of course they are grappling with how to keep people from getting sick when they are on their vacation, which is not new, but is taking a more prominent position in the hierarchy of the things they have to deal with.

On the other hand, us passengers in general “want” to be loose! We want to unwind, not have to follow a lot of rules, do things on our own schedule and in our own way. Which the cruise lines have been listening too because they have made mealtimes more flexible for one thing.

Relaxing on the beach!
Relaxing in the sun

So a loose person might not like some of the structure and “rules” they might be expected to yield too. For instance, if you are absorbed in an excursion or activity off the ship, your not going to like being told that you have to stop and hurry back to your ship because it will leave with out you! Some loose types of people will really put this to the test. One of our favorite things to do before the ship leaves a port is to watch scurrying last minute runners trying to make it to the “front door” before the ship leaves! We’ve actually seen and heard stories about people literally “missing the boat”! I’m sure you have too!

On the other hand a tight person will probably get uncomfortable when something doesn’t happen that is on the schedule! I’m a tight personality most of the time and it bothers me when I want to keep a schedule but those in my traveling party do not! I’ve learned to just go with the flow! I can be tight when I need to be but I’ve also learned to loosen up as the situations warrants. Which I think most of us instinctively do anyway. We don’t even realize it sometimes.

It’s the same way when you are visiting certain countries. Some countries have a very “tight” feel to them and others are quite “loose”. It’s good to brush up on a countries “tourist etiquette” so that you can be courteous and honor the people that you are visiting. Especially when your dealing with time. When you are told to be somewhere at a certain time, is that a loose definition of when to meet someone or is that tight…..like if you are on time, you are considered late!

When visiting Hawaii for example, I feel it is an incredibly loose environment. When we were in Oahu one year, we stayed in an AirB&B but with the host there too. He was included! He made our meals, was our tourist guide, it was wonderful….but he was not on a schedule! We learned really quick that time is loosely defined as “later this afternoon”, “probably tomorrow sometime”, “maybe tonight, I guess…..” he even let us use his van when all of us wanted to go to the same place, but it was on his time not ours!

So here’s a trecky tip: Be loose when you need to be loose, be tight when you need to be tight!

And above all else come visit our wonderful Vidanta resorts in Mexico! Which can be as loose or as tight as you want it to be! We were supposed to go in May, but obviously, that is not going to happen so we asked if we could postpone until October, and they were very helpful in changing our reservation. So if you are ready to start planning a trip start here!

Elegant entry at Vidanta, Grand Mayan
Entry to Vidanta Grand Mayan

The Practical Guide to beach strolling in Cabo San Lucas

Beach in Cabo San Lucas
Gorgeous beach in Cabo San Lucas

One of our favorite things to do when visiting the ocean is strolling on the beach barefoot. We’ve been to several beaches, including Nags Head in North Carolina along the Atlantic ocean, Ocean Shores in the state of Washington on the Pacific side and the Sea of Cortez/Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Baja peninsula of Cabo San Lucas. In this post I’ll specifically focus on the beaches of the Cabo area. Not all beaches in the Cabo area are barefoot strolling compatible. I’m going to give you some tips so you can avoid the “strolling” snafus that happened to us!

All the beaches in Cabo were beautiful but not all of them can be strolled on barefoot as we found out on our first visit. On some beaches the sand was full of coral and small sharp rocks, not very pleasant to walk on. If we had only brought some shoes down with us, we would have enjoyed our walk so much better! “Note to self”- Always carry a pair of water shoes/beach shoes with you so you’ll be prepared for any type of beach walk.

Beach in front of Fiesta Americana Resort
Beach in front of Fiesta Americana

The first beach we tried to stroll on was in front of the Fiesta Americana in San Jose del Cabo. The waters are to rough to swim in and the sand is the coral/small pebbly rock kind that is very hard on the feet. I really wish we would have had some beach shoes with us. It would have been a lot more fun!

Beach in front of Grand Mayan Los Cabos
Beach in front of Grand Mayan Los Cabos

A barefoot strolling beach can actually be found a little way up the road in San Jose del Cabo in front of the Vidanta Grand Mayan. We actually own a timeshare there and I’m really glad because the sand is so soft under the toes! The sandy beach goes for miles. The waves roll in just up the sand to cool you off on a warm day. The beach area is pristine and the waters are a glorious color of blue.

After we had walked quite a ways down this beach we noticed we were walking along side the San Jose del Cabo wildlife estuary. Here you will want to pull out your walking shoes! So many different birds were flying in the air, swimming in the water and enjoying their side of the beach! It was a little smelly though, and the beach area was a bit messy because that’s where the birds hang out! Some of the bird species we saw were falcon’s, pelicans, vultures, and white herons.

San Jose del Cabo wildlife estuary
San Jose del Cabo wildlife estuary

We ventured out a little further one day to visit a town called Todos Santos. It was about an hours drive from Los Cabos. The beaches were a bit more “rustic”, meaning there were no services and the roads into the beaches were dirt. The peace and quiet though was priceless! The sand was soft under the toes! We got caught by a few rogue waves though so be careful. We dried out pretty quickly as we sat on the beach and admired the sunset.

Beach at Todos Santos
Beach at Todos Santos

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