Feeling Out of Her Element in Latin America
Lucile is nineteen and complete dreamer. She will be the one gallivanting globally throughout her life, discovering the best vegan dishes around the world and have a different hair color every time you see her. She also runs a YouTube channel complete with a peek at living a life of minimalism and discussing facts about controversial topics in the media. Maybe you remember her last post on here about traveling Europe for under $950? If not, don't worry, she'll recap another awesome trip for you now!
Hello. Did you miss me? It is I, Lucile again. The rove dreamer that has once more found myself in a destination of paradise: Latin America. More specifically, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico through Norwegian Cruise lines. This trip was not as riveting as the last. This was a family affair that did not include Heather. Sorry sis!
Let’s start with tropical rolling hills of Roatan, Honduras. Here we found a beautiful empty beach. Just walk into Main Street and ask a local taxi driver to take you somewhere quite away from people. I would tell you the name of this beach if I could. It’s not that I do not want to, it’s simply that I cannot for the life of me remember. The entire area was beautiful. This beach had a boardwalk and a small island you could swim out to. It’s not exactly the place I ever thought I would find myself in. Typically I am more of a rough it redneck that enjoys camping. So if even I found peace in this place anyone should be able to find themselves having a good time here.
Next stop: Harvest Caye Belize. For the right person, this would be paradise. However, I cannot say I found joy in this island. Do not let this discourage you in any way. If you like warm turquoise water, smooth white sand beaches, a swim-up bar and don’t mind crowds then you’ll have a blast. The masses of people is what got to me. I am just like Heather in this way.
The third stop is Costa Maya, Mexico. When you arrive here from the cruise terminal run past the shops and immediately head for the beach about two miles south of the port. All I had on me were guts, goggles, and a strong swimming ability. Located a couple hundred yards out from the shoreline is a beautiful coral reef. If you do not have a strong swimming ability there are no worries as the beach itself was very nice with a small restaurant. After a few hours in the sunshine, my father and I drove around the town in a golf cart looking at all the scrap houses.
Our final destination was Cozumel, Mexico. For the first time we decided to book a tour excursion to Tulum. This is Mayan meaning “Wall City.” It is one of the few remaining pyramids along the Yucatan shoreline. There are so many theories about this ancient city but there is one that anyone will be able to agree with, when you step foot inside those walls you get weird feelings. Again, an excursion is not my thing but I would have to say it was worth it. Would I do it again? No. But it’s one of those things where it is interesting to experience it once. Then again it may have just been that the Anthropologist in me was screaming at the sight of the historic buildings.
On the cruise, I felt completely out of my element. You tend to feel quite pampered and like the tourist of the year, especially when you get back to America and find yourself sitting on the floor of a hotel bathroom peeling your sunburnt skin off of your face. Sometimes it’s okay to embrace how ridiculous you are about to look and act, throw your head back and your arms up into the air. You are on vacation and you just don’t care. Cheesy right. Again, not my element. Look at the photos and decide for yourself. Is this something that you want to experience?