Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Salsa & Salsa in Costa Maya



Table set-up

If you read my review of La Hacienda de San Angel, you know that I love, love, love chips and salsa.  So, when my husband and I booked a Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy, I was ecstatic to see the Costa Maya Salsa & Salsa excursion.  There was no question that we were going on this excursion.  Sign us up!

Blue Margarita



After disembarking the ship, it’s a quick 15-minute ride to a beachfront restaurant for the excursion.  The covered patio is set up with numerous tables and chairs set for four with a beautiful view of the ocean.  Everyone, of legal drinking age, is given drink tickets to order sodas, beer or margaritas.  Wes and I decided to start with some blue margaritas and then switched to beer.  The margaritas were good but were not as strong as we would have liked.  We realized that if we really wanted a buzz, uh…I mean, more bang for our buck, we should have started with beer.  We would need a little liquid courage to get up and salsa dance later in the excursion.





Tasty homemade salsa
During our excursion, we made two types of salsa and guacamole.  One of us did the chopping, while the other one handled the muddling (a.k.a. smashed the ingredients together).  Our guide, Francisco, did a wonderful job instructing us on how to make the salsas.  He was informative but also very entertaining.  And even better, the salsas we made were very tasty!  It was great being able to control how spicy we wanted the salsas to be.  After we ate enough chips and salsa to fill our heart’s content, we were given a few minutes before we started our salsa dancing lessons.


Our guide, Francisco, shows us how to make salsa
Some tables were moved out of the way to create a dance floor and a handful of us followed Francisco’s step-by-step instructions on learning the salsa.  We were taught four different steps and it was actually pretty fun.  This was the one part of the excursion my husband was not looking forward to but the liquid courage really helped him have a good time.  After our salsa-dancing lesson, there was time for some relaxation on the beach.  There was also a piñata so the kiddos could have some fun.

View of the beach

The excursion lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours and is for ages five and up.  There were only two kids at our excursion, and although they did seem to enjoy themselves during the piñata party, they seemed a little bored during the salsa and salsa portions.  I would recommend considering this excursion if you don’t have any kids in your party.  Not that kids wouldn’t enjoy it, but it seems a little more adult-friendly.  If you love salsa (the food) the way I do, this excursion is a must!

Ashley

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