Another pre-cruise 2-day stay

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Where I stayed
Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, January 10, 2011



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I posted this picture first, even though we didn't meet them until our port stop in Costa Maya.  We met these brothers who got together for the first time after their mother passed away five years ago.   Bill lives in Florida, and Jack lives in Arizona.  Bill and Jack were on a different cruise.   We met when we shared the van that took us to the Mayan ruins, and on the way back to our ship, we had the van driver drop us off at Mahahual beach for drinks and lunch where we spent about an hour.

The enjoyment of travel is meeting up with people like Bill and Jack if just for drinks and/or food.
This is one the main reasons I will travel as long as my health and $$$ holds up.    


Even if this one is a poster in Key West, it was one of the better ones in all my travels.
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INTRO: My roommate, Alexander
(Alex to me), on this journey is a transplant in Baja from Canada, and owns a real estate company in Loreto. We have traveled with this group before on
several occasions, but this was our first time as roommates.   In the future, if his girlfriend is unable to travel based on getting
her VISA approval, we will travel as roommates again. It worked out well, because we're both sound sleepers, and I have a need to get up two-three times every night for my nature calls. He shared his bottle of Scotch, and I my vodka. The Macchia Winery gave us several bottlesof wine, and they also sponsored cocktail parties and wine tasting events in addition to the special dinner at the Polo (steaks) restaurant where they shared six different wines.

Southern Caribbean:  This 10-day cruise was a roundtrip Miami with ports of call in George
Town, Cayman Island; Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Key West, Florida.




JAN 10: Coconut Grove is a neat neighborhood of Miami which sits east of Coral Gables where we spent New Years several years ago before another wine cruise. Coconut Grove has some good restaurants and shopping arcade not far from the Mayfair Hotel and Spa where we stayed for two nights. Since I had a late arrival to Coconut Grove, I had dinner at Bice Bistro across the street from our hotel, and ate fried calamari with a glass of red wine. My roommate arrived after 10PM, because of flight delays and route changes.


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JAN 11: Coconut Grove with its many good restaurants makes it a good location to stay for a visit to the Miami area. Coconut Walk has their Cheesecake Factory, Chilis, and a Hooters for the men. Coconut Grove is served by the Miami Metrorail system with access to downtown Miami, so one really doesn't need a car. You still need to take the bus to South Beach from downtown Miami if you're interested in seeing 30's-like architecture. The eastern border of Coconut Grove is Biscayne Bay where you can visit Villa Vizcaya, a popular tourist attraction.


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I went to see True Grit at the Paragon Grove theater after lunch at the $5/matinee price. A good movie that I recommend for all to see.


Cocowalk shopping mall has a Fat Tuesday daiquiri bar on the second floor with about 16 flavors for $8 each. I had the berry flavored one.

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I had dinner at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar, and had their mahi mahi with mango sauce that was recommended by friend. It was excellent.

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The following morning, we were transported to our ship on a small bus.









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