As boating season kicks into high gear, Cinco de Mayo marks the perfect time to get out on the water and have some fun. The holiday officially recognizes the Mexican army’s defeat of the French in 1862, but has grown to encompass a celebration of Mexican-American culture. Whether you’re celebrating your own heritage, remembering our southern neighbors’ military victory, or just having a good time honoring Mexican culture, Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic day to go boating. This year, May 5th falls on a Saturday and many people are using the whole weekend to celebrate, so here are a few ways you can party in style.
Have a Mexican Cookout
Mexican cuisine is delicious, vibrant, nutritious and usually not too complicated. Get your friends and family together and cook up some favorite Mexican dishes on your boat. It’s hard to beat fresh fish tacos, but try out some other mouth-watering options such as Carne Asada, an easy dish that will impress everyone on board. Just marinate a steak with beer, lime, lemon, garlic, red onion, salt, and sugar. Then grill it up and serve. It can be a main ingredient in burritos, quesadillas, sopes, tacos and so much more.
Put that boat grill to work.
Find a Fiesta in the U.S.
Chicago has some pretty great boat cruises on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to celebrate the day. In Boston, you can combine a booze cruise around Boston Harbor with some authentic Mexican fare and live music at the Boston Taco Festival. If you’re in Texas, Austin hosts an annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Fiesta Gardens Park. Spend some time on one of Austin’s scenic lakes before heading there to enjoy free music and great food. San Diego and Los Angeles have fantastic parties planned throughout the cities with lively parades, vibrant costumes and awesome entertainment. With the ocean so close, you can boat by day and party by night.
San Diego Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Find a Fiesta in Mexico
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Mexico during Cinco de Mayo, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of celebrations from the north to the south and everywhere in between. At the resorts, such as Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, the parties can range from laid back to rowdy. The rest of Mexico, however, keeps the fun a little more family friendly. There are parades and parties, but excessive drinking throughout the day is more common in the States. As far as parades go, Mexico City’s is a bucket-list experience, but boating is difficult in the mountainous area. For a water-based trip, the nearby city of Puebla is the better place to go.
Dancers entertain a crowd in Puebla during Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Puebla is the site of the famous battle with the French, so there’s nothing like going straight the source for a good celebration. There are parades, historical reenactments, colorful dancing, cookouts, and plenty of places to grab a ice-cold Dos Equis. Even better, Puebla is right next to Laguna de Valsequillo, a large lake that offers some of the best inland boating in South-Central Mexico. So salt up a margarita and make this Cinco de Mayo a weekend to remember.
Laguna de Valsequillo. Puebla, Mexico.