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first trip to Isla Mujeres I scrambled to catch the departing Blanca
Biatriz, one of two older boats that ferries passengers from Puerto
Juarez to the island. Its sister ship, the Sultana del Mar, features
two Mexican musicians who sing and play trumpet and guitar, entertaining
the passengers for tips.
more colorful, and less expensive passenger boats are a leisurely
way to make the transition to the tranquility of the island. The
local people, laughing and talking in melodic Spanish, pile on with
their children and bundled possessions. The vessels chug along allowing
you ample time to admire the beautiful azure waters of the Caribbean.
Isla Mujeres, the "Isle of Women", lies off the Quintana
Roo coast of Mexico. The popular Caribbean resort of Cancun can
be seen in the distance.
are a number of newer express boats that make the same crossing
in half the time and at more than twice the cost of the older boats.
Sealed behind a closed cabin window the ocean view is soon blotted
out by the salt water spray against the glass and replaced with
a blaring television to entertain you.
Average annual temperatures of 80 degrees Fahrenheit make the island
beaches of Isla Mujeres a popular tourist destination.
I settled into a small hotel along the malecon, I walked to North
Beach. After the winter weather of early January in the US it felt
good to swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean, lie on the cool
white sand, feel the heat of the tropical sun, and admire the topless
young ladies on holiday on the Isle of Women.
Charter vessels and local fishing boats dock at Playa Lancheros
on the southeastern coast of the small 8 kilometer long island of
there are a number a good Isla restaurants, Chen Huaye is my favorite
on the island. Located on a side street just off the main plaza,
it's an unpretentious place offering good food in a friendly atmosphere.
The Blanca Beatriz, docked next to colorful fishing boats in the
harbor, is one of several public ferries that carry passengers to
Puerto Juarez and Cancun on the mainland.
meals are simple, delicious and reasonably priced. One of the best
is the combination platter, which is a great introduction to Chen
Huaye's tasty tipico fare. They also serve refreshing agua frutas
drinks and excellent flan for dessert. The people who run the restaurant
are very pleasant and helpful which is another reason why the place
seems to attract a
good mix of local patrons and international travelers.
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