Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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On my 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
The slower, 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.
There 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.
Once 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 Isla.
Although 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.
The Yucatecan 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
good mix of local patrons and international travelers.
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