My little adventures south of the border.

Isla Mujeres Spring Break 2011 – Part II

When I started posting on this Isla trip, I was going to just do brief little reports with maybe 10-15 pictures each.  Well, after uploading about 35 photos on this post, I guess that thought went by the wayside, so here’s just another photo-heavy report from me.

One of my first stops on this trip was the Mango Cafe.  It had been a couple years since I had been there and I’ve heard so many great things about it, I had to try it again.  I’m glad I did.


Cute little place…


Here’s the menu…at least when I was there last month…


The group sitting at the table next to me recommended the West Indies Tacos…so that’s what I went with.  OMG…they were absolutely delicious!  The peanut coconut sauce was a wonderful complement.  The dish comes with three large tacos which is actually too much for one person.  So, if you’re going with someone else, you can definitely split one dish.  I got through half of the first taco and realized I hadn’t taken a picture, so I had to reorganize my plate for a photo.  That’s what happens when you’re digging into good food.


This place is across the street.  I never tried it out but I like the iguana…


Just some shots in the area…


A couple of cuties across the street…


They happened to be giving cat and dog vaccinations that day right across the street from the Mango Cafe…


They wanted me to get a picture…


This cute guy kept pawing at his mistress.  I can just imagine what he was trying to say… “Please take me home…please, please, please!”


This guy looked like he wanted to be in on the “fun”.  I’m thinking he wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much if he had been there.


One of my quests on this trip was to find the Chuuk Kay restaurant.  I drove my golf cart all over the place going towards Punta Sur but didn’t find it.  On the way back, I stopped at Oscar’s and took this picture of the marina in the back.  Unique use of the canoe or kayak or whatever that is…


Maybe this guy was looking for the Chuuk Kay, too, and was as lost as I was…


But then I found the El Veradero restaurant which I knew was close to the Chuuk Kay.  I got out and looked around.  I didn’t get any shots of El Veradero, but this was the building behind it…


And here was their “guard dog.”  Pretty darn ferocious, huh?  Yep, anybody coming into contact with this guy might just start crying because he looks so sad.  He was a sweetie.


So, the Chuuk Kay really was right next to the El Veradero…


It’s a pretty large place sitting on the lagoon…


I got there in the early afternoon and there was no one there…


I just had a beer and thought I was going to come back at some time for dinner, but never made it, unfortunately.


Here’s one page of their menu…


And they have really cool bathroom sinks…


If you’re not sure where they’re located, just head down Rueda Medina toward the south end and watch for these signs…


Stopped by Jax one evening to sit on the upper level.  I’m not a big Jax fan.  I use them for their internet, but they’re a little too Americanized for me.  I always get something to eat if I use their internet.  Their nachos were okay…a little too cheesy.


But the views from the top floor are pretty darn good as the sun starts to set…


I ran into Sergio this time around.  He looked healthy and happy, although he wasn’t on his bicycle.  He had lots of batiks on display…


I already have two, but I bought another one for my son who just moved into a new apartment…


This is the one in my living room.  Yeah, it’s kind of grisly, but he didn’t have much of a selection when I picked this one, and I do like the colors.  When I was robbed last December and the police came to dust for fingerprints, I saw one of the officers take a double-take at this wall hanging.  He probably thought I was some weird demonic witch-like person who likes to eat hearts.  Haha!


On a final note, he was giving out little free samples which I thought was a really sweet touch.  My son gave me this little jewelry case last Mother’s Day, and I have never been able to figure out what to put in the photo frame.  Sergio solved that problem.  Talk about perfect, right?


Stay tuned for Part III…maybe it will actually be under 35 photos.

4 responses

  1. I really like your pictures. Yucatan is definitely a wonderful place! I added you web site to my links on my page. Thanks!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

  2. Deb, the West Indies Tacos are my fave at The Mango. We also had dinner there one night and the meal was outstanding! I’m hoping they’re open for brunch and dinner in June! We’ve eaten at Chuuk Kay twice in the afternoon and both times, the food was great. I prefer the afternoon’s there because I’ve heard the mosquitos come out in that location in the evening. We had never been a fan of Jax until this last trip. We were hungry for a burger and a winter regular told us Jax had the best on the island. He was right! I ended up eating there twice in January. Can’t wait until mid-June!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  3. Helen

    For probably 5 years I felt the same way about Jax. Just never appealed to me. Then I started going there for the great breakfast(3 cups of coffee!)when a friend needed the internet. I can sit at that one table inside by the half wall and have a fantastic view and still get internet service. Then once I needed to connect to the internet in the afternoon so I had their fish tacos. They were fantastic and a lot of food. They also have Campari and soda with lime. Great sunset cocktail. I rarely eat there unless I need internet but I’m glad they are there when I need them.

    Isn’t Sergio an amazing human being!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:56 am

  4. Thanks, Giuseppe…I put you on my blog roll, too!

    Beck – Okay, so I’ll have to get back to Chuuk Kay for a meal…AND try a burger at Jax…next time!

    Helen – I agree…I’m glad Jax is there when I need them. I’ll definitely have to try the fish tacos…and I’ve heard the fish and chips is great, too. Another reason to go back…damn!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:25 am

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