My little adventures south of the border.

Isla Mujeres Spring Break 2011 – Part III

So, when I first got to Isla on this trip, I started out at the Suites los Arcos.  I didn’t get any pictures of it, but I was not impressed.  It’s average at best, and overpriced at $98 a night.  Maybe it would have been better if I had had a room with a balcony overlooking Hidalgo.  At any rate, I left after two nights and spent the next night at the Rocamar…better priced at $72 a night.  I’ve never stayed here before, but how could you go wrong with a view like this?  The rooms are very stark and basic, but very clean.  It’s nice to be able to sleep with the door open so you can hear the waves.

Like I said…stark and basic…

Looking the other way.  There’s a safe and a fridge in that cabinet on the right.  This room had one of those see-through bathrooms.

I can see why they added the curtains.  This would be WAY too much information if you’re traveling with a friend.

It’s such a welcome view every time you walk into the room…

Not to mention the sunrise in the morning…

They didn’t have a room for my last two nights there, so I set out walking to find something else.  I’ve always heard good things about the Maria Leticia, so I stopped in to see if they had a vacancy.  I didn’t expect them to because I know they have quite a following of regulars who book way in advance to stay here.  But luck was with me and they had a room for both nights…at $350 pesos per night.  You can’t beat that with a stick.

Again, very basic, but I really felt at home here.  I loved the windows that offered a cross breeze and didn’t even use the air conditioning at night.  The beds are comfortable and I also felt very safe here.  (Although I’ve never felt UNsafe on Isla.)

Nice little kitchen area with a full-sized fridge and coffee maker.  This was the only place I stayed at on this trip that had de Pelicula on TV…the station that plays old black and white Mexican movies.  Sweet.

Small bathroom but everything worked great and the water pressure was fine.

The little courtyard is nice with all the flowers and palm trees. The owner is very watchful and you feel like he’s very protective of his guests.  I would highly recommend the Maria Leticia…it’s convenient to everything, yet you feel like you’re off the beaten path when you are in your room.

Walking down Rueda Medina, I had never noticed this before.  Where have I been??

I can never remember what they call these things…

I love checking out what the fishermen bring in in the morning.  Quite a catch, huh?

Imagine how many fish have been filleted on these tables on the beach…

I went shell and sea glass hunting along the malecon.  I walked along most of the craggy beach there which is no small feat because some of that area is very rough and rocky.

I didn’t see much of anything in the way of shells or sea glass.  But I WAS fortunate enough to find a seahorse…

I checked out Vivian’s Qubano this time around and had the Cuban sandwich.  Delicious as always.

This was the first time I had a watermelon water, though.  Absolutely wonderful!  Definitely get one if you go there.

I didn’t even know she had a back patio area.  I always prefer eating outside.  Cute, colorful little area.

Bally Hoo has become a favorite place to hang out because it’s just so relaxing and always has a nice breeze.  It’s a perfect place to watch all the boat activity.

This little guy belonged to a some people who had a boat on this dock.  His owner would walk down the pier and this sweetie would hurry behind him trying to keep up.  But his feet were so small, he keep tripping on the spaces between the boards.  You can get an idea of his size by comparing him with the foot in the upper left-hand part of the photo.  It was definitely one of those “Awwwww” moments.

And some more sunsets from day 3…

Part IV coming up!

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6 responses

  1. Jeanne

    I am loving your trip report! Great photos, great dialogue!

    April 25, 2011 at 3:24 am

  2. Vee

    Agree with Jeanne – excellent reporting!

    April 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  3. Deb, you’re really whetting my appetite for our June trip with your photos! That Rocamar room is actually updated from when I stayed there in 2009. No chairs when we were there, so Craig hated it and refuses to stay there again. The sound of the waves is all that matters to me, so I’d gladly stay there again! And Suites Los Arcos? We stayed there a night in 2006 and were treated so rudely by the front desk that we’ll never go back! I can’t believe they’re getting $90 something a night for those rooms! Loving your Isla reports!

    April 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

  4. First of all, I want to pick that little puppy up and kiss it. So sweet and tiny. I love the sea horse! LOL! And Vivian’s Cuban sandwich and watermelon water are some of my favorites. Mmmmmm!! Thanks for the mini vaycay!

    April 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  5. Thanks, Jeanne and Vee.

    Beck – I guess I can’t blame Craig for not wanting to stay somewhere with no chairs! Ha! The sound of the waves is great, but I think they should either offer a TV or WIFI in the room rather than having to go down to the lobby area for both. And I’ll have to say the staff at the Suites los Arcos were just okay…neither rude nor overly friendly. I would definitely never stay there again…especially at that price.

    Jana – You were not the only one who wanted to pick up the little puppy. While sitting at Bally Hoo, I would hear, “Oh, my God…he’s adorable!!!” every few minutes, along with the typical puppy talk. And now I’m sorry I didn’t bring the seahorse home. Haha!

    April 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

  6. Teresa

    This is so helpful, and beautiful pictures! I love that you truly enjoy the “flavor” of Mexico when you stay, appreciate the review for watermelon water and the cuban sandwich as well. Looking forward to future blogs! : )

    September 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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