My little adventures south of the border.

Why do Isla lovers love Isla?

My most recent trip to Isla was just a relaxing getaway.  I didn’t want to think about anything…just veg.  And I can’t think of a better place to do this.  Isla seems to have “healing powers”…a place to let things go and just appreciate life.  I don’t feel that in Texas.  I am not a native Texan…I don’t wear cowboy boots, I don’t do the two-step, and I’m not a country-western fan, so I don’t feel that loyalty that so many natives feel here.  I guess I’ll always be an outsider…which is why I enjoy going to Isla (or anywhere in Mexico for that matter) to get away from all that.

So why do I love Isla?  Let me count the ways.  First of all…to get my toes in the sand…

It’s always the first thing I want to do when I get there.

Not to mention the serenity…

Secondly…I love the colors and the activity.  Waking up after my first night, I head out to breakfast and/or coffee and just love watching the activity as the island comes to life.  Vendors delivering newspapers…

Finding a place for coffee…

And just exploring what may have changed…



Then there’s the food…

The shrimp cocktail at Picus…

The fish and chips at Bally Hoo…

And the Huevos Motulenos at Tacostumbras…definitely the best this time around…

Not to mention the views from your table…

There’s laundry day…


The familiar…

The quirky… (I’m sorry, but it would haven’t taken about 60 seconds to paint the back side of the ball on top of that post, but I guess because it was at the end of the malecon, it didn’t matter…haha…that’s Mexico.)

The shopping!!

One of the best shops on the island in my humble opinion…


And the animals.  This little sweetie was laying on the sidewalk and I clicked my tongue so that it would look at me for a picture.  Well, it got up and walked over to me and just sat at my feet while I massaged its ears.  Sooooooooo cute…and I love the sweater!!


I’ve seen this little guy begging at Cito Cafe…
I decided to bring my cat, Nutter, along on this trip…

Haha…I kid.  This is a cat who took up residence next door to the Hotel Plaza Almendros.  Here’s Nutter…

Amazing likeness, huh?  Apparently, the vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female…just a little tidbit of information.  Anyway, this little sweetie would wait for me outside the hotel every morning, so it was like going out and greeting Nutter each day.  In fact, I would go outside and say, “Hi, Nutter!”  She didn’t care if I didn’t get the name right…she was down for a little affection.


Then there are the people…the hard workers who walk up and down the beach every day…

The hard working fishermen…

And the children…



And some interesting characters??


And, finally…the water.  That beautiful, blue, clear water.  Every time I see it, I can’t believe it…and look for ways to remember it in my everyday life.



I don’t know about everyone else…but that’s why I love Isla…

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11 responses

  1. cori holden

    That was one of the nicest blogs we have seen! Your pictures are wonderful and capture everything that is special about Isla to us as well. Thank you.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:26 am

  2. Ann

    Deb–this is great! You do such a great job with your photos! Sorry that all your stuff was stolen…..I bought the same camera ( G12) about a month ago to replace my P&S that I dropped when I fell last year on Isla–love it–so many great features! Can’t wait for more!

    January 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  3. Catrina

    I love it! You have shown exactly the reasons I love Isla Mujeres.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

  4. MD in Texas

    AWESOME pictures. Thanks so much. I have bookmarked you to my blog roll reading list! 🙂 We will be there in 10 days, but your pictures and descriptions make it a bit easier to wait!

    Donna

    January 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

  5. Deb, I’m so glad I found my way here via Ann! Your photos this trip are absolutely fantastic! You captured the essence to a tee! Can’t wait to get there in another week and a half!

    January 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  6. Love the pics. I would kill for those Ballyhoo fish and chips right about now. And a couple of their margaritas. We call that tortoiseshell cat Princess. She is so sweet and eats quite well (from the look of her) compared to some of the other cats on Hidalgo.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  7. Thank you, everyone! Wish I was going to be there this month to meet everyone. Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos. And, Jana…that fish at Ballyhoo’s was GREAT! I would definitely get those again!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

  8. catz

    Welcome to the addiction that is Isla Mujeres. You captured the true essence of Isla through your photos. Looking forward to more!!

    January 6, 2011 at 1:32 am

  9. Thanks, Catz!

    January 6, 2011 at 4:10 am

  10. Laura

    I’ll be there in 14 days… and your blog is just what I need to hold me over until then. Your photos and observations are perfect. Can’t wait for your next posting. Enjoy every moment. – Laura

    January 7, 2011 at 2:49 am

  11. Lindy

    Spending a week on Isla with my Husband in Sept. 2011. Our first real honeymoon after 28 years. Can’t wait~ it looks so beautiful and peaceful. Would love to hear more about favorite restaurants and dishes. Thanks for your wonderful site!

    July 31, 2011 at 12:09 am

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