My little adventures south of the border.

Until next time, Isla…

This will be my last post on this trip to Isla Mujeres.  I’ve already done a post on why Isla lovers love Isla, but I will reiterate.  No matter how many times I go there, I will never be able to believe how blue the water is.  I am amazed every single time.  And that is probably one of the reasons I keep going back.  I think once you’ve seen it, you’re hooked.  And photographs don’t do it justice…it’s something you just have to see to believe.  I think that’s why they painted the Ultramar ferries yellow.  Since blue is the opposite of yellow on the color wheel, both colors seem to pop when you put them together.

Then there are the beautiful beaches…


And the peaceful boats bobbing in the water…


Like I said before, Isla is a healing place…a place where you can leave all your worries behind and let the breezes and the mesmerizing water take you away.

I saw a wedding on the Posada del Mar beach one day.  I’d like to think that a marriage that starts on Isla would be one that would last forever.  (I know…that’s the romantic in me.)


Here’s a happier picture of this little sweetie…

This would sure make a nice shop for some kind of business.  But between the lousy economy and the bad publicity about Mexico, it would probably be a risk…especially since it’s not on Hidalgo or Medina.


Here’s a little fixer-upper on the south end of the malecon.  It looks small, but just imagine what a nice deck you could put in that empty space which would look out to the sea.  Food for thought.  I wonder how much it is.


So, I was coming back from Playa Norte one day, and I took a picture of this place just as he was coming out the front door.  It made me think.  The vast majority of natives on the island are very, very poor.  What must it be like to totally rely on comfortable tourists to make their very meager living?


And to see all these people coming off boats (who kind of remind me of lemmings as they’re walking down the pier) to have fun, spend money, have a bunch of cervezas and margaritas…and then go back to their homes with flat screen TVs and granite countertops.  Most of these natives will never have that.  And we can pretend that they’re happy living the way they are, but how patronizing is that…especially when they see wealthy strangers spending lots of money while they’re there?  They will try to get by as best as they can by selling their goods, but they will always have a very hard life just trying to make a living.  Civilization has introduced a whole new world to Isla which is inevitable, but I can’t say that it’s good.  More and more foreigners are buying property there.  I would venture to say that Isla will eventually be an island full of foreigners because they will make it too expensive and impossible for native Mexicans to stay there.  How sad that would that be?


This place is also along the malecon, which could probably bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I’m glad that the owner is still holding out and living there no matter how unappealing the place may look to tourists.


So, it’s time to leave.  I was sad, but for a different reason.  I want to go to Mexico to experience Mexico.  While I enjoy meeting new people, when I’m there, I want to meet the locals.  I can meet Americans every day of my life, so it’s not on the top of my list to meet Americans when I’m in Mexico.  Call me strange.  In fact, I cringe when I see the stereotypical loud-mouthed, arrogant foreigners who act like they know everything and have that “attitude” like they’re seasoned travelers.  Give me a break.  They’re the ones who complain if the bathroom isn’t up to par or they didn’t get a lime with their cerveza.  While I was waiting for the ferry on my trip back, I had the pleasure of listening to a man in a group who who was wearing a fedora and wielding a cane going on and on about all his experiences.  I wanted to grab the cane and hit him with it.  Those are the times when I’m embarrassed for my so-called fellow Americans.

So, here I am back in “civilization” at the Cancun airport.  Yay.  (NOT)

I decided to have a last one of these while waiting for my flight…

…while watching Jimmy Buffet…

…and Alan Jackson…

…and couldn’t resist getting a shot of this woman’s boots waiting in line to get on the plane in front of me.  Definitely back in civilization.  They kind of reminded me of the wicked witch of the west’s shoes when the house fell on her and the toes of her boots curled up.  Hell would freeze over before I would wear these…well, maybe on Halloween.

Since this is my last post on Isla, I’m going to start doing some posts on prior visits to Mexico…like Valladolid, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Puerto Morelos, etc.  It will be like re-living some of my vacations and giving me the opportunity to redo some of my photos.  And Spring break is coming up…who knows what that will bring!

Hasta luego, Isla…

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9 responses

  1. Chuck Thomas

    I can understand your feelings about Isla. I have felt embarrassed by others actions as well. I thought the Jimmy Buffet pictures were on Isla at first. Them I realized they were from the airport. It always reminds me of the morning I had a drink with Mr. Buffet.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

  2. Nancy

    Are you sure those boots weren’t being worn by a Mexican woman? I see lots of wild looking footwear in the stores in Mexico, and on the feet of the young ladies.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  3. I agree with you that it is unfortunate that someday the island will be out of price range for the locals. Unfortunately, I guess this is the price that’s paid by inviting tourists into your country. They all want to stay.

    When I look at the people of Isla, I feel that they are happy in a different way maybe than a money way. I understand what you’re saying. As my Mom always says “I hate when people say ‘We were poor growing up, but we didn’t know it’. What, were you stupid, too? I could look around and SEE we were poor!!”. LOL. Love my Mom.

    I see the people of Isla as very family oriented, less ‘gimme oriented’ and more laid back than Americans. I know that stress comes in different forms and the stress of making ends meet can be a big one, but what about those ‘rich Americans’ who’s McMansion full of granite countertops was purchased before the economy was so bad and they are in foreclosure now? Ah, well…I don’t really know what point I’m trying to make. It’s Friday and I leave Tuesday for Isla. I’ll do more research. 🙂

    I cringe at many Americans that I see down there!

    PS: I have two pair of boots like that, but wear them with long, bootleg jeans so that the toe only sticks out. They’re awesome!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  4. nikolacolada

    I’m so glad that there are people who come to the island and see the REAL isla. and can take the beauty along with the sad situation that the locals are in.
    I totally agree with you I hate when people say “they are so happy living such a simple life” when in actuality every day is a struggle for people here. Also, You take BEAUTIFUL pictures!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

  5. Chuck – Wow, that’s cool that you had a drink with Jimmy Buffet! I’m jealous!

    Nancy – Yes, she WAS a Mexican lady at the Cancun airport. She lucked out, though, because we weren’t required to take our shoes off. That would have been a “feat” for her! Haha!

    Jana – I didn’t mean to dis your boot wardrobe…I’m just too damn old to wear those kinds of shoes anymore! Ha!

    Nikolacolada – Thanks for visiting my blog! It IS a struggle for those people…especially when tourism has dropped so much.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  6. carl/debbie

    wishing I had one of those applause emotcon thingies right now:-))

    January 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  7. Moongrl722

    No problem, Deb! Many of my shoes are not for the faint of heart. Or really for walking. 😉

    January 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  8. Barry

    Nice Post Deb.. hard not to love those tropical blues … and that corner Storefront,, is just calling to be filled with Photos..and maybe a few paintings…hummm ,, Galeria del Sirena Azul 🙂

    January 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  9. Thanks, Carl. 🙂

    Jana…haha!

    I’m still working on it, Barry!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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