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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?
Here I am on Isla Mujeres again for spring break. I hadn’t originally planned to come to Isla, but my plans changed, so whaddya do? Enjoy yourself, of course!
I have lots more to report, but one of the first things I wanted to do was get out to the south end since I didn’t go there last time. I wanted to get some good photographs of the wonderful shoreline there. It is so incredibly beautiful with the incredible colors…
This is looking out from the Acantilado Restaurant on Punta Sur. A very nice view although I bet it can get hot out on that patio in the middle of summer.
Sure is pretty, though. I didn’t eat here…just had a lemonade.
And then looking towards the tip from the area where the little gift shops are. I want a little house with a nice porch right where those “ruins” sit so that I can be the first person in Mexico to see the sun rise. You think the Isla mayor would be okay with that??
I was searching photos from previous Isla visits today and found this photo I took back in 2007…
For the life of me, I don’t remember seeing all these statues when I was there last month. I noticed this one was falling apart…it’s from a United States artist. But I’m thinking that all of these statues are gradually becoming victims to the salt and sea air.