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Maria Leticia

Last day on Isla…

One of the best things about working at a university is that you get two paid weeks off over Christmas and you don’t have to use your vacation time. Sweet. Since it’s been a very busy fall semester, I am now finally able to get to a couple final short blog posts on my trip to Isla Mujeres this past summer. They’re just random shots I took in the last couple of days there.

I decided to have another beach day on my last full day there.

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I mostly hung out at this place…which I can’t remember the name of now. It’s just a bit down from where Sergio’s used to be towards Privilege Aluxes. By the way, this is a screen shot taken from Google Maps. It is amazing how you can go almost everywhere on Google Maps now…it’s almost like being there yourself.

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It never rained a drop while I was there for the whole two weeks. I wish it would have just to cool things off a bit. So as I was sitting on the beach, I noticed a lot of private boats go by…more than I’ve ever noticed before. I don’t know whether these are chartered or owned, but they sure were nice. And they seem to come so close to shore.

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I stopped by Asia Caribe for an appetizer. These spring rolls were very good and the ingredients were very fresh.

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This was a new (well, at least to me) gift shop along Rueda Medina.

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I don’t know how authentic the items are there, but I liked this little lady. I’m not sure where a person would put this in a home…and it would be really difficult to take on a plane, so I had to pass it up.

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I had an early dinner at this place on Rueda Medina, which was also new to me. This is also a Google Maps screen shot since I forgot to take a photo of the front.

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I will have to confess that one of the main reasons I went here is because it was air-conditioned. After two weeks in the intense heat, I felt like I had become a puddle of sweat walking around on the island…gross, but true.

Here was the complimentary bread. The pesto/garlic butter was really good, but the bread was pretty crunchy and hard. More like big croutons.

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I ordered a sampling of the pasta and it was really good. I wished I had the time to go back and try some other things there.

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A final picture of the view from Bally Hoo…

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On my last morning, I went to Rooster’s for breakfast.

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It was nothing to write home about. I wish I could have gone to the loncherias for my last breakfast but, alas, they weren’t open.

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I went back to the apartment to gather up my stuff and say ‘goodbye’ to the neighbor. He didn’t seem to care too much that I was leaving.

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The sad final shots as the ferry backs away from the dock.

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Lunch at the Cancun airport. Bleah!! And it made me realize I had completely forgotten to get a Bimbo Dog while I was on Isla…oh, no!!!

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I will do one more post on the trip of some fun pictures I took with my son’s GoPro camera, so stay tuned for that.


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!