Saturday, February 8, 2014

Isla Mujeres

Early Monday morning we set off for the nearby island of Isla Mujeres. Two hours and a bus ride and ferry ride later we landed on the island. Only 8km long and 800m at it's widest Isla Mujeres is easy to explore by bike or the local form of transport, golf cart! 

We opted for a couple of bikes and cycled the length and breadth of the island on our first day. The Gulf of Mexico borders the east coast and the Carribean the west coast of the island. We preferred the calmer waters of the Carribean but both coasts offered stunning views.
En route to the south of the island we stopped off for lunch at Bahia Tortuga for a couple of ice cold Coronas and a bite to eat. Yet more fantastic views to be had!

Suitably refreshed and revived we continued our ride to the southern most tip of the island where there are commanding views of the Gulf of Mexico. The return trip followed the Gulf coast and we enjoyed a welcome sea breeze all the way back to town.

After freshening up we headed back out to watch the sun set. It was truly magical.

Supper of freshly caught grouper at a local grill and a stroll along town made for a perfect end to our day of exploring.

We were really impressed with the bohemian, chilled and friendly vibe on the island and the beautiful coral crushed Playa Norte and turquoise blue waters have to be seen to be believed. We spent our second day at the beach, paddling in the shallow, clear and warm water with teams of fish swimming about our feet. Sun beds, a palapa and our first mojitos of the trip made for a relaxing day at the beach.

Our all too brief stay was soon over and we boarded the ferry back to the mainland late afternoon, arriving back in PDC in time for a bite to eat at a recommended cafe which serves excellent Venezualan food. We enjoyed the best vegetarian food so far. We ordered tofu and veggie stuffed toscados and vegetable and Oaxaca cheese corn pancakes. Both equally delicious!

Our time on Isla Mujeres was way too short but it served as a great introduction and we hope to return in the not too distant!

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