Well we arrived into Isla Mujeres, Mexico and could not have chosen a better place to come to after Cuba. There are so many great restaurants and bars with good food, toilet paper in the bathrooms, box stores to get hardware (eg a portable air conditioning unit) and provision for food; a huge contrast to Cuba.
We had some good exercise riding our bikes around the island or just walking to different restaurants and bars to enjoy the music and food.
The downtown core is great to sit and just watch people.
A huge number of tourists come over from Cancun every day on the ferries and rent golf carts, wander the stores and enjoy the beaches. Not sure why they don’t stay on the island as it’s much more friendlier than Cancun.
We rented a golf cart to tour the island so we could see what all the hype was. It was fun buzzing about the island and was definitely handy for getting our propane filled up as you have to drop it off and collect it later in the day.
We went to Cancun a number of times to get Bretts back sorted. Thank goodness for chiro’s. Brett recommends Dr. Olivier Calderón if you are in need of a Chiro, he’s located at “Centro Quiropráctico Cassan”.
Cancun is basically a big busy city but does have some great beaches if you can get to them as the hotel strip stretches for miles and takes up most of the beach area. Looks like some of the businesses are hurting given all the all inclusive hotels here. We anchored off some of the hotels one night and enjoyed the entertainment of the Pirate ships.
After 2 weeks we decided to head down the coast to Puerto Morelos to do some inland travel and see some of mainland Mexico and visit some parks. Puerto Morelos has more of a Mexican feel and is not quite as touristy as Isla Mujeres, Cancun or Playa del Carmen. There are lots of restaurants, cafes and stores selling Mexican trinkets.
We hired a car, which was an ordeal in itself (NB. we would not recommend Europcar whose online system is misleading esp. when it comes to the insurance), anyway enough of that we’re here to enjoy Mexico.
We headed to Cobá taking the back roads thru small towns; of course very different from the tourist areas of Mexico. In Cobá we walked the trails to see the ruins of small settlements, including hiking up the 250 odd stairs of one of the pyramids; Nohoch Mul, the tallest structure in the northern Yacatan at 42 meters, which was awesome.
There are many Eco Parks around Playa del Carmen and so we chose XPLOR for a day of fun zip lining, driving amphibious 4 wheel ATVs, river rafting and swimming thru caves. Zip lining on 14 lines over the Maya jungle and thru some of the streams was a blast. It’s a full day of adventure including good food so that was a bonus.
Playa del Carmen had a neat feel about it with lots of restaurant choices. There seemed to be a lot of Europeans here.
We also visited a couple of cenotes in the area, the biggest being Dos Ojos. A cenote is a natural sinkhole that develops after a cavern collapses. They typically have beautiful clear water and caves to swim to with stalagmites and stalactites. We snorkeled here with a guide but this cenote is famous for its cavern dives. It was very impressive.
In Puerto Adventuras we stopped in to see friends Doug & Shelly at their beautiful villa, which they rent out. We spent a few days seeing the area with them, including going diving at Cenote Manatee and having a nice dinner at their favorite beachside restaurant, away from all the tourists.
Continuing to head South along the Mexican coast to Belize. Not sure how our internet access will be.