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Old 03-07-2016   #16 (permalink)
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My trip report for Isla would be just like yours, lol . We stayed last Sept at cabanas de Maria, rented a golf cart & took many of the sames pics as you !!

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looking forward to this report. i did Isla Mujeres the first time last Nov. went back last month for 5 nights and then went to Playa for 3 nights.
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wohoo ! Just what the Doctor ordered, a new trip report. !

Always look forward to your reports ,thanks.
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Can't wait for the rest! Thanks for sharing your adventure!!
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Big thank you to people who take the time to do a trip report. The rest of us really enjoy them. We were on Isla a few weeks ago for the first time in years and really loved it.
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Really nice report and photos!
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I can't thank you (and everyone else) who does TRs and shares their knowledge and experience with all of us. David and I are trying to figure out where we should go this year (the first vaca in a couple of years due to my elderly cat who needed medical care the last few years of her life). Mx is our fav vaca spot, the food, the people, the vibe. We like AIs, not huge ones, adult only, The Royal and the Riu Palace are where we have stayed but I'm kinda over them for a variety of reasons. I would love to find a resort similar to them on this island, does it exist?
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Love the TR! We're sorry our paths didn't cross this year- Feb 25-Mar 4 next year in PM
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Great run of pics here.
I'm thinking those toilet seats are more expensive than some sold here in Canada. Ahh well, maybe they have gold trim or something.

Keep it rolling and thanks for posting.
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We were disappointed we missed you guys leaving this morning I hope you have a great rest of your trip And congratulations to Roberta and Byron on your new grandchild.
Len...you know where we are...

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Cant tell ya how great that Dos xx looks with that background scenery...

Great pics ! That waterfront ledge walkway looks daring
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I absolutely love your trip reports Thanks so much for posting.

as for an all inclusive on this island look at the Palace resort there, it was very pretty....
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My trip report for Isla would be just like yours, lol . We stayed last Sept at cabanas de Maria, rented a golf cart & took many of the sames pics as you !!

Look forward to more

Thanks all for the nice comments...I really enjoy doing these TR's...this one is a little easier as it is not a blow by blow...day by day report...that is a very good thing seeing as the wifi at our locations has not been performing well so I try and post while I have a usable connection...will try and get another installment done this eve......sonofdob
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Well…we’re in Playa del Carmen now. Our home for the next week is Club Yebo…1 ave and 14 calle in behind Phantom Divers. It’s a nice property with a very nice pool / courtyard area. We are in our usual place…the one bedroom suite upstairs. Very bright and spacious unit.








Usual first day activities…Mega for beer, wine, food, etc. Shrimp tacos at Las Brisas and a stop for some wine at The Dirty Martini.



Our good friends Tim and Dee Dee (John, Kerri, Ron and Shelly) arranged a van and driver the next day for a little tour.





We stopped at Yal Ku lagoon for a bit of snorkeling but they wanted $250 pesos per person entry fee and of our ten person group only 6 were going to snorkel and then only for about an hour or so. We tried to negotiate a discounted group price but did not get anywhere and decided to move on.
We ended up at Half Moon Bay and La Buena Vida for some breakfast Bloody Marys and some snorkeling.







The snorkeling was OK if you got out far enough (near the reef break) but the overall condition of the bay was not good. Many areas of the reef are dead and of course that means no place for fish to hide. I did see some sea urchins, a spotted ray and many colourful angel type fish.





The main idea for the day though was the beaches of Tulum. We thought we would hit the beach and have the driver meet up with us later on in the day farther down the beach and we would beach bar hop our way down to where we would meet him.

















We even saw a mule…on the beach…at a beach bar…drinking a margarita…



What a great day!



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PDC used to be where we spent the bulk of our time when we come down to the area and although that is not the case anymore we still like to come and see our old friends and meet some ones. We also want to eat at our favorite restaurants.

At the top of that restaurant list is Papa Charley Pasta Factory (formerly Util). There are so many great dishes I always have a hard time deciding. Which always mean we have to stop by several times while in town.



This night it was the lasagna…as our friend YWG Don describes it…a very large meatloaf with some pasta in it.



Of course there is always the complimentary tequila at the end of every meal.





This guy is a great host and just a little tall…I am 5’11”…





A really good meal…each and every time…





Finished the evening off with some time at Dirty Martini…another one of our PDC favourites…















Now that we have a reliable and faster internet connection we’ll see if we can’t get this thing back up to speed…sonofdob
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Another of our PDC favourites is El Fogon…this place just says “Mexico” to me.




We met up first with YWG Don & Deb at their place for Deb’s famous 3 ingredient margaritas.





And then on to the main event...meat!













If you like meat…grilled in a smokey, neon lit, crowded, noisy location this place is for you!

We thought we might wander down to check out PG’s. There was quite a crowd there including this group.





They had a live band and it is primarily the staff and house band (plus others) from Bad Boys. It’s not on the beach though and it has a quirky lay out where about a third of the seats cannot see the band.

Another restaurant that we decided to check out was Don Chendo as we have not been there before. Deep dish pizza is not really a thing here in our area. Plus Mickey’s a vegetarian (well pescatarian as she eats fish) and cheese and mushroom does not lend itself well to the deep dish format. I am sure it is excellent when it is packed with meat (as it should be as I am a meatatarian).
I can tell you that the service is excellent and the host (Russell) will make sure that you are well looked after. We went back a few nights later and had pasta and it was very good, especially the spaghetti and meatballs…classic.








Another spot to check out is the food carts that are outside Mega in the evening.





Especially this big bad boy grill…





Well…we’re on the move again. Back up 307 to Puerto Morelos. We’re just going to check out of Club Yebo, grab Byron and Bert and hail a taxi…$400 pesos.





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Well…everyone arrived in Puerto Morelos safe and sound.



You can tell Mickey is really happy now that we are here.



This is by far our favourite place in this area. It is a quiet little town with plenty of reasonably priced, good restaurants, a nice little cantina with live music and of course a great uncrowded beach with good snorkeling from shore and also easy access to the reef.
We stay at Cabanas Puerto Morelos, a nice 6 unit building with a pool across the street from the beach.






Our first stop after we drop our bags is always tacos.com. The most imaginative and tasty tacos ever…not to mention the best margaritas in town. It’s a small ( I mean really small) family operation. 2 tables inside, 2 outside and now he has 2 more on the street.











The evening routine is to go up to the rooftop and decide on where to eat dinner…


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Ahhh....I miss PM We were seated at those tables when we ate at Tacos.com. Needless to say, J and I had a tight reign on little monkey. Not terribly relaxing. We have several blurry photos trying to capture just how close the cars came to our table (and the people sitting on the street side of it)- the swinger bus even went flying by at a high rate of speed a couple of times

Thanks for the rooftop pics- was wondering if there was still a sliver of ocean to see with the new construction.
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Ahhh....I miss PM We were seated at those tables when we ate at Tacos.com. Needless to say, J and I had a tight reign on little monkey. Not terribly relaxing. We have several blurry photos trying to capture just how close the cars came to our table (and the people sitting on the street side of it)- the swinger bus even went flying by at a high rate of speed a couple of times

Thanks for the rooftop pics- was wondering if there was still a sliver of ocean to see with the new construction.
Ah... we miss PM as well...I am OK with the dining traffic but it does freak Mick out... we took some pics of your place for next year and I will post them on your "family and friends TR"......sonofdob
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Lmao,, wow your use of your friends pic in the pics makes me chuckle every time I see it,,, well done , salute lol, looks like your having a great trip and that's awesome, congrats
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I love your trip report!! Thanks for sharing!!
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enjoyed that.. gonna have to find that bad boy grill . yum
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Ah... we miss PM as well...I am OK with the dining traffic but it does freak Mick out... we took some pics of your place for next year and I will post them on your "family and friends TR"......sonofdob
Thank you!! I would love to see those! Also (im)patiently waiting for the rest of your report- get with it, wouldja?
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We usually get a pretty steady stream of Playa Peeps who come up and visit us in Puerto Morelos each year but this year Tim and Dee Dee plus Ron and Shelly were staying a few nights in Puerto Morelos…right in Cabanas Puerto Morelos. We have taken over the entire top floor and roof top decks.
As we said we usually head up to the roof top each evening for a glass of wine and decide on the dinner destination. Tonight everyone was up there, including Roberta and Byron…sort of.










Our friend Lori is also in Puerto Morelos this year…for a month!









YWG Don&Deb also came up for the day…








Of course our old friend Rob MacKay also came up with a group…he is the one who first introduced us to Puerto Morelos…
















Sorry that this TR is being posted at a somewhat pedestrian pace…we’ll try and get a few more installments done here pretty quick…...sonofdob.

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Puerto Morelos in the daytime…so much to do…
Whether you want to explore the area…check out local artisans…fish…explore the reef…or just relax at the beach or at a beach club.

Most people start out arriving here in the town square…




There are a few good places to eat…a nice coffee shop…the church… a reasonably stocked grocery store (Casa Martin) and it’s the main taxi stand in town and the rates are posted on a very large sign so there is no issues with the rate actually is.

Best BBQ chicken in town is just off the square…usually sells out early and also has fried fish.




As is the best Lavendria…



Directly off the square is the main dock. This is where most of the fishing (both sport and commercial) and snorkeling boats are located.











There is plenty of good snorkeling from shore. Ojo de Agua is only 30 meters or so in front of the beach club / hotel of the same name. As the name indicates it is a cenote vent in the sea floor that exhausts fresh water.
The reef is where to snorkel though and you will see a lot. The reef itself is not that far off shore maybe a km but swimming to it is not recommended as there is a very busy boat channel between it and the shore and is very risky.







Of course the beach is great…wide and flat with very few people…











You run into all kinds of people from all over the place…



Sometimes nothing beats just relaxing at your favourite beach club…there are several…My Paradise is nice and you can always find shelter from the wind and good fried fish at Cocteleria el Chayito.






They dry the tortillas in the sun…






But our favourite is Unico Beach Club….really good food…great service…reasonable prices and clean washrooms…live music.















Well…we’re going to head back to our place for a cocktail in the pool…






Then a glass of wine on the roof while we decide on dinner and drinks this eve…






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Love your report! We're hoping to visit PM on this upcoming trip if we have the time, just for an afternoon perhaps. If we could only go to one place to eat/drink/lounge for the day, where would you suggest???

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