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Old 03-02-2016   #1 (permalink)
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a little of this...a little of that...

Some things are a little different this year…yet some things are still the same.

Some of the players have changed long standing accommodation locations…some have decided to forego PDC altogether…while others are staying in more than one place this year…that’s us.

We are starting on Isla Mujeres…then on to Playa del Carmen…finally heading to Puerto Morelos before going home.
We are not doing a live, day by day report this year but rather just periodic updates as to what we are doing, seeing, etc and as many photos as possible considering photobuckets ease of use (or not) and or internet connection speeds.

We spent a couple of days last year on Isla Mujeres and were not overwhelmed by it. We’d thought we’d give it another chance considering that at the time of booking this trip Sargassum was a real issue up and down the coast and Playa Norte was one location that was clear of this problem.
We booked into Cabanas Maria del Mar, basically right on Playa Norte. It is pretty basic but the location could not be beat. Very limited wifi…only available in the Buhos Beach Bar ( you basically need to be standing at the bar). Free continental breakfast included.















Oh and the big difference this year? Our good travelling friends Roberta and Byron could not join us…some new grandchild being born or something…so we brought them along in spirit and a nice 11” x 14” print mounted on a foam core with a handle attached. You will see them during the report as you would have had they been here with us…ha ha ha.







We'll try and post regularly along the way but we are already a few days behind real time......sonofdob



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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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Oh and the big difference this year? Our good travelling friends Roberta and Byron could not join us…some new grandchild being born or something…so we brought them along in spirit and a nice 11” x 14” print mounted on a foam core with a handle attached. You will see them during the report as you would have had they been here with us…ha ha ha.




Glad to report our grandson arrived healthy and happy! He's changing every day and we're loving the time with him and also the extra time with his big sister. Definitely missing our Playa and Peurto Morelos adventures though!

(And jeeeeese! after 2 weeks you'll be as sick of that picture as you'd be of us!)

Looking forward to riding along on your trip report..... .I might even crack a dos equis or two along the way.
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Can't wait for the rest! Thanks for sharing your adventure!!
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We rented a golf cart for the day to do a tour of the island. The island is only 7 km long and not even 1 km wide. A days rental (09:00 to 17:00) is plenty of time to see quite a bit.



The plan was to have no plan…get in the cart and head south…stop where and when we saw something interesting.



We mounted a gopro to record the action.



We made our way south and stopped at Cheraui…more out of curiosity than anything else.
Yes…they sell toilet seats in Mexico.



Then on to Parque de Garrafon. We were not sure if we would even pay the fee to enter the park but though we would stop and check it out.







Pulled into an on over full parking lot and crowds of people and decided to move on.

Headed off to southern most tip of the island and Acantilado del Amanecer. Again we were met with an overfull parking lot but managed to squeeze the cart in. This part of the island is quite rugged. It was very windy and the sea was rough but it was very beautiful. We wandered around a bit enjoying the view but found that to get right to the very tip we needed to pay a $30 peso fee. It did not seem like there was much there for the $30 pesos but as we were discussing it another couple came by and said that they thought the same but did it and it was well worth it. They said that we could go downs some paths and get right down to sea level. We spent an hour on these paths and it was indeed well woth the $30 peso fee.












It was a pretty steep descent down to sea level.


But it was very cool and you could really see the power of the waves.
















We thought it may be time for some refreshments and drove back to Barlito. This is a bar / restaurant attached to hotel with it’s own marina. What a great spot…very quiet and relaxing with ice cold beers.











We continued cruising, complete circuit around the island and up and down the side streets of the residential areas. We continued on and made several others stops. Oscars, which is known for Pizza but has some really unique oversized bar chairs made from driftwood.





We ended up at the Sunset Grill for our last stop. Nice spot with cold beer and good food with a very nice view and a small private beach.






If you’re on the island I would recommend renting a cart for the day and seeing the rest of the island as there is more to see than just Playa Norte.

Hopefully the wifi / internet remains stable over the next few days and we can more to this TR…...sonofdob

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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.
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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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We spent a day just cruising around Centro….checking out bars and restaurants and seeing the sights.





We found Rueben’s to be very good for breakfast and quite reasonable pricewise. One block east of Hidalgo at the north end.
We also like Compadres on Hidalgo for fresh fish dinner and their chicken soup cannot be beat.



Of course Kokonuts is always good for a drink and people watching on Hidalgo.





There is a very cool cemetery also on the north end.



The scooter and golf cart traffic is just crazy…you really have to be careful as a pedestrian…most people treat them as an amusement ride as opposed to a mode of transport.





The island’s main attraction though is Playa Norte and is a very nice beach with crystal clear water although it is a little crowded.







That’s pretty much it for our few days on Isla Mujeres…now we are off to Playa del Carmen to see our friends (and we’re dragging a couple of them along with us!



The ferry ride between Cancun and Isla is great…grab a beer and sit on the open top deck.


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