Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Exploring Isla Mujeres; round one.

Isla Mujeres is a mysterious island just 15 minutes from Cancun, yet so few have heard of it.  Always looking for somewhere new to go, I found an amazing deal online and booked it.  Since you fly into Cancun Airport, not Cozumel, airfare is cheaper leaving more money to spend on the vacation itself.

We booked the Everlasting Love package at Privilege Aluxes. There are several packages to choose from, but this one worked the best for us.

It started with coordination of transportation from Cancun airport to the ferry, then ferry to the hotel.  All fees were included, we only tipped the drivers.  Once at the hotel, we were greeted with champagne (hello vacation!) and checked in immediately.  We were in a honeymoon suite that was massive.  We walked into a huge entryway with a  closet and a bathroom to the right and a large king bedroom in front of us.  To the left of the door was a large kitchenette with a bar and an enormous living room.  Out front, there was a balcony that extended the length of the living room and bedroom with glass doors opening to each.  There was also a large hot tub in the corner of the balcony by the bedroom.  We had spectacular views of the ocean.  We were in love.

The best way to show you the entire balcony and view.  HUGE!

Living room with nice sliding glass door.  The bedroom had the same, but I have no pictures.

   

Kitchenette                                                     Hot tub on the balcony.

 

View from the living room, then the bedroom.

Part of the Everlasting Love package this was delivered one afternoon.  There was an entire fruit tray which they had put in the fridge in case we were out all day.

Outdoor view of the resort from the pool.  This is the side facing the ocean.

Pool swim up bar                                         Fabulous beach

Our breakfast spot each morning faced the ocean and the outdoor bar seating area.

More pool shots leading to the poolside restaurant. Eating at the restaurant.

The poolside restaurant and walking over to the outdoor bar.

  

The beach bar, our fav for lunch and some delicious drinks.

We loved our room but wanted to get out and explore.  We went down and tried to rent a golf cart from the hotel, but they were out.  We started walking down the street and stopped into the first place we saw.  The owner was outside and very nice.  Their fee was 500 pesos or $50 USD/day.

*Side note…One of my favorite things about this island is that most places ONLY take pesos.  It is not yet influenced by Americans.  Many shop owners speak very little English, if at all.  Everyone we met was very kind and took the time to get to know you.  We have never felt more welcomed anywhere else.*

We rented our golf cart and off we went.  Our first stop was to Jim Sliver at Aqua Adventures Eco Divers.  We were getting our Advanced Open Water certification with him.  We stopped into his shop and instantly knew that we had made a new friend.  He set us up for the week and gave us all of our materials that we’d need for the week.

After that, we continued our tour around the island.

Two of the main streets with tons of delicious restaurants.

The main street if the island

The awesome little bar we stumbled across.

Best frozen habanero tequila shot ever! Great appetizers.

The floating plastic bottle island.  The owner built the entire island out of empty plastic water bottles.  He was away while we were there so did not get to go see it up close.

Punta Sur, the southern end of the island is a must do.  Stunning views.

Just a few of the shots we took at Punta Sur.

 

More exploring around the island.

El patio restaurant.  Great atmosphere inside.  Very cool outdoor bar on the roof, local musicians play almost every night.  We recommend the coconut ice cream and the tempura dipped chocolate!

Mocambo

El Patio

Stunning sunsets on Playa Norte and Playa Norte during the day

Dessert at Satay, the al a carte restaurant and a shot of the buffet.

Part of our package included a private 7-course dinner on the beach.  It made the package worth every penny.  When we checked in, we were asked to think about what night we wanted it and what time.  They had recommendations and we listened. We were seated at a table right at the edge of the water with tiki-torched around us.  The courses were brought out to us by our fantastic waiter. We had an amazing time.

  

Cheers!

Our week went by entirely too fast, but we knew we’d found a second home. Check out my other post about diving in Isla!

~M

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