This was my second time as a solo traveller on Isla. I came last January on my own and totally felt comfortable with the people and surroundings. My second trip was just as good as the first. I flew Air Canada out of Toronto and the flight was smooth. I used USA Transfer for the second time and they were right there, and asked for me by name. I booked one of the studio suites at Color de Verano and the accommodations were superb! I met Vicki from Lost Oasis and she gave me the keys and showed me around. I then met Teresa, the owner, and she was so warm and welcoming. I posted a review of Color de Verano in the specialty lodgings section. Once I got settled, I headed straight for Hidalgo and had some fish tacos and a couple of Sols from Don Chepo. Then to Super Xpress for groceries and more Sol. I went to the beach to watch the sunset and what a beautiful sight. There were a few people on the beach and a couple of guys fishing off the dock. I felt the tension ease away. I ate dinner at Jax (next door to Color) and had the best chicken nachos and a nice chat with the bartender.
The next day I went to Hotel Carmelina to rent a bicycle. It was $20 for 3 days and I found that to be very reasonable. I rode my bike half way around the island and then back to the Poc Chuc for the Poc Chuc tacos. Now that’s a taco! Off to the beach for relaxation and reading! It was Saturday and I loved being around the Mexican folks, watching the children play. I had dinner at Valazquez on Medina. I had complimentary chips and guacomale and a small ceviche with a very large lime Margarita. I was sort of full after the chips but couldn’t stop eating the ceviche! I have never tried it but it was very good, and probably the healthiest meal I ate on Isla. Having dinner with my toes in the sand was a delightful experience! The meal ended with a complimentary shot of tequila. What a nice touch!
On Sunday, I went to the smaller snorkeling beach next to Garrafon. I was there pretty early so it was quiet when I arrived. The fish were out in full force. I almost thought I wouldn’t see any but there they were, in a huge school. I loved how close they came, even though I didn’t have any food for them. It was a very nice place to relax as well. I wanted to have lunch at El Pueblito but they were closed. Instead, I made my way back to Centro to Tino the Rib Man for some ribs off the bone. I took my meal back to the apartment and enjoyed every minute of it. The ribs go down especially well with a nice cold bottle of Sol! Okay, off to the beach again! I dined at Viva Cuba Libre and had the half order of the mixed meat sandwich and a side of rice and fried plantains. I had the sandwich last year and loved it. This time, the sandwich was a little lean on the meat but just as tasty. I decided to try some tequilas at a place down Hidalgo. I can’t remember the name but it’s on the same side as Fayne’s. After the tequila sampling, I decided to finish off my evening with a couple of lime maragaritas from Sancocho’s. I really enjoyed people watching and the drummers were out to provide some fine entertainment.
Trip is going pretty fast by this point! On Monday, I went to Punta Sur to wander around and ended up at the most eastern part of Mexico. Even though I went there last year, it was still fun to visit and the view of the ocean never ceases to amaze me. I enjoyed my cycling, even though the cruiser was heavy and some of the hills are challenging. Still, I probably burned off some calories which was part of my plan! On the way back, I ate at the Mango Café. I had the chicken chipotle quesadillas and they were awesome! I had a nice chat with a lady who was working there, Nancy. I felt like I was talking to an old friend and we were catching up. Isla has that way about it, doesn’t it? I returned the bike and ended up at the beach again. I had read many wonderful things about Comono, so decided to venture there for dinner. I had a garden salad with the cheese balls and it was delicious! I could’ve eaten a hundred of those cheese balls! I had the falafel as a main course. They were a bit dry and the hummus was lacking garlic, but the tahini was awesome. It all went down well with my complimentary frozen mojito!
Tuesday, my last full day, I walked all around Centro and then down by the water near Hotel Rocamar. I stretched out on a bench and just listened to the ocean, trying to soak it all up before heading back to Toronto the next day. I finally went to Qubano for lunch after hearing so many good things. I met Vivian who was very nice and friendly. I had a great chat with some folks from Virginia while I waited for my Cuban sandwich. It was awesome! I tried to get the Hungarian potatoes but Vivian was out of them for that day. Next time, I want to try the Toston sandwich. For my send off dinner, I had fish tacos at Jax. They were huge and good!
Last day – I got up early and packed up my stuff. I went to Alexia y Geovanny Loncheria for breakfast. I was planning on having eggs but I’m not a huge breakfast fan so I went for the delicious and huge pork tacos. They did not disappoint! I was able to get to the beach to read before getting on the ferry.
All in all, this trip was just as delightful as the last. I felt so comfortable being on my own, with both the local folk and other tourists. I chatted when I wanted to, and kept to myself the rest of the time. It was a very peaceful and relaxing vacation. I shed a few tears as the ferry left the dock but I know that I will be back again!