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Just Got Back

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Just Got Back

9th trip to the island. Reflections, reviews and trip reports to follow, but in the mean time, if you have any burning questins, fire away.....

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1. Re: Just Got Back

We are home after another amazing time on Isla Mujeres. Here are some random reflections on our time away.

•The world’s weather is changing. There were a number of rainy days and brisk winds. Now because I am not a beach fanatic, I really didn’t mind one bit, but the locals commented quite often that the weather was very untypical for early March in the Yucatan. If you are still heading away, take one of those rain ponchos that you can buy at a $1 store, pack a deck of cards or an extra book so that you can still while away the time pleasantly, even if the weather doesn’t co-operate 100%.

•Even though we were there for peak season and the island was at 0% vacancy, there were some restaurants that were empty or had only a couple of tables occupied even at peak times. So in addition to the current high restaurant turn over, we predict even more. Upon reflection, we are wondering if more visitors are dining at home now that places like Chedrui have opened and have so much to offer. Islaholics, what are your thoughts?

•There are so many property for sale signs on the island, by our accounting, more than previous years. Perhaps this is because even more land has been surveyed, parceled and available for sale or maybe it is because economic times have created a bit of a glut.

•The locals are still working from dawn to late night. Most of our friends have 1-2 and even 3+ jobs to try to make ends meet. But they continue to work diligently, without complaint and are very appreciative of the tourist business.

•There have been some more municipal improvements like the new illuminated walkway on the south Caribe side.

•The Police presence was even more noticeable with a funneling of traffic to single lanes just south of the navy base. We wondered about their strategy, but in the mean time, I felt very safe and secure.

•The day-trippers have an impression that Isla is a great place to get liquored up and menace the roadways. Something tragic is going to happen and then perhaps liquor will not be freely sold directly to golf cart drivers (who didn’t even get out of their golf carts to be served-as we witnessed).

•Being on Playa Sol feels a bit surreal. It is still my favourite piece of beach on the island. I loved the ever present cool breeze and the shade of a lone palm tree.

•Best orange juice anywhere in the world with the possible exception of Israel.

•Hotel staff remain the most helpful people I know-Jill at Casa el Pio and Isobel at Luna d’Meil especially so.

•The most beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

•The food was simply amazing but that story will be told many times over in the upcoming weeks (on my food blog).

•Families still flourish on Isla. We saw so many babies, born to locals and brought by the tourists. I still get a little freaked out when I see infants held by one arm as their parent drives a scooter with the other.

•With all the speed bumps all over the island, I am not sure why the traffic is allowed to race along the airport strip. It seemed noisier to us than previous years and once again, I hope that the speed of the traffic, does not come to a bad end.

•The water is still the most amazing colour I have ever seen.

•The sea-glass picking was exceptional.

•Villa Bella really does serve “beer so cold that your teeth will hurt”.

•Many travelers are content to lug their own chairs to sit in the natural shade. This produces a familiar and social atmosphere like the one that we enjoy at our summer cottage.

•Islanders still love colour.

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Looking forward to reviews and report! Was Isla busy? More than usual or about the same? Did you try any new restaurants and how were they?

LOL, we posted at same time. :)

Edited: 12 March 2013, 13:32
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Great post, Thank you! I've been noticing a lot of rainy, drizzly days on the webcam lately...However, rain or shine, Isla is better than Winnipeg anytime! I would love the link to your food blog, if you are so inclined to share :)

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As to the restaurant issue, I think more and more people are staying in vacation rentals as opposed to hotel rooms and are eating many of their meals at "home." I know the hotels are concerned about the number of rentals on the island and complaining that many of them are not paying the taxes they are supposed to, creating illegal competition. This same issue is a problem for hotels on Cozumel.

Thanks for your astute observations.

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I also think that there are way too many restaurants competing for a limited number of tourists.

Travel Bug, here's the link:

foodmusings.ca/isla-mujeres/…

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Traveler New York; We were told that the island was at capacity as far as accommodations were concerned but that feeling of "busyness" is just by the ferry and Rue Medina. I tried for my first time (but not necessarily new): Oscars, El Veradero, the Poc Chuc Loncheria (one of the four), Minioes, MoNchi's, Don Cheapo's and Mango for breakfast (been there many times for dinner). The only new place would be Limon-OUTSTANDING!

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Thank you. I keep hearing about Limon. Didn't get to try it in January. Maybe next time. Loved Sergio's Playa Sol food so can't even imagine how much better his new restaurant must be. And I also like the Poc Chuc loncheria. I know others are always raving about A and G but I find Poc Chuc better in general.

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We were there in Feb and we ate at Limon and it was amazing... Will return when we go again...it was that good..

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Poc Chuc (la Union) at the mercado Municipal is really good there

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10. Re: Just Got Back

Wow I didn't realize how many people from Winnipeg / Maintoba go to Isla.

We also noticed a large amount of property for sale on the island, more so than other years.

As for the restuarants, I think there are just too many places to eat at and not enough people. We also went to Limon and it was fantastic but four tables a night isn't going to pay the bills.

We rented a private home and went out for lunch and dinner every day, the only meal we ate at the house was breakfast. Almost every place we went for dinner was less than half full. The only place that was packed was Mango's for breakfast.