Arrived Isla on Friday, May 10th after 3 nights on Holbox. I have a trip report posted on their forum for that segment if anyone is interested in reading it.
Coming home to Isla from sleepy Holbox almost felt like a metropolis but in a good way! Happy to see so many visitors on the beach: 3 rows deep of loungers vs. 1 row come Monday. We’d decided we wanted a ground floor unit at Nautibeach even though we’d pre-requested a 2nd floor after being right on beach level in our cabana on Holbox, if felt right to continue in that vein. Imagine our surprise when we were told we were getting a ground floor! It is unit 35 which is at the far end by the guard shack. We were not bothered by this, in fact really dug the extra side sun porch and the ease of using the side gate to come and go. Our bed (a Mexican queen) was very comfortable and the furniture – white canvas rattan with nifty chests and credenzas was very nice. I did review the condo separately as well as a few restaurants.
We had caught the 1:00 ferry and secured a bicycle guy so had plenty of time to hit the beach and bask in the beauty that is Playa Norte. Shared a shrimp quesidia and had some margs from Chi Chis; same nice waiter as last time. Wound up at Jax for a light supper – Caesar salad for me, DH needing a burger.
Next morning we dropped off our laundry and went for breakfast at Café Hildago (usually closed when we’re there!). Really great coffee, service and food! Got a beach massage a little past the Ixchtel hut – very good for an hour $30 each – spectak!
Later we walked to Fenix. Had 2 orders of shrimp skewers and one of steak – pretty good but not stellar and we’re pretty sure they added on that fake tax thing to our bill.
Went to Lola Valentina’s for a drink from the lovely British waitress Kate.
Next day we get the golf cart and go to Garafon Castille. Well worth buying my $20 water shoes to wear that day as the shelliness getting in the water is detrimental to my balance! Oh first we had breakfast at Roosters and I got me some BACON!!! Anyway, GC was choppy water-wise but marvelous and DH enjoyed the snorkeling.
Off to Casa Los Suenos only to find they were doing a special Mothers Day fixed menu lunch thing so went to Playa Lancheros for the first time. It’s gorgeous there and such a welcome breeze. Had chicken tacos and DH had a shrimp cocktail that he declared wonderful – it looked kinda like soup. We watched about 5 boats called Albatross come in loaded with folks from Cancun but they all went next door.
Stopped in at Chedraui for some wine and beer and water. We later drove out to Bahia Tortuga but only stayed for one drink. We do like the place but it was crowded with people who’d been there a while and I guess we just didn’t feel the vibe as much as they were. Glad to see they are doing such a great business.
Needed some Bobo’s so stopped there for fish and chips and a chat. New bartender from Texas was very friendly and, of course Brian was there for some conversation. We do feel so comfortable there.