My family and I just returned from our 2 week vacation. We spent the first week in Puerto Morelos and the 2nd week on Isla Mujeres.
We are so in love with Puerto Morelos I am already looking into going back as soon as we can afford it. Wish we could stay there 6 months out of the year! My kids (8 and 5) cried when we left for Isla, but they ended up liking it there as well, it was just very different than PM.
We stayed at Casita Blanca. The complex was lovely. The condo was perfect for us. The only thing I can say is that I wish it were a bit closer to town. We had a rental car so it was no problem getting around, but I'd prefer to be able to walk and it was just a little too far for that with the kids.
We had coffee, juice and bagels in the town square every morning. We went fishing with Diving Dogs. The captain and mate were great. The only bad thing about the fishing trip was I caught a sailfish and he was hooked in the eye, so after trying to release him for quite a while it was obvious that wasn't going to happen. Not much anyone could do about that. :( I caught the sailfish and my husband and kids caught a few bonito. We were only out 3.5 hours because my daughter was pretty sea sick.
We took a day trip to Chichen Itza one day. It was great, but a very long day. We came back on the non-toll road. It was long, but we loved driving through all the little neighborhoods.
We drove down to Playa Del Carmen one afternoon. The beach was nice, but it was so busy there. The shops, the people, etc. I couldn't wait to get back to PM!
I did the cooking class at the Little Mexican Cooking School. I am very glad I spent the money to do that. I learned alot and enjoyed it so much.
We took the walking tour of the Colonia with Ana. We loved it. Ana is great and taught us so much about the town and the people. We went to the fruit markets, saw the school, the library etc. We had some yummy cochinita for breakfast and went back to the Colonia the next day for more! I wish we had more time there so we could have spent more time on that side of town. Next time.
The last day we went snorkeling in the morning. We went out with the guides that were right at the dock. It was fabulous. The guys were great and we were out there for a long time 2+ hours.
We loved the small restaurants and coffee shops. Unfortunately they were rebuilidng the playground so the kids couldn't play on it while we were there but it was amazing to watch how hard those guys work!
The food was great, with the exception of El Faro. Awful doesn't even describe it. The food was the worst I've had anywhere. I got the carne asada. It had no flavor at all and was so chewy I couldn't eat one bite. The tortilla chips were stale, my husbands enchiladas were tasteless. I am actually happy that I didn't eat anything there because when I went to the bathroom there was no running water! Couldn't flush and couldn't wash my hands. Not sure how the staff was washing theirs. YUCK. I will post a review on the restaurant as well.
We ate at tacos.com, Al chimichurri, I wanna pizza, Cantina Habanero...all great.
The highlight of our trip was the night we went to Cheers Sportsbar/Restaurant. We are huge Bruins fans (especially my 5 year old daughter) and we did not want to miss game 7 of the playoffs. Cantina Habanero said they might have the game on they weren't sure but to check back. Someone at the coffee shop had told us to try the new sports bar/restaurant Cheers. We got there around 6pm and the man sweeping the sidewalk in front greeted us and told us the restaurant was only open Thrus-Sun in slow season but we could go to the bar. We explained that we didn't drink alcohol and really wanted to eat dinner and watch the game with the kids. He said no problem, come in have some coke or sprite whatever you drink. Asked us if we liked pizza and offered to get us pizza from the place down the street. We graciously accepted his offer. They put the game on both tvs at the bar, supplied us with bug spray (the mosquitoes were awful), made little beds out of the chairs for my kids to lay down in when they got tired. The owner, Arlene was the sweetest woman. She went to the store, came back with bags and disappeared into the back. She cooked some kind of pasta alfredo dish and served us dinner. We ended up staying there until the game went into overtime. My husband tipped the waiter/host Ramiro for being such a wonderful host and going out of his way. Ramiro said "I dont' think you know how much money this is". My husband said, "I know exactly how much money that is. Thank you for making our night." He gave my husband a huge bear hug and thanked us. We saw him the next morning in the Colonia with his family. He pulled over and introduced us. My daughter and I went to say goodbye to them before we left and he was telling me how much we made his night. That they never get to eat out but with some of the money he brought dinner home for his family and that was such a treat for him. It is people like that that make me smile every time I think about our trips to Mexico.
Sorry for the long report. I think I covered more than enough but if anyone has any questions I'd be glad to answer.