Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Escape From Cancun- Isla Blanca

Aerial View of Isla Blanca
photo courtesy Noticaribe

Sunday morning dawned bright and warm, blue skies, fluffy white clouds and the compelling sense that we must escape Cancun for the day. I'd been trapped in the house feeling sick for days and though I wasn't 100%, I knew that some sunshine and salt water up the nose would make me feel a whole lot better. Instead of reading news stories about the end of the world, we thought we would go sit at the edge of the world. Or at least as close as you can get down here.

We arrived at Pirata Morgan around 11:00 to find that the rave from the night before wasn't quite finished. There were a few hippies recovering from the party, smoking a little weed and grooving to the blaring techno music. I like hippies, I just wasn't keen on the pounding electronic beat on my beach escape day, whatever happened to Janis Jopin?? And really, skulls and fetuses were not what I was looking for when I headed out for some nature.

Groovy beach decor?

The DJ Booth With Swinging Hippie

As the hippies started to pass out, more families arrived and eventually someone told the DJ to turn the music down and switch to something a little more appropriate. He lowered the volume and switched to a little reggae, far more suited to the day. Max was feeling the groove of the ocean and making friends, jumping in the waves and having a grand time.

I took off for a little peace and quiet away from the blaring speakers and screaming munchkins and found some local birdies who had the same idea. I could have stayed on that dock with them all day.

Except that the docks aren't looking too sound these days.

We discovered that the service and the food at Pirata Morgan were seriously lacking (friendly but slow servers and some disgusting CheezWhiz quesadillas) so we took off for the other end of Isla Blanca, going a few more kilometers down the dusty dirt road to the place where the ocean meets Laguna Chacmuchuk (love that name, say it out loud, it feels good in the mouth). There's a little rustic restaurant there which serves up some very fresh seafood and has icy cold beer. We had a little nosh, chilled out for a while and watched the families and lovers that had come out on such a beautiful day.

Restaurante Acapulco
(Acapulco? Perhaps some geography lessons are in order)

Friendly Bartender with Tequila

The Site of the Apocalypse.
I mean, Laguna Chacmuchuk

The Beach at the End of the World

Ok look waaaaay down in that last picture. See anything? Nope? There is nothing beyond that point. Really, nothing, no road, no houses, no hotels, no nada, just pure, unadulterated nature for many kilometers until you reach the end of the Isla Blanca peninsula. I hope it stays that way for ever and ever, my worst nightmare would be a huge resort going up in this little piece of paradise. I've said it before and I will say it again, stop new construction in Quintana Roo, keep the beaches clean and let's enjoy the beauty of the region for many years to come.


Anonymous said...

Wow, looks like you had a wonderful beach day. I am soo much in need of a beach and nice weather, going thru withdrawals. Good thing we'll be in Cancun next month. Thanks for sharing your pics and your life. :)

Amy in MN

Sara said...

Great pics. I just stumbled across your blog after seeing it a few times on the expat blogosphere and I realized that I need to visit the beach... a nice white sand beach that is.

Steve Cotton said...

I have always enjoyed the hedonistic feel of the whites and blues that met on the Caribbean. Far more senseual that our Spartan Pacific vistas.

Frankly Ronda said...

The colors are wonderful - nice pics!

Heather said...

Holy crap, this is now on my bucket list. I only had a few places left on my list, now I got 1 more. I love that groovy beach decor!

K.W. Michigan said...

THANK YOU .. I really needed to see these beautiful pictures! I can picture me on the beach listening to those waves.

CancunCanuck said...

Amy- Are you counting the days til your trip? I totally understand the withdrawal, I went through it myself when I still lived in Canada and couldn't get to the beach very often at all. Glad I could brighten your day.

Sara- Hello and welcome, thanks for stopping by. Nice white sand beaches are good for the soul (and your physical health too!), I highly recommend it. Get thee to a beach young lady! Hope you'll stick around, will be reading your blog today.

Steve- There is beauty on both sides, but I happen to be partial to the Caribbean myself, "sensual" is a good word for it. The combination of the white sands, the amazing blues and the feeling in the air wraps itself around your body and envelops you in a sense of warmth and well being. Not to get too poetic about it. :)

American Mommy- Thanks!

Heather- Isla Blanca is still a secret hideaway, not many tourists venture out there, I highly recommend it, add it to the list!

K.W.- You're very welcome! Put some good beach music on your headphones, lay back in your chair and meditate on happy beach thoughts. :)

Anonymous said...

The bus or taxis dont go that far up the coast do they? I may just have to man up and rent a car. The "man up" is for the driving.

Always looks crazy for driving.

CancunCanuck said...

Gonzo- I think you would have to rent a car, no buses out there, it's about 20 kms or so from Cancun, 6 kms on a barren dirt road. I see taxis out there coming back empty to Cancun but I can never figure out how people get a taxi to get home. It's not like they are out there to be flagged down! :) I think you and da wife would LOVE it out there.

Holly said...

absolutely breathtaking! ahhhh...

Anonymous said...

I know we would, get away from all the d#*ned tourists. hee hee hee. Stopped at the grocery store the other night and got some snack crackers. Have to make a delivery to your work. ;) Only 8 more days!!

Kelly said...

Amen, sister! There are enough hotels in the Yucatan - why take up more beach?? That's what we're all there for anyway!

CancunCanuck said...

Holly- "Breath taking" is such a great way to describe the Caribbean, even after more than five years of living here it does take my breath away every time I see it.

Tom- Yahoo, I just polished off the last box of Triscuits that my parents bought, you are so good to me, thanks! :)

Kelly- Hallelujah! So many hotels and so many EMPTY hotel rooms, there is no need for new ones. If every hotel were at 100% and there were tourists clamouring for space, I might see constructing a new place, but really, there is no need to destroy more nature and take away more beach.

dichuy said...

Aloha, (thought I'd try something different thatn hola)

Chuy and I just returned from 2 weeks in Cancun and I wanted you to know we talked about you. The thirds day of our trip we decided to go to Morgan's since the windy conditions we making swimming in the HZ difficult. My mom was with us and we swung out to my mother-in-law's house and picked up my nephew and off we went. We arrived around 10:30am on a Monday and the gate was closed. A young man eventually came and let us in, charging the 4 of us a total of $100pesos. Hmmm, that was a lot less than the price list on the gate, but maybe we looked desperate? LOL.

We didn't eat anything there so I can't comment, but they were very friendly. The water was refreshing, though a little more seaweed than I like. We had a great time building sand castles till we were prunes.

Thanks so much for telling us about this little gem. And I completely agree: the building has to stop. WHAT is all that going up around the bullring????? And all the empty plazas sitting around as they build new ones???

I ate so many tortas con arrachera y queso Oaxaca from Tacos Rigo during the 2 weeks that I think I'm turning into one.

I hope you're feeling better. I think I may need another trip in a few months...let me know if you need some York peppermint patties or something!

Oh, and Chuy passed his US citizenship test yesterday. Guess I should get started studing for my Mexican one--reading your posts on it scare the crap out of me lol.


CancunCanuck said...

Di- Thanks for stopping by, it's great to hear from you! Glad you had a great trip and were able to enjoy Pirata Morgan and the tortas de arrachera, my fave! Big congrats to Chuy passing his citizenship test, such great news! Remember that the Mexican citizenship test is changing every six months, when you know you have to take it, check in here or on CancunCare for the latest test questions (and answers hopefully, it's HARD!) Happy to see you here amiga, hope life is grand.

3LittleFlowers said...

I would love to be there, but I would also love to take you to a few places here!!! We would have soo much fun!!

CancunCanuck said...

Momto3- I'd love to explore DR with you, that would be great!

juicebox ange said...

thank you so much for your blog. we went here and it was amazing. we also fed iguanas yesterday. so much fun! gracias! <3

Anonymous said...

Gonna go here this week to take some photogs. Thanks for the blog.

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