Monday, August 3, 2009

Isla Mujeres Para la Cruda

Summertime, and the living is easy. We had a very summery kind of weekend, no big adventures, just taking it easy in this POUNDING HEAT. I am not complaining, really, I chose to live here for the weather so I cannot complain, but oy vay, it's hot. Like, take your breath away, someone sitting on your chest kind of hot. Saturday morning we went to Mercado 28 to get hair cuts for the boys at the old fashioned barber shop. As with most small town barbers, it's not only a place for a haircut, but a place for men to gather and chat. Saturdays topic was baseball, again, very much like any barbershop. "El Cubano" was there, one of the scouts for the Cancun Tigres and he and Max chatted like old friends. Turns out the playoffs were starting Saturday night so we decided to check out the game. Did I mention it was hot? Did I mention how very very cold and delicious the stadium beer is? Suffice it to say that I drank a LOT of beer and the Tigres won and I woke up Sunday morning "con la cruda" (with a hangover).

There is no better cure for a hangover than floating in the sea and the best place for that is Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres. Off we trudged (well, I trudged, the boys gallivanted) to catch the ferry to Isla. I knew that they had raised the prices of the ferry and expected that, what I didn't expect was that they now force kids to pay as well! So, while two weeks ago we would have paid 140 pesos for the ferry trip, yesterday it was 360, a big difference that really kind of irked us. Anywho, my hangover survived the ferry crossing and we walked to Mocambo restaurant so Hubby could get his ceviche fix. I ordered some food but couldn't stomach it so gave it to two little boys who were selling peanuts, they seemed quite happy with their french fries and fish fingers, my good deed for the day. Finished with lunch it was definitely time to get in the sea so we made our way to Playa Norte near Buho's, our favourite spot.

As soon as I hit the ocean I felt better. I submerged myself and came up feeling like a new woman. I floated, turned myself into a jet ski for Max and floated some more. The ocean felt great, though to be honest it was almost too warm, I felt like the shrimp in the soup it was so warm. We walked around in the water looking for cool spots and when we found one we let out a big "Aaaaah, there it is". If you've never been to Playa Norte, I'll tell you, it's the best swimming beach in the region. Calm waters, no rocks or coral and you can walk out forever and the water is still only up to your waist. Phenomenal. There are restaurants and bars up and down the beach to quench your thirst or tempt your appetite. Vendors sell the usual bracelets, pareos, hammocks and cold cocos. There are a lot of old palm trees lining the beach, something you certainly don't see in Cancun. It's a popular spot for European travelers and back packers, though more and more Americans and Canadians are discovering this little piece of paradise. Don't tell too many people though, new development is already starting to tick off the locals and the die hard Isla fans, we don't need another Cancun chock full of high rise all inclusive resorts. So, SHHHHHH.

This is how you get rid of a hangover

Playa Norte from the water

I am a jet ski


And since it's been a while since I've given you any 360 beach videos, here's a quick one for you.....


Tiffany said...

Oh I am so jealous. We love that beach and were always there when we visited Isla Mujeres. I can´t wait to be back!!!

Scott Bulger Photography said...

Playa Norte is a great place. Last time we were there, an old man came by and when the kids weren't looking, he buried a bunch of pesos in the sand. Then he got the kids attention and proceeded to tell them all about the pirates that used to bury their treasure on the island. Next, he guided them to the appropriate digging spot and they found the "treasure". They thought it was very cool. All they while, I'm looking over my shoulder for the second have of the team trying to rip me off, and it never showed up. It was just a really cool old man.

KfromMichigan said...

Hot .. Beach .. White Sand .. cold SOL and Playa Norte .. nothing more relaxing! Thanks for making my day!

Gaelyn said...

LOL! Con la cruda. You're Spanish is really improving. Glad the sea got rid of your hangover. Never made it the Isle. Next visit for sure. I do remember those aqua aguas.

Beth said...

Thanks for the 'mini vacation' through the lens of your camera. :) I need a big, real one though! :)

Heather said...

Love it! Water cures all! Best hang over cure ever. Too bad we have to eventually get out, lol!

Anonymous said...

Estoy Freaking celosa ....wth makes me love the cold mucky water of NJ....NOT!

Islagringo said...

I suppose those palm are old now. They were planted in 1990 after Gilbert took out every palm on the beach. Did you know that the original name for Playa Norte was Playa Cocos? I remember well the year they finally got big enough to provide some shade.

The price raise has created quite the furor. You should write to or stop in at the tourism board on Isla. Located next to that Frog store. Let them know that you will no longer be able to afford to visit the island nor spend money in restaurants or stores. Money talks. Many local tourists have let the tourism board know that they now will be going to the beaches in Puerto Juarez since travel to the island is no longer affordable. Rumor has it that both ferries are going to have to lower their illegally raised prices or be shut down. Now wouldn't that be an effective response? How we would who live here ever get off the island!

Cdn Cat said...

All I can say is....Beautiful photos! It's been years since visiting Isla. I must make it a point to get back there one day soon. I look forward to my "Mexico Fix" by visiting your wonderful blog on a regular basis!

CancunCanuck said...

Tiffany- It's the best swimming beach in town for sure, great for kids! When are you coming back??

Scott- Great story, I love it! I mentioned to Hubby while we were there that the islanders really do look out for kids, little ones wander around on their own but someone always has an eye out for them.

KfromMichigan- Glad you enjoyed, I always think of you while I take pictures on the beach!

Gaelyn- OH, "cruda" was one of the my first words, lol! "Cerveza, cigaro, cenicero, encededor, baƱo, y cruda". The important words when here to party, haha!

Beth- Glad I could share with you, hopefully you'll get a big vacation soon!

Heather- Yes, the getting out is the hard part. Well, getting the kids out is the hardest part, but it's not easy for me either.

IslaGringo- It's sad but true, we won't be going over nearly as often with the price hike, we'll take our business to Puerto Morelos. I didn't know the palms were so "young", nor did I know it used to be Playa Cocos, learn something new everyday! I guess we'll just have to buy a boat, haha! You don't think you could swim home? ;-)

Cdn Cat- Glad you enjoyed the photos and happy to provide your fix. Definitely hit Isla the next time you are down!

cancunforos said...

hola cancuncanuck, how are you...

naci en cozumel, pero Isla Mujeres es un lugar bello, me encanta isla mujeres, es un lugar que amo, me trae muchos recuerdos, que bueno que hayas puesto algo sobre mi isla consentida.

un saludo desde mi blog:


CancunCanuck said...

William- Hola, gracias por tu comentario! Me encanta Isla Mujeres y Cozumel siempre esta en mi corazon. Vive en Cozumel mis primeros seis meses en Mexico, es triste que no hay mucho trabajo alla. Tal vez cuando sacamos el melate podemos vivir en una isla. Saludos y abrazos amigo!

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