Thursday, April 1, 2010

Family Visit to Isla Mujeres

Wow, time sure flies when you are having fun, I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged! My parents arrived from Canada last week and we've been running around like crazy! We managed to take last weekend off for a relaxing trip to Isla Mujeres, my parents favourite place in the area. We stayed at Posada del Mar which was lovely, great location on the main strip across from the beach and close to restaurants and shops. Max was beyond thrilled with the pool, it was hard to get him out of the water to do anything else.

We rented a golf cart one day and I gave my folks the quickie tour of Isla. I told them "chatter" cost extra but they chose the bargain route, too bad, they missed out on my corny jokes. We visited the turtle farm, saw the floating house, Punta Sur (wow, big changes there, they've finally added a safety wall and a covered seating area), checked out the shell house and ran all over town. The highlight was definitely our stop at Garrafon de Castilla, the small beach club next to the famous Garrafon Park. We didn't even need our snorkels to see the thousands of fish right off shore! We bought some fish food and man oh man, we were surrounded by the little yellow and black striped sergeant majors eating right out of our hands. Garrafon de Castilla is a bargain, only 50 pesos entrance for some fantastic views and great snorkeling fun!

We spent Sunday lazing around on Playa Norte, Max and Grandpa flew their kite, I got pinched on the foot by a crab and my mom and dad got a nice sunburn to memorialize the weekend. Dragging Max out of the ocean to head home was a horror, the kid thought that we could just live on the beach forever and ever. He fell asleep almost immediately on the ferry ride back home, I guess sunshine and snorkel can really tucker a kid out. Tuckered out mom and grandparents too!

Here are a few snaps of our Isla Mujeres getaway.....

Punta Sur (this view never ceases to amaze me)

Saved a seat for you at Punta Sur (note the new safety wall)

My gorgeous turtle friend

Pelicans waiting for a free meal from the fishermen

Grandma, Max and Grandpa at the turtle farm

We're so fortunate to have my folks here for three whole weeks! Max is on vacation from school for Semana Santa so they are having a ball with him all day long. We're hoping to get out of town again this weekend, Tulum is on our minds, just waiting to hear back from a hotel to see if we can get a reservation, it's a busy busy time of year! I promise to update sooner rather than later, I've been so distracted and having so much fun, sorry for my absence. Hope all my lovely readers are well, saludos de Cancun!


Heather said...

Yeah for grandparents and getting to be a visitor in your own town. I love it!

KfromMichigan said...

Enjoy your time with the parents amiga!

Anonymous said...

My mother always made our Easter dresses. There were five girls and she would make her dress kind of the negative of ours. We might have had a green dress with polka dots and hers would be a white dress with green polka dots.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I had multiple comment windows open. You got the response to JamQueen's Easter photo post.

Thanks for some fresh photos of Isla. I actually like what they have done at Punta Sur.

smluevano said...

Beautiful pictures I would love to go to isla mujeres right about now! Well at least you all enjoyed it sounds like a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're all having a great time!

I didn't know about the beach club for $50! Thanks for the tip. Definitely going to check for that next time. :)

CancunCanuck said...

Heather, it's been so great having my folks here, I don't want to think about them leaving. Making me sad already and they're here for another week!

KfromMichigan- We're having a great time, Max most of all I think.

Jackie- LOL, I wondered what the Easter dress comment was about! I think the changes to Punta Sur were necessary, at least for safety's sake. The wall they've put up will protect people for sure (and the iguanas too).

smluevano- Come on down, the water's fine! Isla is a favourite spot, lots of great memories for us there. Thanks for stopping by!

gringation- Garrafon de Castilla is a sweet spot, total bargain! I brought my own snorkel gear, but they do have it for rent, lockers, food and drinks, just lovely!

Sara said...

I loved Isla Mujeres when I went. That was years ago now.

I love the shot of the turtle and the pelicans as well.

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