QUINTANA ROO | CANCUN | ISLA MUJERES
Since last year I’ve complained and nagged about us not taking a vacation. A real vacation, not road trips but a full-blown, pack your bags and find a dog sitter vacation. After graduating, packing, selling our house, moving to a tiny temporary apartment, building house, moving AGAIN and unpacking, it was time for a true getaway.
We have spent a bit with the new house so we couldn’t take a full-blown vacation on a full-blown vacation budget. We are also taking another trip later this year. Shopping for flights I realized, that nothing was coming out as economical as I wanted. I couldn’t justify the prices of these flights and only stay one week. Husband loves Cancun and we have not been in a few years. I did the math and that made the most sense. I didn’t want it to be like the other times we have been, where we were complete tourists and doing all-inclusive. This time I wanted us to experience that part of Mexico.
That is how we ended up one week in Isla Mujeres and another week in Cancun.
I know, all you heard was two weeks in Cancun, why?! or you heard two weeks in Cancun, woohoo party!!! Isla Mujeres is considered part of Cancun but it really isn’t. It’s more relaxing and tranquil. I started us there because I knew my stubborn workaholic husband needed to disconnect and relax. Which by the way he was not ok with the two weeks vacation. I just didn’t give him a choice. I kept reminding him how much he loves Isla Mujeres. He actually calls it his paradise.
After a lot of research, reading so many good blogs and of course the most important Trip Advisor, I realized there was so much to see in Isla & Cancun. Things I haven’t seen on previous trips nor hubby. From when we started dating until now, we have become travel addicts to the extreme and big time foodies. After my research, I knew this vacation could be the full-blown vacation we needed.
It was ugly and raining in all of Texas. Flooding all the bayous & rivers. Worst people were missing. It was horrible watching the news and each time hubby thanking God he purchased flood insurance. The day we flew out we were scared flights would be delayed or worst yet cancelled. Our flight was delayed only 15 minutes. As I looked out the window before takeoff the rain started coming down. I snapped a picture that looks like we were escaping. Right after as we took off the rain and wind just became more intense. BYE BYE HOUSTON!!!
Arriving on a Wednesday instead of a Saturday was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! Zoomed through the immigration line, no lines for bus, and finally no line for the ferry to Isla Mujeres.
ISLA MUJERES, QUINTANA ROO MÉXICO
What is this island of women you speak of? It’s a 20 min ferry ride from Cancun. Many companies offer day trips for the people in Cancun. You should try it some time. It was once upon a time a fishermen’s island, now there is more diversification and tourism is a big trade now.
In island mode as soon as I stepped off the ferry. Walked a few steps and got one of the taxis for the ride to our little secluded beach, Mia Reef. You literally have to cross a bridge to get to it. I love that part. It feels like a castle surrounded by gorgeous Corona commercial blue water and white sand.
Let me tell you that relaxing a stressed out workaholic husband was not easy. I had purchased three consecutive days of all-inclusive so he could drink and eat to his heart’s content. My husband aka Señor Foodie, was not letting go even with food. Even though our hotel had some bad ass fish tacos!
Day #4 of our vacation I took hubby on a long scenic walk through downtown Isla. I promised him laziness after our walk. Only beach and napping on his favorite beach bed. What I didn’t tell him was that I was going to give him a rum filled coconut. I should have started with this trick on day one, it worked like a charm. He was the most relaxed I have seen him in so long. Now I know for our return trip to Isla Mujeres, one week is not enough. If it took me 4 days to relax him from our 8 days there.
After that was the start of our real vacation…
I had a lot of suggestions from Trip Advisor on places to see and restaurants to eat. For those people who have not had the pleasure of visiting Isla Mujeres, keep in mind that Isla Mujeres is a place to relax, take long walks, snorkel, sightsee and enjoy. Not a party place, few bars and no huge clubs.Which is perfect for the sometimes antisocial person I can be.
First on our list and apparently on everyone else’s list was Polo’s Mango Cafe. This was on the day we were trying make it to church. After getting lost and getting to the wrong church and finding one of the churches locked we found Mango Cafe. The food we ate on our vacation should be on a post of it’s own, there is that much to say. Mango Cafe can not be compared with the rest of the places we tried on the Island. We only ate once here but it was enough to judge. I will have to discuss more in-depth in another post.
We did a lot in Isla Mujeres but if I wrote down each thing we did this would have been a ten page post. Anyone wanting a little R&R but want to do some fun water activities and of course EAT delicious food I highly recommend Isla Mujeres.
CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO MEXICO
It seems that everyone has been to Cancun, some have been several times. We are guilty of being there several times as a couple and with friends. It is such a quick trip from Houston and come on, the beaches!
You can’t really go wrong. The only thing is that most people only go and stay in the hotel maybe go to the clubs and call it a trip. There is so much to see in and out of Cancun it is ridiculous. From Cancun you can take several day trips whether you plan and pay for an excursion or just hop on a bus and venture on your own. < this is so easy and cheaper to do by the way*
Hubby thought he had seen all there was to see in Cancun. Well I was excited to show him all the impressive places that he had yet to explore.
This week went by a lot faster than our R&R week. I think that since we arrived in Cancun from Isla Mujeres we were on the move. We took a day trip to Playa del Carmen, next to Valladolid and to Ek Balam. Visited two small ruins in Cancun, the Scorpion temple and El Rey. We have been to the ones that everyone tells you to go to, Chichen Itza and Tulum in the past. Sure they are a sight to see but no one ever tells you that there are some right there by your hotel. Especially if you are only there for a 3 day weekend you don’t have to travel far and waste an entire day. We visited the Mayan Museum which if you are history buffs like us, you will really enjoy this place.
Long story short hubby who had to get his arm twisted to take two weeks off did not want to come back home. He was complete beach bum by the end. Ready to stay and trying to figure out what he was going to do over there for a living, with his broken Spanish. It was a trip we both desperately needed. It gave husband a reset he needed and gave me so much material to work on for my next project. Stay tuned!
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