Wednesday, March 05, 2008 10:47 AM
Day Trip to Isla Mujeres
As my poor husband has been stricken with the nasty virus that is making its way down the Riviera Maya, I was called in to service to spend the day with one of our customers looking at properties on Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is one of my very favorite places to escape to and while this trip was business oriented, it's still nice to just be on the island, even for the day. Frank and I headed out late morning and made the drive to the ferry dock in Puerto Juarez. I was surprized to see that the crowded parking lot had been ripped up, to be replaced by a modern, multi-level parking garage. As there was often insufficient space in the existing lot, this is a good idea. The construction is well underway.
The ferry system at Gran Puerto runs like well-oiled machine. From the (currently valet) parking services, to the well-manned and friendly ticket counter, to the boarding and disembarking procedure, every step in the process is efficient and designed to get you on that island as quickly as possible. After over three years in Mexico, I find this level of service is to be recognized and applauded.
The high speed, Ultramar Ferries run every half hour, all day, everyday from the docks at Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres. After 9:00pm the ferries run every hour until midnight. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes.
As my customer, Frank is a litigation lawyer in New York whose firm specializes in international maritime insurance law, he got a particular charge out of this working fishing boat docked close by. It may not be pretty but it works. We were speculating on their safety record.
Nice view of Gran Puerto from the ferry.
A nice day to sit on the upper deck.
Smile Frank! You WERE warned about the blog ;)
Looking back to the shoreline of Cancun, well north of the hotel zone. I don't think I will ever cease to be amazed by the color of the water here!
Sport fishing is big business here.....
...but many people on the island fish to live.
Coming into the dock.
Do I like San Pedro because it reminds me of Isla Mujeres......
....or is it the other way around?
Taking the golf cart south along the west shoreline.
Here are a few photos of the hotel Frank is considering, Casa Ixchel. I love this place.
This is Miguel who is in charge of the daily operations of this lovely boutique hotel. Every hotel owner needs a guy like Miguel. Friendly, helpful, knowledgible and proud of the work he does and the hotel he represents. Bravo!!
The coastline on the Caribbean side of the island is rocky but dramatically beautiful.
This was taken on the south end of the island (Punta Sur) just overlooking Garrafon Park.
Beautiful view to the Hotel Zone in Cancun.
It was a lovely day and I think our friend Frank is a convert. While I returned to my dear, sick husband and adorable children, Frank stayed on island to explore, relax and soak up everything that is Isla Mujeres. Will he ever return home to New York?
****Just a quick update: Frank ultimately did purchase this beautiful hotel. If you are interested in Real Estate on Isla Mujeres, please do not hesitate to contact us at BuyPlaya@gmail.com.