Monday, August 25, 2008 2:57 PM
Weekend Getaway - Isla Mujeres
As a treat for the kids, who returned to school today, we took them away to one of their favorite places for a weekend of fun in the sun. Isla Mujeres has captivated our whole family from the moment we first got off of the ferry from Puerto Juarez. We always stay in the same hotel right on Hidalgo and our children know all the neighboring shopkeepers and restaurant workers. They take great joy in running amok, spending their allowances or, more likely, running their own "tabs" for us to settle up at the end of our stay. I wonder where they learned that trick from ;)
This weekend, we introduced the Carwithen family and our pal Stuart to Isla Mujeres. Needless to say, we have five more converts. We had a fun filled weekend, Rob and Stuart accomplished a fair bit of work researching properties for a new customer and we returned to Playa sun-burnt and exhausted. So much for a relaxing get-away!
After unloading at Plaza Almendros, we rented some carts and headed south to our very favorite beach club, Zama. Under renovation during our last trip to the island, we were anxious to see the face-lift, hoping they had not changed too much. We were relieved to see that only the open air restaurant and bar had been expanded under an enormous new palapa. The beautiful multi-level pools that once housed dolphins for Dolphin Discovery remained the same and the beach was as pristine as always.
After a delicious lunch and a full afternoon of sun, we wandered back to the hotel for a quick wash-up before heading out on the town. This weekend, Isla Mujeres continued the celebration of her 158th anniversary and the whole island was abuzz with activity. A huge stage had been erected in the Municipal Plaza and a colorful fair with dozens of vendors and carnival rides stretched out down the malecon. Bands played, people danced and we all shared an evening of appreciation for this wonderful island.
It was quite a night. Stay tuned to see if I survived the perilously ill-maintained carnie rides!
Weekend Getaway - Isla Mujeres Part 2