travelogue – Island of Women

From Cancun a half hour ferry delivers you to Isla Mujeres — the Island of Women.

Friends had raved about a beach paradise there. But that was decades ago. I was sure it was long since ruined.

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I was surprised how laid back was my reception. Not a single taxi driver or hotel tout approached me on arrival.

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I went directly to Pac Na, billed as the Club Med of Mexican hostels. This is their ocean front beach volleyball bar.

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Tents are pitched in quiet sandy courtyards.

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I wedged my Hubba under a coconut palm.

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The best of many good coffee shops was just down the street.

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Hurricane Wilma did a fair bit of damage to the island. Here the sea wall is being reinforced in advance of the next big blow.

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The main draw of Isla Mujeres for me was snorkeling.

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This was the best snorkelling area from town. About 2 blocks walk from the hostel.

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Under the docks fish congregate, protected from diving sea birds.

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The water was superb even in February. Warm and crystal clear. No wetsuit needed, I thought, though many did wear one.

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Graveyard.

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I had not seen this particular angel pose before.

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Many are disappointed by the modest main plaza. And the remarkably simple cathedral.

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I quite liked the plaza. Colourful, clean, simple. I ate tacos there in the evening from street venders.

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Look at the pipes on that playground trestle.

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The Hemmingway bar is a classic. He was not there when I popped in.

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I booked a bike tour through the hostel. Excellent and inexpensive.

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The highlight was the sea turtle farm.

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Eggs are protected, harvested, hatched and the turtles are kept here until almost 3-years-old. When they are released they then stand an excellent chance of survival.

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We marvelled at the lovely starburst shell patterns.

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The bike tour finished with a sunset visit to the far south point of the island. A sculpture garden is installed there.

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A nice setting, I thought.

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This is the furthest east point of land in Mexico. It sees the sun first.

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We walked down to reach the very edge of Mexico.

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