This is me in full vacation mode at one of the many beachside restaurants on Isla Mujeres. Yup, this pic pretty much sums it up.
Isla Mujeres is a teeny, tiny island very close to Cancun in the Mexican State called Quintana Roo. Yes, it is close to Cancun - a 20 minute ferry ride - but couldn't have been further from the flashy, Vegas-esque vibe that seems to exhist there. Here's a pic of the beach a few footsteps from our hotel - we liked to call it "our" beach.
Vacation is a very, very good thing. Mexico was amazing. It was warm, romantic, beautiful, friendly, accessible and incredibly kick-back. Did I mention warm? Very warm. The water & the sun. It was great being in the ocean again - well, I guess it is the sea - I've never experienced water so perfect in temerperature & clarity. And the white sand?? Gorgeous.
We rented a golf cart one day to explore the island. Very fun. Here is jzboy at Punta Sur which is on the Southern end of Isla Mujeres. Gorgeous views of the Caribbean!! It was here that we saw the "Cliff of the Dawn" - the easternmost point in the country & therefore the first part of Mexico to be touched by the sun's rays every dawn.
Best part about our golf cart tourism was the stop at the Tortugranja - the Turtle Farm.
This federally supported program is located on ancient nesting grounds of the giant sea turtle. Turtles come back to the same place they were born to lay their eggs deep in the beach sand. The farm protects the eggs and collects and protects the young, rearing them in large tanks until they can be released into the sea at an age and size where they can take care of themselves. Here are some pics of the protected little (or big) guys:
These guys are 5 days old!!
I'm in love.......
Every day of our vacation ended with an amazing sunset. For me, it was an ideal way to say goodbye to the sun. I felt so incredibly thankful each evening watching the sun sink below the horizon and basking in its glow. I felt comforted, peaceful and so very, very thankful.
I'll have to post a little later on our trip inland - to the Yucatan. That was an entirely different experience & deserves its own space.
Until then ~ Adios.