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Staying at Zina's, Again.

By: Kathryn in Iowa
Date: 3/20/2008

I have traveled to the Yucatan many times and have stayed in a number of different places. My very favorite place to visit, unwind and heal my soul is Isla. More particularly, Zina's Guest House. I first stayed at Zina's in May of 2005 and have returned again and again. We tease each other about "my apartment". It is my second home. I leave my beach towels there. I think I am going to leave a tooth brush and makeup next time. Why bother to keep carrying them back and forth.

The reason I always stay at Zina's and not down town is that I prefer the neighborhood. I like to cook. Breakfast particularly. I have learned which neighborhood shops carry the freshest vegetables. I love Tuny. The mayo and veggies are already mixed. I often make a gringo version at home with mixed frozen veggies and water packed tuna. The neighborhood tortilla factory makes the absolute best tortillas I have ever tasted. They are as light as French pastry but much better for you. The fruit shop has wonderful mixed native fruits all prepared in a plastic container.

I also love the beach near Zina's. It is far more natural than Playa Norte. There are some good snorkeling spots and lots of interesting fish and shells. It is also a quick hike to the wild carribian side of the island. Walking is my favorite form of exercise and walking in the soft sand and surf is so relaxing.

I love the restraunts on Isla. The neighborhood ones are my favorite. One night three of us shared several appetizers and had a beer each and found we had each spent $3.00. Downtown we would likely have spent $8 to $10 for such a meal. Favorites, and we returned several times, Daisy and Raoul's, El Charco. Why can't I make pickled onions that taste that good? La Bruja is just a few blocks from Zina's. Terrific food. Of course the yummiest food is always Zina's cooking. My office is still raving over a dip I brought in several weeks ago. Zina's recepie.

I love watching the progress of the neighborhood. The children who are growing up, the new babies, the additions on the homes. I become a part of the community when I stay at Zina's.

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