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The Jones Gang, aka hogfamily, 2010 Isla de la Mujeres Adventures # 18.

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Date: 9/23/2010

Our next adventure was a sailing trip.

None of my family had ever been sailing before. In a past life I had done a fair amount of sailing in various types of sailboats. My stories inspired them to want to try sailing.

Our sailing trip did not quite turn out as I was hoping. I broke a couple of my own rules when I booked the trip.

I inquired with a couple of booking places about a sailboat. I wanted to do about a three hour trip around Isla as any longer may have been too long for the hoglets. The only boats they could book for us were catamarans from Cancun and they would only do half day six hour trips or full day trips. The cost was way too much for the half day, (and too long).

One evening when walking along Hidalgo we were stopped by a person that had a small stand set up on the street, he was selling various trips, snorkeling, whale sharks, Contoy, etc. Normally I would have just said “No gracias”; my desire to take the family sailing overrode my normal response. Of course when I inquired if they knew of a sailboat that we could hire for three hours they said, “SI, come back tomorrow and we will have something for you”.

When we went back the next evening they had a photo of a nice looking sailboat and said that we could go for three hours, the boat was owned by a local, and was here on Isla. The price seemed fair, and I was happy to support a local business so I went ahead and booked it. Mistake number two, I did not insist on seeing the boat and meeting the owner / captain / crew before the trip.

We invited Catz and Bob and Cyndi and Roaul to join us and on the day of the trip invited a couple that was staying at Plaza Almendros.

A person was to meet us at Plaza Almendros at about 11:00 am to take us to the boat. He showed up and said that we would be delayed until about 2:00pm as there was a problem with some harbor paperwork and it was being worked on. Hummm….

We went to Mininos and had a great lunch.

A little while after we returned to Plaza Almendros a person showed up and said that we were good to go and that he had some taxis waiting for us.

When we arrived at the sailboat it looked good. We were told that it would be about half an hour because they were making some final preparations. Hummm…..

Who is there when we show up? Juan, if you have spent anytime on Hidalgo you know who Juan is, (right ladies?). We met Juan when we were on Isla two years ago when he was working at Angelo’s. He always treated us well and was kind to our kids.

I’m glad that he was there as the captain seemed a “little under the weather”. Apparently Juan heard about our planned trip, (Isla IS a small community), knew that it would be a good idea if he was along as he has experience sailing and was concerned about the whole deal. About this time I started to hear the song “Sloop John B” by the Beach Boys in my head.

I’m glad that Juan was there he salvaged the trip; it had potential to not go well. Over all we had a good time and I relearned several important lessons about booking trips.


Our group on the way to Mininos for lunch.

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A great lunch with live music.

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These guys were awesome.

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Yum-o!

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Back to Plaza Almendros.

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In the taxis on the way to the sailboat the song “Convoy” was playing in my head.

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Sailboat looks good so far.

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“We come on the Sloop John B my grandfather and me……”


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Helmsman Shane.

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We did have a good time.


The next day we went to the beach in front of Chi Chis and Charlies.

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The big sandbags, aka whales, are to help stop the beach erosion and rebuild the beach and they were a lot of fun to play on. Our kids called this the “slip slide beach”. The sandbags have a coating of algi that make them really slippery.

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The beach here is great. You need to watch the current past the sandbags though; it will take you away from the beach fast. Some days it is worse than others. One day it was so bad that there were two life guards in the water just out from the end of the sandbags. If you stay near the sandbag on the point towards Cancun you will not have any problems.

If you stay in the protected area the current is not a problem on most days unless you go too far out.

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If you order a couple of drinks from Chi Chis and Charlies you can use the beach chairs and umbrellas free. We would stop by the bar and order our drinks on the way to the beach, after we were settled in the drinks were brought to us, ahhhh it was nice.

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Just three months ago we were on a beach on the Susitna River in Alaska.

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The hogfamily does what it can to boost the local economy.

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Later that night.

We think that the lights on the ferry are cool.

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Dinner at Rolandi’s.

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Next time another trip to Garrafon de Castilla.


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