We have been going to Isla annually for almost 10 years so its hard to duplicate the wide eyed enthusiasm of a newbie Islaholic. Ill try to touch on the high points of this years trip with no chronology - the days run together in my memory anyway.
First the weather, it was definitely different. It was cool and windy for the first week, but we didnt feel a drop of rain. Luckily, Punta Piedra 1 has a small casita sheltering the north side of the pool so I was able to swim even when the Norte was blowing. Even on those days when the pool was chilly it was still warmer than our home beach in July. The first few nights I wore a windbreaker when we were eating on Hidalgo. By the time we were leaving the weather had turned hot and humid.
Food highlights: breakfast at Mango Cafe (breakfast empanadas for Judy, egg and bacon stuffed chile relleno for Don), sticky ribs at Asia Caribe, arrachera tacos at La Bruja, Moussaka at Olivias, sandwiches at Blue Iguana, coffee and dessert at Cafe Mogagua while listening to Chucho on the piano, fish with good friends at Velazquez, Cobb salad (J) or fish & chips (D) on the upper deck at Jax where the breeze was welcome on a steamy night. As budget travelers we usually cook and eat breakfast and lunch at our Punta Piedra apartment. Its fun to buy ingredients at the neighborhood tiendas and it allows us to practice our Spanish.
New attractions: We heard the sound trucks blaring "Beisbol, Beisbol, Beisbol!" and discovered that the Cancun Tigres would be playing an exhibition game against the Campeche Piratas, so we put on our Red Sox caps and walked to the campo. What fun! although sitting on the concrete seats for several hours practically crippled us. Baseball is easy to understand in any language. We even met Jimbo de Isla and his son at the game.
The repaired malecon and new streets and sidewalks are a welcome addition with fewer opportunities for stumbles. However, we did see a woman at Playa Sol with an ankle cast which had a lovely Isla Mujeres decal - Ill pass on that kind of souvenir.
Old standbys: We snorkled at Garrafon de Castilla, watched a sunset at Sergios, celebrated an 8-year sobriety anniversary with a local friend, met with our Mexican godson who will graduate this year (more about him in a separate report), walked a lot in the colonias, collected shells and sea glass, read a lot of books, lay in the hammock and watched the frigates soar, ate our way up and down Hidalgo, felt more and more relaxed.
Well be back same time next year - but for three weeks rather than two.