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Our first trip to Isla-

By: islacat (View Profile)
Date: 1/2/2008

After a long enjoyable search we decided on Isla for our Christmas vacation. We booked at the Nautibeach so we could have a two bedroom unit. It is wonderful to have a separate room from the kids.
Our flight from Toronto left at 7:15am, so we were in Cancun (and out of the 3' of snow) by 11am. Our driver from Agitours was out front as promised and we were quickly whisked away to the ferry. The kids were hungry so their first meal in Mexico was McDonalds, ugh! It was actually nice to sit and wait for the ferry with a cerveza and fries.
Docking in Isla went smoothly and our bags were loaded and transported down to the condo. We were already impressed at how helpful and friendly the people were.
Our first walk down Medina was one of wonder, the street is so full of life and colour, red taxis, peacock blue ocean, colourful vendors and beachwear. It was marvelous! And the smells! Such an incredible feeling that you can leave a bland frozen wasteland and be in paradise in such a short time.
The kids were excited to see the ocean so we were on the beach in no time. What a beautiful beach! The staff at Nautibeach made sure we had loungers and umbrellas and we soon met the great wait staff at Sunset Grill that supplied us with beverages. I had read that the ocean could be cold at this time of year but it was absolutely perfect. The waves were fun and the kids spent the rest of the day in and out of the water.
The sunset was picture perfect!
After we had cleaned up we headed into town. Hildago st. looked amazing, so many choices for supper. We were enticed into the Argentinian due to the friendly greeter and the free internet for the kids. There was only one overworked waitress so the service was quite slow and the meal only mediocre. It was a little disappointing as I had read so much about how wonderful the food is. But the atmosphere was amazing, it is really unique.
We headed to the square after supper and enjoyed watching some quite competitive ladies volleyball, a real treat to sit and feel welcome here.
Back to Rolandi's for some incredible coconut ice cream and Kalhua. The kids enjoyed a sundae each. We knew we would be back here for supper!
All in all a fabulous first day, considering it was a day of travel we got quite a bit in.

The next day was much of the same, had a great breakfast at the public market. $14.- for full breakfasts for the four of us! Did some beach combing and checked out the erosion damage on the North Shore. Found a great spot for relaxing on the beach and had a peaceful day. It was so cool to see all these places that I had read so much about. We headed to Buhos for dinner and the sunset. Our youngest, Jake wanted to try lobster so we ordered the seafood platter, more that enough for the 4 of us and we ended up taking some home. supper was amazing, and we enjoyed the nice soft chairs.
Our unit at the condo was perfect, we were on the 2nd floor and had a great view of the pool and ocean beyond. Simple decor but all the amenities. The staff at Nautibeach are wonderful, always friendly and attentive. It immediately felt like a second home.
I had read about the beach club that is in front of Ixchel Condos, apparently it is going only one night a week, but it started on the Thursday and ran right through until the following Tuesday, incredibly loud and regrettably we had to close the windows at night so we wouldn't be kept up. We didn't lose any sleep but I can't imagine the people at Ixchel being too happy about it.

The next day we went to El Sol and rented a golf cart, did some exploring of La Gloria. We had a suitcase full of clothes and toys for the kids but the school was closed. We ran into Wendy who had arranged the Scavenger hunt and met her family. Lovely people. We would be seeing them the next day for the hunt. Did the snorkeling at Garrafon de Castilla and checked out Punta Sur. So much to see. Felt very compfortable driving around in the town. We headed to Playa Luncheros for lunch and the obligatory hair braid. Really enjoyed sitting under the Palapa having a few Sol's. My daughter Hanna's hair is quite thick so it took almost 2 hours to braid her hair. Spoke a fair bit with a wonderful young entrepreneur- Sarah, who ran the hair braiding and tattooing, she felt that the best place for our suitcase full of clothes would be the squatters village. We explained that we wouldn't feel comfortable handing the stuff out, as I have read this is not the right thing to do, but she thought it would be best. We did take a ride over there but we were all too uncomfortable to drive in. We ended up handing it into the desk at Nautibeach and they were going to see that it got to the right people.
Dinner this night was at Rolandi's and it was exceptional! We all had pizzas and we split caesar salad's, it really was the best caesar I have ever had. Again we headed down the street. Went into Miquel's Moonlight for the great guitar duo, our son just loved their AC DC tunes. The make a pretty mean Mojito. (I tried to duplicate it New Years Eve and failed miserably) Checked out the local grocery store, incredibly reasonable prices, and sat and watched the volleyball.

I will continue but would like to see if this comes up as I put in a trip report earlier and it was lost somehow.


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