Isla Mujeres

A holiday to Cancun has so much to offer. Apart from the year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches there is an abundance of activities and excursions. The Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico where Cancun is located is well known for cenotes. Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes with crystal clear turquoise water and are a must see for anyone visiting Cancun. There are also the archaelogical sites and Mayan ruins for those interested in cultural and historical backgrounds. We were in Cancun for 10 days and we packed in as much as we could, making time we had time for rest and relaxation in the sun too! Cancun has so much to offer, and also the neighbouring towns such as Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

Isla Mujeres

 

 This is a beautiful island located opposite the Cancun coast. Isla Mujeres combines the beauty of the Caribbean, a lush tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Mayan civilization. We booked a day trip to the island which included all food and drinks for the day, snorkeling, journey to the island on a catamaran and our own free time to spend on the island. 

  

We had to meet at 9am to get our catamaran. The beach was a hive of activity, there were about 6 or 7 different catamarans going out to Isla Mujeres. I’m not great with boats or the open waters so this was going to a challenge! The catamaran wasn’t huge, and there wasn’t much seating areas, so people were showed a spot anywhere on board to sit. We were sitting along the edge, but the sun dazzling down on us soon made me forget any fears. There were unlimited drinks, water, soft drinks and cocktails. It was a fun journey over, lots of chatting, getting to know other groups and the DJ blasted out the tunes! After about 45 minutes we were given our snorkel equipment, life jackets and flippers and out to the open water we went. I had imagined we would be snorkeling in a shallow area close to the shore, but we were right out in the middle of the ocean! The crew were great though, they ensured everyone’s life jacket was on correctly and there were two members of the crew out in the water with us. I loved the whole experience. We were in the water for 45 minutes, we circled an area led by the crew member. I have to say I did get a bit confused out in the water after about half an hour, I had no sense of what direction we were going in, but we got back to the boat eventually. Safely back on board, we quickly dried out in the heat and enjoyed some more music and cocktails as we continued our journey. We stopped off first for an hour to eat, before we reached Isla Mujeres. This small island was so picturesque I think we took at least 100 photos between us. We were treated to an all-you-can eat buffet for dinner. There were everything from salads, vegetables ,bread, rice, potatoes, meats and cheese and lots of deserts and ice creams. We had an hour and a a half here so after we ate we took to the hammocks by the beach to sleep it off! 

  

We arrived on Isla Mujeres shortly after, and had our own time to spend here. Luckily I had my drivers license on me as we were then able to rent a golf buggy to drive around the island. This was my favourite day of the holiday, we had so much fun. The best part had to be when we were making out way back to the boat from the far end of the island we got caught in a freak thunderstorm! I was driving the golf buggy through floods of water, wind and rain in my face, and actual pellets of hail! The sun was shining one moment and in a split second the heavens opened – literally. I think we were about 15 minutes driving through the storm, rain, thunder and lightening. The amount of rain that fell was unbelievable. Our buggy (along with ten others) broke down, and after failed attempts at pushing it along we hopped on another buggy with a group heading back to the boat. We were all clad in our bikinis and kaftans so we were soaked to the skin. We waded through almost knee length (well on me!) water across the road and reached our boat. 

  

I was now very weary for our journey back to Cancun on a boat through a thunderstorm. All we could do was laugh at the situation. It didn’t put a dampener on the day at all, I feel it made the day all that more memorable! Out of our 10 days this was the only bad weather we had, so don’t worry if anyone looks up the weather prior to their trip and it doesn’t look too great! The day before we traveled I checked the weather online and it scared me! The weeks forecast included thunderstorms, rain and lots of cloud. But, as I said we only had the one bad day, the rest was sun, sun and more sun! ☀️☀️☀️

If your travelling to Cancun or near it, do go to to Isla Mujeres, you will love it! 

Amy

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