Isla Mujeres

Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2014

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Monday, January 6, 2014

Cont'd Day 8: Monday, 6 January

Arriving on the island we were excited to get some time on our first beach. We set off in search of Poc Na Hostel which is the oldest and was awarded the best hostel in Mexico. After a short walk we found it and we were lucky to get beds in two dorms.

Isla Mujeres is a pretty small island, 7 km by 0.65 km. The main mode of transport for tourists is golf carts. Of course we had to try one and we wanted to explore the island so we hired one for two hours. Just as Kathy handed over the money and put in licence for security there was a change in the weather....cue dark black clouds!!

Innocent as were we drove back to the hostel to pick up rain jackets and then headed off driving down the other end of the island. Fifteen minutes later the monsoon had hit and there wasn't an inch if us that was dry and that was with the wind at our backs....we couldn't wait for the road to end and we would be heading the other direction...who would ever have thought a windshield was a good idea on a golf cart! We stopped off for a token look at the lighthouse and braved a walk out to it but the wind eventually beat us back.
We had taken turns driving and Michele was now driving, Jen co pilot and Kathy hanging out on the back! With the wind and rain beating us back we continued on our way back to town. At this point we were almost driving through rivers on the road and as we climbed a small hill...duh duh duh...engine in cart dies! The co pilot declares "Kathy get out there and push"! Kathy duly obliges!! Luckily two nice obliging Mexican's come to her rescue..a good job with the two princesses sitting in the front!! Luckily the cart hadn't died and after instruction from one of out nice Mexican friends, Kathy was told to take over at the wheel. Due to the weather conditions there is no photographic evidence of this incident...most likely a good thing!!

We made it back to town unscathed after that and dropped off the cart 45min early :) Back at the hostel as the rain continued to thunder down we weren't moving that evening. Out came the deck of cards and we consoled ourselves with several margaritas...or pins coladas when Michele was at the bar!!

Day 9: Tuesday 7 January

When we woke the rain had stopped but the clouds were still looming. We took a taxi to the turtle farm, one of the key tourist attractions on the island (apart from the beach!!). It was really cool to be able to hold the turtles and king lobsters, sea urchins etc but at the same time it seemed almost a bit cruel. We walked back to town, stopping regularly to avoid the thunder showers. We also took a walk on the beach and it looked like it had been battered by a small hurricane...what did we need to do to just get some sun?!!

That evening a fish tasting plate for dinner went some way to making us feel better. Tomorrow was time to move on and see what Tulum would offer us....sun and good luck by any chance...stay tuned!
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