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A Long Weekend on Isla Mujeres


A couple of weeks ago Bebé and my mother, brother and I spend four nights on Isla Mujeres. We stayed at Ixchel Beach Hotel. No complaints there. We had a basic room but it was very nice and included a coffee maker (we MUST have coffee available) and a mini fridge. They had beach/pool toys for children and you could exchange your beach towels as many times as you wanted. (We tried to keep that to once a day but when you have a wet, sandy towel it’s nice to have the option.)

When we got off the ferry, we decided that we would walk to the hotel, with a little help from this nice man. I think “crazy eyes” enjoyed his ride.




The first night it rained a little. Just a little.




And the next day it was a bit cloudy but the weather was gorgeous after that.


North Beach Isla Mujeres


We ate breakfast at the market almost every day. Cheap, authentic and delicious!




We spent every evening dining and drinking on Hidalgo. It’s such a fun, lively place and I couldn’t get a good picture so I totally stole borrowed this one from http://www.anthrofieldschool.com/.


Hidalgo night


Bebé spent most of his time on his 6’6″ uncle’s shoulders, but I caught them holding hands here.




One of the best things about Isla Mujeres is, North Beach! Ixchel Beach Hotel is located right on North Beach and they were great about having enough loungers and umbrellas for everyone. We would leisurely move from the pool to the beach and back to the pool again.




Looking up from my lounger…




Bebé was thrilled that Papi was able to join us one day.




This child has loved to sleep on top of people since the day he was born.






The last evening was Superbowl Sunday!

Worlds Collide: Frida + the Superbowl (and a piñata)




Meals: We really enjoyed Barlito, Rolandi’s, the market, the churros guy next to the town square and the baked goods truck guy at the end of Hidalgo. The tostone sandwiches and mojitos at Qubano are a must. So sorry we missed meeting Vivian after hearing so much about her. There are still so many places to try, I can’t wait for out next visit!

It was a weekend we’ll never forget! We miss Grammy and Uncle already.


isla mujeres



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