On Day 4, we got up late, had breakfast. Sat in the beach reading books for sometime. Then decided to go to the island Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is an island town very close to Cancun. Lot of tour companies offer trips to this island. But going by yourself is the most economical way. The tour company quoted 50USD for taking us there and dropping us and picking us back. On our own it took 8USD per person for the roundtrip.
We took the city bus to the Puerto Juarez. From there took the ferry to Isla Mujeres. The island was very beautiful from the distance with the turquoise blue sea surrounding it. We arrived there around noon.
Once we arrived, the golf cart rental agents surrounded us. It was 45USD for the whole day. Scooters for 25USD a day. We were contemplating and had tender coconut for 3.5USD. Then decided to take the taxi. Taxis typically charge you about 1.50 to 2$ to go from one end of the island to another. The driver Roalfo of Taxi cab number 18 seemed like a nice guy. We decided to visit the turtle farm first. On the way, we asked the driver if we could hire him for the rest of the day. He quoted around 20USD. We bargained for 15USD. He first took us to Turtle farm. It is a pretty decent place. They have turtles at different stages of their life: week old, month old, 6 months old etc. Since turtles are becoming endangered, they are having this sanctuary. The 2USD that we pay for enterance is used for their breeding. So it is well worth it.
Then our driver took us to the dolphinarium. Here they charge you about 100USD for close encounters with dolphin. Since we weren’t too keen, we did not go. Then the driver took us to a hotel where they had kept a couple of sand sharks by the ocean. Our driver paid the guy who was tending the sharks and that guy lifted the 3-4
feet shark for us to touch. It did feel like sand, maybe hence the name.
Then he took us to Playa Lancheros. They had ziplining there. But it was closed. It is closed on Mondays. The view is breathtaking.
Then went to the Ruin of Mayan temple and the light house. We did not go to the temple since there is not much left of it since the hurricane. So climbed on top of the light house and got our pictures taken and also soaked in the beauty of the island.
Came down and had tender coconut. This was the sweetest that I ever had. Then off we left for the north beach(Punta Norte). On the way, our driver took us inside the town and showed the lake, his house, schools, etc. The north beach is nice but commercialized. There are a couple of bars and restaurants on the beach. People were relaxing on hammocks, cabanas, lounge chair with and without their swim wear. The sea there is very shallow and very clam. You can walk in the ocean for about 100 meters without any trouble. We changed into our swimwear and enjoyed the sea while our nice driver kept an eye on our valuables like camcorder, DSLR camera, wallets, purses, etc. Then he took us to the shopping area and we paid the driver 20USD since we were very happy with him and parted.
Went to a juice bar and decided to have a fruit milk shake. I ordered a pineapple milkshake and husband ordered a banana milkshake. We saw the milkshake size and almost fainted. For total of 6USD, he had given us more than half a gallon of milkshake each. We managed to drink it and called it lunch.
Walked around the bazaar, exploring the shops. Bought some very nice top(spinning top, the top) for nieces/nephews. Then went back to the ferry dock and returned to Cancun. On the way back, the ferry played a familiar music to my surprise, guess what? They played AR Rahman’s Bombay theme music. I was all excited and refused to get down from the boat without finding out where they got the music from. Then mustered courage and knocked the captains room and asked him where he got the music. To my disappointment he tells me that someone wrote the songs for him in the CD and he doesn’t know about the origin but he sure loves the music. I was on cloud nine. It is always wonderful to see/hear desi stuff when you are in unknown land. Similar thing happenned to me in Cairns, Australia.
Came back all tired and relaxed in the hotel with my books gazing the moon and the ocean from my balcony. Then left for Las Isla Mall to grab dinner. Went to the La Casa de Las Margaritas Restaurant. The food was decent. The decor was very vibrant and colorful. It is worth the trip to just see the decor.
Came back to the hotel and called it a day!
You can see the first 3 parts here: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3