Mexico week 2 – Visit Isla Mujeres, Tulum and Playa del Carmen
is over and we leave by ferry to Isla Mujeres for a few days. Afterwards we enjoy a week of Playa del Carmen. Also a very well known tourist area in Mexico.
We also make a stop at the beautiful Tulum.
Do you want to know how that went? Read all about it here! We’d even like to give you some tips for your next holiday!
The Island of Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is a tiny island half an hour’s boat ride from bustling Cancun. We chose to put Isla Mujeres on our itinerary because we really love islands and really recommend all the tourist info points this island so. On picture it also seemed very very nice and quiet. The ideal getaway after the busy Cancun!
After a violent (read: many wind and high waves) trip on the Caribbean sea, we arrived at Isla Mujeres. To our surprise it was very busy and there were lots of tourists walking around. Maybe this was just around the harbor? We decided to take a taxi up to our hotel because the GPS indicated that our destination was 11 minutes walk away. This seemed to us, with our luggage, just a little too far on foot at a temperature of 28 degrees. The taxi cost us 50 pesos for literally 1 minute drive. So we could have done this easily on foot. Thanks gps…
Our hotel was really perfect. It was right on the beach and our room had ocean views. This view was lovely to wake up with! The hotel’s roof terrace also gave breathtaking views of the entire island. Because it’s definitely not big. You can be all the way around with a golf cartone day. They rent these everywhere on site on Isla Mujeres. Also you will find souvenir shopseverywhere. They almost all sell the same thing. Every salesperson speaks to you on the street, to the last part. This wasn’t really what we had in mind when we came here.
Don’t get us wrong, Isla Mujeres is very beautiful, but much busier than is said. And that’s not what we’re looking for. We stayed there for a total of three days, and that is certainly enough. We would therefore recommend staying there only one to a maximum of three days, unless of course you are staying in an all inclusive resort and are not looking for culture. There’s not a lot to see. However, we can recommend one specific restaurant, namely Cafe Mogagua.
Be sure to try the pasta frutti di mare, this one is to lick thumbs and fingers at. Without a doubt the best pasta we ever ate!
Playa del Carmen
After Isla Mujeres we headed towards Playa del Carmen. Although this is also on the coast, an hour’s drive from Cancun, we had to take the ferry to Cancun first to take the bus to Playa del Carmen. A direct ferry from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen would have been fine. Anyway, our trip went well and we arrived at our destination earlier than expected.
Just as Cancun is the favorite travel destination of the Americans, Playa del Carmen is the one for the Europeans. Their favorite travel destination in Mexico at least. Yet we also saw many Americans here. But it is true that more Europeans are coming to Playa del Carmen, because in the first few days we already met a few Belgians. This is in contrast to Cancun.
We stay in Playa del Carmen just outside the tourist center. We booked our stay through AirBnB.
We have our own modern studio on a house where a French couple lives. The location is ideal. 5 minutes bike ride from the beach and 2 minutes of cycling from a large shopping centre. That’s as good as it gets!
Playa del Carmen itself is hugely touristy. The beach there is beautiful but all the big hotels are located there so it is busy there. Deserted beaches with swaying palm trees should not be expected here. Think of masses of sun loungers and waiters walking back and forth with drinks for their hotel guests. Not very cozy, then.
Nevertheless, we really like the tourist boulevard of Playa del Carmen. You can stroll around among the many shops and restaurants. There is also some street entertainment to be found, especially in the evening. Then Playa del Carmen comes to life. You can go out cheap but also very stylish and expensive. For example, you can book a table at the Cirque Du Soleil theatre.
Get food, champagne and a Cirque du Soleil show at your dinner. A wonderful experience seems to us this! Too bad the price tag (of about 70 euros/person) stopped us.
The ruins of Tulum
On March 13, Sigrid celebrated her birthday. We chose together to visit the ruins of Tulum on this day, as this was always her dream. For just 70 pesos (3 euros) you can visit these ruins. And honestly, it’s much more beautiful than
There is more nature, the park is larger and the view of the ocean is breathtaking. This was a top experience! Please note that taking beautiful pictures can be very unnerving. There are other tourists in your picture all the time.
Tulum itself we did not visit as the center was too far from the ruins. Instead, we chose to end Sigrid’s birthday at Playa del Carmen with a delicious dinner and a nice cocktail afterwards with live music in the background. We haven’t known a better place to celebrate your birthday. It was a great day!
The largest water theme park
To end this fantastic week, we went to the biggest water theme park we ever saw, called Xcaret.
Xcaret has everything that a water theme park should have, and all this in the great outdoors! How wonderful and fun this was, you can read here next week!
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