Just home from our week on Isla, and I now GET why you are all so mad for it!
The vibe: the only point of comparison I can come up with is Key West in the 70's, and that's not quite right because Key West lacked the Mexican flavor(s). By the way I know "vibe" is archaic, but so am I. The Islans know they are living in Paradise. Maybe that is why they are so unbelievably NICE.
The beauty: I have been researching this trip for months. I have bought books. I have read thousands of posts. I thought I was prepared. HOWEVER. My first look at the coastline by Punta Sur had me CRYING for heaven's sake. Crying. Heck, I have wet eyes now as I remember it. The west coast golf cart ride is right up there with my top five vacation experiences -- ever. Playa Norte. Punta Sur. The Maker of the Universe had a very good day.
The food. There is nothing I can tell any of you. We never had a bad meal. DH who is a picky eater was shoving all manner of concoctions down his gullet and making little appreciative noises and licking his fingers. One question I have is why Compadres is NEVER mentioned here. We loved their fish BEST, and we ate LOTS of fish. Our most memorable breakfast was at Da Luisa where we met and had a long, wonderful chat with one of the owners who showed us around. We will be staying at the "other" Ixchel next visit. It is perfect for us.
So here I sit on this 40 degree morning looking down on my wrinkly suntanned fingers and to my left at a grey sky and barren trees, and all I want to do is take a nap and dream of Paradise ---lost.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the planning/preparation for a memorable week we will never forget.