3rd Time A Charm - Trip Report. First Day
As many people know this was our 3rd trip to Isla Mujeres in 9 months. We feel so fortunate to be able to make this short 1 ½ hour trip to our favorite place on earth so often, but living in Houston gives us that opportunity.
We had a 8:55am March 1st flight out of Bush International Airport. We arrived at the airport around 7:15am, went through check-in and boarded without any problems. Just as we were about to leave the gate the captain came over the loudspeaker and told us that we were going to be delayed. He said something about the belt on the luggage loader had broken and had to be repaired before we could leave. We were going to be stuck at the gate for another 30 minutes before the part would arrive and then about 10 mins for the part to be installed. Hey, what does a guy do in these situations - get on Trip Advisor and see what the latest news is from Isla, send Lolo Lorena a message confirming our dinner that night and keep checking my watch counting the minutes until we get this show on the road.
After take off the captain came on the speaker again and told us that he was going to make up lost time and we should arrive on schedule.
We are underway
We arrive at the airport and pass through customs without any problem. The sharks in the shark tank tried to sink their teeth a few times but with no success. We found our Best Day Trasfer people immediately within 10 minutes we were on our way to Puerto Juraez.
We arrived at the Ultramar just in time to catch the 12:30pm ferry and it was then we realized fully that we were on vacation and we would be on the island in just a matter of moments. As we are crossing we run into a little rain, but we were determined not to let a little rain spoil our arrival.
As the ferry gets closer, the little island gets bigger and bigger as does the excitement we feel knowing this was going to be another vacation to remember.
First stop - Ballyhoo.
We grab our suitcases and drag them a couple of blocks and there it is…that beautiful sight, - guacamole, order of fish tacos and a mango margarita. Now we know for real that we have arrived. Awesome…….
We had decided to rent a golf cart for the first 5 days. We reserved a cart from Prisma for 210 dollars before we left, so we headed over there (right across the street from Ballyhoo) and picked it up without any problems.
We loaded our cases and we were on our way to the Colonias where we booked our first 3 nights. We had always stayed in Centro, so this was going to be a little different this time around. As we made our way down Medina toward Raintree Villa Vera, the rain really started to come down. We arrived at the hotel soaked through, but we didn’t mind a bit, we had arrived on Isla Mujeres and our vacation had officially begun. The room was nice and clean and had a nice view of the pool.
We unpacked and made a trip to the Chedraui to pick up some necessities, such as beer, wine, snacks and more beer.
We had to pick up some nice wine for our dinner at Lolo Lorena’s that night, which by the way was incredible. We returned to the hotel to get organized and let everyone at home know that we had arrived safely.
Since the rain had now ceased we walked over to the pool to see how the temperature was. Freezing !!!! Forget that idea, there’s no way I’m getting in there. Maybe later…..(Worried about shrinkage).
Okay, time to get ready for Lolo’s. We were looking forward to our meal here since I booked it in early Febuary. We arrived about 15 minutes early to get the “good seats”. We were disappointed to find that we not going to be eating in the courtyard out back, but we were going to be eating in the bakery area, the area you first walk into when you walk in. It had been raining on and off all day and it was very windy and Lolo didn’t want to take a chance on the elements ruining this eating experience. Although disappointed, we totally understood the decision and settled in for a experience of a life time.
We met some very nice people: on the left side - Myra & John from Canada, a group on the right side from New York that I think kept following us around the island. Everywhere we went for breakfast, they would show up minutes later. We met another young couple, Brett and Hannah, I think. We gave them a ride to Fenix after our meal to hopefully see the fire dancers, but because of the rain and wind they had to cancel. In fact they were closing up because it was so quiet, but we managed a round of drinks before they closed up.
It was now around midnight, was very windy and pretty cold (for us Houstonians), so we headed back toward the Colonias and back to the hotel. We weren’t really hungry but since we were on Isla and eating seems to be the thing to do (even when you are not really hungry) we decided to stop by Seso Loco and grab some chicken nachos to go - just because. We got back to the hotel and opened the box - we just laughed, there was enough food here to feed everyone in the hotel. They were awesome. I had to wash them down with a couple of Sol beers.
So the first day was now over. We squeezed in a lot in one day. The good thing was we had another 6 days left.