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Jan 21, 2012 - Day 1

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 2/26/2012

Our annual two week trip to Isla Mujeres started off smoothly. Mother Nature has been nice to us this season in Minnesota and we have had no snow to speak of, so the flight took off on time with no weather delays. Joe and I (Tina) are travelling again this year with his parents, Butch and Kay. We take a later flight than usual flying out on Sun Country’s 7:30am flight instead of the 6 or 6:30am we normally take. This proves to be very beneficial when we get to Cancun as the lines are not long at all in the customs and immigration area. A quick stop for the green light and we are on our way. Our pre-arranged shuttle is already there to pick up us and we head to Gran Puerto and the Ultramar ferry. We just miss the ferry and have to wait for the next one…oh well it gives me time to take a couple pictures from the dock.

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While waiting, we start talking about what we will have for our first lunch and everyone is hungry for fish and chips at Bobo’s… so that is settled. After an uneventful ferry ride, we load up into two cabs for a lift to the hotel. We stay at Avalon and it is so much easier to get to this year with the road construction completed….that is until the second week of our vacation, more on that later.
After getting into our rooms, Joe and I walk into town to get a golf cart and lunch. We first stop at Cardena’s, as we have been renting here for many years, and are able to secure a cart for a great price. We then cruise off to Bobo’s, unfortunately he is not open yet. Bummer! Well, we continue on to our second choice which is Kash Keken Chuc down by the Coke plant. We order a ˝ kilo of poc chuc to go and bring it back to the hotel. The four of us chow down as this is one of our favorite lunches. We keep the leftover tortillas to feed seagulls or for a possible game of tortilla toss on a rainy afternoon. To play tortilla toss, you need a stack of old tortillas and a sandal placed a sporting distance away on the floor….you get the rest.

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After unpacking for a while, we decide to take a golf cart tour around the island to check things out. We drive past the new Chedraui (wow that is an impressive store). We decide to check out the inside in the next couple days. We also come across a few new places that we want to try out for dinner. After a while we head back to the hotel for a short siesta and to get ready for the evening.

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We go back into town for 2x1’s and dinner at Brisa Mexicana. This has traditionally been our place for happy hour drinks and we will generally eat there a couple times during our trip as well. For dinner Butch orders the Coconut Shrimp, which he loves. Kay has garlic grouper and Joe has the breaded grouper which they both think is decent, but not great. I have the Mayan Fish, which I feel is pretty good.

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After dinner, we are starting to feel the effects of a long day travelling and we head back to the hotel and turn in a little early.


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