Mexico - The Potato Chick

Isla Mujeres & Tulum, Mexico

In a sentence...just what the doctor ordered.

Food we loved...barracuda freshly caught by us, smothered with some sort of Mexican marinade and grilled on the BBQ. Amazing.

As our friends and family at home were packing up and heading down the coast for a Christmas holiday, we did a similar thing and headed to Mexico.

Isla Mujeres

Our first stop was Isla Mujeres, an island about 15 minutes by boat from Cancun. We had little on our agenda other than relaxation.

Just like everyone else on their Christmas “holiday”, we didn’t do much while on Isla Mujeres. A typical day involved a sleep-in, a wake-up swim and a wander around the town, tacos for lunch at our favourite little restaurant, perhaps another swim, a beer or two on the beach and a rest before a delicious dinner washed down with a cocktail or two. While we were there we celebrated Nick’s birthday and welcomed 2015.

I arranged a fishing trip for Nick’s birthday and so we spent an action packed morning cruising around the island in our own private boat reeling in plenty of barracuda, and one marlin that had to be thrown back in. Our haul is pictured below. Afterwards we took one of the barracudas to a restaurant on the beach and they cooked it for us. We thought the fish was probably too big just for the two of us but we pushed through and managed to eat it all. What an amazing meal.

January 1st dawned and we found some energy to walk around the perimeter of the entire island. It ended up being a 3 hour, 15 kilometre trip which included gorgeous ocean views, plenty of sunken boats, encounters with very large lizards and being chased by a stray dog.

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En route to Belize we spent a night in Tulum so we could see the Mayan ruins which are right on the beach. Needless to say, the location was stunning and the ruins themselves were quite impressive. And the tacos we had for dinner that night were the best we had tried in Mexico – make-your-own chorizo and chicken with a variety of sauces and salad items.

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We left Mexico feeling relaxed and re-energised for another few months of travelling.

Next stop...Caye Caulker, Belize.

Posted 18 January 2015