Isla Mujeres, Mexico
We had a good, fast passage to Isla Mujeres, with just a bit
of seasickness and countercurrent, arriving April 31st.
Neil saw a whale shark! As we neared Isla on the second day we
had fair winds and current, beautiful bright sun, and we caught
a Mahi Mahi. Passing Cozumel, we noticed several huge warships
around, and wondered if they were doing practice maneuvers.
Soon, a Mexican coast guard boat came nearby, asked our name and
nationality, and told us to keep sailing. As we passed Cozumel,
a big gunship near shore followed our progress with its gun.
What was going on? Next, Good Hope (behind us and closer to
shore) called on the radio to say that the coast guard was
escorting them! Later, Elisabeth surmised that it must have been
because President Bush was visiting Cozumel that day and
therefore they had all sorts of high security. It was very
We had not been thinking of Isla Mujeres as a destination
stop, simply as a place to rest and wait for weather to go to Key West. We even considered bypassing it altogether if the
weather was good to keep on towards Florida. But we're so glad
we stopped! We had a great time there, eating fantastic, cheap
Mexican food every day! Neil had his birthday there, and we ate
out an unprecedented twice that day, before returning to the
boat for birthday hats and cake. Yes, it was more touristy than
places we'd been recently, but, like Cay Caulker, it's still
pretty laid back and friendly. There's a beautiful Caribbean
white sand beach on the north of the island, and fun streets
full of little shops to poke around. We bought souvenirs and Liv
bought several seashells that had washed ashore in the hurricane
the year before. One day we saw a little fishing panga named
"Zorrita" ("little Zora"), the closest to
our boat's name we've seen. When we left, we loaded up with
fabulous avocados, mangoes, and fresh tortillas from the
Next: back to the USA...