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Puerto Juarez



After waking up at a reasonable hour to catch our continental breakfast at the hotel.  Glenda and I spent some time at the pool just relaxing before we all decided to do a tour of Isla Mujeres on our own without any tour group.  By some research, I knew that the best way to get over there was by the ferry at Puerto Juarez (for 7usd pp).  The ferry was fast only taking 15 to 20 minutes.  This day turned out to be one of our best and most enjoyable days of the entire trip.  Free time and a small island to explore it was awesome.



We arrived and decided upon docking that we wanted to rent a golf cart to explore the island with.
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  Since it is only about 5 miles or so.  We spent some time driving around the main and only city.  After a suggestion from a tour book we decided to stop at a cafe called Cafe Cito for some milkshakes and light fare.  I got waffles with icecream and a milk shake it was sooooo good.  The milkshake was nice and creamy and the waffle soo good.   Glenda got some type of fruit crepe which had some super fresh tropical fruits in it.  I believe since its light fare they were closing right as we were leaving so if you go try to go early. 

After eating we decided to go and drive around the whole island in our golfcart.  It was the slowest golf cart ever.  All the other carts were passing us; mopeds too.  But we just cruised around.  The first stop we came to was Park Garrafon.
Garrafon
  It is a ecopark.  There is supposedly good snorkeling there.  As we overlooked it, we saw they had a cool large looking zip line over the water, and what also looked like a pool on their property.  On what looked like an unused zipline, there were a whole bunch of birds i tried to take a good picture of them but my camera wouldn't zoom.  The water at the golfcart stop above Garrafon was sooooo beautiful.  I cant stress how pretty it was.  My pictures do this island no justice.


After taking a few pictures here, we decided to keep going further south until we reached Punto del Sur which is known obviously as the Southernmost point on the island and also for a lighthouse and some ruins.  We wanted to go to see the ruins but of course they were charging.  We did go up into the lighthouse.
..since it was free.  There were also huge iguana/lizards all over the place with signs saying 'don't throw rocks at the lizards.'  This area was also so pretty i have no words to describe.  The shoreline also had lots of rocks and was quite picturesque. 


We then decided to cruise back on up to Playa Norte to go swimming at this infamously beautiful beach.  The beach here was wonderful.  The water crystal blue, warm, and with no waves.  The beach area had the bed actions and hammocks and some chairs set up for visitors.  Stands are along the main strip selling awesome smelling food.  After we had swam for a while we had to go drop the golf cart off since it was 5pm.  We were planning to eat at a restaurant called Penguinos but after talking to some of the locals decided to eat at a waterfront restaurant called Minninos which was a seafood place.  We all ordered lobster and also tried to local fish (whatever that was) stuffed with seafood.  It was all pretty good.  After eating we caught the ferry back and headed back to Cancun at sunset.
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Isla Mujeres Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Light and fruity fare
Cute, small, casual restaurant located in the back streets of Isla Mujeres. A coffee, light fare, and dessert shop. This place had awesome waffles. … read entire review
Isla Mujeres Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Open-air, water edge, laid-back, seafood restaurant
This place was located right by the docks. Open air tent style. It was quite crowded with what seemed to be a good deal of locals. We decided to tr… read entire review
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