Cancun & Isla Mujeres

Last leg of our time in Mexico: Cancun!

We easily reached cancun by getting the ferry from Isla Holbox to Chiquila, and then another ADO bus to Cancun. I must say we have been very impressed with Mexican buses. They were on time, very comfortable, and cheap. Some even had wifi. They really made our travelling around the country very easy.

We arrived in Cancun and at our accommodation around 2pm. We had a nice room with ensuite in a woman’s house not far from Plaza las Americas in the city center. Our stay there was very pleasant, and our host very welcoming. It seemed a safe neighbourhood too.

As we arrived, we immediately changed and started to make our way towards the beach. It was a nice day, rain free, so we wanted to make the most of it. We took the R1 bus towards the hotel zone (where most of the resorts are located, beachside) and decided to get out at Playa Marlin, about half way down on the peninsula.

The Cancun peninsula definitely isn’t Mexico anymore. We felt like we were back in Miami Beach, with its rows and rows of luxury resorts, bars and restaurants. It’s pretty striking, and very USA.

Once we arrived at Playa Marlin, we were very impressed with the beauty of the beach, with its white fine sand and cristal clear water. Stunning! As it was low season, the beach wasn’t crazy with tourists too, which was nice to enjoy. We also stopped on this beach as it’s not the busiest/most popular.

We stayed there for a while and enjoyed some down time, waiting to see the release of baby turtles. This was another reason why we went there.

Cancun is well known for having many baby turtle protection nests, where turtle eggs are brought and protected from prey until they’re ready to hatch and venture in to the ocean. September-October is the time the eggs hatch, and volunteers release the baby turtles, at night, back in to the sea. Without the help of volunteers, their trip across the sand to the waves would be a periless one, and many wouldn’t make it due to swooping birds.

We waited until sunset and hung around for a while waiting for a volunteer to arrive. We read online that usually releases take place around 8pm.

After a while we spoke with other people around, who told us they believed the release that day would be around 1am instead. It might have been because of the full moon that night, it was pretty bright.

Then we went back to the nest and saw dozens of baby turtles running around in the dark trying to escape. It was amazing! Sad we couldn’t see a release, but so happy we could see baby turtles running around. Their movement looks so awkward! Like a clumsy robot.

On the next and final day in Mexico, we decided to visit Isla Mujeres, a popular island located 30min away from Cancun by ferry.

The ferry cost us over 770 pesos ($21 US per person) return from Playa Tortugas in the hotel area.

Isla Mujeres is BEAUTIFUL! The sand there is even whiter, the sea even clearer. It is truly gorgeous.

As we arrived, we made our way towards Playa Norte, which offers a breathtaking view on the sea. We were lucky to arrive early and enjoy a quiet beach, before it got busier and the sea filled with yachts coming from Cancun.

We didn’t do much that day, simply enjoyed the beach and the sun (very hot sun!), before a little stroll around the island and making our way back to the house.

A final gorgeous day to end a wonderful, yet sometimes wet, time in Mexico.

TIPS

  • Cancun isn’t really Mexico, or at least the peninsula isn’t. We purposely didn’t want to spend too much time there, but I have to admit that the beach there is gorgeous. Definitely worth going for a couple of days as you enter or exit the country.
  • When in Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a must! It’s gorgeous. You can stay there overnight, though hotels are probably very expensive, or just day trip from Playa Tortugas or downtown.

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