Friday, December 26, 2014

Isla from a different perspective (Lawrie's turn to write!)

Enrique Lima Marina - early in the morning
I know, most visitors fly into Cancun and take a passenger ferry across to our island paradise, but if you are one of the adventurous ones, come in by boat, it's a very different perspective. 
Yes, there are some great places to berth your boat and have a good time.  

Looking towards Ballyhoo Restaurant
At the north end of the island is the Enrique Lima Marina, home of the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club, and commonly know as the El Muelle de la Gasolinera: Gas Dock. This marina is central to hotels, restaurants, bars and the Super X-Press grocery store. Located at the head of the docks is the Ballyhoo Restaurant, serving good food every day of the week.

Nice anchorage at entrance to inlet
As you travel south on the waterways past the passenger ferries, and the car ferry docks, you will see a number of reasonably protected spots to drop the hook, and anchor for a few days. If anchoring is not your style, keep traveling deeper into the inlet and you'll discover more marinas, bars, restaurants and several small hotels.

El Milagro Marina
The El Milagro Marina has good docks, a small pool, community kitchen and several hotel rooms right next door to the fishing co-operative, where fresh lobster can be purchased in season. 
It is also close to three fun bars: the Bahai Tortuga, the Soggy Peso Bar & Grill, and Barlito's.

Barlito's at Marina Paraiso Marina
Right next door to El Milagro, is the Marina Paraiso Hotel, featuring great food at Barlito's Restaurant. 
Marina Paraiso also has a sports bar, two very large swimming pools, a dive shop and a twenty room hotel for those nights when you really want a comfortable bed and a good hot shower.

Am I starting to get your attention now? Good!
New name for Villa Vera 
As you motor up this inlet, on the west-side of Isla you will pass a number of restaurants and bars all with a dock to tie up your dinghy should you wish to investigate this area later. 
Then deep inside the inlet – wow, a really big marina Puerto Isla, comes into view. This is the recently renamed Villa Vera Marina that was managed by Raintree Hotels. 
It is a large facility complete with traveling boat lift, fuel docks, restaurant, bar, and hotel. This marina is very well protected from severe weather and is a favourite hiding place for boats during hurricanes.

Big yachts at Puerto Isla Mujeres
Just past the Marina Puerto Isla are more economical places to berth a boat for the night, or for a longer period. 

Affordable and friendly Marina del Sol
The Marina Del Sol is basic but well run by great folks who care about their clients. Next is Oscar's Marina with the best pizza restaurant on the island. 
As the waterway narrows there are many tiny facilities that will allow boaters to berth at their docks for varying amounts of money.

Oscar's Marina & Restaurant - best darn pizza on Isla!

For a change of perspective come on over and explore the island by boat. 
It's a whole other view of living in paradise.

Happy New Year to Everyone
Lynda and Lawrie

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