Reading Trip Advisor, can be a trip (old 1970's hippie saying, in case you are too young to remember).
On the website there are dozens of questions from people who are first time travelers to Isla Mujeres.
Recently somebody asked: Can I walk all the way around the island on the waterfront?
Well, yes, and no ….. You can walk all the way around on fairly decent sidewalks that were upgraded or newly built in 2009, but the waterfront is another thing entirely.
The waterfront in Mexico is considered federal property and in theory you are allowed to cross it, but in some locations it is just not possible.
|West side - lots of restaurants, bars and boats|
Assuming you are able to actually pass the bars with out stopping at each establishment to check out the degree-of-coldness for their beer, you could walk for at least twenty minutes before you start running into bigger man-made obstacles.
|Zigging and zagging around the fishermen and boats|
|Makax Lagoon - marinas & boats, not pedestrian friendly|
On the south side of the car ferry terminal there are more fishing-boat lines to hop over and guard dogs to avoid, three fun bars where you can cool off, a handful of restaurants, and several marinas. In the area between Playita Isla Mujeres (formerly Chuuk Kay Restaurante) and all-inclusive Palace Royale Resort you will have use the sidewalks. The properties on this stretch of waterfront face onto the marshy Makax Lagoon. Unless you happen to be wielding a sharp machete, this area is not pedestrian friendly. Plus the dense mangrove jungle is home to millions of mosquitoes and other unpleasant critters. So hit the concrete and continue walking south.
|Capitan Dulce Restaurante & Museum|
You might want to re-hydrate with another cold beverage at Playa Lancheros, or a little further along at Capitan Dulce Restaurante and Museum. In this area, on the western side on Isla Mujeres, there are many large tracts of private land owned by beach clubs and small hotels. A number of these properties have all-inclusive entrance fees and have made it difficult to access the beach.
|Garrafon Natural Reef Park - private walkway|
|Punta Sur walking path - keep back from the cliff edge!|
|Beach along eastern side - near Guadalupana|
|Beautiful glass wall looks out over the ocean|
|Behind the AguaKan pumping station|
|Malecon - seawall walkway|
|Playa Media Luna|
|Vintage Sea Marble ring - Daryl Adler|
Daryl with his display of water colours, or beautifully handcrafted sterling silver jewelry featuring unique sea marbles and one of a kind pieces of sea glass.
So, you see you actually can get from here to there, but I'm worn out writing about all of this activity. I think I will join my sweetie on the patio for a cold glass of wine, and watch the sunset. Ah!
Lynda & Lawrie
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