One spring morning in 1977, we pulled out of our tent – sighing that the sun had brought an end to a night of hiding from the sand fleas. We made the mistake of camping behind a sand dune and not right on the beach. At dusk, the sand fleas came out and began to bite. The mosquito nets on the tent were not good enough to prevent them and we spent a miserable night.
So, we were looking forward to something much better as we headed for the ferry that would take us to Isla Mujeres.
Isla Mujeres (& # 39; Isle of Women & # 39;) is a small island off the northeast coast of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. Isla Mujeres is close to Cancun, but it is the complete opposite of this popular resort. Cancun is the perfect place if you want a modern hotel with all amenities and frenetic day and night activities.
Isla Mujeres, on the other hand, is a fairly peaceful and comfortable island. People are friendly and friendly, but much more relaxed than those in Cancun.
Soon a modern ferry drove to the dock and we boarded. We had to leave our car parked in a guarded parking lot. That has always made me pretty nervous ever since we broke it last summer at Villahermosa.
Looking at the water of the Mexican Caribbean from the top of the ferry was a treat. It was a beautiful sunny day and you could see the bottom of the Caribbean all the way forty miles away. There were areas where the bottom was light sandy, colors that were accentuated by other patches of dark – representing areas where there were coral reefs.
It was a very peaceful relaxing trip.
When we reached Isle Mujeres, we took our backpacks and took the ferry. The first sign we saw was the one in English – "Riding the Glass Bottom."
As we were previously on a glass-bottomed boat, we were thrilled to see some tropical reefs through a panoramic view of the glass-bottomed boat.
It was too late for the day, so we went and got a motel. There were a few decent motels at reasonable prices and we soon had a room overlooking the island's east beach.
The next morning, after eating some of the food we brought with us in packages, we set off on a glass-bottom boat ride. I had snorkling equipment with me, in case there was an opportunity to use them.
After paying our ticket, we soon set off on board. The ship was not exactly what we expected. In Monterrey, the ship could accommodate about 30 people. This one was big enough for about 7. It had an outboard engine and looked like it couldn't handle more than the loved ones.
We spent forty-five minutes south, along the western edge of Isle Mujeres, to the area where the captain of the boat said that they often fish and that they will be well seen.
We expected him to pull the liners at the bottom of the boat so we could see. We happily watched the beautiful fish and coral.
The captain threw some fish food around the boat and the fish started swimming around. We thought again that the board would be moved soon. But, surprise! – he handed the box to the person closest to him. It had glass at one end. He explained that you put the box on your side and looked through the glass. You then handed it to the next person.
My wife and I laughed really hard at the captain and his funny little box. Barely a glass-bottomed boat!
However, we could all turn well and see a lot of very nice fish.
I took the opportunity, with the captain's permission, to cross the side and catch fish. The other people on the boat entertained me as much as the fish I think of.
We spent the rest of our time on the island touring other island attractions, including the amazing aquarium, but the glass-bottom boat ride was the highlight of our time on Isla Mujeres.