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Garlic shrimp at Brisas Del Caribe
A view of the street from our table
North Beach, Isla Mujeres
Has any one been to the Avalon Reef since they opened after Wilma? We have plans for March and are hearing that it is still in pretty bad shape. Like any traveler, we don't want to end up someplace for our vacation that is not renovated and ready for tourists. Hope someone will have some information for us.
This is ironic.
The Avalon Reef destroyed a lot of the enjoyment of the area for locals just by opening. It's built on the jewel of the entire island, an islet on the reef with sheltered beaches and an enclosed natural seawater pool called the "King's Pool" that has been significant to the natives since pre-columbian times.
Well, once the Avalon Reef opened up (bringing time share condo crap to Isla for the first time, by the way) they quickly banned any non-quests from the islet. This is in violation of the Mexican constitution, which stipulates public ownership of beaches, but the figured out some way to buy off the local cops and kick people out.
This also means that locals are not allowed there...and nobody has access to the kings pool except fat gringos who can pay the high prices.
But of course, your concern here is that your stay there might not be perfect, and that storm damage might keep you from fully enjoying the pleasures which the local residents are now denied.
Sorry, can't tell you. But I can put it into perspective.
RE: RE: V&D
Spread the word.
RE: RE: V&D
Thanks for your information, we had know idea what this place was about. We are going to cancel our arrangements at the Avalon, and probably head to Hawaii instead. We weren't really all that sure we would like Mexico anyway. Thanks again for your information. We will definitely pass it on.
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Iguanas near the Ruins
If you look closely, you may see an iguana here on the southern tip of the island. In this photo you can faintly see the modern art scupltures surrounding the tiny ruins. I am not completely convinced they add to the feel of the surroundings. The views from here are worth the trip, even if the ruins aren't the best in Mexico.
The path is pretty well beaten down here, it's a small island. The only thing I haven't seen much coverage of is the south east side. It's pretty barren and windswept here, not very good for swimming or sunbathing, but it has a wild beauty of its own.
MANY BARS & RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND
Another charming aspect of Isla Mujeres is the quaint little bars and restaurants scattered along the beach and throughout town. Many, like the one picured are open-air. Some of the beach restaurants just have patio tables set up in the sand. Simple and relaxing.
This is an unlikely looking shack on the little strip of river between the lagoon and the bay of mujeres called El Veradero. (Not to be confused with El Veradero de Oscar which is right on the main road heading south.) The place is super casual but the ambience comes from being right on the water and watching the boats go by as well as its laid back feel. We went for lunch at noon and were told they wouldn't be ready until 1 so went for a walk and returned later. They may be open for dinner too. El Veradero is famous for its mojitoes (for good reason) and also serves gorgeous frresh fish and other seafood, served simply and deliciously with garlic or lemon etc. After we arrived a big group arrived and every single one of the them ordered mojitoes.
Sea turtle sanctuary. It is very lovely. I would definitely go back here again if I ever happened to find myslef on Isle Mujeres. The turtle are gradually rehabilitated and released into the wild again.
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