Day Trip to Paradise
Take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. Hop aboard a ferry or a catamaran to visit the 13-kilometer-long island with white sand (crushed coral) beaches and turquoise waters. Isla Mujeres, which translates to “Island of Women,” offers calm turquoise waters, snorkeling and scuba diving, and opportunities to visit a turtle farm. Playa Norte, the island’s main beach, is your destination if you want a safe swimming area. If you’re more interested in a kind of Caribbean zoo, head to Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm. In the 1980s, a local fisherman founded the tortugranja to safeguard breeding grounds and protect eggs for the endangered species. In addition to loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles, the farm also hosts an aquarium and a pen for large nurse sharks. So much better than a petting zoo.
Ready to party? Hit Fayne’s, a disco bar and grill with live music, T&T Tropical Paradise (complete with sand floors, lest you forget you’re on an island), or El Patio, which bills itself as a “house of music.” If you’re hungry, we hear the Mediterranean spot, Olivia, serves some delightful couscous, shawarma, and pita bread.