Isla Mujeres 2014-Departure Day for the Kids



The day started with a gorgeous sunrise and


early morning guests to watch the Olympic men’s hockey finals on our TV in the spacious living room at Luna d’Miel. I cooked up a batch of Canadian back bacon and eggs to celebrate our team’s victory.  By 9 am the kitchen was all cleaned up and we were ready to start our day.  D had to head into Centro to arrange to have the golf cart looked at, where it had stalled the night previously in the Colonias.  Lucky for us, they compensated for our break down by giving us another day with the cart.



The gang did not all get up to join us for the game/breakfast and since they had access to the cart, they headed to Mango for brunch because they were all hankering for a fix of Polo’s breakfasts before they left the island.


Everyone had the yummy Coconut French Toast


with the exception of J1 who went for the Breakfast Quesadilla.


When you are at Mango, have you ever been drawn towards to beautiful church on the opposite side of the street?  The church attendees had just departed and so I knew that if I went to have a look around, I wouldn’t be disrupting anyone’s worship.



The sanctuary is absolutely exquisite and I very much want to attend a service the next time I am on Isla.


I can only imagine what it would be like to worship here on a regular basis, with the beauty of the sea just behind the altar.


D and I went back to fetch more ribs for lunch from the Rib Man.  This was the busy scene as I waited for D in the golf cart.


We went back and forth a number of times to deliver the kids and all their luggage to the ferry with the  golf cart.


It was very hard to say good-bye to the kids as I was so sad that their time had gone so quickly.  But like the ebb and flow of life, while we bid farewell to some, we said hello to others.  We had a second task to perform at the ferry, as my brother, his wife and the Wee One’s other Grandma were arriving that afternoon!


We had a brief time to while away between ferries so we headed to the Fisherman’s Co-op with J2 and the Wee One to sit in the shade and enjoy a cervesa.  The latter were staying on the island for another five days and moving into the Roca Mar with J2’s Mom.  After we delivered them to their hotel, we made one last trip around the tip of Punta Sur before returning the golf cart.


After wandering around Centro for a bit we decided to see if J2 and the Wee One had settled into their new digs okay, but the room was silent and we didn’t want to disturb the baby if she was sleeping.  We headed towards the marina and Playa Sol to catch the sunset and were drawn into Marina Muelle 7,  a place that we had walked by many times but never stopped.


Even though we love our Sol and vino tinto, these cocktails were calling our names.


I opted for a mojito served in what I call a fishbowl chalice (just the way I like ’em).  I even eat all the smashed up mint.  D gabbed the camera and took this rare photo of me because he said that my drink matched my dress.






We felt very luxurious, sprawled out in beach recliners and watching the sunset with no plans for dinner, no plans for a rendezvous, no plans for anything except savouring the moment.  And just when we thought we had enjoyed the most amazing sunset and it could not possibly get any better….



…it went and did.  So it is, on Isla.

When I am back home and in the city, I sometimes have popcorn for supper.  This is when I have no one at home to cook a nutritious meal for, D is out of town and I am feeling particularly worry free.  A popcorn supper is symbolic for not really needing to give a !@#$ for anybody but me.  D and I were feeling this way on this evening.  We toyed with the idea of going many places for supper and in the end decided to pick up some papas fritas at La Lomita and share them on the walk home.

Lo and behold, Veektoria (the way the Islanders love to pronounce Wee One’s other Grandma’s name), J2 and the Wee One were waiting for an encore of La Lomita’s Garlic Shrimp that J2 had enjoyed so much on our first night on the island.  So we got to have a little visit with them after all, only to find that they had been steps away from us the entire time, enjoying the sunset over mango margaritas at Bally Hoo.

We meandered back to our fabulous little apartment and enjoyed a glass of wine, all alone under a canopy of stars, so different from our northern sky back home.

Kath’s quote: “Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.” -Captain James Kirk, Star Trek


Love-that is all.

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8 Comments to

“Isla Mujeres 2014-Departure Day for the Kids”

  1. Avatar April 3rd, 2014 at 1:48 pm Ann Says:

    The sunset photos are beautiful. Most nights I don’t think about seeing the sunset & unless I leave our property I ca’t see it here at home.

  2. Avatar April 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 pm Jackie Savoie Says:

    Kath – only in the planning stages but I might be spending 6 months on Isla. A studio for $5000 mp a month! I’d go Sept or Oct and stay till end of Feb or Mar!!

    You created a monster when I first read this wonderful blog!!!

    Love you and miss you!!!

    P.S. Did my Greek earrings make it to Isla this year? :)

  3. Avatar April 3rd, 2014 at 6:50 pm Kathryne Says:

    OMGoodness Jackie-you would be living my dream! Because we took our Grandbaby to Isla this year, I did not take the earrings. The Wee One likes to pull on all jewelry and she is particularly fond of the gift from you. I did not want to have my ears torn in two so the Greek earrings stayed safely at home.

  4. Avatar April 12th, 2014 at 10:29 am Sandra Duncan Says:

    I was searching for comments on Hotel Paraiso and your comments were in tripadvisor and said you had photos of the hotel. I didn’t see any on your blog. We have stayed there in Feb 2012 and Feb 2013 always in the south building on the 3rd floor. Never viewed the north building’s rooms. Any comments on those? They say #9 is available for Feb. along with 4 and 5.

  5. Avatar April 12th, 2014 at 11:16 am Kathryne Says:

    I have never stayed in the north tower either but have peaked in. The balconies are not quite as nice because they have either the ac or water tank on them. The furniture isn’t quite as “rustic” as the south tower.

  6. Avatar December 9th, 2014 at 11:01 pm Rachel Says:

    My spouse and I will be visiting Isla Mujeres in May for the first time and we wanted to attend church. Do you know the name or location of the church pictured in this post? Thanks for sharing!

  7. Avatar December 10th, 2014 at 7:49 am Kathryne Says:

    Unfortunately I do not know the name but it is situated right across the street from Mango Café in Colonias and everyone on the island knows where that is. If it is your first time to Isla, I strongly suggest that you purchase one of Map Chick’s maps. You can order one in advance and have fun planning your stay. Mango will definitely be marked on the map. Would you like me to send you a link?

  8. Avatar September 18th, 2015 at 8:12 am Cockteleria Justicia Social (Fisherman’s Co-op), Isla Mujeres | Winnipeg food blog Says:

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