Beach

Trip Start May 12, 2005
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Trip End May 14, 2006


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Monday, April 10, 2006

food

- not surprisingly, the real stuff is infinitely better than mexican food in Australia.

- egg and ham tacos for breakfast (and fruit/yogurt, we are light eaters) simply delicious.

- market stalls provided the cheapest eats; guacomole, fish, rice and beans and chicken soup...

- had dinner right on the sand one night, delicious grilled fish and calamari washed down by a couple of cervazas and a margerhita.

- got a tip off for a local fishermans´ bar and went for lunch one day; sort of a tapas deal, little dishes served with each beer ordered....authentic little joint, some of the boys had exerted their drinking muscles very excessively....but everyone welcoming.


the beach

- only a small island, so nowhere is far from the beach.

- incredibly clear turquoise water.

- bleached white sand.

- quite a bit warmer than new york, lots of sunburnt americans strewn about on the main beach.

- we spent most of our time on a smaller beach, more shelter/shade and a mostly mexican crowd (lots of cute little kids).

urban hostel

- very noisy; central american backpackers have a hardcore edge (up until daybreak most nights, we slept through most of the carnage as things didn´t really kick off until after 3am).

- room was fine (expensive!!!! but thats to be expected in the Yucatan), scungy kitchen.

- met some nice people and picked up some travel pointers

the island

- very small, the main town area is awash with tourism.

- mark took the local bus to have a look around the island, only scraps of mangrove surviving, some nice (rougher) deserted beaches..

- only 30 minute ferry from from cancun, lots of people just do day trips...

people

- very friendly, smiley, welcoming, supportive of our crude spanish.

- distinct lack of scammers/touts (so far), a sign of a sustainable tourism industry (?!) where travellers part with a little more money but it goes into the communities concerned (???!!).
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