We just had a 3-day weekend here in Mexico! Many people in Cancun who work at hotels had to work on Monday, but Jorge and I are blessed with jobs that gave us the day off on Monday. It was also our 7-year anniversary of becoming a couple and the weather was PERFECT, so we knew we had to go to the beach. But which one? We woke up Monday morning and I asked Jorge where he wanted to go, and he said Isla Mujeres. (He almost always chooses Isla Mujeres), an island located just off the coast of Cancun.
Around noon, we headed to Puerto Juarez to catch the ferry. We had lunch, walked around town, bought some ice cream, then headed over to Playa Norte / North Beach. I’d mentioned to Jorge that the part of North Beach where we usually go had been crowded the past few times, so we decided to go to the northern end of North Beach for the first time. It was just as crowded, but we still liked it better! This end didn’t have the big black sand bags that the other part of North Beach has, plus it has no hotels, which means less loungers and umbrellas for rent. We felt like we fit in better at this part of North Beach because it was overall a younger crowd (20s and 30s mostly) and everyone just spread their blankets on the sand like we did, instead of having the view blocked by hotel loungers like usual. Some people were even smart enough to bring their hammocks. It felt like a beach camp!
The water was calm and peaceful, just like the rest of North Beach, but it was even shallower! Instead of being waist-deep, it was only knee-deep or calf-deep.
The knee-deep water meant that Jorge and I spent most of the afternoon doing this:
There was a little silver fish that decided we were tasty and spent quite awhile exfoliating / nibbling at our feet, just like at the fancy spas! But for free 🙂
When I took my camera into the ocean, Jorge kept telling me not to get it so close to the water. But I couldn’t resist! And the pictures were worth it.
After awhile in the water, we went back to our shady spot under a palm tree and napped for an hour. When we woke up, the view looked like this:
After the beach, we had a pretty amazing dinner and saw a side of Isla Mujeres we’d never seen before… but that’s a story for another blog post.