Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Good morning world! We’re just kicking off another weekend in Melbourne, where the weather is starting to get a little greyer and colder, so here’s some sunshine from the other side of the world, where it never really gets cold…

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Punta Sur is the name given to the cliff on the southern most tip of the Garrafon Reef Park on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. At 20 metres above sea level, it’s actually the highest elevation point in the Yucatan, and the first part of Mexico to see the sun rise.

Oh, and the water is the most absurdly, unnaturally, perfect blue I’ve ever seen. There’s a path carved into the area, too, so make sure you spend a bit of time walking around and enjoying the peace and quiet on Punta Sur – it’s actually heaven 🙂

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Eat here: La Catrina, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

La Catrina
corner of Madero and Av. Hidalgo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Finding this place again was fate. I first ate tacos and drank strawberry daiquiris here a few years ago on a trip I took with my work colleagues, and it was my mission to find it again in January when I returned to Isla Mujeres. I had no idea how I was going to find it – my sense of direction is useless at the best of times, and I’d paid absolutely no attention to street or restaurant signs the first time around. We arrived on the island and took the same route to walk to our hotel as I took with the girls when we visited together – I recognised the Senor Frogs shop and pretty much ran towards it! The plan was to dump the bags, then look for this place; we didn’t need to – turns out it was on the same street as the hotel and we walked past it on the way!! I could not believe my luck!

Anyway, we dumped the bags and turned around to head back for lunch. We proceeded to visit daily, for the incredible food, crazy happy hour deals that lasted all day long (2 pina coladas for under AUD$6.00? Yes, thanks!), and the wonderful service.

The tacos above may look familiar – I ordered the same thing for our first meal here as I ordered on my last visit, and they were every single bit as good as I remembered! Another visit saw us order the tasting plate (below) which did have a bit of everything on it! Their pico de gallo was magnificent, and a little bowl of it came with everything you ordered there.

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The service was fantastic – everything came with a smile, it just felt like pulling up to your Mexican grandmother’s house for a feed. The prices were also phenomenally good considering the quality of the food – three tacos and two beers for AUD$7.20, are you kidding?! You can rarely even just get the one beer for that price in Australia! When you visit Isla Mujeres, make this your first stop, too 🙂

 

USAdventure days 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Stayed at: Hotel Plaza Almendros

Ate at:
– Lola Valentina
– Las Comadres
– Poc Chuc
– La Catrina
– El Burrito Feliz
– Velazquez seafood

Got up to:
– taco eating. A lot of it.
– rented a golf buggy and drove around the island for half a day
– visited Punta Sur and the Temple of Ixchel
– visited the turtle farm
– Playa Norte beach
– did a whole lot of sweet FA really, and it was fantastic!

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Through my eyes: Fire twirlers on Chaweng Beach, Thailand

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The weather’s been warming up here in Melbourne, and by the time I finish work at the end of the day, I’ve been having memories of the warm, happy nights I’ve spent in Thailand on my mind… If you’re in Koh Samui, do yourself a favour and head to Ark Bar after dark for one of their nightly beach parties – that’s where we found these guys, as well as great music, an extensive cocktail menu, delicious food, some of the best customer service we’ve ever experienced, and an amazing night laying on the beach, staring up at the stars and just remembering what it’s like to love life 🙂 Ahhh take me back…

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Through my eyes: Patong Beach bars, Thailand

I love Thailand; the colours, the noise, the people. I came across this place on Patong Beach in Phuket during my last trip (January 2014), and the bright colours completely stopped me in my tracks 🙂

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This guy noticed me taking the first photo and stopped to pose for a second one! What a perfect place to stop for an afternoon drink!

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Through my eyes: Phi Phi Island, Thailand

It’s a bit sad (actually, very sad) to see how insanely overrun with tourists the Phi Phi islands have become, but it’s such a gorgeous area you can understand why every man and his dog migrates there when they’re in Thailand… It’s a tough one, that all the most beautiful places on earth are losing their beauty because of the hoards of people who want to see them..

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Through my eyes: Bondi Beach, Sydney

When the sun is shining and the skies are blue, it’s not hard to see why people love Bondi so much!

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