Isla Mujeres Day Trip Cancun

From Cancun to Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful little island just 13 km off the coast of Cancun. The island is super easy to reach: There is a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres that just takes 15 min and runs each 30 min (from 5 am to 9 pm). The ferry leaves from Puerto Juarez, just a few minutes away from downtown Cancun. Once you arrive on the island it is just a 20 min walk from the Ferry Terminal of Isla Mujeres to the Playa Norte – the part of the island with the most beautiful beaches.

Isla Mujeres Trip

Isla Mujeres Day Trip Cancun

White sand and crystal clear water

The two photos above show the beach area around 5 min away from the ferry terminal. These beaches already look super beautiful and you can get massages on the beach (yeyy!). However, when we arrived the beaches were quite crowded that close to the terminal, so we just grabbed a coffee and continued walking north to Playa del Norte.
Isla Mujeres Day Trip Cancun

Isla Mujeres Day Trip Cancun

And ta-dah, the beaches in Playa del Norte are less crowded, the water is crystal blue and the sand is white. EXACTLY my type of beach! There are a number of beach bars that range from less fancy to fancy. They usually charge you for a sun bed and if you are not Mexican, they will charge you more. So negotiate anyway.  We opted for a rather relaxed and laid back bar and got the sun beds in return for a few drinks which we were planning to order anyway, of course :)

I didn’t see a massage / SPA place on that part of Isla Mujeres but there was a lovely lady who wrapped my hair with lots of pretty colours. Finally I was turning into a little hippie :) I look a bit bored in the photo but hellooo, the wrapping session took like 25 min.. Oh and yes, it’s not the best idea if you plan to go on a surfing trip afterwards. After Cancun we headed to Sayulita for almost 3 weeks. Because of the wrap I almost had dreadlocks at the end of that :)

Isla Mujeres Tarzan Bar

Isla Mujeres Day Trip Cancun

By the way, you can also bring your own food and drinks and have a little picnic like the guys are doing in the photo below.  So also for savy backpackers, Isla Mujeres is a fun trip to do! And even if you are not a beach bum, there is much more to see and do in Isla Mujeres. There are maya ruins in the south and lots of underwater activities.  We just stayed on the beach until the evening and enjoyed the amazing water and the margaritas, of course :)

Isla Mujeres Island Palm Trees White Sand

Isla Mujeres Palm Trees

The most beautiful sunsets..

Sunset Isla Mujeres Cancun Beach

If you are not planning to spend the night in Isla Mujeres, try to get the penultimate ferry rather than rushing to make the last one. I recall we had to wait in a queue to get the last one so it seems that on some days the last ferry is quite crowded and potentially will leave some people stranded on the island. Which, then again, would not be the worst thing in the world haha.

Sunset Isla Mujeres Cancun Beach Ferry

For more travel hacks and ideas in Mexico read this one and for a one-month-long-itinerary, read this one. Oh, and for the most perfect honeymoon hotel, check out this one :)

Have you been to Isla Mujeres?

 

 

Nevis & St. Kitts Travel Blog

As you know I’m such a beach bum. Give me hot weather and a beautiful beach (for either surfing or scuba diving, or both!!) and I turn into Little Miss Sunshine. Nevis is a little island in the Caribbean that has exactly that: Beautiful and remote beaches with amazing scuba diving and snorkeling sites. I’m not sure about the surfing but the friend we stayed with did lots of kite surfing, so the water adventure sports addicts will be happy in Nevis, too :)

Our Way To Nevis

We flew with a good friend of mine from London to St. Kitts from where we took a ferry over to Nevis. There we stayed with Oli, a good childhood friend of my friend’s. Can’t believe he actually grew up in paradise. His Mom told us that the first few years the only clothes he had were flip flops and boarder shorts haha. Then he was sent to the UK for boarding school.. from sun to rain.. poor little one!

His Mom lives in a beautiful house from which you have a stunning panoramic view. I loved it when it was heavy rain and thunderstorm and we were sitting on her balcony, drinking wine and watching the rough weather unfold.

Things to do in Nevis

There is so much to do in Nevis! We generally spent our days in sunbathing in beach restaurants, scuba diving, exploring remote beaches or just driving around to see more of the island. One day we went sailing and did some fishing and snorkeling which was lots of fun. I love watching the sunset on the ocean. On another day we got up super early in the morning to climb the mountain in Nevis. That was such a cool day. I didn’t enjoy the way up that much but the way down was hilarious! My friend and I turned into little monkeys and fooled around for probably one hour until we were down again haha.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, have a look at the photos below :)

Little Beach Bar/Restaurant

Nevis Beach Bar

Beach Bar Nevis

Beach Bar Nevis

Beach Bar Nevis

The perfect view during a thunderstorm

Nevis & St. Kitts Panoramic View of Nevis

Exploring remote beaches in Nevis

Exploring Nevis's Remote Beaches  Exploring Nevis's Remote Beaches

Exploring Nevis's Remote Beaches

Exploring Nevis's Remote Beaches

Traffic in Nevis..

Driving Around in Nevis

Sailing and catching our dinner..

Sunset Sailing Nevis

Fishing in Nevis

Nevis Sunset On Beach

Bye, bye, can’t wait to go back to little paradise! To see another beautiful beach in the Caribbean, head over to Cuba here.

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Have you already booked your trip to Cuba? As the country is now opening up more and more to the rest of the world (especially the US) it is a given that the Cuba in 10 years will look very much different from the Cuba today. So if Cuba is somewhere on your travel bucket list, now is the time to move it up the list!

There are lots of different travel itineraries for Cuba from backpacking a few weeks through the country to hopping from one pretty hotel to the next one. The most popular destinations on any Cuba travel itinerary are often Havana, Trinidad and some of the beautiful white sandy beaches. And if you have a few more days you should also make it to the west of Cuba and explore the nature-tourism spots of Artemisa and Pinar del Río. If your stay in Cuba doesn’t allow for a few more days here and there, just book the one day trip to Vinales / Pinar del Río. The tour leaves from Havana in the morning and brings you back around the early evening (depending on whether the bus makes it back to the city – more of that towards the end of the post). You can book these tours through the travel agencies that are based in some hotels in Havana or online if you manage to find a wifi spot that works. Finding places with a working and fast internet connection can be very tricky in Cuba – at least for now. This will likely change soon.

The Vinales / Pinar del Río day trip itinerary

First Stop Of the Vinales Day Trip: Rum Factory

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

The first stop is a rum factory where you can join a tour that shows you how the rum is made. The tour will lead you through most of the factory and you get to buy rum in the little shop at the end of the tour.  After around an hour the tour continues to the tobacco farm. On the way you will pass some beautiful viewing spots like the one below.

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Yes, the famous cars are everywhere.. :)

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Second Stop Of the Vinales Day Trip: Tobacco Farm

The second stop of the tour is the tobacco farm. The tour takes around half an hour which includes a cigar rolling demonstration and explanation of the entire process from plant to cigar. At the end of the tour you can buy cigars. I think we paid around 20 USD for 10 cigars. The cigars were really good and super fresh. So that was definitely worth it. So by now you should have a little bottle of rum and some cigars with you – perfect souvenirs to take home from your Cuba trip :)

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Third Stop of the Vinales Day Trip: Mural de la Prehistoria

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

The first thing that you will see at the Mural de la Prehistoria is the huge painting on the side of the rock. The painting is 120m long and was designed in 1961 by artist Leovigildo González Morillo. The painting with its dinosaurs and snails is supposed to show the theory of evolution and is said to have been commissioned by Fidel Castro. Well, it is debatable how much beauty or not this painting adds to the area, so in case you are not quite convinced, no worries, there is a restaurant next to it where you can have lunch and some local rum.

Pinar del Rio

Last Stop of the Vinales Day Trip: Underground Caves

The last activity of the Vinales day tour is a little boat ride through an underground cave. This is actually quite a pretty cave to ride through and worth doing if the queue is not so long. If you are part of the Vinales day tour you are most likely able to skip the queue of visitors that have come there individually.

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

And just when you are about to head back to Havana..

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

So this was our bus driver trying to park the bus smartly… and got stuck. Obviously the guys were not able to move the bus. Nor was the gentleman in the red shirt able to move it with his telekinesis skills..

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

Unfortunately, the tractor failed as well..

Cuba Vinales Day Trip From Havana

But then a big truck came along and pulled the bus back on to the street. What an adventure haha. After around an hour of desperate attempts to get the bus moving we thought we would have to stay the night in a local guest house drinking the rum and smoking the cigars we had bought earlier that day.. Woudn’t have been the worst way to spend the evening though :)

Day Trip From Havana to Vinales & Pinar del Rio

Day Trip From Havana to Vinales & Pinar del Rio