Sunday, June 22, 2014

Isla Mujeres, Mexico - The Crossroads of Sailors

We have spent many months in Belize, sailing among the beautiful islands, catching lobster, snorkeling and enjoying the beauty.  We socialized with a few cruisers that came through Belize, but for the most part we were the only cruising boat around.  Most cruisers seem to sail past Belize, as there is a perception of high costs and difficult rules for immigrations and customs.  It is a shame, as Belize has lots to offer to the cruising community and we enjoyed our time there. 
Isla Mujeres was completely different, as there was a large community of cruisers.  It was really fun to get to know the different boats, their stories, and where they were heading.  Most of the cruisers we met were in Isla Mujeres as a staging ground to head to another destination.  Most were waiting for a weather window to head to their destination, but they really enjoyed their time there!
Every morning at 8:30 there was a cruisers net on channel 13 on the VHF.  This was a good time to hear what was going on in the area and to meet many different boats.  We listened to the net every morning.
We met many new cruiser friends here and met up with some old ones that we met from the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.  It was fun to be apart of a little community, helping each other with information or spare parts!  Everyone is known by their boat name first, and then later first names!  It is funny to be in town somewhere and meet a fellow cruiser and the boat name is all that you can remember! 

 Booze Cruises (Not part of the cruising community, but entertaining)

 Isla Mujeres Harbor
 These tourist catamarans go by many times a day!
 Our favorite band:  Sol Rockers!!!  At Bahia Tortuga Bar and Grill!  Sorry to see Anna leave!!!  We went every Sunday night to hear them play!!!
Sun Downer on MokaKat!
Another beautiful sunset at Isla Mujers!
Working on the mast, getting ready to head to Florida!
More tourist booze cruises!!

Our friend Wayne, with captain Claudia, heading to Florida!!! 
Our friend Marcelo on s/v Mar Mar pulling up anchor 
s/v Mar Mar (Marcelo) heading to Florida with crew from the local hostel!
Another beautiful sunset!
Lunch with s/v Neytiri (Chuck and Deb) s/v Aquadesiac (Doug and Linda)
s/v MokaKat (Dale and Augie)
Doug and Augie ready to eat 'pescado frito entero' que rico!!!
We were able meet James on s/v Rhapsody with crew Jack.  James was completing a circumnavigation and was on the last leg before arriving back in Texas!  It was nice to finally meet him as we have followed his adventure on Facebook!
 James and Jack from s/v Rhapsody
 s/v Rhapsody heading on her last leg to Texas!
Fair winds s/v Rhapsody
More pictures and activities in Isla Mujeres!!
 Yes, another beautiful sunset!!!  with s/v Second Wind (the catamaran)
There were two s/v Second Wind's in the harbor for awhile, so we had to distinguish between the monohull and the catamaran!
 Mom, doing what she does!!!!
 Another beautiful sunset with s/v Second Wind
and, yes, another beautiful sunset with s/v Second Wind 
 Local cruiser with his two dogs!
 The dogs loved riding in the dink!!!
El Milagro Marina had a cruiser BBQ one night, so we all pitched in some money and the staff from El Milagro cooked fish, ribs and many side items.  It was fun for all!!!  Great job Julio!!!

 Julio with Barbara and Clark from s/v Koa Kai
A large group showed up!!!
Happy Sailing from MokaKat!!!!

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