The Laid Back Vibe of Isla Mujeres

As you know, we recently went to Cancun for a company-sponsored trip. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed some simply perfect weather. However, as many of you know, Cancun is not really Mexico. That is, Cancun could just as easily be Miami or L.A. - it is mostly overrun with American food chains and restaurants catering to tourists. Authenticity and Cancun don't necessarily go together.

If you want authenticity, take a short ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres - a small five mile long island just north of the Yucatan Peninsula. Yes -it's the Isla Mujeres that some know from booze cruises but the island really offers so much, including a real taste of Mexico.

We made it to Isla Mujeres on a Saturday to go swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery. I can't recommend this enough. If you're going to do it, spend the extra money to actually "swim" with the dolphins and not just pet them. It's one of those "to do before you die" experiences.

Anyway, the rest of Isla Mujeres has a very laid back feel with beautiful waters, a more local vibe and plenty of authentic color. I built a little slide show to give you an idea of the main town. While there, be sure to stop by Mininos on the main thoroughfare for some pulpo and a Sol beer. The food is inexpensive and the two men playing vibes are priceless. Nearby is a public beach and you're not too far from getting to Playa Norte.

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