Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Honeymoon - Part IV

The final excerpt of our Honeymoon Saga-

The days that we were not hanging out at the pool, on the beach, or on the strip...

...we were taking little excursions. On one of the days, I believe it was Thursday, we took a beautiful catamaran to an island across the ocean from the strip. The name of the island is Isla Mujeres.

One of the cool things about this ride was that it passed right by our hotel; so we were able to see it in all its glory from the ocean. In the middle of the ride to the island, we stopped for a little snorkeling. The water was a lot deeper than I was used to for snorkeling, but the fish were beautiful and it was fun to be floating around on the bobbing water.

We stopped for lunch at our own private beach where they served a big buffet. The food wasn’t great, but it was all you can eat and the scene was beautiful. The water was crystal clear and a vibrant blue-green color.

After lunch, we went further down the island and were able to walk around the city. The city was very small and quaint; a very fun place to visit. We were so glad we decided to take this catamaran. It was money well spent!

The other excursion we went on was to the park called Xel-Ha. This was a very fun place. It was an all inclusive park that served all your meals in a large hut, buffet style.

There were also other areas throughout the park that you could choose to eat at if you preferred something more specialized. Xel-Ha was a huge place that included many activities. The main attraction was the large body of water that the park surrounded. The water was a nice temperature because it was where the fresh water and salt water from the ocean came together (or something like that, I try to put all science aside whilst on vacation). You could go snorkeling in the water or take a tube ride (all equipment was provided by the park).

The tube ride was so fun because you start in what looks like a tunnel of branches. I can’t remember the name of the plant, but the branches were growing out of the water and made a canopy just high and wide enough for you to float through on your tube. You take the tunnel for a little while and then it dumps you out into a different part of the water.

You could ditch your tube at any point to climb the various rocks to do some cliff jumping.

There was also an area where you could do some rope walking. One of my favorite things about the park is that they had a path that went around the whole body of water. Where it connected to the ocean, they had a rocking bridge that you could walk across to continue the path.

They even had an area where you could ride bikes down the path (again, they included the bikes!). Xel-Ha was awesome!

Well, that pretty much sums up the main things that I remember from the honeymoon. Wow, we really were lucky to have been able to take such an amazing trip! It was literally paradise! I look forward to returning there someday (many many many…..many years down the road)!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like so much fun! You got so sweet pics! And I really want to visit Chocolate City...the name sold me!