It had been longer than I cared to think aboutat least seven
yearssince we last visited Mexico's Yucatan, and in those seven years,
the tentacles of tourism have spread well beyond Cancun's over-developed Zona
The best new finds
Our two favorite finds are certainly off the beaten path: one on the hippie
hangout of Isla Mujeres, not far from Cancun, the other deep in the interior of
Puerto Isla Mujeres
Puerto Isla Mujeres is a two-year-old resort set on a
mangrove-protected lagoon just outside the main town of this funky, laid-back
island, which is nine miles distant from bustling Cancun but a million miles
away in ambiance. A comfortable private launch picks you up on the mainland and
whisks you to this tranquil little retreat. Here you'll find a modern, somewhat
spartan reception center, one of the most modern and fully-equipped marinas in
the western Caribbean, and a cluster of red-tile roofed, Mediterranean-style
townhouses. They sit amid lush gardens surrounding an enormous circular
poolperhaps 70 feet in diameterwith a handsome swim-up bar/grill
and an adjacent terrace under a massive banyan-like tree. From the terrace, you
can admire the yachts tied up at the marina.
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