04.02.2015 - 18.02.2015 28 °C
It has been a little while since my last blog and some of you have contacted me, a little worried that something has happened to me. I am perfectly fine. I have now arrived in Mexico and followed the Caribbean coast which is basically beautiful white sandy beaches and clear blue seas so not so much to report. I've already done snorkling, ruins, cenotes, etc so there is not much more to offer that I actually want to spend money on. I am therefore taking it easy, spending longer in places whilst waiting for my flight to Cuba which is on the 2 March.
The nicest beach I have seen, the sea is so clear that when I am up to my waist in water I can see my toes!
Whilst I was enjoying a nice breakfast with french baguette (a rare find!) these two little sisters approached me selling nuts and other stuff. They walk every day 2kms from their house to sell things in the town. They were looking at my breakfast with such big eyes that I ended up buying them some too! !
I also do a snorkling tour of the Dos Ojos Cenotes, which is basically underground water caves all linked with each other. The picture shows the entrance of the cave but as I don't have an underwater camera I don't have any pictures of the caves beyond that. It was pretty cool though, you get given a flash light to go through the caves and see at the bottom.
Playa Del Carmen
A really touristy party town, overpriced, noisy and full of Americans of the worst type! I try to escape to beaches further out of town by using the 'collectivos', the local transport which is really cheap. I found my Valentine date on a park bench but he wasn't very talkative.
A nice little fishing village about half an hour north of Playa del Carmen, I take a collectivo for the day to escape Playa del Carmen. I have lunch in a little local restaurant and an older lady comes in on her own too so I invite her to my table. It's so much nicer not to be alone in a restaurant. She's about 70 and comes to this village every year for 3 weeks on her own. She is a yoga instructor!!!! We get chatting and I tell her about my trip and show her some of my photos. She is so enthusiastic about it, she decides she wants to go to Belize and do the same snorkling trip I did. I give her all the details of how to get there and where to go and she ends up buying my lunch as she says I have been an inspiration for her to get up and do more adventurous things! Good for her! I'm so pleased
The last photo shows the old lighthouse after a severe hurricane (Wilma)
I take the ferry to Cozumel for a couple of nights, still lots of Americans as cruise ships stop here. I rent a scooter to discover the other side of the island which is not populated. The sea is much choopier with higher waves and it is more windy but I like it. A nice place to chill with a drink reading my book.
In the evening it is the grand parade of the carnaval. There are hundreds of floats. The whole town is partying and considering it is a very small island with only one town, they really have put a huge effort. The whole thing last over 3 hours!