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Old 20-05-2009, 22:09   #1
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico / East

I was reading the Mexico post and here you go, a destination on the east side.

We went to Isla Mujeres which is an island just off shore of Cancun Mexico. I was propelled there due to the St. Petersburg Florida to Isla regatta, 2009. I had a great time on the race and wrote an article which is on my blog.

The island was very nice, the marina great, and I will go back given an opportunity. I found the food to be a bit expensive though. A cheeseburger, fries, and Sol (beer) was about $15 USD. Dinners ran about $25 USD.

We rented a golf cart $65 USD a day to tour the island. The hotel, $90 a night was adequete. There are cheaper ones away from the beach, as to be expected.

The water was beautiful, the food delightful, and the people friendly. I was there for the great swine flu outbreak, which didn't affect the island.

I would like to find a little less commericial port for my next visit. Something quieter and out of the way. Very touristy, with prices to match. But all in all, I really liked Mexico.
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Old 20-05-2009, 22:47   #2
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It does look great, been to the Yucatan area but never on that island..
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Old 24-05-2009, 18:36   #3
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Here are a couple more Isla Mujeres photos.

They have a great marina, and if you would rather, a nice place to drop the hook with good holding.

This is a great place to stop and resupply if needed. There is a grocery store, along with parts and general supplies very close to the anchorage.
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A cheeseburger, fries, and Sol (beer) was about $15 USD.
...I hate to sound like a purist, but if you're in a port where they sell cheeseburgers and fries, you are not in Mexico, no matter what it says on your chartplotter.
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I've been around most of the world... it's pretty hard to find someplace that does not have burgers...

We did enjoy all the local flavor though... tasty!
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I'm just returning from lanen's blog, and I'm convinced she knows touristy from not touristy. Your purist Bash was premature.

Beautiful pics, lanen, I wish I'd been there. Thanks for contributing, and keep us all posted. Your blog is great. Many members here slip a hot link to their blogs in their signatures…
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Old 24-05-2009, 20:08   #7
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I Your blog is great. Many members here slip a hot link to their blogs in their signatures…
The blog is at Southern Crosses

I had a link in my signature but I kept taking beatings from different moderators because you can link to a place to purchase a book. Big violation for some of us. So, no url link.

Thanks for the kind words.
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Great fun shots, Is that a shot of beer/soda can holsters?? Thanks for sharing and I wish we were there as well!!
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One of the best cheeseburgers I have ever had was in Saint Ignacio, Belize, down on the border near Guatemala. The bun was local fresh baked bread and the cheese was made locally, so was the burger. After a long run at sea that is one of the things, I hunger for, sosueme.
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yes, especially true if you stay on the beaten track

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I've been around most of the world... it's pretty hard to find someplace that does not have burgers...
I suppose one could claim to have been around most of the world and found it pretty hard to find someplace that does not have a Trader Vics. You'll find one in Beijing, Bangkok, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, Munich, London, Tokyo... I remember seeing one in Cancun, as well, but it seems to have gone out of business. ˇViva Cancun!

The more you hang out in places patronized by American tourists, the more likely you'll be to find a cheeseburger/fries combo. But there are many many towns in coastal Mexico where you still can't buy a burger. Those are the destinations I'm interested in cruising.
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I think I'll start a post and title it "Cheese burger in Paradise" and we can all report in all the different ports where one can find a cheese burger and fries or pom frites, or poppas fritas, or chips, and report on the quality and varieties available. Hmmmmmm... the world wide burger report. There is a great place in Port Macquarie, Australia that serves theirs with eggs, ham, sprouts, beets and pickles, nummmy.
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Heh, while sailing Asia courtesy of Uncle Sam I was completely turned off burgers after having them done 'local style'. Korean patties with odd sauces and a strong scent of dried squid, the even odder sauces in Japan at McDonald's, and the indescribably *not* beef burgers in the Philippines...

Well, anyway, the hamburger is probably a European food, a fusion of Hamburg meats and Sandwiche's gaming food. Or not, as there's nothing new under the sun and someone somewhere else probably came up with a similar creation.
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while I'm willing to concede the European origins of the sandwich...

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Well, anyway, the hamburger is probably a European food, a fusion of Hamburg meats and Sandwiche's gaming food. Or not, as there's nothing new under the sun and someone somewhere else probably came up with a similar creation.
the American origins of the hamburger are neatly laid out below:
Hamburger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Well, if you want to get serious about it, it has a direct line of descent from the Golden Horde and Genghis Kahn(ref). But I was merely referring to Hamburg steak (chopped beef patties, usually served in a brown gravy, circa 1800) and the Earl of Sandwich (who didn't create the sandwich, but probably refined it. ref)

As a former spokesperson for the Wikimedia Foundation, I have to suggest that it not be used as an authority, but it's a great source for starting research.
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Well, if it's a definative source you want...

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As a former spokesperson for the Wikimedia Foundation, I have to suggest that it not be used as an authority, but it's a great source for starting research.
...try this: Amazon.com: The Hamburger: A History (Icons of America): Josh Ozersky: Books

not peer reviewed, certainly, but more authoritative that Wikipedia? either way, you'll find the cheeseburger to be a matter of American iconography.
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