ISLA MUJERES | CANCUN, MEXICO

Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
Guys, Michigan is such a tease! We had some glorious 70+ days and then gloomy, rainy, nonsense that has me craving Cancun views and ocean breezes–more specifically, I’m craving the slow island life of Isla Mujeres, where I could basically set up shop for the rest of my life and be one happy camper.

Or pretty much anywhere with water as clear and blue as this:
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
And billowing clouds with cobalt blue skies, a la:
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
Anyone else in?Isla Mujeres was once a sacred place for Ix Chel, the Maya goddess of childbirth and medicine. We’re hoping all her grace shed some good vibes on our little gestating dude! While you can lounge on pretty much any white sand beach in Cancun proper, it is well worth the quick ferry trip to Isla Mujeres because lounging on island beaches is that much better.

Palm trees and actual coconuts–such a happy sight for my California soul. I could honestly sit and gaze up at palm fronds with sunshine filtering through forever and ever. Throw in the soothing soundtrack of crashing waves and, well, I think that’s as close to paradise as my life will ever come.

Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
Warren sure knows how to find good conference locations. Thanks to his research and his discipline’s excellent taste in exotic locales, we’ve been lucky enough to explore Hawaii, Spain, and Morocco in the last few years. He’s jetting off to Brazil this fall for another conference (and believe me, it took a lot of talking down from loved ones to convince me that I should probably not take a two month old into the Amazon jungle).
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
And of course no body of water is safe from our usual feet + beach shot. There was much rejoicing in the land as my winter skin finally shed its translucence (I was horrified to discover sometime in March that I was nearly as ghostly pale as Warren–that takes some effort and Michigan was up for the challenge this past winter).
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
Oh, palm trees, please continue to throw your tousled heads about like you just don’t care!
Isla Mujeres | Cancun, Mexico
My one Cancun tragedy was the sore lack of good food. Since we were not staying in an all-inclusive resort with those all you can eat buffets, we were forced to scavenge for food. And it turns out that the hotel zone is basically Little America, featuring restaurants such as the oh-so-exotic Papa John’s, Chilis, and Outback Steakhouse. I honestly can’t tell you how many Cup of Noodle Soups I was forced to consume since even those restaurants were far away.
Thank goodness we found Pescadillas el Galeon on the last day of our trip. We dined while the sun set over the lagoon (and hoped the Don’t Feed Crocodiles sign wouldn’t become pertinent to us) and ate the simplest, tastiest fried fish tacos on earth.
Pescadillas el Galeón | Fish Tacos Cancun
True, they may have tasted so phenomenal because of our steady Cup of Noodle soup diet for the previous days but there is just something utterly perfect about this kind of spread:
Pescadillas el Galeón | Fish Tacos Cancun
The dude serenading us with a guitar didn’t hurt, either. Next week I’ll share some photos we took in Tulum. There were iguanas. So many iguanas, they’re kind of like Tulum’s version of squirrels!Do you have any fun summer vacations coming up?

In case you’re looking for more adventures:
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