A Day on Isla Mujeres – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Isla Mujeres - Cancun - Keep Calm and Wander

Isla Mujeres is an island just off northeast of Zona Hotelera in Cancun. The island is visible if you’re standing on the beaches of Cancun and vice versa. It is known for its white sand and idyllic beaches. The island is only 5 miles long and a half mile wide. In other words, you can walk around it if you’ve got a sun-proof skin. Isla Mujeres, in English means, Island of Women. The Spanish called the island as such because of the presence of a number of women statues.

How to get to there. If you’re staying downtown or along Zona Hotelera, there are three major ports where you can take the UltraMar ferry. We stayed at Occidental Costa Cancun and the Embarcadero terminal is right next door to us. The other two ferry terminals are: Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Cancun Day Trips – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 20th, 2017

Cancun Day Trips - Keep Calm and Wander

A friend and I went on a one-week, all-inclusive vacation in Cancun last week. It was a “spur of the moment” decision and we didn’t really plan at all. Having been twice on the eastern part of Mexico, I thought, I’d just show him the must-see cultural attractions and Cancun day trips in the area. And the rest of the week would be just chillin’ on the beach, including boy watching.

However, instead of joining a bus tour every single day for the next 3 or 4 days, we decided to see them all in one day. You know how it goes with tour buses, no matter how small the group is. And guess what? Joining a tour group is supposed to be cheaper, right? But not in Cancun! Since the city is infested with tourists who are willing to shell out their dollars, tour prices are unbelievably expensive!

So, what did we do? We hired a car. We talked to our first Uber driver in Cancun. With our survival Spanish vocabulary and his limited English, we came to an agreement. We told him all the places we wanted to visit and we received no protest from him.

Cost / Fee. The driver asked us for $230, including toll fees and gas. For some people, this is a bit much but we wanted him to be happy so he’d treat us well. We never haggled the price. There are two of us, anyway, so it’s cheaper than going on tour buses, right? He was a nice guy. And a good driver, too!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Cancun Cuisine – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 24th, 2016

Cancun Cuisine - Nomadic Boys

The Mexican cuisine is so varied and heaps of fun to discover. Cancun cuisine in the Yucatán Peninsula has strong influences from the Spanish and the Aztecs, but its origins can be traced some 9,000 years back to the Mayans. This ancient empire migrated here and brought with them traditions like open fire cooking in ceramic pots and ingredients like batata (sweet potato), beans, corn, chilies, avocados and tomatoes. Bean paste on corn tortillas? That’ll be a Mayan creation.

Cancún cuisine has plenty of foodie experiences to explore with a variety of excellent restaurants. Here’s the famous and best food of Cancún we’ve stumbled on.

#1 TRADITIONAL TASTES

If you’re heading out to Central America and are after a true taste of Mexico, Cancun certainly has some of the best spots to suit all budgets. La Destileria is the best place to sample some of the traditional flavours and despite the stereotype of Mexico food being meat heavy, vegetarians are well accommodated here. La Destileria has local musicians who play from table to table and serve up a mean Kiwi Margharita.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Island Paradise on Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 18th, 2016

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I visited Isla Mujeres in 2010 on a day trip while I was living in Playa del Carmen, and even though it was a (too!) short visit, I was smitten with the tiny Caribbean island immediately. Crystal clear water, powdery sand beaches, palm trees softly swaying in the wind. It was a glorious day. And yet it took me nearly six years to return to Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women.

I decided to spend my last weekend in Mexico on the island, and I don’t think I could’ve chosen a more perfect place to end my Mexico trip with a bang, but it also made saying goodbye even more bittersweet. I know that I’ll be back in Mexico (hopefully rather sooner than later), but I was definitely not ready for this trip to end, especially after our fabulous road trip.

As the last stop for our road trip, the island was perfect! It is tiny enough to be explored in a golf kart in half a day, so we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything when we spent most of the weekend on the beach, sitting in a swing bar with a cool beer or searching for the best palm tree to spread out our beach towels under.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

Author: , December 17th, 2015

Isla Mujeres

Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality. She’s more like your best girlfriend who loves spending time with you, sharing meals that stretch on for hours, strolling and

Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

The island is 8 miles (13 kilometers) off the northeast coast of Cancun, serviced every half hour by ferries from pre-dawn to midnight. The Spanish graced it Isla Mujeres – Island of Women -because of the many goddess images left there by the Mayans who viewed the island as the sacred home of Ixchel, goddess off childbirth and medicine. Coincidently, it’s also the shape of a mermaid.

To the east of the island lies the Caribbean sea, rough and windy and the best place to view consistently spectacular sunrises. To the west is Cancun, which can be seen clearly on good-weather days. For visitors to Cancun, it’s the perfect day trip. For those who want to escape the glitz and see and be seen atmosphere of Cancun, it offers charming hotels, delish restaurants and exquisite beaches.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Lesbian Travel: My Cancun Love Affair

Author: , March 27th, 2015

Cancun, Quintana Roo - Apple MapsIt started as an innocent press junket to Cancun for the weekend. Five days, two hotels and a beach that stretched out like the tail of a runaway kite. I kicked off my shoes (and stress and responsibilities), anticipating a fun weekend of getting up close and personal with Cancun.

Then it happened – I fell in love. It wasn’t the kind of pulse-racing cliff-dive into love of my teenage years, but rather a slow and steady overtaking. Like a solar eclipse on a sunny day, Cancun stretched itself across me and I, well, I submitted.

I’m eager to share my vacation love affair with you and I can’t think of a better way to do it than through the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who would be a GoGirlfriend if she were around today…

How do I love thee, Cancun? Let me count the ways.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Quintana Roo Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: WorldMark Isla Mujeres, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author: , January 28th, 2015

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Direct Access to the Isla Mujeres Marina : Escape to a quiet tropical retreat off the coast of Cancun at WorldMark Isla Mujeres, a spectacular resort in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This resort offers direct access to the marina where you can enjoy boating and yachting, as well as spacious suites and villas with king-size bed, sleeper sofa, mini bar, jetted bathtub, wireless Internet and more.

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Transgender Cruise Planned for December

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Transgender CruiseTravel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”

Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. “I’m hoping to book 40-50 people,” she said.

The cruise is on the Navigator of the Seas that leaves from Galveston on Dec. 14 for a week. Three ports of call on the trip include Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. “In Belize, people should stay together, but it’s gay-friendly,” Land said. “Honduras and Cozumel are both very gay friendly.”

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Cancun, Mexico’s Many Colors

Author: , March 15th, 2014

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Let’s get to the big secret of the most brilliant star of Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Cancun still has secrets.

Here’s the gay one: Not even existing 50 years ago, Cancun made quick work becoming the LGBTQ anchor of Mexico’s Caribbean. It has its own gay beach at Playa Delphines, its own Gay Pride (Memorial Day weekend), and is pushing hard to attract gay businesses as much as gay tourists – it hosted the 2nd International Expo & Business LGBT Event in 2012.

In what could be considered a general rule, most of the communities stringing the Riviera Maya count as gay friendly; certainly the hotels are – my home base, the JW Marriott goes so far as to have a “Pride in Cancun” package. Ironically, Cancun’s dominance in the sector seems only to have sparked a serious “get the gays” competition, particularly with high-octane Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes south. Visiting in January, I made it in time for an all-nighter at Playa’s beachside Blue Parrot club, part of the larger Arena circuit event, a 6-day/15-party gay bacchanal held all over the city.

Authored By David Perry – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Cancun for Grown-Ups

Author: , February 4th, 2014

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Heading south-of-the-border is a popular option for budget-friendly getaways, especially to Mexico’s Cancun and Riviera Maya. However, some think the region only caters to the college crowd. Not so. A sophisticated, low-key time can be had for those who are savvy. Below, four myth-busters to prepare you for the sun-and-sea-filled escape you’ve been dreaming about…

1. Avoiding the Spring Break Crowd Is Possible

Sure, Cancun receives a ton of tequila-seeking types taking advantage of Mexico’s 18-and over drinking laws. But while those kids make their way to the nightclub-packed Hotel Zone, the mature, been-there-done that traveler goes the opposite direction, either to the less expensive hotels on the quieter end on Boulevard Kukulcan (around Kilometer 20), south to even more reasonable Playa del Carmen, or the more remote jungle-filled Mayakoba region, an easy 45-60 minute ride from the airport.

Authored By Chanize Thorpe – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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