North to Isla Mujeres

In the midst of Isla Mujeres is the luxurious splendor at the Puerto Isla Mujeres Yacht Club and Resort, another RCI resort. We took a tour of this property in 2007 and thought that the cost of staying here would be prohibitive. But when we spoke to the owners of the only other boat at the Lima docks, a 105 foot aluminum power cat owned by Claude and Mia, we discovered they were paying $2.15 per foot to stay there, so the $.90 per foot at PIM seemed like a genuine bargain. Of course, compared to the $150.00 per month we had paid while in Guatemala, these rates were really sticker shock. We guessed it was a numbing welcome back to “the real world”.

Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina
Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina

Relaxing at Puerto Isla Mujeres was just what the doctor ordered. Once again we found the staff to be exceptional, and we couldn’t ask for more. The docks were not quite as empty as the Lima docks, but probably 75% of them were unoccupied. The busy season had yet to begin, and this lull in business worked to our advantage. It was very quiet almost all the time, and anything we needed done happened in a hurry.

The Marina Approach
The Marina Approach

PIM has everything that a boater needs right on their property . The facilities are first rate in every respect, and each staff member has been well-trained to do everything in their power to make your stay perfect. At the docks all the boats, both power and sail, are in pristine condition. The two big sport fishermen and the 90 foot motor yacht in the photo above had full time crew washing and waxing these boats every day, all day, six days a week. After watching them for a couple of days I began to feel grubby, so I asked one of the workers if there might be someone available to spiff up Ocean Angel while we were there. “Of yes, I have a friend who also does this” was the answer. Next morning, Roberto showed up to look the boat over and give me a quote for the work. We agreed on a price, and for the next three days, Roberto scrubbed, waxed, polished, and shined the Angel from top to bottom. Oh, the price? $60.00. He was very conscientious and thorough, and when he was done, our Angel shone just as brightly as every other boat in the marina.

Ocean Angel at Puerto Isla Mujeres
Ocean Angel at Puerto Isla Mujeres

One day while we were downtown at the big grocery store buying supplies for the trip home, we walked out of the store and bumped into Mia, from the big cat, “Kaleidoscope”, accompanied by her beautiful pet Doberman, Kaiser. She asked us to watch Kaiser while she went into the store to pick up a couple of things. She refused to leave him chained to a post outside as he would go crazy without her. Well, we became friends with Kaiser while Mia was in the store for five minutes. He is the most gentle, massive dog that we have ever known, a big baby. We also became friends with Mia and Clyde, and they invited us for a tour of their boat. Five decks, five staterooms, a 40 foot by 20-some foot main salon, a dining room, a lounge deck, and a real pilothouse on the top deck. Every inch of her was built and finished in exquisite detail by Clyde himself. I was truly amazed at this vessel. We told them about our dockage at PIM, and after a quick tour of the marina, they decided to join us. Here they come up the canal.

The Big Cat Kaleidoscope
The Big Cat Kaleidoscope

One of the best things about Puerto Isla Mujeres Yacht Club was the floating docks. The finger pier was almost perfectly level with Ocean Angel’s deck, and it was calm enough in the marina that Joy could get on and off the boat by herself. By this point in our trip Joy’s strength and health were the best they have been in years. It seems this cruising life has been especially good to her. 
On our last night in Mexico we wanted to go out to dinner, but just as we were about to leave, it started raining. Before we knew it, it was dark, and we didn’t want to be really late getting back to the boat, so we decided to dine at the marina’s outside restaurant. But only the bar was open due to the rain, and the bartender said we would have to eat inside. “Oh, no way”, said Joy, and we started to leave. “Wait, wait”, said the bartender, “we can set a table up right away for you”. They did, and we enjoyed the best meal we’ve ever had on the island.  

Kaleidoscope, a Big 105 by 42 foot cat, custom built in aluminum, powered by massive but fuel efficient twin diesels.
Kaleidoscope, a Big 105 by 42 foot cat, custom built in aluminum, powered by massive but fuel efficient twin diesels.

Our Last Day in Isla Mujeres