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Our Journey In: Isla Mujeres, Mexico – 5 Year Anniversary

It was 5 years ago towards the end of our honeymoon where I remember leaning over to Tristan and telling him that I would love to come back to this island one day.  “Maybe every 5 years?” I asked.  It felt like yesterday.

We try not to visit the same place twice.  Considering there is so much world to see, every opportunity we have to go on an adventure, we try to tackle a place brand new to our senses.  This place, however, is just special to us.  We made an exception.  Plus, it’s incredibly affordable, so, why not?

This visit was a little different however.  Surprisingly (and gratefully), I found myself 18 weeks pregnant for this trip.  We booked the trip early in the year so we didn’t really know what to expect.  On top of that, our toddler was becoming increasingly rambunctious so it was double the tiredness.  There were moments where I had trouble keeping up which is new to me in general since my pregnancy with Dominic was so easy, but regardless, we had a great time.    We ate, we swam, we built sandcastles, and we took a golf cart around the island.  We indulged in plenty of (virgin) pina coladas, ate meals while our toes dug into the silky sand, and watched some of the most breathtaking sunsets by the calm of the waves.  Dominic had seen our honeymoon video a few times, and he was excited before we got there.  His goal?  To see the baby sea turtles at the turtle farm, and that we definitely did.

In 5 years, we do plan on coming back, but I have a feeling we won’t be staying on the island.  After this trip, we realized that although it’s perfectly slow and peaceful for a honeymoon, there aren’t enough activities to do for energetic kids, so, next time, we’ll likely stay in Cancun on the mainland then take a day trip (or two) to the island to relive the memories and make new ones with our little guys.  We just love this charming little island.

Beach, bump, and bebe.

One of my new favorite family photos

View from our hotel.

This island is so small, most people travel by golf cart.  We rented one for the day to show Dominic around.  He was scared at first, but loved it soon after!

This is a turtle farm where they help the endangered sea turtles.  It was $3 USD to check it out.  In the back, they have a rehab area where injured turtles are nursed back to health then released back into the ocean.  It’s a small facility, but it’s worth the support.  Kids get a bag of turtle food to feed some of the injured turtles 🙂

Headed down to Punta Sur, the southernmost part of the island.  This is also the most eastern point in Mexico, so if you’re here during the sunrise, you get to be the first in the country to see it.

Behind Dominic, you can see statues & what’s left of the Mayan temple to Ixchel, goddess of childbirth & medicine.  She is where the island got its name Isla Mujeres or “Women Island.”  When the Spanish arrived, they noticed all of the female statues present from the Mayans.

On our way back to downtown, we decided to randomly stop at a beach.  Dominic got to splash around, and we got to check out some tidepools while finding some pretty sea treasures.  He thinks seashells are kind of like hats 🙂

This spot on the island we never walked to before, but it’s the opposite side of where Playa Norte is.  The water is much more intense, but the sound of the waves crashing is so refreshing especially as we watched the sunset.

Haha!  Dominic with long hair.

On our anniversary day, we beached, and ate, and relaxed 🙂  We also saw the most breathtaking sunset during dinner.

Thomas the Train went everywhere with us!  

Evidence of a great beach vacation 🙂

Curious about where we ate?  Check out the food roundup post!

Until next time!!

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  • Reply Whitney

    What an amazing vacation! Your bump is darling, congratulations.

    December 7, 2017 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Vy

      Thank you so much 🙂

      December 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Eryn Whalen

    I think that’s so special to be able to take your boy with you to the place where it kinda all started. What a memorable trip! And gosh it’s beautiful there. The turtle rescue looked amazing!

    December 7, 2017 at 10:15 am
    • Reply Vy

      Definitely a sweet and memorable getaway 🙂 Thank you!

      December 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Meg

    Looks like so much fun! My boys would love visiting the turtles. 🙂

    December 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply Vy

      It was definitely a hit with my little guy! They would love it!

      December 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Charissa |

    Looks like a beautiful spot! Happy 5 years!! And congrats on your pregnancy!!

    December 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Thank you so much!!

      December 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Zuzana

    This place looks so beautiful. I don’t like to visit the same place twice but I totally understand why you made an exception. It must be extra special for you.

    December 8, 2017 at 9:06 am
    • Reply Vy

      Absolutely – it has a very special place in our lives. Thanks for reading!

      December 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Marquita

    Oh goodness, this looks absolutely dreamy! What special memories created with your beautiful growing family! Happy Holidays to you all.

    December 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Thank you so much! Happy holidays to you as well!

      December 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

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