Photographic Adventures in Paradise
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So far we are just one day into our weekend getaway. We’ve dropped the dogs off at Petopia, taken the ferry boat over to Isla, stopped at Barlito’s, and checked into our rental Villa, Vista Alegre. We were invited to attend the weekly Friday night Happy Hour at Ashley and Curtis’s Villa La Bella. Drinks are made from scratch and free Barlito’s pizza is served by Ashley throughout the evening. We had a great time and made some new friends. Stop by if you’re on the island, especially on a Friday evening at 5PM. Villa LaBella is also a most interesting place to stay while vacationing on Isla. Check out their website: http://www.villalabella.com/home.asp
This sign is famous all over the island……..
Owners and hosts….. Curtis and Ashley
Villa La Bella from the pool edge
Detail abounds everywhere you look……
The bar………….and the most important employees……………THE BARTENDERS !!!!!
A few of the party goers……..too bad the view sucks ……….. LOL
John Cain provided the vocals and guitar……………very nice
The semi outdoor lounge area……….
Margarita Suzie from Cancun………………..
Happy hour in Full Monte
I’m thinking ……………more of Ashley’s touch…….
Hammocks in the foreground and the Palapa suites on the second floor…….
Mural on the ceiling of the barroom………
Coconut lights over the bar swings……..
Don’t pass up a visit to Villa LaBella while on Isla. By the way the B&B is named after Curtis and Ashley’s dog “Bella” and if you mention my name they might let you pet her!
After leaving Villa LaBella we drove over to Jax for a sandwich and a beer then went back to Vista Alegre to crash after a long day of fun in the sun in paradise. Stay tuned for Part 4
When we arrived and drove our car off the ferry, we proceeded to where we were staying for the weekend. Last December we attended the Treasure Island Fiesta benefit for the La Gloria English School on Isla. We were the high bidders for a weekend at the Villa Vista Alegre and dinner for 2 at Lolo Lorena’s home. We wanted to unload and settle in at Vista Alegre first. Unfortunately the road we needed to access Vista was closed for the annual Easter Pageant parade. We had to keep ourselves amused for several hours until the road was reopened.
We decided to visit our friends Brad & Tiffany at their newly opened restaurant/bakery “BARLITO” on Hidalgo Street.
Barlito Bakery & Cafe is located on the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo and you can enjoy your treats inside or outside
Good things come in small packages and although small in square feet…….it’s HUGE in excellent breakfasts, lunches & bakery goods……
You won’t believe how extensive the Breakfast and Lunch menus are……….
This is their incredibly delicious, famous cinnamon bun, chock full of nuts, raisins, cinnamon, and sweet topping. As you eat your way to it’s center it just keeps getting better and better…..Sort of like having a oral orgasm. Oh! and the coffee is outstanding too.
When we went back for lunch later in the day, I chose the grilled chicken salad sandwich and Suzie chose the grilled chicken sandwich of the day. The sandwiches were made on Brad’s homemade breads made fresh just that morning. They came with a side of Tiffany’s homemade coleslaw. We watched her make it earlier during breakfast.
If you don’t stop here and have breakfast AND lunch you will be missing two of the best meals you’ll ever have on the island.
We couldn’t finish our sandwiches so we took a doggy bag back to Vista Alegre.
The display case is full of mouth watering bakery goodies…….just minutes out of the oven…….
Boiled bagels, freshly baked breads, to die for cinnamon buns……..YUMMY!
Very colorful menu on the front of the range hood…………
Magnetic bottle caps decorate the serving counter ……….
A couple of Barlito’s outdoor dinning tables w/chairs……the BEST people watching spot on the island….
The view across from Barlito of a souvenir shop
Barlito Cafe and Bakery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 8am to 3pm. You can eat inside or outside and take outs are also available.
Bakery goods sell fast because demand is so great. They will soon have a new bakery to provide a greater supply for the restaurant and surrounding hotels and restaurants.
We finally made it to Vista Alegre after the Easter Pageant finished.
We stayed in the first floor apartment
Our accommodations were basic and clean. We had everything we needed…….
Even a small pool in back
The view from our front door
Stay tuned for part 3……..
A Road Runner cartoon for all my readers……..
We drove over to Isla Mujeres from Cancun this past Friday………..well sort of………we did have to use the car ferry.
It was a first for us. We were staying for 2 nights and 3 days so we wanted to have the convenience of our own transportation. That way we had no limits on the amount of “stuff” we could bring along. So we packed up our bar, some snacks, a couple of bathing suits and we were on our way. The following are pictures of the beginning of our weekend getaway.
Since we have 3 dogs we needed to provide for them while we were away. Our friends Al & Louise took our Chocolat for the weekend. We took our 2 big K9′s to Petopia pet hotel.
They had a great time at “doggie camp” while we were away………$180 pesos’s per day for large dogs. You provide the food, blanket, and bowls. They play with and exercise your animal and monitor play activity. Extensive questions regarding your animals health, inoculation history, and temperament are filled out at drop off the first time you use them. A very professionally run operation. We highly recommend them.
Petopia 998 914-0066
Av. Slamos Lt1 MZ 23 SM311 Turn in just past the Mercedes Dealer on airport road
Ask for Mariana or Andrea the English speaking managers
Next we headed out to Punta Sam to the car ferry terminal. This was our first experience so we had a bit of a learning curve. Here is what we found out. First of all timing is everything. Since UltraMar raised the fare on the people ferry over year ago, the car ferry has become a popular method to get to Isla.At only 35 pesos per person it’s a real bargain in comparison. It was Easter weekend to there were hundreds of locals taking the car ferry. They only start to sell tickets 1 hour before the boat is scheduled to depart. The people line is very long, however we found out that if you have a car you do not have to stand in that line. You simply stand to the left side of the ticket window and tell the ticket master that you wish to purchase a ticket for your car. With ticket in hand you stage your car and wait. When the incoming ferry had emptied they begin to load up the waiting vehicle. This is the Cancun pier ramp.
Approaching the ferry boat from inside our car……..
Waiting for the big truck to be parked on board……
We were first on so became first off on Isla………
Inside the ferry……
They have 2 ferries the newer one has this nice air conditioned lounge on the second floor complete with movies playing on the big screen TV and a cafeteria…..
Picture off the stern looking at the wake……….
Posada del Mar hotel from the ferry……..
Sunset beach from the ferry…….
Many of the passengers on the car ferry
The ferry dock on Isla Mujeres as we approach……
Welcoming sign across from the Isla ferry terminal parking lot
Well we made it to Isla on the car ferry…….it cost us 269 pesos for the car and 1 extra passenger…….my wife.
This is the start of our adventure on the island………… stay tuned for part 2.