Emergency distraction!

This nasty weather we’re having this weekend has required the following post.  Take a look, imagine yourself there and then take a nap:

This incredible place is called Zama Beach & Lounge and is located on the tiny island of Isla Mujeres off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico, just opposite Cancun.  We visited it for the first time a few years ago and then made a return visit the year before last. 


It’s the kind of place that you drive by on a rented scooter or a golf cart while investigating the nooks and crannies of this small island and almost don’t stop because you think it must be a private club or something.  But, ever hopeful of finding that perfect spot on the perfect beach, we parked our scooters across the road and wandered in. 

A waiter approached us and we asked, brushing the hair out of our eyes, “May we come in?” 

“Of course!” he offered and I joyfully led poor Kent to a table for a cold drink and lunch.

We discovered that the only catch to staying and taking advantage of all the amenities here is that you must spend a certain amount at the bar and/or restaurant — I think it was the equivalent to $40 per person.  But this was NOT a problem, since the beach was lovely, the drinks were cold and the food was really good.  I ordered something like a marguerita (above) and a ceviche plate.  Surprise — I think K had a burger.  All was really, really good. 

The second time we visited, there were two lovely women set up with massage tables over to the left in the shade of the palm trees and I took advantage; it was one of the best massages I have had.  I’m sure the location helped. 

There are beautiful open air washrooms and changing rooms, lots of different areas in which to sit, even a small pool if you prefer that to the ocean and no one hurrying you.  The perfect spot to spend a lazy Mexican afternoon on a fairly undiscovered part of Mexico, just a stone’s throw (ferry ride) from Cancun (which you can see across the water and be so relieved to be where you are instead). 

Shhh.  Don’t tell anyone.

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