Isla Mujeres & Cancún
Ixchel Beach Hotel
Lyra loved preparing us meals with the plastic fruit centerpiece.
The cleaning staff would leave these curious "security reports" in our room, listing the valuables we left out rather than hiding them in our room safe.
Exploring by Golf Cart
Most people on Isla Mujeres drive golf carts (or scooters) instead of cars. We rented a golf cart for the day to explore the island.
Our first stop was Dolphin Discovery, a swim-with-the-dolphins place. We selected the basic package, which involved 25 customers standing in a water pen, each person waiting his or her turn to perform some scripted interactions with a dolphin — including petting and kissing the animals. We have no photos of this process (customer photography was prohibited, but expensive photos could be purchased from the official photographer). The photo below shows Lyra on a trampoline. The guy running the ride let Lyra bounce & bounce for ten minutes (we think he would have let her bounce forever, but we adults eventually got impatient and hungry).
Cliff of the Dawn
We visited the Tortugranja turtle sanctuary, where we could feed sea turtles in tanks. An enthusiastic staff member rushed in and out of the back room, bringing creature after creature for us to hold, including baby turtles, crabs, and a giant sea snail.
We spent our last night in Mexico in downtown Cancún. There was plenty of activity in the square at Parque de las Palapas, the same spot where Lyra had "driven" her first car at age 1.
We had dinner at the Labná restaurant, which was tasty but depressingly empty.
Night time — more car driving, some painting, a creepy fortune teller, and one last paleta!