|Leaving Isle Mujeres, we headed towards Cancun, 6 nautical miles across Bahia Mujeres. We followed the coastline for several miles, enjoying the view of a continuous line of hotels from Punta Cancun to Punta Nizuc. From there we headed offshore into deeper waters and made course for Isla Cozumel, another 45 nautical miles to the south.
Cozumel is Mexico's largest Caribbean Island and we were excited to be in the Caribbean Sea on Diamond Lil. It took us over 8 hours to cover the 51 miles due to a swift (4-5 knot) current working against us. We threw out a couple of lines and tried out some of our new fishing gear. The Captain landed a beautiful skipjack tuna, also known as Oceanic Bonito or Striped Tuna.
We dropped anchor about 200 feet from Avenida Rafael Melgar, also known as Malecon, which is the street than runs along the waterfront and watched the sun set over the Caribbean Sea as we feasted on fresh tuna.