Lauren and I are IN LOVE with Isla Mujeres. It is a tiny island, only 8 km long, and 11 km off the coast of Cancun. There are tourists, but not tons, and it's more of a laidback backpacker crowd. Except for taxis, there are hardly any cars on the island; everyone drives golf carts and mopeds, or walks around barefoot in the streets. We are staying at a fun hostel right on the beach, although it's on the Caribbean (eastern) side, so the ocean is kind of rough.
On our first day we took a walk around the town of Isla Mujeres and discovered Playa Norte. The water is turqoise, calm and shallow... you can walk out 100m and it's still only up to your chest, maybe only your ankles if you find a sand bar. There is no seaweed, although we have seen a couple of fish and small stingrays. We have been starting our days by buying a picnic lunch at the grocery store and then renting two chairs and an umbrella from a man named Alberto, who has the best prices on the island. After a day of reading and swimming (and maybe some sleeping), we head back to the hostal at supper time to shower and then get something to eat at one of the numerous charming and inexpensive restaurants in town. We walk around the shops at night and then stroll on the beach back to our hostal for an early bedtime. I have also discovered these lime popsicles called Frizy's and they are the BEST THINGS EVER. Isla has been the perfect way to relax after my busy three weeks in Peru (I know, it's a rough life).