The Observer - - WEEKEND -

◗ Isla Mu­jeres is pri­mar­ily a cash des­ti­na­tion so make sure you have enough to get through your hol­i­day. Only one ATM worked dur­ing my visit.

◗ Air-con­di­tion­ing is a life­saver at night when the beach is not at your beck and call so check your ac­com­mo­da­tion is equipped.

◗ The first ferry to Isla Mu­jeres leaves about 6.15am (de­pend­ing on the ter­mi­nal) and the last ferry usu­ally leaves about 11.30pm, so make sure you book ac­com­mo­da­tion in Can­cun if you have a late flight.

There are three ferry ter­mi­nals but they all run fre­quently so take your pick.

◗ Golf carts should cost about 1000 pe­sos for the day or 600 pe­sos for three hours. Shop around if you are pitched a much dearer price. ◗ Whale shark tours are snorkelling only, not div­ing, and you are not al­lowed to touch the an­i­mals. If you see a tour that ad­ver­tises oth­er­wise, you could be fined if marine po­lice catch you.

◗ Tour op­er­a­tors ad­vise against wear­ing sun­screen to help the en­vi­ron­ment so take a long-sleeved rashie and long ly­cra pants (I went with run­ning pants) if you can.

◗ There were so many deals that come with se­cur­ing a deck chair and um­brella by the shore that it’s worth check­ing a few.

Some of­fer 300–400 pe­sos for the chair that can be claimed back as food and drinks.

An­other of­fered 450 pe­sos for a buf­fet and open bar. Ig­nore the peo­ple try­ing to charge $US25 just for the priv­i­lege of sit­ting in a chair.

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