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AFCO Abroad | Karina’s Trip to Paradise – Literally

Truly a paradise to those who wander to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, this island has easily become one of my favorite places in the world.

Just off the coast of Mexico, this tiny coral island is one of Mexico’s true treasures. Unlike its mainland neighbor Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a “no tourist” haven. The magic of this place boasts clear blue water, great food and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. This island is well-suited for people who want to lay on the beach, enjoy a cerveza or margarita, eat fresh food and relax.

Restaurants on the island specialize in seafood, Mexican and Caribbean-fusion cuisine. It’s geographical location has welcomed restaurateurs from across the globe, who have found comfort in the warmth that this island brings to life. Culinary standouts this time around? Qubano – if you’re looking for some authentic Cuban food, this is it. Try the mini Cubano Sampler for a mouth-watering immersion to the land of cigars and rum. Pita Amoreunique flavors, light and fresh dishes sure to satisfy your cravings. The menu has 5 items, and they get away with having 5 items because each item is done so well. Bally Hoo fresh fish ceviche and a large mango margarita. I’ll leave it at that. Last, but DEFINITELY not least, Cafe Mango – what i’m convinced is Mexico’s best breakfast (& coffee). Rent a golf cart or a moped and wander into the residential neighborhood of Isla. Try their World Famous Coconut French Toast, Huevos Rancheros and Stuffed Chile Poblano (we went twice!).

Lastly, I’d like to highlight the amazing and beautiful Abuelita Angelita who taught us how to cook her rendition of a Central Mexican dish of Steak & Potatoes from her childhood in her own home. From start to finish, this cooking class took us through the steps to prepare homemade pico de gallo, guacamole, the entire entree and Angelita’s beloved Flan de Queso Napolitano – a cross between flan and cheesecake – quite an exquisite combination. Sipping on some local beers, making small talk with the other guests, learning about abuelita Angelita’s life and tasting our way through this experience will not be forgotten anytime soon. (In fact, I’m still dreaming about it to this day!)

My recommendation: eat and drink locally and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

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