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It’s easy to get around the island and explore all the great restaurants, bars, beach clubs, and yes, the beautiful scenery, when you have an island jeep. We named ours the ‘Green Hornet’. On this trip we veered off our regular hauntings and visited two restaurants: the Bahia Tortuga, and the Cuban El Varadero.

If you’re craving some home style Canadian or American food then Tortuga’s will satisfy your needs. You can order a Cheeseburger, a Philly Steak or Chicken Sandwich, Hot Wings, and their fresh, hand-cut fries.

The view.

Bahia Tortuga is also a small hotel with lovely gardens and a pool. Visit the tripadvisor website for more information: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150810-d2415750-r123357549-Bahia_Tortuga-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

I’m addicted to guacamole and Tortuga’s did not disappoint me.

We shared a chicken sandwich. Packed with tender chicken and sautéed onions, it was the best we have tasted anywhere, including home.

This amazing tortuga sculpture, handcrafted from coconut fibre and stitched to perfect form, hung from the palapa. But who is the artist??

Bahia Tortuga Restaurant and Bar, located on Avenue Rueda Medina just before Soggy Peso, across from the airport strip.

I loved this place – quaint and everything one would expect at a little seaside diner.

We arrived early, so we had no choice but to enjoy a few Mojitos until lunch service. We heard they were the best on the island and it’s true!

Our lunch was worth the wait. Juicy chicken breast served with a carrot potato mash, dirty rice with black beans, and fried plantains. I had the sautéed fish, and wow, it was simply delicious and obviously fresh caught – I think, while I was enjoying the mojitos.

El Varadero fills up quickly with devout patrons so get there early and enjoy the lagoon view.

El Varadero, located on the south end of Via Garrafon, overlooking Laguna Makax, opens at 11:oo am.