The Quintana Roo State Baseball League began last Sunday,and I was fortunate enough to be selected to play on the team representing Playa del Carmen. What this exciting opportunity means for my family and me,aside from spending more Sundays at the ballpark,is that I will have the awesome opportunity to travel all over the state of Quintana Roo,experience many new places,meet new people,and play some good baseball.
Our first road trip was to Isla Holbox. It is an island located off of the northern tip of Quintana Roo. If you have never been to Holbox,but would like to make it a day-trip,you need: a 6:30 wake up call,three-hour car ride,great brakes for topes (speed bumps located before every little town that are not always announced),plus a thirty minute ferry ride to get to the island. And not to continue to discourage you from making this trip,but the ferry is a bit smaller and more confined that those that go to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Think a can of sardines with a motor attached.
Upon arrival,I found an island made up of sand roads,where only golf carts and motor bikes are allowed to be driven. It is a popular destination for kite surfers due to the unobstructed Gulf thermal winds that blow through the island. This constant breeze is also famous for turning pop-ups to left field into home runs. The baseball field is only about a three minute walk from the ferry dock. In fact,if you look up Holbox on Google Maps,"Campo Beisbol" (Baseball Field in Spanish) is the only other label besides "Holbox."
Baseball is definitely a popular sport on the island,and a spectacle of sorts is made out of the games. Over one hundred spectators arrived at the field,and aside from the game,were entertained by a live band as well as vendors toting the island's local culinary favorites.
Unfortunately for the Playa del Carmen Marlins,the Holbox team was well-versed at using the wind in their favor. Despite our hard-fought play,we came up empty-handed,losing 10-5. After the game,I joined my family for a beach-front dinner at Casa de las Tortugas on the northern part of the island. Their delicious lobster risotto removed any bad feelings from the game. We boarded the 8:00 p.m. ferry back to the mainland,and after another long car trip,returned home to Puerto Aventuras real estate until 12:30 a.m.
Looking back at my day trip Holbox,I look forward to returning,spending more time finding more of the island's local treasures,and a re-match.