Kin Ha Beach
We are headed to KinHa for the day. I knew it was free to get in and you just had to purchase food. Well, I wasn't starving yet, but knew by the time we ordered, we should all be pretty hungry because it was already 2pm.
Now if I didn't have this place on my MapsMe, I probably never would have found it. It's off the main road and you have to turn down this road which is like a 1 car lane, very bumpy and tons of pot holes. It looks like you are going down someone's driveway. But, it heads down a very narrow street for the hotels and such there. That's where you will find KinHa.
KinHa offeres a lot of water activities...all for free if you are eating and drinking there. They have 3 pools. Starting at the top is the very shallow pool for the littles and it has a water slide (a decent big one). There is a waterfall from it to the next pool for the kids. Then another waterfall down into the last pool for adults only (even though I seen kids in there with their parents). The adult pool at built in tables and chairs in the water and a pool bar as well. Later in the day they would put out umbrella's on those table too.
They also offering Kayaking, paddleboards, snorkeling, a swing out in the water for pictures and a long deck that has a rock climbing wall over the water and also a rope swing. Plenty of stuff to keep everyone occupied for the day.
We went in under the large palapa and was seated with a view of the pool.
We were handed the menu's and I have to say, the service was pretty slow. After finally getting our food and drink order in, it did take FOREVER for the food to come out it seemed like (actually 40 minutes according to my photos).
Sakari and I decided to go check out the pool since it was right beside us. It was so hot and humid and we wanted to cool down.
Oh my gosh the water felt so good! Not too cold or anything.
As we cooled off, I was telling Sakari to "look out that way" and was showing her the rope swing, kayaks and all the goodies this place had to offer. She immediately kept saying "Let's go down there" and "how much longer until our food gets here?" she was so excited.
We headed up to the top layer of the pool. Sakari went on up to the water slide. I waited down below. When she came down, she was flying and I didn't even get a picture. She came up saying "Owww" and said that she had hit her bottom on the bottom of the pool. Yea, it was a little too shallow for kids her age.
We decided to head down to the next pool area. There were kids jumping off the wall into the next pool area. Sakari decided she wanted to try. I went down to get some pictures. We would later ind out that's a no-no and they were telling the kids to stop while we were eating.
When we got back to the table our drinks had arrived...THEY CAME IN BOTTLES!! How exciting. I always loved drinking pop from glass bottles when I was young. It's taste so much better.
Shortly after, our food would arrive and it looked amazing! Sakari and I ordered the fish taco's (290 pesos) and the hubby ordered a cheeseburger (250 pesos) and pop is 45 pesos and orange juice 70 pesos. This is pretty much on-par with tourist location prices. Our total bill was $1,000 pesos, which equals out to be $50 in US exchange or $62.50 if we wanted to pay in US dollar. See how much you save by using pesos? We saved $12.50!
I had ordered fries with my meal, but they never came.
I'm glad they didn't because there's no way I could have
ate them. They didn't have them on the bill either, so I
wasn't going to press the issue.
As we were finishing up our meals, a band was setting up.
We were about to have some live music.
After eating, Sakari could not wait to go out to the water.
We went down to the lounge area and it was completely
full. Over by the eating area, again completely full. We
decided just to go ahead and put our bags down by the
steps that went into the water. It was so hot I just wanted
in the water at this point.
Most of the area is grassy after a certain point. Grassy is
not always bad. You can find critters in the sea grass...
but not this time. There wasn't much to see. So we did a
few over/under pictures as we splashed around.
They have some swings out in the water with the name Isla Mujeres and KinHa on the wood across the top. It makes for a great photo to post on social media and gives them publicity too of course.
Sakari couldn't wait to go down the dock and jump on the rope swing. So, daddy and I decided we would get on the kayaks and go out and meet her there. I went up to inquire about getting a kayak. He stated he needed our ID to hold onto for us to get them. I went back for my ID, but wait...I don't have my ID because Ciro's has it until I bring the golf cart back. I went back and told him this and he said I could just bring our golf cart key instead.
Then once we did that, the guy walked over and put the kayaks at the top of the deck and slid them into the water as we caught them. Getting on them...yea, lots of fun. Sakari had to help both of us with this. LOL
TA DA! I don't know what she did but Ta Da!!!
We made it to the rope swing and Sakari couldn't wait. They do have a long pole with a hook on the end of it so that people can pull the swing back to them. However, I watched multiple people drop it in the ocean several times. LOL It must have been slippery. That meant they were having to dive down there to get it.
Finally it was Sakari's turn.
She went plop and let go too soon. LOL She said the rope was slippery...in her defense. She should be a pro at this after our Jolly Pirate tour in Aruba. She did the rope swing so many times.
She wanted to try to climb the rock wall. She really struggled because she couldn't get up out of the water. Another guy (tall) came along and did it and went to the top. She's like...nah, it's just too hard.
We found all the seagulls. They were on all the posts out there.
We decided to head back to shore with the kayaks. There was quite a current out that way and it kept wanting to take us under the dock. Sakari hitch hiked along the back of our kayaks. When we returned, the kayak guy was no where to be found...for like 45 minutes. We ended up having to situate the kayaks on the pipes and push them up and Sakari was up at the top pulling. Then the hubby would have to go up and help her move it over with the rest of them. Where is this kayak guy? Then we had to do the other. It was a bit of work. We still didn't see the guy for around 45 minutes. No clue where he went. When I finally found him, I told him I needed my golf cart key back and that we had to put the kayaks back up on the dock ourselves because we couldn't find him and his reply was "don't forget to tip me". Um, tip you? We had to do the work ourselves trying to get those things back up on the dock. What is it you want tipped for?
Sakari wanted me to walk out on the dock with her. She didn't want to go by herself and jump. I gathered my snorkeling equipment and my camera's and headed down the dock with her.
She was jumping and I decided to get in and snorkel some. There's always something to be seen under docks and there were plenty of groups of fish under here.
There were just so many groups of fish hanging out from yellow snappers to grunts and there was a large group of needlenose fish as well. Of course you'll always have your damsels that will pester you the entire time you are snorkeling.
But, I did manage to come across a decent sized smooth trunkfish but as hard as I tried, I could not get a picture of him. He was hiding behind a pole and I'd move one way and he'd move around the other. I'd go back and so would he. He managed to peek around the corner and then dart back. There was just no way to get a picture without a second person down there with me.
I did find a black banded angelfish though.
Sakari was busy jumping off the dock, diving off the dock and anything else she could think of.
We decided to head back and see what daddy was doing. Then we went out of more swing photo's.
We headed back up to our table (we obtained one earlier when people had moved before Sakari and I went down the dock) and decided to order a plate of nachos.
A plate of nachos cost 230 pesos and was loaded with everything except beans. We do not like beans. They were really good.
After we ate, Sakari gave the "When are we leaving?" and I knew she was ready to go. We gathered our things and headed out.
Our day at KinHa was a good day. I really liked the place. There was so much to do there and the food was delicious! The snorkeling wasn't too bad: plenty of fish, just not too many "special" fish but that all depends on the ocean and nothing that can be controlled. I do wish they had more seating areas though. This is a pretty popular place and everyone talks about going there and I can see why.
Lastly, here's my video from the day. Please like, comment and subscribe. Hopefully you'll find it informative. It takes a full day to create these videos and put it all together...but I'm learning.