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A January 2007 trip to Isla Mujeres by El Gallo

Coastline Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico More Photos
Quote: After 8 years, I returned to the sweet spot. Some things change, some stay the same. Here's my personal update.

Mango Cafe

Restaurant | "Caribbean Dining "Ala Golf Carte""

Gourmet Junction Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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The whole island waited for the to open because everybody knows Lori and Polo are great cooks, catering to yachts, weddings and millionaires.And now they're there in a cute little building right at the first corner when you bomb your little golf cart or scooter along the windward shore. Some go inside because it's really cute, some sit at the sidewalk tables, some grab a box lunch to munch as they tour the rest of Isla.This is fresh, wholesome, natural food with exotic spices from their own Caribe-wide collection. The brunches from 8:30 to 2:30 Thurs-Sunday are very popular with locals and whatever visitors putt by, An exciting menu ranging from Peanut Butter/Jel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2009

Back to La Isla

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Coastline Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Last night I dreamed of La Isla.... Madonna I'll watch the sun go down and hear the sea roll in I'll be thinking of you and how it might have been Hear the night birds cry and watch the sunset die I hope you understand I just had to go back to the Island Leon Russell Eight years ago I moved off La Isla. Must have been out ofmy mind. I came back dreading what I've seen in so many charming little coasts inMexico and my fears seemed realized as I walked off the ferry. To the right, anew 7-11--he only one I've ever seen in Mexico. To the left, worse, a SeñorFrogs-- about as omnipresent imperiali...Read More

Sancochos Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Sancochos"

Sancochos Restaurant Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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It's hard to figure out just what Sancocho's is. Sometimes it looks like a sports bar. Especially during playoffs, world cup, etc. If you want to be around a bunch of North American fans talking trash, placing bets and howling over calls during the SuperBowl, Final Four, or Grey Cup, this is your place. With two big screens and a half dozen smaller sets. They show two NFL games during the season: viewers of the second game get special earphones so they can hear their action and not what's on the big screen. If you have a party of rabid fans, reserve tables in advance to guarantee it's your game they watch.This is the best place for sports watching on the island, and located in the Hi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2007

Sancochos Restaurant

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Casa O's Restaurant

Restaurant

Casa O's Restaurant Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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If you are going to a Caribbean island in Mexico you might have a certain type of fantasy. And it's nothing to be ashamed of.You sit above a turquoise sea, white building visible in the distance past fishing boats and wheeling gulls. You are shaded by an umbrella of palm thatch, comfortable in a teak chair on a stone floor with bamboo railings. You feel a breeze of the still sea, perhaps there's a yacht moored at the end of the long pier. Waves loll gently, the air smells of blossoms. It's warm, it's quiet except for soft music and tinkle of crystal.Attentive, affable waiters in white shirts, whose names all end in "O" bring you rum drinks and dark local beer. The own...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2007

Casa O's Restaurant
South End Of The Island On The Road To Garrafon
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
52 99 88 88 01 70

Sea Hawk Divers

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Attraction | "SeaHawk Divers"

Sea Hawk Divers Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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There are a lot of people on Isla who will take you out snorkeling or SCUBA diving. These guys are among the best. And they have the best location.A block from the bridge to Avalon Reef...the prettiest swimming hole on Isla, they can have you in a boat quick and take you straight out over gorgeous shallows. Good divers, good seamen, good guys. English spoken.But more important, they rent gear. If you were dum enough to come here without a mask and snorkle, Seahawk can rent you an outfit cheap...or even sell you a setup for a price that is very good for Mexico. So you can take it with you as you move around the region.They also teach courses in all that SCU...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2007

Sea Hawk Divers
Calle Carlos Lazo
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
+52 99 88 77 12 33

Isla de Gelato

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COOL Ice Cream Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Your bopping around the tropics, you need some ice cream. QED. But it doesn't have to be just a matter of need, like that. Let's discuss it like connoisseurs. Boulevardiers. Appreciators of the finer things life offers. And a great dish of home-made ice cream is a good place to start. Seven years ago a buddy of mine had the only quality icecream place on Isla. Now there are three. This is the upside of the "getting built up and touristy" thing that people (especially tourists) always bitch about all over the world: the appearance of Quality and Options.The whole thing about Location, Location, Location has a fatal flaw: a good location is good for the businessman, but that might not...Read More

Villa Kiin Hotel

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Villa Kiin    Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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There are lots more expensive hotels on Isla. Like Na Balam across the street, for instance, where you can shell out $300 a night. Or spas in the South End that swaddle you in serenity and ectasy. But if price was no object for me, I'd stay at the Villa Kin. If I had little kids, I'd be that much more inclined.The big reason: location, location, location. Let me explain the layout a little. Right off the north beach of Isla is a tiny sub-island connected by a bridge and sporting a high rise hotel complex. This creates a small lagoon, about the size of a football field. A coral reef that keeps big waves out of the lagoon, but allows fresh water to flow through. This little lagoo...Read More