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El Centro

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Address: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Activities: Shopping, People-watching

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Get ready to haggle

Love the center of Isla, great bars and restaurants, a real buzz. Lots of shops. Much more fun in the evening once all the boat tour day trippers have gone home.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Fargo, North Dakota
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Fargo, North Dakota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Love the center of Isla, great bars and restaurants, a real buzz. Lots of shops. Much more fun in the evening once all the boat tour day trippers have gone home.

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Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Hildago is the main street running through El Centro. There are a number of really good restaurants and fun shops to wander through. It is flanked by north beach, which is a beautiful place to spend the day.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here. The merchants are very welcoming and eager to engage you in bartering. There are nice spots like the square where you can sit and reflect. The cathedral is old but worth a look. The restaurant row is enticing and offers an endless variety of ethnic foods. Enjoy a stroll through... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The colorful shopping area of Isla Mujeres is filled with smiling, laid back shopkeepers with funny banter as you walk by--"almost free today!" or "here's a nice looking couple! Welcome to my shop!" They smile and wave anyway if you pass on coming in. It would be a bit too noisy for us to have our hotel at-- the south... More 

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michigan
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Wouldn't and didn't stay in town, just not our cup of tea, to loud late at night. We did vist almost everyday and most nights to shop and absorb the vibe. We really liked the local culture off the main streets.

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Calgary
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Packed with stores and hotels but if you stay the night the town is less busy. Take a walk and see how the locals live. Doors are open and hammocks swinging.

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Look online beforehand at restaurant reviews before you're pulled in by the guy out front saying he'll give you a deal on margaritas. The shopping is great, but remember ALWAYS HAGGLE! My beau bought things here that he saw on the mainland for ¼ of the price. It's just so worth experiencing. I loved sitting outside, enjoying meals, and watching... More 

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Kfar Yona, HaMerkaz, Israel
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This trip starts with a wonderful ferry ride from the port in Cancun to the island, Isla Mujeres. The ferry ride includes live music and riding over incredible blue green water. The island offers many things, including golf cart rentals, swimming and many things that can be found in the brochures. We enjoyed swimming during the day and having a... More 

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mpls
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

say a quinceinera at the church and ate tomales and empanada at the vendors outside the store. great people watching

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

worth seeing. would be mindful of the restaurants as the food is hit-or-miss and some of them (NOT ALL) don't care about you once they get you seated. it's kind of a gotcha thing. strolling hidalgo at night is a favorite pastime of mine and it's fun to see all the things people are hawking.

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