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El Centro

Address: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Isla Mujeres
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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sartell, mn
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89 reviews 89 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

In our many visits I never tire of el central as it is the heart of the island. Beginning with the Church and town square to the North Beach Hildago Ave. is the place to be. Filled with restaurants of every type, small shops, and street acts I feel it offers an essence of Isla. Many spots offer nightly entertainment... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Came from the quiet south end of the island on a Friday night. A total fiesta! Wasn't quite prepared considering how laid back the island is during the day

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Parma Heights, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

we came over on the ultramarine from puerto Juarez for $10 us and planned just a few hours. We drifted off the main drag to a jewelry store that was probably nothing special, but the young owner suggested we eat at the mercado. Ask anyone where it is. There is a huge mural with a shark there and a small... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We spend considerable time wandering the downtown area. There is a noticeable absence of quality galleries in the area. In fact, we only found one place with any original art work. Much of the area resembles Playa with cheap knock-off stores and pushy vendors. If you get off the main shopping areas you can find some nice people and good... More 

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NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It's a real town not a "Disney-esque" version for tourists. Appears a bit gritty in places but it is probably safer than your home town. Noisy, bustling and happy. You'll feel like a local in no time.

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ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

every trip to isla i stay downtown - i like the bustle and activity as well as the convenience. i love walking down the street and being greeted by name, and being able to drop by friends' easily or just running into them. some people find mornings a bit noisy or that the music is too loud too late but... More 

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We love to go here during our time on Isla. Highly recommend with the variety of restaurants and shops. A tad more expensive than the mainland, so don't hesitate to bargain in the shops!

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Regina, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

You can pretty much find any Mexican souvenir in downtown Isla. The silver shops also have great selections and fair prices which can be haggled for.

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Sacramento, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I stayed 6 full days just a block away from Hidalgo street - the main walking and shopping area with many nice restaurants and mostly souvenir shops. There are a lot of people there between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. It is a family place with a lot of kids, pets and different age group mixes. It is very clean, nicely... More 

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Marysville, Ohio
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I thought there would be more to do at night. One place as Karoke but it does not start until 10 and there are hardly any people around. I expected more night life.

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