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El Centro

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #12 of 19 attractions in Isla Mujeres
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: People-watching, Shopping
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Houston, Texas
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420 reviews 420 reviews
102 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Its very old and quaint...of course you have to deal with crowds and the peddlers trying to get you into their little stores but that's half the fun and adventure.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

El Centro is THE place to be at night on Isla. Walking around the center of town people watching and shopping is relaxing and fun. You never know what you will see. The town square is almost always bustling with activity. Check it out!

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Snellville, Georgia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
44 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Everything is packed into a few square blocks and is easily walk-accessible. Please please eat at these restaurants and don't do an all inclusive! The food on the island is amazing. Lots of shops; don't forget to negotiate. And be polite to the people trying to sell you things and get your attention. Ignoring them will not deter them anyway... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great area with lots going on! Shopping, restaurants, and street vendors offering delicious foods that can't be missed. Try a marquesitas with Nutella and banana from the vendor by the church/basketball courts- you won't be sorry! Area gets busy with locals in late evening. Lots of fun!

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LA, Calif
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180 reviews 180 reviews
65 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

After seeing the demise of downtown Cancun, it was refreshing (minus the heat) to see the El Centro preserved here in Isla Mujeres. Yes, the vendors approach as they do in all of Mexico but are just trying to make a living. The cultural contrast to over developed Cancun was appreciated and worth our time for a leisurely walk.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

There are a bunch of bars on the beach and a golf cart ride around the island is ok but really, I wouldn't waste my time going here. The shops are nothing special that you can't get in Cancun with a 80 cent bus ride so why pay $20 to go there?

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Edmonton, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Avoid, way to crowded and trying to lure you into their shops, insulting you in Spanish when you don't go. Very hot as well, nothing special to see or buy...

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East Norwich, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We spent fun several evenings walking in El Centro, it has everything! From the little shops that sell souvenirs to unique craft items, from cafes, bars to fine restaurants...you will find it here. This is bustling part of town that will please all.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Tacky shops and good people watching. A typical tourist area in Mexico. Yes, the shop owners are pushy, but that's because they are all selling the same stuff. Most were pretty nice, and it's fun to window shop around.

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Nova Scotia, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It's a little beehive, slow to wake in the mornings, but it gathers momentum during the day until the shops, laundries, cafés, bars and restaurants are all alive! Every night is like a little fiesta of colours, smiles, music and chatter in every language imaginable. The Isleños love their babies and children, their seniors and each other.

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