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El Centro

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Isla Mujeres
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the "downtown" area of Isla Mujeres. There are several blocks of souvenir shops, restaurants, cantinas, jewelry shops etc. most of which seem to be on Hidalgo St.You must know heading to this area that it is geared towards tourists and that the shop owners do reach out to you to shop in their stores. A simple no thank... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

This is an interesting area to just wander around and enjoy the local flavor.My wife picked up a couple of tourist items here but if I were looking for high dollar items this would not be a place I would be looking. Just soak in the experience of being here and take it for what it is worth.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

EL Centro is the "town" portion of Isla Mujeres with lots of restaurants and shopping. Fun place to go through.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It is funky, but difficult to truly get an opportunity to shop because the vendors are quite assertive and pushy... I wish I had a t-shirt that said "leave me alone, I'm just looking".. then I would be more likely to actually buy something. As it was, I didn't buy a thing.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

shop till you drop, eat till your too full for a we thin mint and expect to be confronted by EVERY store owner proclaiming theirs is the best. You will be asked by every owner to see their wares and buy their goods,, be wary of the free drinks offered and the cheapest silver, be wary of hotel rentals downtown... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I could say a lot here but I will keep it simple. The Silver Mine and its employees are true rip off artists that give beautiful Mexico and its wonderful people a bad name. I bought a ring here (on impulse) and it turned out to be a complete fake. I was told I was getting a QZ center (which... More

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Lenexa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We took a day trip to this island one day from our all-inclusive resort in Cancun hoping to get more of a taste of the "real" Mexico than what was offered at our resort. We spent a considerable amount of time walking around El Centro. We were generally very glad we went. There is lots of activity, vendors selling everything... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

El centro is filled with restaurants and souvenir shops. Selection of restaurants is great, among others you'll find asian, italian and of course mexican cousine. People are friendly, music is playing all over the place, and the locals try to pitch you on everything. Here, however, they're far less annoying about it than they are in Cancun and Playa del... More

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Kristiansand, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The center is small with many nice shops, bars and restaurants. But the stuff is sooooo overpriced. Wanted to get one of those tiny sombreros, they cost 80p in Isla, and 20p in Guanajuato (another small city in the middle of the country). But - if you're not going anywhere else, then there's not much to do about it. Let's... More

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New York City, New York
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43 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We re traveling with a cab driver as a tourist and he took us to shop here and we enjoyed walking through the town and many locations offers food and drink and plenty of souvenirs. Some vendors were aggressive. Don't worry, plenty to buy, take your time and negotiate if interested. Cool visit.

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