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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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New York City, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
41 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

El Centro is clean and cute and is full of shops and restaurants. It has a nice vibe and is a good place to go for a spot of shopping and a good restaurants. Don't forget to check out some of the restaurants in the neighborhoods too though for a feel of the real Mexico and for cheap and good... More

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Louisville, KY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place was pretty cool to say the least. I really enjoyed the culture and all the fantastic architecture this place had. The colors of the buildings were vibrant and the people were very friendly. You can haggle and barter with them to get a great deal on just about everything. The crowds do a a bit crazy at times,... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I loved loved loved walking the streets in this shopping area. Loved the local flair. Loved the people selling their items, many of which are handmade. Loved the atmosphere. As someone else mentioned in another review, plan to deal with store owners trying extremely hard to lure you into their shops, but to me that's part of the charm of... More

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Atlanta
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed very close to El Centro at the Ixchel Hotel. I was really wonderful walking the streets, enjoying the local flavor. During the day it was super hot--bring or buy a hat! In the evenings it was perfect weather. I would recommend flats for the ladies due to uneven streets and sidewalks. Try eating at a food truck/stand...we were... More

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Houston, Texas
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421 reviews 421 reviews
101 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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loveisla
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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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59 helpful votes 59 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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