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Took my boyfriend to Isla to celebrate.
beautiful island. cost of traveling there and staying there was within my budget - and I've never seen water so perfect.
I put a review on the hotel listing - but it was perfect price and location for what we were going for.
Tasty Restaurant near our hotel. We really enjoyed the Chicken Tacos and Fish Tacos.
Coffee Shop with Great atmosphere, and delicous Brownies and Coffee. Also let us use their internet for free.
Beach Club on North Beach. Waiters do not come to the chairs in the sand - you have to go to the bar/restaurant if you want food or drink. They forgot to come charge us for the chairs/umbrella though, so that was a nice break. But when it downpoured for about 5 min. they "closed" and made us leave our stuff on the wet sand.... by the time the came around to clear away the chairs, the rain had stopped but it didn't matter.
Beautiful beach club on the far east end of North Beach. We Rented a beach-bed for the day at $100 pesos ($10 usd). they included excellent service and terry-cloth pillows. we ordered lunch and it was verry good. I had a coupon from the internet for 10% off all the food and drink we ordered throughout the day.
Not as described in the The map I got from "mapchick" but WoW! this place has a great view of the sunset, there was live music, tablles in the sand, a swing up bar, and the food was some of the best we had on the Island - I had the pasta with mushrooms/red sauce. Really Reasonable prices
Good and inexpensive seafood... tables in the sand (again), baseball on TV, and the Cheapest but probably tastiest Lobster on the Island. Very Very Casual atmosphere.
Restaurant at our hotel, Posada Del mar. We only had Breakfast there - tasty... good deals (most breakfasts include coffee and OJ)
cute and colorful restaurant - we had dinner and breakfast here. Good - but not the best. they have a bird who is entertaining, but freaks out a lot of the guests when he "visits" their tables.
We stopped for drinks and stayed for dinner. In the middle of Ave. Hidalgo - so It's good people watching, cheap drinks, and good food.
We overslept! luckily this place served breakfast late - I think it was about noon when we finally sat down to eat.
the food was good. and the servers were friendly. It was also one of those really hot days - so their fans made a huge difference.
Great service, good food, tasty drinks.
Good little coffee house. Bagels with cream-cheese, coffee drinks, and home-made bannana bread... the kid who works there is proud to say that his Uncle makes the banana bread.
Really tasty desserts. There's a young American girl working here - really sweet.
there was a bar in the back, but we didn't make it past the desser and coffee bar.
we went on two seperate snorkel trips with Cap. Tony - first was on a very Choppy day to Contoy - the water was so bad we didn't stop at the reef on the way to the island, instead, we came back to Isla and snorkelled at El Faralito (the Lighthouse) - So good, we had to go back - so the second trip, we went to El Faralito and the reef off Garrfon - only problem with that was, Tony never got us admission bracelets for the Garrafon reef, so the patrol came and kicked us out before we got to see much.
great breakfast on the Eastern side of downtown - overlooking the rocky shoreline. Their own dish the "cazuela" is like a hot omlette baked into a clay dish - interesting, and good. They aren't the cheapest, but there is a coupon on their website.
A very romantic setting and good food. we spent a little more on dinner this time, but it was worth it. We did the full 3-course meal with drinks before sunset and we sat for hours. This was our biggest "splurge" of the week.
We used the hotel's beach clun to avoid the high priced one next door - it was a difference of $40 Pesos vs. $500 Pesos. The more expensive has food included, and a pool - but we were there to snorkel and play in the water, we had food from the snack-bar and brought our own snorkel gear (there was rental gear available). snorkeling here was pretty cool, and just to be in a different part of the island, it was worth taking the trek. - From here we walked up to Punta Sur, but it was mostly closed.
At the tip of the island is a park - part of it is run by the people who run Dolphin Discovery and the more expensive Garrafon, but there are also a few shops set up by locals and the view here is really beautiful. We found that the prices for some of the things we bought here (a little bit of jewelry) were better here than in Downtown. We also were able to cllimb the lighthouse without having to pay the Punta Sur entrance fee - so we climbed up and took some great pictures. Just a note - we did have to come back to P. Sur - the first time we got there was after snorkeling at Garafon, it was 5:30 and the place was deserted.... we went back when we were on our golf-cart Island tour.
the map was with us the whole week. but we actually used the self guided Island tour on the back to travel around one day. A few things are different from the map, but generally it was very helpful and interesting. We rented a golf cart and spent about 6 hours crusing around.