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“Very Cool”

JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island
Ranked #18 of 46 things to do in Isla Mujeres
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Owner description: Richart Sowa built Joysxee, the Floating Bottle Island by himself, with over 150,000 plastic bottles. Shown on MTV Extreme Cribs and Ripley's Believe It or Not, the island that floats on bottles is an ecological masterpiece. Everything on the island was built with recycled materials from the three story house, to the out door bar. Come tour Joysxee and meet the incredible Richie, a real life Robinson Crusoe. An experience you can only find on Isla Mujeres.
Conception Bay South, Canada
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very Cool”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was a great stop on our visit, and quite educational for the kids. Richart was a very warm and gracious host, explaining everything about the island and the house. Its a really amazing place that you just have to see for yourself. Try the cake!

Visited March 2014
3 Thank dougj74
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Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not that interesting”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

went by this place. Didn't really feel the need to take a tour. It's interesting, but not something I'd spend my time doing.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank CherylB615
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Regina, Canada
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202 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Isla Recicla”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We visited Richart and his island as part of our golf cart day. It was a great treat to see what can be done with recycled products that usually litter our environment and world. From the Robinson Crusoe like boat ride to the island to the second story all natural bathtub to the solar oven and its continuous baking cake(it tasted great) it was amazing to see his dream take shape. It is a lesson for us all to reduce, reuse and recycle. Richart gives an educational and fun tour of his island. We recommend this for all, especially families wanting to share a great idea/project with their kids.

Visited March 2014
4 Thank TravelingMac60
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Des Moines
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Oh my....”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was right up the road from our hotel. It is a sight for sore eyes. Recycling is a good thing, but this looks like a junk barge. He charges 1USD for a tour. Basically a bit nutty and making money off of it. Lots of tourists come by because he has been on Discovery and Mtv.

Visited February 2014
Thank Gina M
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“My favorite stop on Isla!”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

There is a lot one can do on Isla, but for me, making the stop and doing the tour with Richie is at the top of the list. Not just once, but everytime I go, I'm utterly amazed. He's going to be moving the island in the near future, hopefully into the bay of Isla Mujeres. There is a campaign going to help fund the documentation of the move that can be found on Kickstarter called "Filming the move of a floating Island, Joysxee". Check it out!

Visited December 2013
3 Thank Bob G
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