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“El Centro, put it on your list !”
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“El Centro, put it on your list !”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Lots of vendors and nice restaurants. It's all good and interesting to visit and enjoy. Walk the nearby beach, enjoy a sunset, watch Islanders and visitors have a great time ! Skippyfrizz

Visited March 2013
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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“Now this is Mexico, come and stay!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you think Cancun is the greatest you may not like the charming streets of Centro. There are no chain stores here, no Margaritaville, no Starbucks, and that is exactly what is so wonderful about it! Safe streets, day and night are important to me as a female traveler. Never any problems here after many week long stays in Centro. I'm not so into shopping but I make a few purchases and prices are much better here than on the mainland, you must haggle though, it's part of the game. My favorite time to walk around town is early in the morning, the chickens are crowing, the newspaper man is on his bike yelling 'PRESTO....PRESTO....'. If you are not staying on the island and come from the ferry you will be dropped right in Centro, no need for taxis or golf carts unless you are going to Punta Sur, beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping, it's all within walking distance of the ferry dock. Many options of restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can have a wonderful breakfast for 50-75 pesos ($4-6USD) at one of the market stalls or a beautiful fresh seafood meal literally right on the water. Of course the pedestrian street Hidalgo is the main drag with all kinds of food and music.

Visited February 2013
5 Thank mn_isla_girl
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Nanaimo, Canada
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226 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Tourist Trap but fun if you only want to look”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

You have to know that El Centro is a tourist trap. The merchants are experts at sales and obviously want you to part with your money. That said they are friendly and it is quite safe. We ate at two restaurants on the strip and bought some tortillas at a factory which was down a tiny alley not much wider than your shoulders at the south end of the strip (see photo). Things don’t start happening until about 9 or 10 although some stores open earlier. Things go on past 10 PM and even later I guess. There are merchants off the strip as well as restaurants which are cheaper and have a more “genuine” feel to them but the strip is not to be missed for at least one visit.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank get_with_it
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St Paul, MN
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3 attraction reviews
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“The Silver Mine sells fake jewelry - STAY AWAY”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Went to The Silver Mine in Centro abt 10 days ago. Found a beautiful Mexican Fire Opal. Was given a written guarantee and repeatedly assured it was real. Brought it back to the states and it is a fake. Will have to go through credit card to try and get our money back. Found others on-line had a similar experience. Do not buy jewelry there unless you are paying a few pesos as that is all they are worth.

Visited February 2013
12 Thank Stacy T
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Burlington Ontario
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119 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Beware of bogus vanilla”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We purchased a bottle of D'Lis Pure Vanilla while shopping in el centro. We had a strange
feeling about it when we held the bottle up to the light, the liquid was translucent rather than the customary dark brown color. Whereupon we opened the bottle and poured some of the liquid into the bottle cap. It was CLEAR, and it tasted like water with a faint hint of alcohol. We returned it to the store and our money was returned but they continued to sell the remaining stock. We reported the concern to the Tourist office. Buyer beware.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank MBD48
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