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“Great walking”
Review of El Centro

El Centro
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Isla Mujeres Trimaran Cruise
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great little walking area, with shops and restaurants.
However, no bargains here. They start out so high, what's the point. Go over to Siesta Fiesta, across from the port, next to Senior Frogs. Hours vary, but better pricing.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

It's great that there is one pedestrian street, but they should create more, the rest of downtown is crowded with stinking golf carts, cars and taxis, and since the sidewalks are too narrow or obstructed, it's a hostile dance. We were there over Easter, a busy time I guess.

Isla used to be tranquil but needs some urban planning, traffic during busy times has made it as unpleasant as any Mexican town: stinking traffic. Good business for golf cart rentals etc., but it kind of ruins it for everyone that those smelly carts are everywhere. On the main road it's just bumper to bumper traffic in town often. It's too bad, Isla used to be laid back, and could be again, with some more pedestrian streets, maybe a little train or something? I mean it's a holiday island, who wants to visit a traffic jam?

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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

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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.

5  Thank mn_isla_girl
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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.

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