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Old 05-27-2014   #16 (permalink)
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I just had to chime in and say that after 6 trips to the Riviera Maya and 2 trips to Puerto Vallarta we finally booked a trip to Isla for Halloween weekend this year.

We're super excited to try it out and see how we like it compared to staying in downtown PDC.

Hope you have a great trip as well!

Thanks, and you as well! Fingers crossed for good weather in Oct.!
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I must say I love Isla. We went for a week a few years back and I stayed for pretty much almost 6 months! Got a job in a dive shop as a Divemaster and dove everyday! So many cheap eats around. My fav's are Mininos and Picus for sure. Cheap fresh seafood with toes in the sand, I must have eaten at these 2 places over 75 times each!
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We spent a week on Isla twice and there was more than enough to do for us...I could quite happily spend a month there!

But we like peaceful, laid back places, and detest overcrowded, noisy ones. Isla during high season would not appeal nearly as much, in fact, we like it quiet and we went in November and early August and it was perfect.

It's my approach that 'only boring people get bored'. Give me a great beach, good weather, my honey, and a good book, and I am happy. We don't go on vacations to meet people and party with strangers, we go to relax, recharge from our busy lives, and re-connect as a couple- Isla is the perfect place for that!
So much of what you said is our perfect vacation!! But, we love the AI experience, like RPRM and a The Royal. We enjoy the pampering you get while there. You are so right, only boring people get bored. Maybe I need to find an AI similar to what we enjoy on Isla.
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So much of what you said is our perfect vacation!! But, we love the AI experience, like RPRM and a The Royal. We enjoy the pampering you get while there. You are so right, only boring people get bored. Maybe I need to find an AI similar to what we enjoy on Isla.
The Villa Rolandi hotel is being taken over by Zoetry and will be reopening 11/1 this year. It is roughly double the cost of what we paid for PA but it looks a little more pampering. Nothing like the Royal but a step above PA if you will.
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This place looks amazing. Great reviews on TA.

Variety of room rates (skip past the $599 Presidential suite ).

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Can anyone recommend an inexpensive (aka cheap) hotel on Isla for one night? Clean, good location, $50-$75, if that exists. Thanks in advance....
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Can anyone recommend an inexpensive (aka cheap) hotel on Isla for one night? Clean, good location, $50-$75, if that exists. Thanks in advance....
Posada del Mar, perhaps. Do not know what their prices are now

There are many others in the price range - I suggest a search on TripAdvisor
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We thought the Posada was just *okay*....location is great for walking to restaurants but the hotel is pretty characterless and the front desk staff can be a bit surly (several reports of this on TA, although we never really noticed it).

I hear good things about Cabanas Maria del Mar and Villa Kiin....and (BONUS!) both are on Playa Norte, or close- Posada del Mar is not beachfront.

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We've stayed several times at Buccanero Hotel. It's on Hidalgo but it is not very noisy. We have also stayed at the Francis Arlene hotel which is close to the ocean side of town. Both are reasonably priced
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Thanks Roni, Rissask, & Teddy for the recommendations.......going up to Isla for a day next month, and leaning towards staying overnight, just trying to have a plan if I do. Thanks again....
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Thanks Roni, Rissask, & Teddy for the recommendations.......going up to Isla for a day next month, and leaning towards staying overnight, just trying to have a plan if I do. Thanks again....
Hey tbay, I wouldn't worry about getting a room until you got there. If you are going in July, I promise, you will not have a problem getting room in the centro area. Lots of mom and pops and they will deal with cash. If you don't know Isla, I might suggest a mapchick map. Lots of great info. I've made Isla my base for years now. Travel to PDC for a overnite if wanted. Yes Isla is boring, but so am I.
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I wasn't trying to insult "your" Isla vacation Sitting around all day is for some, but not all. We like to be moving, going and having limitless options. We explore the Riviera Maya, by bus, cab or collectivo, but mostly walking.
We like excursions and Isla is just that, an island excursion with just a few things to do in our opinion. Once you've seen the 1 good beach, you've seen it. A couple decent bars or restaurants and a small shopping area. Again, once you see it, well you've seen it.

Getting bored by seeing the same thing over and over again doesn't make you boring It's the "been there, done that, got the low quality t-shirt" thing. Glad you like a week of the same ol, same ol...we just don't like that. That doesn't make YOU boring
Hey Randy, how are you and missus doing? Laura and I have got our airfare for next 1rst part of May. If you guys are in PDC, ya got to come to isla for a day. We will hit all the beach bars. Take care. Ron and Laura.
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Thanks Roni, Rissask, & Teddy for the recommendations.......going up to Isla for a day next month, and leaning towards staying overnight, just trying to have a plan if I do. Thanks again....
We are thinking of doing the same thing in August. Planning on a day trip, but will pack a change of clothes in case we decide to spend the night. Nice to see that it shouldn't be hard to find a room in town if we want to.
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You know, you might THINK it would be fairly quiet in summer, but July and August are still considered a busy time of year in this area. If it were June, or September or October, I would agree it is safe to go without a hotel reservation- but July and August there are a lot of families traveling because the kids are out of school....in Mexico kids return to school mid August. We were there a week in early August and it was nothing like February would be, but it was fairly busy on the island.

So, it's certainly up to you, but I don't think I'd take a chance in those months of arriving without a room booked. It might be time consuming searching for one, and you might end up settling.
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So excited!

I just upgraded our lodging! We are now staying at Privilege Aluxes in a superior room! Did the all inclusive because it was too good to pass up! If you are traveling Aug. 21st-Oct.31st they are running a Thursday deal until 4pm today. 70% off superior and suite deluxe rooms.

Can't wait!
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