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Old 12-08-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Isla Mujures or Isla Holbox

Which Isla is recommended - trip is April 2018 - 3 nights - Places to stay? (similar to Club Yebo) - have a 2 week trip with extra 3 nights available to fill - we have NOT been to either Isla. Balance of trip = PDC - Mahahual - Xcalak.
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Which Isla is recommended - trip is April 2018 - 3 nights - Places to stay? (similar to Club Yebo) - have a 2 week trip with extra 3 nights available to fill - we have NOT been to either Isla. Balance of trip = PDC - Mahahual - Xcalak.
I love both for different reasons. Holbox is so much more chill, laid back, and rustic. The beach is amazing.....goes forever. It is certainly much more quiet.
Isla Mujeres is very charming with an amazing beach with crystal clear calm water, Playa Norte, and centro beach is very nice as well. Certainly more food options and more lively at night if you want that. Not PDC lively, but more entertainment and small bar options. Hildago on Isla mujeres is like a mini 5th Ave.
For me if I am just spending 3 days at the beginning of a trip, getting to Isla Mujeres from the airport is way way quicker and easier than getting to Holbox.

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Thanks - very helpful.
Quite and chill is good - probably main activity would be walk the beach - stopped diving 10 years ago - now just snorkle - nightlife is not needed - we do not participate in nightlife even when in Playa - except to eat seafood - prefer at local Mom & Pop places.
Good point on access - as now scheduled would do at beginning of trip - although still planning and could do at end or even middle. Will do some checking on ferry schedules and access via bus -- will rent a car to go to Xcalak/Mahahual but not for entire trip.
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The very beginning of April is around Easter/Semana Santa and will be crazy busy on Isla Mujeres....I would avoid at all costs. Later in the month would be much better.

If you want a more peaceful trip to IM, you can stay somewhere on the southern part of the island and avoid the main town. I was just there and even though it's not technically 'high season' yet, it was quite busy and crowded- but not TOO crazy.

(We stayed on Playa Norte, great beach! although quite a bit narrower than it was last time I saw it-but might be just the time of year.)
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Which Isla is recommended - trip is April 2018 - 3 nights - Places to stay? (similar to Club Yebo) - have a 2 week trip with extra 3 nights available to fill - we have NOT been to either Isla. Balance of trip = PDC - Mahahual - Xcalak.
The two islands are very different. Even though it is further than Mujeres, my recommendation would be Holbox now. While it is still very laid back, the island is quickly changing and you should go before it changes too much. It reminds me of Tulum 20 years but every time I've been to Holbox, I see more and more "Tulum" type people (Not a criticism, just an observation)

I always stay at Villas Paraiso del Mar. Quiet, in the hotel zone, but just a few minute walk to center of town.
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Problems on Isla Holbox

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/hol...63b1-349460513
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We just spent a week on Holbox, at Posada Mawimbi. Very laid back, there are good eats available there. The Mawimbi beach is wonderful and not crowded.

There is not much to do, which was fine with this 66 year old. There was stuff happening at night, because we could hear it in a distance from our hotel room.

Did I say pure relaxation.
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Isla Mujeres

Decision is made:
Isla Mujures is it - we will arrive 4/11 depart 4/14.
Some questions:
We arrive CUN @ approx. 4:00 PM - best and cheapest way to get to Ferry? We travel light - 1 small bag each.

Has anyone stayed @ Isla 33 Resort & Villa - looking @ 1 BR Condo on VRBO?
How about "Villa La Bella - B&B By The Sea"? Distance to nice beach and restaurants?

Any other suggestions - under $200 (inc. Tax)/night - prefer beach and probably sunrise view -- yes I know Isla 33 is on cliffs and not beach.

Restaurant's - seafood - Mom & Pop hole in the wall the best?


Thanks in advance,

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And Playa del Carmen in NOT busy?
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Decision is made:
Isla Mujures is it - we will arrive 4/11 depart 4/14.
Some questions:
We arrive CUN @ approx. 4:00 PM - best and cheapest way to get to Ferry? We travel light - 1 small bag each.

Has anyone stayed @ Isla 33 Resort & Villa - looking @ 1 BR Condo on VRBO?
How about "Villa La Bella - B&B By The Sea"? Distance to nice beach and restaurants?

Any other suggestions - under $200 (inc. Tax)/night - prefer beach and probably sunrise view -- yes I know Isla 33 is on cliffs and not beach.

Restaurant's - seafood - Mom & Pop hole in the wall the best?


Thanks in advance,

Best and cheapest are 2 different things, but for Isla Mujeres I like
Canada Transfers ( not to be confused with Canadian Transfers)
https://www.canadatransfers.com/transfers/
32 USD takes you straight to Puerto Juarez in a private transfer with cold water and towels (nice after a flight), and you can add in cold beers for $1.00 each and even add in your return ferry tickets.
To me when I arrive at that time I just want to get to the island and go for dinner.
You can find a shared transfer, but if it is full you can have mucho stops....not worth it to me.
The cheapest is the ADO to Cancun and a short taxi to Puerto Juarez.
Lots of great dining options on the island and many that are simple and very good.
Our first stop is always Bally Hoo right on the water just north of the ferry terminal. Great shrimp and fish tacos, and other fish and seafood options. A great place to watch a sunset. I could easily go there every evening and be content, but the wife has her limits. Javi's Cantina is on my list this trip.
Isla 33 is not as handy or walkable to many places to eat, but the views would be stunning.

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Decision is made:
Isla Mujures is it - we will arrive 4/11 depart 4/14.
Some questions:
We arrive CUN @ approx. 4:00 PM - best and cheapest way to get to Ferry? We travel light - 1 small bag each.

Has anyone stayed @ Isla 33 Resort & Villa - looking @ 1 BR Condo on VRBO?
How about "Villa La Bella - B&B By The Sea"? Distance to nice beach and restaurants?

Any other suggestions - under $200 (inc. Tax)/night - prefer beach and probably sunrise view -- yes I know Isla 33 is on cliffs and not beach.

Restaurant's - seafood - Mom & Pop hole in the wall the best?


Thanks in advance,
We like the Nautibeach Condos

I think it will be in your price range, but I did not check.
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We just paid 160 $ Canadian for a two bedroom unit at Nautibeach. Great place and location.

We also used Canada transfers, private transfer. Round-trip for four people including four beer and return ferry tickets for everyone was 174 $ Canadian.
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Holbox to start charging visitors to enter the island

From today's Riviera Maya News:

"HOLBOX TO START CHARGING VISITORS TO ENTER THE ISLAND
DECEMBER 18, 2017 NOAH BROOKS

Holbox, Q.R. — As of next year, any person visiting the island of Holbox will pay a fee of 20 pesos. The XV Legislature of the State Congress approved the fee based on the need to prevent a contingency like the one that occurred earlier in the year.
The new 20 peso per person fee will be used for environmental sanitation, said deputy Gabriela Angulo Sauri, a fee she says is not financially harmful.
“It will be something for all visitors. Staying in a hotel is something fundamentally important because proper infrastructure is a matter of hygiene and that infrastructure is something that is much needed. We have a problem there with the ecological balance,” she explained.
The resources will be administered by the City Council of Lázaro Cárdenas under the supervision of the State Congress.
“It is something very necessary. I feel it is not an excessive charge, it is something that the island really needs and we have to pay to support them,” she reiterated."

20 pesos is certainly cheap enough. I was wondering what th exit fee is going to be?
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From today's Riviera Maya News:

"HOLBOX TO START CHARGING VISITORS TO ENTER THE ISLAND
DECEMBER 18, 2017 NOAH BROOKS

Holbox, Q.R. — As of next year, any person visiting the island of Holbox will pay a fee of 20 pesos. The XV Legislature of the State Congress approved the fee based on the need to prevent a contingency like the one that occurred earlier in the year.
The new 20 peso per person fee will be used for environmental sanitation, said deputy Gabriela Angulo Sauri, a fee she says is not financially harmful.
“It will be something for all visitors. Staying in a hotel is something fundamentally important because proper infrastructure is a matter of hygiene and that infrastructure is something that is much needed. We have a problem there with the ecological balance,” she explained.
The resources will be administered by the City Council of Lázaro Cárdenas under the supervision of the State Congress.
“It is something very necessary. I feel it is not an excessive charge, it is something that the island really needs and we have to pay to support them,” she reiterated."

20 pesos is certainly cheap enough. I was wondering what th exit fee is going to be?
With the sanitation issues there, it sounds like a good thing. 20 pesos isn't much.
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