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South Side of Island

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South Side of Island

It sounds like the North side of the island has it all, with nice beaches, good restaurants, and great places to stay. How about the South side of the island. What is it like? Are there any beaches? Good food? We are staying at Capi's apartment in May and I just want to get a feel of the area. Thanks in advance

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Hope you have a Mapchick map. IMO...North End has the best beaches...

Going South....East(Carib) is mostly beachcombing and shell hunting.

Lots of Coral and rock. However the West side has some nice beach area's. Smaller and quieter....We love Zama's,always spend aleast one day there.

Playa Lancheros is a fun place to drink and people watch. Alot of people enjoy snorkeling at Garrafon de castiia. Turtle farm,Dolphins,garrafon lighthouse plus much more.

Some of the best food can be found on the Southend,LaBruha,Shanghai chinese,Playa Lancheros fish ,El Pueblito plus many local food stands. Try them all and report on the one's you find. IMO the biggest problem with South is transportation.If moving around the island you must have golf cart or take taxi every where. Night time bus ride all the way around island is a fun trip. Hope this help's.

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I stayed on the south side of the island in January and we really enjoyed ourselves..we rented a house ..there were 7 women We were on the carribbean side ..there were no swimming beaches on our side but certainly beautiful views and good sea shell hunting but too rocky for swimming. We did rent a golf cart because without transportaion you feel a little stuck and at night or even during the day when we wanted to pick up some groceries or beer or go out to eat we generally needed some transportation. Cabs are readily available as well but it gets a litle inconvenient to call one evey time you want to go somewhere. On the plus side the island is pretty small and the south side is quiet and good sunrise to be seen . There are a couple of restaraunts in walking distance but most are mid Island or in centro. I think you will enjoy Isla no matter where you stay!!

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Actually BigRedRV, you are not staying at the "south end" when you stay at Capi's Apartment. You are staying mid-island in a budget apartment in one of the "colonias," a neighborhood where the locals live. This is entirely different than staying at an isolated villa on the south end. Zero-lot line construction is the norm. You will see how most Mexicans live on Isla in small concrete buildings one right next to the other. Certainly not luxurious but interesting if you want to see the local culture. You will hear the sounds and see the activities of daily life. You will walk to the small shops where the locals shop and the little restaurants where they eat out. You can also walk to the island bus, which serves the northern half of the island (4 pesos per person, but rather infrequent service, say, every 30 minutes) ... and you can walk to either coast because the island is so narrow. The closest swimming beach (Playa Lancheros) is to the west. A taxi to either the northern or southern end of the island should cost two or three dollars. By all means, order an Isla Mujeres map from www.cancunmap.com . This will help you get your bearings and introduce you to what there is to see and do on Isla Mujeres. "Capi" (Miguel) is married to a Canadian woman (Sue), and the apartments, while simple, are well-kept. By choosing Capi's, you are about to have an "immersion" experience -- living like an Isleno. Enjoy your trip!

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We stay in the sac bajo area all the time. In years past we would ride the bus or taxi to centro. We found this year that we didn't feel the need to do that. La Gloria is within walking distance for us, they have the new xpress and the local mini supers. There are so many restaurants and stands. In 3 weeks we only went to town about 6 times. We love the feel of that end of the island and the quiet and laid back atmosphere. There is something on Isla for almost everyone.

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