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Your first visit

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Your first visit

When was your first visit to Isla Mujeres? And what strikes you as the biggest change you've seen since then?

Does anybody have any pics with age that show what used to be?

We were shopping there yesterday talking to one of the Vendors, he'd been there 28 years and remembered when the streets were all sand.

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1. Re: Your first visit

On my first visit in the mid 70's I remember that the streets were sand.

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2. Re: Your first visit

Yes, my first visit was when streets were all sand too and didn't even have names outside of centro. Hidalgo was just a handful of restaurants and there was nothing much north of Matamoros except everyone's favorite breakfast place, the Red Eye, run by a lovely lady, Inge. There were no large hotels, very few cabs, and the vast majority of visitors were young backpackers. Very few private villas so the views as you drove to Punta Sur were stunning, not obstructed like they are now. The Caribbean side was almost completely undeveloped. It was much more a sleepy fishing village and much fewer visitors. Playa Norte was then called Coco Beach because of all the palms that were later destroyed by a hurricane.

I'll see if I can find some pictures to scan as there were no digital cameras :)

Edited: 20 February 2014, 12:00
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We are relative newbies. My first visit was in 2006. The biggest changes I have seen are the construction and opening of Privleges Aluxes and Chedraui. I sure wish I had experienced the island in its pristine state.

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My first visit was, I think, in 2000. At the time Avalon was just a 'shell', having been destroyed by a recent hurricane. We were staying in Cancun, big mistake, we found ourselves heading to Isla every day we didn't have something else planned.

I haven't been back since PA was completed, my last visit it was under construction. Ixchel was enough of an eyesore.

We may go for a few days this summer, mainly to swim with the whale sharks.

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5. Re: Your first visit

First visit was 1986. All sand roads. 1 taxi, no people on Playa Norte, it was January and the beach by Na Balam was huge. El Presidente was just opening. Very few old Mexican hotels and few stores on Hildalgo which closed in the afternoon.

It was absolute heaven. Knew it couldn't last.

Edited: 20 February 2014, 14:01
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