Isla Mujeres, Mexico tips and tricks

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During my month long stay in Isla Mujeres, Mexico I learned some tips and tricks along the way. It’s a great place to experience some different things than we do in the United States.

Between golf cart driving tips to gettingĀ groceries we have it all.

 

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This drive-thru gas station is a great place to get your beer and snacks on the go!

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Be careful drinking and driving! They WILL pull you over on golf carts. I know some people who were pulled over and you have to pay a good amount of money to keep out of jail and get your cart back. Get a taxi if you plan on drinking a lot. They are cheap and well worth it!

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The local grocery store Chedraui is like a mini Walmart. They sell everything from mopeds to cell phones along with almost every food you can think of. I say almost because you can’t get lemons on the island.

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Speaking of Chedraui, they have escalators you go up and down on with your cart! The carts are specially made so they don’t roll.

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Where you get gas isn’t the same place you would buy cigarettes, lotto tickets, or snacks. They have smaller “convenience” stores dotted around the island that sell these items.

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When you go to a gas station someone pumps your gas for you.

 

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You will notice that the currency exchange rate changes from place to place. We found most places were between 18-1 and 20-1. The best place we found to exchange for pesos was at the ferry dock.

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When driving in Isla Mujeres we noticed the lack of street lights and signs. Pay attention to the flow of traffic and the one-way streets. Google maps works wonders.

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You will see broken glass cemented to walls as their version of barbed wire. You will also notice houses with window bars. There isn’t a lot of theft on the island, but they do need the bars to protect their houses during tropical storms.

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After fishing, we kept our fish heads to give to locals for fish head soup.

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This electrolyte drink is Gatorade on steroids. I was sick for a few days and this is what the doctor ordered to help. To prevent from getting sick keep hand sanitizer on you and be careful of where you eat.

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Speaking of getting sick… most bathrooms make you put your toilet paper in trash cans. Watch out for signs posted so you don’t back up their toilets.

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Get a $30 an hour massage at the North Beach in one of the massage tents. Don’t get it done at a hotel where you will pay double.

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If you go on a sunset cruise be prepared for it possibly to be VERY crowded. If you are looking for a nice and relaxing cruise search around and ask how many people they will have on board. Most were packed with some major partying.

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Most of the trees in the downtown area are painted white to keep the bugs away.