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The ladies here make all of the cool treats themselves. Yum! I had vanilla ice cream with homemade apple pie from a bakery in Cancun. I'm an American girl who loves pie and this was one of the best I've had!
2. Angelo's, Ave. Hidalgo, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
Yummy Italian food. Not priced too high. I had the caprese salad and a pasta dish that was excellent. My husband had pepperoni pizza with a very thin crust...not at all like Papa Johns. Both were great and servince was quick.
3. Brisas Marinas, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
What a beautiful place to have our last dinner on the island. We'd heard of some really great ones on the south end of the island but we didn't want to take a taxi to get there. Brisas is right on the water and we sat on the sand listening to the water lap the edges of the beach. Great service and the chef had a special menu in addition to the regular menu. We had a shrimp cocktail that was spicy--good for me! And I had the shrimp alfredo with blue cheese and my husband had a filet mignon with an amazing demi glace sauce and different mariscos around the edges like clams, mussels, and shrimp. Yum!!
4. Bamboo, Ave. Hidalgo, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
Always ask what the special is in Isla Mujeres. There will be some dish that isn't on the regular menu(and generally the freshest fish) that will knock your socks off. I had grilled red snapper with veggies and rice. My husband had beef kabobs. We both loved our meal.
5. Fayne's, Ave. Hidalgo, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
Another requirement for Isla, when sitting on Hidalgo having dinner, make sure you sit close to the street for the people watching! You never know who or what you will see! I had grilled grouper with veggies & rice and my husband had chicken fajitas. We both loved our food and so did the kitties running around. 2 for 1 happy hour all night meant we both got two drinks. My extra beer was nicely set up in a little chiller bucket until I was ready to drink it.
6. Whale Shark
Most of the day excursion to find the whale sharks that come through the island area. We saw about 10-15 whale sharks that day and tons of manta rays. Pretty exciting and is for the definite thrill seeker. It really gets your heart racing to see something in the wild that is that large and no barriers between you and the beast! Please abide by all of the set regulations to protect the animals. They are plankton eaters, not people eaters. Runs about $125 a person.
7. Beach Vendors
Yes, just like any public beach, people will be around selling things. You will say, no gracias about 15 times in one afternoon unless you act like you are asleep. They aren't pushy though and will walk away. Do buy things from these people though. Rent in the main areas of town is very expensive and these friendly people will cut you a good deal since they have no overhead. You can buy anything from really cute swimsuit coverups, paresos, Chicklets, various types of nuts and snack products, cotton candy, handicrafts, etc.
8. Island Cats
Many, many feral cats live on the island to help control the pest population. My husband and I made a game of cat watching and counted who could spot the most cats first. They will sit and watch you while you eat and if you are so obliged, toss them a treat. They surely don't get regular meals. Also note, these cats have some of the longest tails I've ever seen before!
9. French Bistro, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
Crepes in Mexico? Who would have thought? And two giant banana filled crepes for only $5...unthinkable! My husband had an omlette that looked quite tasty and I had standard scrambled eggs with potatoes and bacon. Tasty morning.
10. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, QR, MX
I have never been on a beach like this in my life. Powder white sand, crystal clear water and calm. You could walk out 100 feet from the shore and the water is only waist high. Absolutely amazing. Perfect for floating or letting the kids romp in the water. Perfectly calming and refreshing after sunbathing all afternoon.
11. Holly eats his way through Isla! Food reviews of Island fare.