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Notes about our Isla trip July 23-30, 2005

By: LynninMN
Date: 8/2/2005

We visited Isla as a day trip for the first time in February 2002, then spent a week on the island in February 2004. This time we couldn't pass up the great airfare/housing prices and made a trip in July. One week, two people, air and accomodations for only $700.00!

We used Best Day for the transfer from the airport to Gran Puerto ferrry pier. I can't say enought about this company. I booked it over the Internet and it was $34 round trip for two. They were waiting for us when we finally got out of the airport in Cancun, and took us by CAR (Dodge Stratus) to the ferry pier! It was like having our own chauffeur! Coming back, we didn't think we would again be so
lucky but the same car pulled up to pick us up at the appointed time and take us back to the airport! I would definitely recommend this service. We had used AGI in the past but had trouble connecting and finding them (they were at a different ferry pier than we were coming home) and I think they were a buck or two more expensive.

Stayed on the island at Sabina's Apartments. What a great place! All the comforts you need - fridge, air conditioner, mini kitchen setup, microwave and hot plate. We cooked and had plenty of room for our groceries, etc. The bed was actually comfortable, not like the concrete based Mexico beds we are used to. Definitely will stay there
again. Our air conditioner and our own good-night music drowned out anything we could hear from Fayne's, although I do feel sorry for the poor Isla residents who live between Sabina's and Fayne's. They must be used to the music every night.

Little bar next to Jax, great music, almost seemed like it might have been some of the same guys that played rock and roll at Jax in the past. Two Mexican guys, guitars, GREAT 70's rock! 2/1 beers and free shot of tequila.

Poc Chuc - as ever, great food, gracious service, very fair prices. Had the Fajitas de Pollo - excellent!

Sancochos Grill - this turned out to be our favorite place for a quick bite and cold beers 2/1. We ate here three times. Fajitas/tacos were only 15 pesos each, served with rice, beans and salad. Shrimp were 20 pesos, fish 15. Tried all three and they were delicious and one was
plenty to eat. Had fries here too, 30 pesos. Maggie is the
friendliest server, always recognizing us as we walked past during the day. Ate the filet de flowers on our last night and it was delicious and only 70 pesos. Right across from Chiles Locos.

Chiles Locos - had to try the cocoanut shrimp and chiles locos everyone raves about in your info sheet. They were right, both were delicious! Great service here, too. Met Jorge and he was also very nice. Greatest margaritas 2/1.

Cocktelias Picus - seems this place has maybe been discovered. Food and service were okay, seemed like the prices were a bit higher. Liked it much better in 2004 when we were there.

Ate tortas from the ladies in the town square on Sunday night. Delicious as ever! Two for 30 pesos with a great condiment bar set up to add whatever you like. Enjoyed the churros again, six for 15 pesos, and saw the flan lady but we were too full to indulge.!

French Bistro - our all time favorite from Feb 2004 visit for filete de lima. This year we both ordered the wonderful french onion soup and when our pollo brocheta came, we were too full to eat! Had to take it "para levar" and enjoyed it later in our apartment with nachos. French onion soup has the best layer of cheese and bread we have ever tasted!

Wanted to check out La Pena but never made it until 11:00 when it supposedly opened.

Found coffee filters only at Mirtita Grocery after trying to make them out of paper towels. This is a good spot for 'hard to find' items.

Went to Isla Contoy via La Islena tours, complements of Avalon time share presentation. Rickety boat, long ride, but enjoyable until we got to the island and the mosquitos were so bad we could not leave the beach. Forget the nature trails, bird sanctuary, museum. Went into the bathroom and actually ran out due to the amount of mosquitos in
there! We did see huge stingrays swimming right into shore while were were there, and a barracuda at least four feet long!

Christo's Ropa de Manta - right across from Sabina's and wonderful all cotton, all white clothing at very reasonable prices.

All in all, a great week in Isla even though it was VERY HOT! We enjoyed all the other tourists, and found English-speaking to be in the minority. Always nice to see the Isla people, they are so friendly and always smiling as you walk by on the streets. Definitely a relaxing, peaceful way to spend a hot week in July.

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