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Finn
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Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Been reading a lot on here lately and pretty much narrowed it down to Cancun or Isla mujeres for trip with the SO. I'm extending my vacation so I'll have about 7 days. Would y'all recommend spending the entire time in Isla Mujeres or spending some days in Cancun as well? We've never been and my only concern is things might get stale after 5 days on Isla since its so small. Seems like Cancun has some excursion type things as a change of pace if needed.

Are there any current restrictions at Island Mujeres with COVID and recent hurricanes?


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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Cancun and Isla are both in Quintana Roo. Whatever restrictions one has the other will have.

There are excursions you can do from Isla including going to the mainland if you wish.

It's a chill island. Go there to relax and clear your mind. It works for me.


skewbs
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
I’ll be close by on Cozumel the same week. Only going 4 days that Thursday - Sunday.


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October and November are rainy seasons in Isla and that region has been battered by recent storms.

All that said, I’d go down there in a heartbeat anytime any day . I absolutely love it there.



skewbs
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
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October and November are rainy seasons in Isla and that region has been battered by recent storms.


Fair point. However, I went to Isla over thanksgiving week twice - two years ago and four years ago - and neither time had any issues with rain whatsoever.

Also, after reviewing some recent posts and reviews from people that took trips down there, it appears everything is fine after the storms. I was more reading about the Cozumel / Playa del Carmen area though, not directly at Isla.
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Finn
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Does everywhere on the island accept cash or should I bring Pesos? I'm assuming the island won't have the best currency exchange rates so would I be better off grabbing pesos from my bank in the states ahead of time?

I plan on renting a golf cart but will probably end up getting a hotel on the Northside. How how many days would I need the cart to sufficiently explore the mid/south part of the island and are there any must do's on the Southside?

Is there anything I should grab in Cancun before physically getting on the island to avoid uncharges like sunblock, bottled water, etc?

Is there any fishing, snorkeling, scuba or excursions that leave directly from the island or do you have to ferry back to Cancun to do most of those things?



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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Best to take pesos as the exchange rate will be in favor of the vendor. There are a few ATMs in town to get pesos.

There's nothing on Cancun you can pourchase cheaper than you can get it on Isla. One or two days max for a golf cart.

There are excursions that leave directly from the island.


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Will be there next week, can’t wait but worried about the new storm.


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Finn
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
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Best to take pesos as the exchange rate will be in favor of the vendor. There are a few ATMs in town to get pesos.


I plan on bringing upwards of $500 in cash with me. Going to stop at a bank here in the US for currency exchange to pesos. Which size bills (pesos) would you recommend carrying that would be most convenient for small businesses and tipping?

Also, how did you normally determine how much you would tip?


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The biggest bill you’ll need in pesos is 100, it’s good to have small amounts to keep with you but definitely don’t bring your entire stack with you while you’re walking around. I tip the same as I do here in the states. You’ll find service there is very personal and attentive.

Walk up and down Hidalgo Street and enjoy the various items for sale, don’t be afraid to go in to several shops and see what they have. Always negotiate your price before you take out your money. The moment they see a wad of cash you will immediately lose your bargaining power.

Do get a bloody Mary at the ferry landing there in Cancun before you head over to Isla.
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VABuckeye
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
I usually have some 500 and 1000 peso bills with me for meals. A 500 peso bill is about $25 and covers dinner for two at most places unless you go nuts ordering food and drinks.


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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
we pay in American dollars when we can. those are some big bills


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I just pay in pesos if possible because many places hose you a little on the exchange rate.


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I figured I’m either going to lose a few bucks to the restaurant or to a bank/exchange.

I’d rather the restaurant benefit


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skewbs
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Just got back Sunday night from Cozumel. Was amazing. Pretty much everything was open except for a few restaurants that took water / wind damage from the hurricanes the past couple months. The island surprisingly had a good amount of tourists / people there. Our hotel, Westin Cozumel, was sold out, albeit with the capacity restrictions.

Most places made you wear a mask when walking in and did a temperature check, but other than that, it was pretty lenient from there on. All the rentals and excursions were open. Everyone seemed to be extremely happy to have us down there (spending $$$).

The weather was perfect while we were there. IAH and Cozumel airports were a breeze. Customs easy as well. No travel issues whatsoever. Hotels are taking all cleaning precautions very seriously as well, which was nice to see.

The sun is shining, water is warm, and the cervezas and tequila are flowing. If you were on the fence about going down there hopefully this brief bit of info tips the scales. We are already planning a trip back for a 4 day long weekend around New Years.
This post was edited on 11/30 at 12:40 pm


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Now for the important question. Did you get the green light or the red light when you entered Mexico?


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Finn
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Are they requiring covid testing to get into/back from Mexico now?


skewbs
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Are they requiring covid testing to get into/back from Mexico now?


Nope. It’s glorious.


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Just got back Sunday night from Cozumel. Was amazing. Pretty much everything was open except for a few restaurants that took water / wind damage from the hurricanes the past couple months. The island surprisingly had a good amount of tourists / people there. Our hotel, Westin Cozumel, was sold out, albeit with the capacity restrictions.

Most places made you wear a mask when walking in and did a temperature check, but other than that, it was pretty lenient from there on. All the rentals and excursions were open. Everyone seemed to be extremely happy to have us down there (spending $$$).

The weather was perfect while we were there. IAH and Cozumel airports were a breeze. Customs easy as well. No travel issues whatsoever. Hotels are taking all cleaning precautions very seriously as well, which was nice to see.

The sun is shining, water is warm, and the cervezas and tequila are flowing. If you were on the fence about going down there hopefully this brief bit of info tips the scales. We are already planning a trip back for a 4 day long weekend around New Years.


Can confirm all of this. Wife and I took an adults only trip over Labor Day weekend and just a few minutes ago we arrived back home from a week long trip to Playa with the kids.

The prices are amazing right now and the Mexican people are so very grateful to have folks traveling. It's a great moment of somewhat normalness as well!
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Gtmodawg
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re: Isla Mujeres for Thanksgiving Trip?
Isla and it ain't close. You will also be on the front end of one of the hottest sail fish bites on the planet. December-January are better but November ain't bad...


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