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TFTC
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Chicago, Il
Member since May 2010
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Isla Mujeres getaway
With the heavy snow in Chicago this weekend, the missus and I decided to schedule a getaway at the beginning of March... Remembering all the positive comments about IM, helped make our decision... booked 6 nights at Hotel Secreto..

I look forward to scouring the older threads and picking out the recommendations!



VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Enjoy.

Treat Victor well and he'll take care of you. Great guy. He's your bartender and everything else. If you want lunch at the beach or pool just tell him what you want and he'll hop on his moped and go get it for you. Be sure to have him get the baked fish with achiote paste. Delicious.


TFTC
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Chicago, Il
Member since May 2010
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
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VABuckeye


Thanks for the tip.. the bartender is usually the first one we make friends with..

We will treat him right!


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jsquardjj
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Member since Oct 2009
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Nice! North Garden and Ruebens are just a block or two away and great options for breakfast. Take some pics of Hotel Secreto. I know they just finished some renovations


VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
All of Hidalgo Street is a five minute walk at most. Dopi’s. Fredy’s Tons of great places to eat. And cheap!


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Have fun. Isla is nothing short of pure awesomeness



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Breauxfessor
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Ferriday
Member since Sep 2016
316 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
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VABuckeye

You and HGG got me started. I leave for my 3rd trip to IM in the past 18 months this Saturday. Secreto every time. Victor, Willie, Rojilio - all fantastic. Isla is awesome.


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
24692 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Glad you enjoy it. I was looking at flights earlier. I just had to cancel my big Argentina trip. Business is just too busy for a long trip so I’m thinking about a long weekend in Isla. Tell Victor jefe says hello.


LSUDbrous90
LSU Fan
Lafayette
Member since Dec 2011
994 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Can y'all tell me a little more about this Hotel Secreto? Looked it up and only $140ish a night?


Bryno1960
LSU Fan
Off River Road
Member since Aug 2013
1046 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Make sure you take a taxi, or drive your golf cart to the south side of the island, and go to The Joint for a frozen Mojito and Mango’s Cafe for breakfast. Soggy Peso is also a great choice (I went on fajita night) and, if you’re brave enough, for one of their Margaritas. I also recommend North Garden for breakfast or lunch (their mimosas are great), Ruben’s, Rooster’s and many other great restaurants. While I was there, I found the best time to hit Playa Norte is in the morning before it gets really crowded. Also, you will experience some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets you’ve ever seen! I hope you enjoy this little slice of heaven!


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Excellent advice.

Except. He has a private beach at Hotel Secreto. The staff will take chairs out and plant an umbrella for him in addition to providing food and beverage service. Playa Norte is a 2 minute walk around the point.

ETA: Hotel Secreto also will bring breakfast to his room every morning.
This post was edited on 1/21 at 9:28 am


Bryno1960
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Off River Road
Member since Aug 2013
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Thank you! I stayed at Sea Hawk right across from North Garden during my visit. I walked around the corner to Hotel Secreto and can see why you stay there, very nice hotel. I think next time I go, I might stay on the southside of the island.


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wahoocs
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Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2004
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Just got back yesterday from a 4 night trip for first time. Won’t be my last visit. Went 4 couples, stayed at Ixchel. Ate and drank like kings.

Water was cold Thursday, better on Friday. Went to both Joints, Soggy Peso, breakfast at Lola’s, and dinner at 3 different places that were recommended. All 3 were great.


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VABuckeye
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Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Depends when you’re going. It’s more like $300 a night in February. Great little hotel and great service. I haven’t been back since the addition was done. The new elevator was active last year when I went. Stairs before that.


TheChiefHasArrived
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Dec 2011
390 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Stayed at Privileges Aluxes which I recommend. Nice hotel in good location - they have private section of main beach so you're still "in it" but won't be bothered by salesmen and always have seating available. They offer all-inclusive which I wasn't looking at having but it was so cheap that I took advantage and glad I did. Nice for a lazy day or two.

My favorite restaurants were Fuego de Mar and Limon.
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Sofa King Crimson
New Orleans Saints Fan
3rd Ward
Member since Nov 2008
4130 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Eat at Madera. On the Caribbean side and the food is incredible.


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lsutiger2010
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Member since Aug 2008
9558 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
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VABuckeye


Are you at all familiar with the beach house that they advertise on their website? I have been to Isla and stayed at Na Balam. It looks like that house might be right in the same area.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
17273 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Na Balam is awesome


Ash Williams
LSU Fan
South of i-10
Member since May 2009
15241 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
Is Na Balam closed?

Wife and I are going this June and trying to find a place to stay. Na Balam seems highly recommended but I can’t find any open dates for like a year out


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
24692 posts

re: Isla Mujeres getaway
End of June? If so, let's get together for a beer or 20.


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