No vacation on Isla Mujeres is complete without a visit or two to El Centro, the compact but packed-to-the-gills downtown area on the far northwestern end of the island. We’re right on the edge of El Centro here at Privilege Aluxes, so you’ve got easy access to its lively charms!
Only a few blocks long and wide—and anchored by Hidalgo Street—El Centro’s perfect for leisurely walking safaris among its many shops, markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect souvenir for your getaway to the Yucatan Caribbean, look no further: You’ll find everything from clothes to locally made arts and crafts among the El Centro merchants.
Wide-Ranging Flavors (and Practical Services)
Hungry for a taste of local Isla Mujeres/Quintana Roo cuisine—or cookery taking its inspiration from much farther afield? El Centro’s got you covered in the dining department, too, hosting as it does the island’s main hub of restaurants, bistros, and cafes. From Mexican steakhouses and Caribbean grills to French, Italian, and Middle Eastern eateries—and more than a few fusion restaurants that marry the regional and the international—El Centro is an excellent place to bring an appetite.
And if you’re seeking a libation or two at happy hour—or maybe a sturdy digestif on the heels of an all-out El Centro feast—there are bars aplenty to serve your needs.
From tourist information to pharmacies, El Centro also harbors a wide range of services. Don’t forget: If you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly Privilege Aluxes staff!
Besides its colorful storefronts and happily thrumming restaurants and bars, El Centro provides convenient access to some of Isla Mujeres’s best-known beaches, most notably the great white-sand Playa Norte. Come to dip your toes in the sparkling Caribbean, to sunbathe, to doze in the shade of a palm—or to indulge in a cocktail or cerveza at one of the numerous beach bars fronting Playa Norte. Nearby, meanwhile, is Playa Sol, a fantastic vantage for taking in one of the peerless sunsets Isla Mujeres is so renowned for.
One of the many wonderful things about Isla Mujeres is the ability to relax in full repose along a quiet, postcard-perfect Caribbean seashore, then soak up some authentic Yucatan culture—and explore a little island nightlife—in El Centro, the isle’s nerve center. Whether you’re looking to shop till you drop, track down a dinner to write home about, or indulge in a bit of bar-hopping, downtown’s the place to be—and you’ll have some sublime accommodations awaiting you close at hand at Privilege Aluxes!