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My favourite place to spend the day has to be Isla Mujeres (for beaches of course, for shopping - we will come to that later in the blog). The beaches are long with soft, white sand. The ferry dock is a five minute walk from our apartment and it only costs £6.50 return for the twenty minute journey. The island is eight miles from the coast and …
... lobsters, sea urchins etc but at the same time it seemed almost a bit cruel. We walked back to town, stopping regularly to avoid the thunder showers. We also took a walk on the beach and it looked like it had been battered by a small hurricane...what did we need to do to just get some sun?!!
That evening a fish tasting plate for dinner went some way to making us feel better. Tomorrow was time to move on and see what Tulum would offer us....sun and good luck by any chance...stay ...
... milk, cereal, Mr.Noodle, and it also covered dinner today which was two hot dogs and a V8 juice. Not too shabby, eh? Returning from my grocery shopping/dinner, a new visitor had arrived! Si Yeong, I'm assuming from Korea or Japan based on the name. I showed him around the place at Carlos' request (the owner), and sat to play some guitar. I began singing and playing Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard, and when I finished the song I was surprised at what he told me. "That's my ...
The next day we took the bus-taxi-ferry to Isla Mujeres. While still touristy, we liked it there and spent three days going to the beach during the day and eating out at nice restaurants at night. The second night was my birthday and we had great steak and red wine at a brilliant Argentinian restaurant overlooking the ...
... and her just-turned 21 year old son to take them for a golf cart tour of the island. They are staying for the week at Ixchel on Playa Norte. We were hoping they were enjoying the island and not missing what makes it such a great place to be - and we immediately found out that they had fallen in love with the place, so that was a relief! We circled the island, stopping at Punta Sur to see the park and cliffs, and then finally arrived ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNautibeach Condos Isla Mujeres
Food wasn't great and the cocktails weak but the location is excellent to watch the sunset.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nautibeach Condos Isla Mujeres
This was our forth time to Isla Mujeres. We have always stayed at Nautibeach. The condos are located on the best beach on the island. The rooms are comfortable and well kept. The entire staff are always wonderful, helpful, and very friendly. We would not stay anywhere else on the island but Nautibeach.
Isla + Nautibeach = Paradise
Nautibeach Condos truly is situated on the most beautiful beach on Isla. We loved our well fitted unit with its comfortable bed, spaciousness and incredible view of the beach and sea. The pool was clean and refreshing to swim in, although the ocean was the real draw - shallow for a long ways and so warm....ah! Walking the beach, listening to the lapping waves, feeling the warm sunshine on our bodies...makes us want to be there right now!
We would urge anyone who has only visited an all-inclusive in Mexico and is looking for a different experience to give Isla Mujeres and Nautibeach a try. We absolutely loved the warm, friendly people living on Isla and in particular, the helpful staff working at Nautibeach.
Having Sunset Grill adjacent to Nautibeach was also much appreciated as was the live Mexican music which was played during happy hour. The restaurant had just opened up (after the hurricane). The owner wanted feedback on how they might improve on what they were doing. The food was very good and the location could not have been a more romantic spot to spend an evening - well, except for Casa O's Restaurant at the other end of the island which we also thoroughly enjoyed.
While Nautibeach is more expensive than other places in the area, we definitely felt we made the right choice for us.
We particularly appreciated the peacefulness and quiet as well as the ability to walk into town for dinner when we wanted to. There are many quaint restaurants on Hidalgo Street and there really is a wonderful feeling walking down this lively street in the evenings. If you want night life its there as well. There was a market a couple of blocks away where you could buy produce, fish, etc. The only draw back to our stay was not having a barbeque, but it seems that the majority of condos in Mexico do not allow barbeques on balconies or have communal barbeques.
Isla attracts many young travellers and it was lovely to see that the island truly had something to offer everyone - including accommodation for travellers on a very tight budget.
We will definitely return to Isla and Nautibeach Condos! Give it a try - you won't be disappointed if you are looking for a less "touristy" Mexican experience.
Loved it, we plan on returning
First- I think TripAdvisor has this property listed under 2 different names. Nautibeach Condotel and Nautibeach Suites & Town Resort. I don't think there is a difference.
It's in the best location on playa norte. Our 1st level condo was 20 paces from 2 different beach bars. It's a well maintained property with beautiful landscaping.
Our condo was roomy, more than we needed for just 2 people. The kitchen had all the utensils, coffee maker, blender etc. Very nice. The living room had a TV/vcr and one night late we picked a few movies from the office and watched them.
The office staff was friendly and helped us with a few problems we had. The security guys were great and funny.
The beautiful beach was just steps away and we had a choice of Sunset grill or Paya Sol bar? right there. It was great. The pool was clean but we were there for the ocean and beach.
This property costs more than some of the others but for the location and condo, I plan to return. We talked with several others who were staying there and no one had any real complaints, we were all just loving being on island time.
What a great view of a FABULOUS beach!!!!
Wonderful condo! The "BEST beach on the island! North Beach! GREAT staff, Very friendly and helpful!
We stayed on the third floor, room 212......what a review! Kitchen was fully stocked, pots, pans, flatware, grater, blender, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, glass(some plastic), bowls, utensils.......just about everything you need!
The only thing which may not appeal to some couples, families renting there is that there is only one bathroom to share for the 2 bedrooms......you'll get to know your condo-mates real well in a day or two.......lol
We were a party of 4 and paid $165 a night, normally $175 a night, but we received a $10 a night discount for being a returning guest (shhhh.......just tell them you are a returning guest...it works!)
Nautibeach condos are very close to town, walking distance to some wonderful restaurants, shops and bars. We would highly recommend staying @ Nautibeach if you want to be right on the beach and you are a party of 4 people who get along well(Remember, only one bathroom).
BTW, there are two TVs in the condo, but neither pick up any stations. You will either have to bring your own VHS tapes for entertainment or get some for free use at the property office.......no hassle at all, just walk in and sign some out. (PS, we were lucky enough to have a dvd player in our living room, but NO dvds......LOL.....LOL.....oh well)
Also, go to[-------] before you take your trip and get one of Laura's maps of Isla Mujeres. They will give you all the best places to stay, eat, drink, dance, fish, tour, etc....... They are FABULOUS and only $8.00 !!
You may also want to take a golf cart around the island one day. We rented ours through the office 9am-5pm for $45......I think you can do $40 if you rent directly from the rental company themselves.......When on your golf cart trip, be sure to stop at ZAMAS for a cocktail and dip in the pool. There's no fee to get in, just order some drinks and relax in the pool and on the beach.
Lastly, GO TO JAX BAR, no more than 70 yards from Nautibeach Condos........great drinks, FABULOUS prices!!!!.............and best of all, the BEST bar owners on the island.....thanks Jackie and Michael........can't wait to see you @ the Old Town Flying Pig in Lewisville, Texas!!!........We owe ya!.......GO MAVS!!!!
Can't beat Nautibeach
Nautibeach was terrific. The booking was smooth and Joyce was great to deal with. The condo we were in was huge and very clean. The staff was really there to please and the Sunset Grill had great staff and very accommodating. The beach was huge and I am told since Wilma, gained about 10-15 feet. We explored the whole island and I can honestly say that Nautibeach was the best place there based on the accommodation, pool, restaurant and beach. Their beach without a doubt is the best on the island. They have their own beach loungers and umbrellas. We never had a problem getting either.
Our extended family of 14 just got back from Isla Mujeres. We traveled from CA, CO, and IN. We met there to celebrate our parents 50th anniversary. We all stayed at Nautibeach Condos on Isla Mujeres.
If you are looking for a great family place, this is for you. Wonderful beach where we felt comfortable letting our children 3-12 frolic in the water. They could wade far out without being over their head. Very clean! Little waves to play in. Fun for playing frisbee, ball, some snorkeling.
The condos are comfortable, clean, well kept. Carlos at the desk will help you plan trips (e.g.: fishing & Isla Contoy), take care of any problems, advise you. He was wonderful. Fidel was always there to run errands, had the morning paper for sell, etc. Very sweet man.
The pool was not heated and cool but that didn't bother us CA's. We loved how refreshing it was on a hot day. It is also very clean. Every morning it was vacuumed and cleaned.
The restaurant, Sunset Bar & Grill, was very accommodating. We celebrated my brother-in-laws 40th there. They decorated the table for us and attended to our every need. We also sat in the chairs under umbrellas on the beach with Sunset bringing us nachos, cerviche, and beer. They didn't hover but managed to always be there just when hunger and thirst hit. Talk about being pampered.
They continue to make improvements. New plantings, new structures, etc. were being made while we were there. Nautibeach survived Wilma fairly well and I'm sure that more improvements are on the way, (Children's play area was destroyed).
The location was fabulous. We only rented golf carts to tour the other side of the island. We walked everywhere else.
Go, it's great!
Nautibeach - showing its age but can't beat th elocation
This is the third time we've stayed at Nautibeach. We've always rented through Bob and Joyce and we really love Isla. Here are some things to think about Nautibeach:
- Location - right on the beach, great views - ask for a unit on the 2nd or 3rd floors
- Flexibility to either eat out or fix something quick in the condo for lunch
- Landscaping is beautiful
- I've heard on some areas of the island, there have been a rash of breakins - security here is good.
- The times that Bob & Joyce have been on vacation, the staff clearly kicked up their feet and didn't keep things up
- The condos are showing their age - one of our units had problems with the shower, most of them are beginning to wear from the humidity and salt air. Rust around the fans, some of them not working
- Pool: has potential to be nice but I would not recommend going in there - one time, it had mosquito larvae living in the corners (lack of cholorine allows bugs to grow), the other times, it had a filmy surface and the filters were obviously now working.
- Beach - the restaurant attached to the property seems to have a monopoly on beach chairs and they make you feel very unwelcome if you want to use the chairs - even though the sign in the units indicates that the beach chairs are available to people who are staying at the property.
We love Isla because it's so laid back and non-commercial. Nautibeach would be a great value in the $90 range but given their prices and the detioriating condition of the property compared to other options, I'm not sure I'll be going a 4th time.
Best Sunsets Ever!
Nauti Beach Condotel was absolutely beautiful! Great pool and beachside restaurant. Could not say enough about the most awesome beaches on the island......cant wait to go back for another sunset and a Corona with the band.
Great Fun-Great Beach-Great Sun Sets
Nice rooms, great service and well kept grounds. Can work for both adult or family needs and is on the noted Playa Norte of the island. We had a working retreat and were very satisfied. Would recommend to all of our friends. Call ahead and have Fiedel meet you at the ferry for your bags it is a short walk.
Fantastic-4 days at Nautibeach!!
We stayed at Nautibeach (aka Condominions Norte Playa) from July 26- 30, 2003. I wish we had stayed longer. With the exception of 2 penthouse suites, these are all 2 BR, 1 Bath apartments in a three story building facing the pool, hammocks and beach. You absolutely cannot beat the location. It is a short walk (5 mins) to the major town area and directly on Norte Playa (North Beach).
The condos are basically furnished with a small dining area and kitchen (full-size refrig, microwave, oven, sink) a smallish living area with 2 small sofas, a small TV/VCR (very few stations but a small selection of free rental movies at the office), 2 Bedrooms and 1 split bath (with a door between the sink and the shower/toilet area). Each unit is owned individually and rented through an owner's pool which has 25 of the 35 apartments in it. They are not luxurious, but we didn't mind at all. We paid $175/night in July, but I understand that you can get lower rates if you walk-up without a reservation and they have availability.
If you go, request a room nearer to the rental office. Both 2nd and 3rd floors near the office will offer fantastic views. As you get further from the office, the view is partially blocked by a small bar off to the side and also you get noise from the other beautiful but noisy beach to the left of Nautibeach.
The pool is the best on Isla Mujeres and that's important because during the heat of the day you will not be moving around much except to get a drink and plop back in the water. My children (who just finished their first and third years of Spanish in school) met some other kids their age from Merida, Mexico and had a fantastic time playing in the pool and hammocks.
We spent alot of time on Playa Norte - the most beautiful, palm-tree lined beach in the world I think. Soft sand, soft breezes and no waves.
Grab a lounge chair under a palapa and watch the incredible scenery.
The sunsets are breathtaking.
We didn't eat at the apartment except snack food and store bought drinks. There is a huge jug of purified water in each apartment for you to use during your stay. Bring large mugs so you can use that purfieid water to take with you as you walk around town. Although a sign says the water is fine for teeth-brushing, we used the purified water to be safe. We also took 2 Pepto-Bismal tablets before each meal, just to be safe.
We ate several meals at the Sunset Grill, right on the property. It was good and they have a breakfast buffet for about $7.50 US per person.
Restuarant prices are better in town. We ate two meals a day - a brunch and dinner, so we usually just walked the two short blocks into town and ate at any of the 30 or more little restuarants there. Prices are very good for tourist shopping there too.
One day we rented a golf cart ($40/day until 5 pm or $50 for 24 hours) and drove to Castillo de Garrafon for snorkeling. We snorkel alot and this was one of our favorite places of all time. Ideal for children as the water is calm and there's so much to see. Entrance to this Castillo de Garrafon is just before Garrafon Park and they charge about $3.50 US per person and you can stay all day. There is a snack bar on site and you can rent snorkel gear, but we brought our own. I'd recommend going here rather than Garrafon Park as the water was calmer, the snorkeling was just as good and the price is many times less.
We also took the golf cart all around the island and the roads in between the two sides of the water so we could see where most of the people who live on the island live. It really made us appreciate our home here in the US and all the things we have (much of which we realize we don't need).
Since it was vacation time for much of Central America, most tourists were Hispanic. That made the trip even more special for us as we all practiced our Spanish. I heard that in January thru March there are more American and Canadian tourists. What an incredible place. We will return.