We have a wonderful view of the Caribbean across the street from the house, and although the water is too rough to swim in, the shoreline is a great place to explore and find shells. There is always a nice sea breeze blowing to cool things off.
The island itself is very small – about 7 km long and 650 meters wide. We have been doing a great amount of walking everyday to make the circuit around the island. Most locals ride scooters, and it is not unusual to see an entire family fit onto one. They sometimes have a small child standing up in front of the seat. Ex-pats and tourists make their way around on golf carts. We have found that taxis are plentiful and very inexpensive. Taxi drivers here circle around the island, scouting for fares. If you want a taxi – you walk down any street until you see a red car and stick your arm out to signal. Fares anywhere are usually about 30 pesos ($2.50).
Unlike Playa Del Carmen and Cancun, Isla is not “touristy”. Aside from fishing, tourism is a primary revenue stream but the island has avoided commercialism to a large extent. There is one large grocery store on the island- but every block has a small convenience shop. You won’t find any chain restaurants – they are all small family owned establishments. Meals are very reasonable, though not all menus are in English – so ordering is sometimes a challenge and a surprise.
The other interesting issue we have noticed is the large population of free-range dogs on the island – very much like in Puerto Rico. They wander the streets looking for scraps, and seem fairly tame – though they no doubt have not had any shots and are probably flea riddled.