Things are none to rosy here on the island at the moment. Tourist and business wise. We are at a record low for tourism. Restaurants have closed their doors until November or December, at least. A lot of the gift shops are either gone or closed for a few months also.
I was downtown on Monday night and it was, to say the least, a ghost town. The only other time I have seen it so empty was after a hurricane. I feel so sorry for the people who depend upon the tourist trade to make a living. Times are hard for them right now.
But the good news for those of us still here is the deals being offered by most of the restaurants. I know for a fact that Fayne's and Angelo's both are running special that are not to be missed. Bamboo also has a some good deals. Lobster at one peso per gram!
The other side of that coin is the restaurants that stupidly (IMHO) raise their prices when business drops off. Yes, that will definitely draw in the few customers there are. I think those places deserve what they get....no business.
But don't take my word for it. Here's what our local rag sheet had to say.
"By Miriam Gonzalez
ISLA MUJERES, October 5 .- The Isla Mujeres restaurant industry is suffering the worst crisis in years, with a drastic drop in the operations of 70 percent, some businesses have even decided to close its doors.The severe crisis that hit all sectors of the destination has grown for the restaurant industry who do not see the exit with so many taxes and restrictions that started since early this year.For this sector in some cases there has been another rather than close its doors Antelas invalid record sales since starting the season, and what still needs to reach the second month of recession.Commented that the lack of financial resources has forced them to close down or adjust their schedules, that is if before opening any day now do so only at night, when there are more tourists in a few days as weekend .Some restaurateurs have preferred to close down for the season only for them represents both loss and move onto other things.In this sector has also made staff cuts of about 30 percent to reduce costs during a tour of this medium could be observed one of the main avenues of restaurants, where about six stores have closed their doors.In some facilities could be observed signs indicating "no work until further notice", to cite only one example, and thus begins to appear the sale and rental of premises throughout the downtown area.And also in this area rents are high and not to mention prices in commodities, with the rise in crossing the ferry also went to heaven, what turned out to impact this sector.According to Gerardo Mendez said that now all that remains is to hope and pray that reaching tourism and this can be recovered."
As you can see, reading the translated news is not always an easy job!