316 / 332 55 Avenida
Between Calle 3Sur & Morelos
(15 minute walk into town area)
Phone: 987-869-0504 GPS: N 20.30.032, W 86.56.368
: Depending on season, one office or the other could be closed part of the day. So call first to see where we are ~ we would love to meet you!
But please do BY our office, say "HI" and pick up a FREE COZUMELINSDER MAP, PEN or KEYCHAIN! We'd like to meet you and assist you with excursions, rental cars, and island accommodations!
A Personal Note from Sherri "Season's Greetings & Holiday Wishes !"
It’s incredible to realize but yet another Holiday Season is upon us! I managed to get back to Texas for a few weeks just before Thanksgiving so now my mother will come here for the next few holiday weeks. In preparation for her arrival shortly, I’ve been frantically trying to decorate the place a bit for the festive weeks ahead. I must tell you that it’s a real challenge to try to create that “winter wonderland” feeling when one is barefoot and sweating bullets whilst dragging out the ornaments! Nonetheless ~ I forge ahead!
The first thing that must be done of course is to actually locate the accumulation of said decorations. So I manage to squeeze through the bodega and find the stuff underneath this season’s “just in case” hurricane prep materials. As I reach for the boxes and lift them over my head to pass them out the door to some one, I’m lecturing myself over having accumulated so much junk in the bodega this past year. Then I remember to be thankful that no storms came our way and none of this stuff had to be used. Of course the cardboard boxes barely make it out of my hands before starting to crumble into a million pieces. Hmmmm….tropical mold ~ mildew. Interesting eaters they are...perhaps the same organisms eating oil spills these days! Plastic crates and climate control….good things ~ when you have access to them!
I then began to sort through this little pile of cardboard covered rubble that just a few months ago was holiday decorations worthy of saving. After a few minutes of poking around amongst unidentifiable green and red stuff, I’m thinking I’m better off just grabbing the strings of lights and hauling the rest to the garbage. So I did just that and created quite a ruckus on the street of course because anytime a neighbor sees anything shiny or glittery sticking out of a garbage sack ~ it’s fair game!
Later that night I began trying in earnest to decorate the house for my mom's arrival. I put a pot of water on the stove to boil and filled it with cinnamon sticks. I got out some holiday candles and lit those as well trying to fill the air with a holiday smell to inspire me. I hung some garland, laid out placemats, put holiday hand towels in the bathrooms and trimmed a miniature tree to set on my kitchen bar. Things were moving right along now and the cinnamon was beginning to boil. Hmmmmm….those lights I salvaged ~ I could use those wrapped amongst the garland on the stairway banister. So I go over and begin to intertwine the lights with the garland. I was so excited as I completed the first strand of lights that I just had to plug them in and see how it looked. Even though I just purchased these lights last year, over half the lights wouldn’t even come on! The annoying part was that those lights not burning were in an organized pattern on the string. So it was not a general failure or operator error but instead simply poor quality merchandise. As I unplugged the string and began untangling it from the garland, that big safety tag they stick on the cord drug through my hand and I flipped it over. Dang. Made in Cheena. Figures!
Guess I’ll just get out more candles and wear red flip flops. ?Is that enough holiday spirit, you think?! As we all give thanks this season, what better place to spend the holidays than right here in Cozumel ~ getting to know the island, its culture and all the wonderful people who call the island home. So come on down ~ we are all getting ready and waiting for you! And if you don't yet have a place to stay ~ I would love to have you with us at my IslaMar Villas this winter season!
I will leave you with the authentic sound of the holiday season in Mexico ~ Mariachi style! Here's wishing each one of you a very "Merri-Achi Christmas" from one of my favorites ~ Mariachi Sol de Mexico! Listen all the way to the end for Silent Night in Spanish! If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit and aching for a trip to Cozumel, I just don’t know what will!!
Hello Sherri ~ I met you back in 2001 (12 years ago!) when my husband and I along with another couple were involved in a wreck and you were behind us and helped us out as to our rights in the matter. A motorcycle ran into the side of us pretty bad if you recall. I believe you said you lived in Addison, Texas like us. I have booked a trip and will be in Cozumel next Tuesday. Any recommendation on vehicle rental you can suggest for me? LATER: My date and I had a blast in Cozumel. He loved the island. It was a very short trip. I am including a photo of us on the cruise. He would like to go back and stay for a few days at your place. Hope you are doing good, please keep in touch. C Bronstad ~ San Antonio, TX
Wow! You have been so helpful Sherri! thank you so very much for taking the time in giving me so much details that would help me with the excursions! you are so sweet! if I have any other questions I will be sure to let you know. Thank you again for being so helpful! Have a blessed day! :) K. Shields ~ Little Rock, Arkansas USA
We cannot begin to express our thanks to Sherri and the staff at IslaMar Villas for our wonderful 11-night stay. This was our third time staying at IslaMar Villas and for us it's the only place to stay in Cozumel. It has truly become our home away from home. We love the apartments, the courtyard and pool, and the warm and friendly neighborhood.
We also used "COZUMELINSIDER" to book our car rental with Avis. It went very smoothly and you guys also helped us trade in our little Chevy Pop for something a little bigger.
A big THANK YOU to Sherri for introducing us to a wonderful private driver on the mainland and for arranging our excursion to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Akumal. We were so happy that we decided to finally venture off the island and go to the mainland to see the ruins. The driver Sherri arranged for us was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we saw things we wouldn't have even known about had we taken the car ferry and driven on our own. To anyone looking for a private tour of places on the mainland, we highly recommend asking Sherri to arrange it for you. It was well worth it!
Thank you again, Sherri! Your kindness and warm hospitality makes us choose IslaMar Villas and your services over and over again. R & M Browning ~ Superior, CO
Hey ~ I just wanted to follow up and say what a great time we had swimming with the whale sharks. I also wanted to commend our tour guide Cesar. He was very knowledgeable of the people, the land, the culture, and the history. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to tour Mexico. Thanks again for all of your help, Matt Brosh ~ Austin, Texas
Just returned from Cozumel where we participated in the FP&M Turtle Salvation program and it was the highlight of our trip. Our guides picked us up at our hotel right on time. They were very nice and one spoke fantastic English. Being able to participate in the extraction of newly hatched baby sea turtles from their nests and then watching them scurry into the ocean was so amazing. There were 4 nests hatching that evening so we were interacting with baby turtles for several hours. Those little turtles are SO adorable and so VERY determined to get to the water. This activity exceeded our expectations. I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature and wants to help this endangered species. It is awesome that cozumelinsider.com donates its resources to handle the bookings for this activity to help raise funds for this great cause. Thanks for an awesome experience! T. Daily ~ Arizona