Why I Love Cancun’s Plaza La Isla

31 Dec

Sometimes when you live in a beautiful tourist destination like Cancun, it’s easy to get sucked into everyday life. Even though I’m just minutes away from some of the world’s best beaches and most incredible All Inclusive resorts, I often forget there’s more to life than wake up, go to work, go to the gym, watch TV, sleep, repeat.

So when I really want to feel like a tourist in Cancun, there’s one perfect place that’s just a cheap bus ride away: Plaza La Isla.

Plaza La Isla is a beautiful outdoor mall set in the middle of the Hotel Zone, complete with charming canals, luxury boutiques, inexpensive brands, high-end department stores, fast food, fun restaurant and upscale dining. It’s unbeatable location right on the lagoon makes it the perfect spot for a romantic evening.

One thing I love about Plaza La Isla is the fountains, which always manage to draw in a crowd! Everyone oohs and aahs over the jumping water fountain, while kids can be seen running through the ground fountain by the lagoon.

See? Kids can't help themselves 🙂

So many of my best Cancun memories have been in Plaza La Isla: margaritas with my sister, dinners at Thai Lounge, a quincenera party at Planet Hollywood, tons of photo ops by the fountain, shopping at Guess (my favorite), root beers at Johnny Rockett’s, petting a shark, panoramic views of the Hotel Zone from the top of the parking deck, and of course… Jorge proposing to me by the lagoon.

Next time you’re in Cancun, make sure to visit this beautiful outdoor mall. I recomend arriving around 4 pm so you can see it in the daylight, at sunset and in the evening.

View of the Hotel Zone across the lagoon

What’s your favorite place to shop in your city?

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the Mexico Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things Mexico shared here are completely my own.

11 Responses to “Why I Love Cancun’s Plaza La Isla”

  1. Milena December 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I loooove La Isla! It is so true, when you are living or in Cancun for long periods of time, you often forget(?) for a better lack of words the true beauty of Cancun, and the attractions that make it so popular! I think once we get back there this will be one of the things I want to see 🙂

    Great Post!


    P.S Everytime I read your blog it makes me miss Cancun soo much! In a good way though, excited to come back!

    • Laura in Cancun January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      You’ll get to do lots of fun touristy stuff when you get here! And who DOESNT love La Isla, right? 🙂

  2. Nikki December 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I love boardwalk style malls where people can gather. I would be in that fountain too.

  3. KfromMichigan December 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I love getting a vente soy latte from Starbucks and sitting by the lagoon to watch the sunset! La Isla is great for people watching. Your photo is cute …. you bundled up and Jorge NOT.

    • Laura in Cancun January 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      HAHAHA I have other photos from the same night where my girlfriends were also bundled up… Jorge’s just crazy.

  4. Margaret@SingleandSane January 1, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    I love how visiting your blog makes me feel like I’ve been on a mini-vacation.

    Happy New Year!


  5. Harri January 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    The pics are beautiful- you are so so lucky! I get the same sometimes too, I kind of take for granted the beautiful place I live in. It’s nice sometimes to see the countries we live in through the eyes of the tourists and remember how lucky we are! xxx

  6. Kathryn January 3, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    That looks so cool! I had completely forgotten that you pet a shark- jealous! I wish there was someplace like that here in Chicago. I do all my shopping at a gigantic indoor mall and, frankly, it’s so packed with people that it’s maddening.

  7. Kristi January 3, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    We have been there, we ate at the Johnny Rockets and walked through the fountains 🙂

  8. Noelle January 4, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Aww, margaritas at La Isla is one of my favorite memories, too! What a great visit that was 🙂

  9. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I love your photos. It really looks very pretty.

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