CULTURA CRUISERS

What We Are About

Cultura Cruisers opens minds, builds relationships, educates the taste buds and contributes to building a sustainable economy for the locals. Our passion is human connectivity; infusing the love of people, the love of food and the love of culture. 

#morethanjustafoodtour

Cultura Cruisers is not your ordinary tour; it's a cultural experience! Explore the colonias with a local tour guide who will share the authenticity and beauty of Isla Mujeres with you. Your belly and heart will be full as you eat delicious, traditionally made foods. Your tour guide will share their knowledge of the history, flavors and traditions behind the foods you are eating and the island. Cruise on the roads less traveled, enjoy the vibes and taste the flavors Isla Mujeres has to offer. 

TOUR TIMES

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Bicycle Food Tour: 

Tuesday 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 4:00 p.m.

Friday 4:00 p.m.

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Golf Cart Food Tour (BYOC):

bring your own cart

Tuesday 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 4:30 p.m.

Friday 4:30 p.m.

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Late Night La Gloria Walking Tour:

Thursday & Friday 8:00 p.m.


To book a tour, reach out on facebook or send an email to culturacruisers@gmail.com. Thank you for all of your support, and we look forward to cruising and eating with you! Eat.Like.Locals.

The Scoop

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Tour Options & What's Included

-Bicycle tours:

Traditional food bicycle tour or taco bicycle tour 

all bicycle tours include a comfortable beach cruiser bicycle with 7 gears, a helmet, a bilingual tour guide and all food (multiple dishes at various local spots) water/soft drinks


-Golf cart tours:

Traditional food golf cart tour or taco golf cart tour

all golf cart tours include a bilingual local tour guide and all food (multiple dishes at various local spots) water/soft drinks

 BYOC bring your own cart


-Late Night La Gloria Walking Tour (our newest addition; explore the neighborhood of La Gloria, feel the energy and taste the flavors on this late night walking tour) 

all late night walking tours include a bilingual tour guide, all food (multiple dishes at various local spots) water/soft drink 

How long is the tour?

We will be leisurely exploring the island & various colonias, hitting local stops along the way to fill your belly and stopping at various cultural/historical landmarks around the island. The duration of the tour is about  3-3.5 hours island time!


*we ride rain or shine*

How much does this cultural adventure cost?

All bicycle tours are $65 usd per person:

all bicycle tours include a comfortable beach cruiser bicycle with 7 gears, a helmet, a bilingual tour guide and all food (multiple dishes at  various local spots) water/soft drinks


Golf cart tours are $60 usd per person: 

all golf cart tours include a bilingual local tour guide and all food (multiple dishes at various local spots) water/soft drinks


Walking tours: $60 usd per person:

all late night walking tours include a bilingual tour guide, all food (multiple dishes at various local spots) water/soft drink



(if you enjoy the ride, feel free to tip the tour guide!) 


*No refunds are given for no-shows or if canceled less than 24 hours of tour time. We are happy to reschedule your tour to a different day or issue a credit for your next  visit*     


*Tours roll out rain or shine *                      

How can I book a tour?

Find us on facebook and send a message or email us at culturacruisers@gmail.com. A $20.00 usd non-refundable deposit per rider is required to hold your spot payable via Paypal to culturacruisers@gmail.com.

Starting Location:

Bicycle & Golf Cart Tours: Please meet the Cultura Cruisers team at Parque de las Hormiguitas.


Late Night La Gloria Walking Tours: Please meet the Cultura Cruisers team in front of Farmacia YZA in La Gloria.  


*detailed directions to the meeting location is given in your email confirmation once booked*                         

How far in advance do I need to book my tour?

We recommend booking as early as possible to ensure availability!

Reviews

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Reviewed by TravelingMom89
Jun 12, 2019

Great experience!

We took the golf cart tour with Cultura Cruisers and had one of the best evenings on the island.  Jose was our guide and we followed him to several local restaurants away from the tourist destinations.   Every dish we ate was amazing!  I highly recommend this activity, especially if you are a “foodie”!


Reviewed by Glezell
Jun 2, 2019

Great family experience

We did the bike tour with Jose. Please go hungry! You will eat at many places and get a variety of foods, pace yourself!   Jose took us to places we never would have ventured to on our own. We tried many things we may not have ordered otherwise. We also met some great people in both the neighborhoods and on the tour with us. This is a great activity!


Reviewed by Cindy P

 May 13, 2019

Wonderful family experience!

This was a wonderful experience all around. Booking was quick and easy. We received excellent directions and Jose gave us a warm welcome and a quick overview of the tour.  At each stop, he explained the food and gave us tips on how to eat it. He asked just enough questions to find out if we had any preferences and find out how hungry we were. He sat at the table with us and chatted as we ate. He never rushed us or pushed us to eat more or less than we wanted. My kids tried everything, which is extremely rare.  We loved learning more about Jose and his community. We talked about how our lives were similar (two working parents sharing responsibilities, eating dinner late and enjoying time together as a family) and different (safety and crime in Isla vs Chicago, ability to travel across the border).   Jose spoke fondly of his family and island. He showed us pictures of his daughters and wife. He talked about the close community ties and how people helped each other out. For example, he told us how he always stops if he sees a tourist broke down on a golf cart and offers to call the rental company for them. We also talked about the current divisiveness in the US in which Jose said, “in Mexico we love everyone.”  This tour allowed us to get a real look at island life without being intrusive. I was delighted to learn about how this tour helps create a sustainable economy. At one is the restaurants, a couple from Delaware excitedly approached us as they recognized Jose. They have visited the restaurants several time since their tour and raved about their experience. In addition, Jose raved about his work at Cultural Cruisers and was proud of his contributions. Although we didn’t talk to everyone at the stops in detail, they were all warm and friendly. When there was a language barrier, Jose translated for us.   We have been to Isla with the kids 3 times. We have met locals and explored the island but this is the first time I felt like we really experienced it. Meeting Jose was a wonderful experience and we can now say we have a friend on Isla.


Lissett T  recommends Cultura Cruisers Food Tours.

April 26 · 

Cultura Cruisers , wow!! what an amazing experience getting to know the local flavors and people of this beautiful island!! Jose was outstanding as local connoisseur of food and drink!! personal favorites of eight, (yes eight stops!!!) were the chicken molé at Deisy y Raul, tacos al pastor at Tonichos, barbequoa at La Chatita, and the Vanilla Flan at Norma's house!! It was ALL so good, recommend 100%! Love from Vancouver Canada! 🇨🇦❤🇲🇽🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️


Lynne H  recommends Cultura Cruisers.

April 19  

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Jose this week. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a gracious host. Our food stops were delicious, many at places we would never have tried on our own.  The street corn, tamales, pastor tacos, fried fish, flan, sweet bread and more were amazing.  Come hungry and you won’t be disappointed.


Charlotte W reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

April 13 

I strongly recommend the food tour. A must do in Isla!  Our host José and his colleague Charlie were very friendly and informative!  Do not miss this authentic experience and come with a good appetite as there are 8 stops with generous portions of each dish served on the tour!


Gaye  J  recommends Cultura Cruisers.

April 8 

This is a fun and informative way to experience a part of Isla Mujeres that is off the tourist path. We had such a great time and the food was fantastic! We are looking forward to booking again!

Booking and payment was easy, questions were promptly answered.  Jose is so warm and friendly, sharing stories of his family and everyday life on Isla.  Our golf cart tour involved 8 stops.  Enchiladas verde, tamales, sweet buns, esquitos, fried hogfish, enchiladas con mole, tacos el pastor and flan.  We went to some small restaurants and also some street vendors that, if we were not with Jose, we wouldn't have even known what they were selling, as well as a personal home for the flan.  So fun and interesting. We have returned to 3 of the places since our tour (2 restaurants and one street vendor). Come hungry, it is a lot of food!


Jill W  recommends Cultura Cruisers March 19 · 

My husband and I just finished our tour with Jose ❤️  We had an amazing experience and I would highly recommend booking a tour. From start to finish, emails to actual tour, wonderful!!!  All questions answered promptly, such a warm and friendly group!!  Jose is the bomb!!!! We were lucky because it was just the three of us so we had Jose all to ourselves!!  Thanks for the great time!

One of the best experiences on the Island!  Jose’ is a fabulous guide.  He introduced us to several great restaurants Mid-Island - ones tourists might not find on their own. We will return to them for sure. We also learned new things about the culture here. Jose’ answered all our questions.  We made some great new friends of the other people on the tour. I highly recommend experience!

Hands down the best experience we had visiting Isla. Jose and his daughter Mary made the trip memorable. Their smiling faces were contagious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We just got back from the bike tour. What a wonderful experience. Although we have been coming to Isla for the last 3 years, It was amazing to see and taste some the local area restaurants. Jose was a sweetheart and made the experience very educational. The food was so tasty!! The enchiladas at the first stop were fantastic! The pastries were to die for! 😜😜. The various tacos and drinks along the tour were so good we plan to go back to a few of the stops tomorrow for more!! This was a real treat and I recommend to everyone new to Isla or not. Thanks José!!


Jena C  recommends Cultura Cruisers. February 28, 2019

The most fun I have had!! Not just a tour but an experience. The guide is wonderful and very personable. You must make this a to-do on your list!! So many tiny places that truly show you the best parts of this awesome island.


We had such a fantastic time with Jose! Great food at wonderful places we wouldn’t have ever known about..met some other fun folks and really enjoyed our tour! I highly recommend this , especially if you are new to Isla! Special thanks to the lovely people who opened their homes to us and prepared local island specialties!
The tamales in the parking lot of Chedrauie were AMAZING!


February 4, 2019 

What a unique experience! Jose our guide was wonderful, the wonderful Mexican people who welcomed us into their homes and prepared homemade food, the street vendors, everything was just perfect. What a wonderful night and a wonderful opportunity to see the La Gloria neighborhood at night! Can't wait to go back next time and do the golf cart tour!

January 27, 2019

Cultura Cruisers is not to be missed. If you do only one scheduled tour on Isla, this HAS to be it. We had an amazing time! Jose is local to Isla and taught English for many years. He was full of stories and humor. This tour wasn’t just about food. Jose shared stories about life on Isla and showed us cultural points along the way. He always explained where we were and his pride and love for his hometown was evident. We hope to see this experience flourish as we would love to do it again on our next trip to Isla. Now, the food. Panuchos, pan dulce, empanadas, barbacoa, flan, tamales, whole fried hog fish, el pastor tacos, beer tasting...we were stuffed with wonderful foods and an appreciation for the people who live and work on this amazing island. This tour was more than just delicious food (I will dream about those tamales for the rest of my life); it was truly about bridging two cultures through food, laughter, and fun. Thank you Cultura Cruisers!

January 22, 2019

You are missing out if you don’t take this tour!!! Jose is amazing. So informative so nice and just a great family man. We love Cultural Cruisers. Second time routing with them and will be back for more!!


Amy W  recommends Cultura Cruisers.

January 18, 2019

We had a wonderful time with Jose. So happy to have something new to do on the island and we experienced several things that we have never experienced in the 10+ years we have been visiting the island.  The food was amazing as were all of the people we encountered.  I highly recommend this tour it is well worth the money. Just make sure that you come really hungry and pace yourself!!   We were stuffed.


Jean L  recommends Cultura Cruisers.

January 17, 2019· 

I cannot tell you how GREAT our tour was with Jose and Cultura Cruisers last night. Highly recommend this, as it was one of my favorite vacation experiences ever, anywhere. We had a blast, made new friends and can't wait to do it again when we are back on Isla. You should do this


Rachel Clark, January 2019

Highlight of our trip to Isla Mujeres. This is a must do if you truly want to experience the essence of this beautiful island. 3.5 hours, 8 stops exploring the different foods and neighborhoods left us full...and planning our next visits to the places we went!  Jose was our guide, born and raised in Isla made this tour extra special. At the end, he surprised us with a mezcal flight to cap off our night. There are so many great places to see off the beaten path, I look forward to seeing more the next time we visit with Cultura Cruisers.

We did a golf cart tour with Cultura Cruisers a week ago and it was such a wonderful experience!  We highly recommend it to anyone wanting a new experience with authentic food, amazing locals and a magnificent tour guide named José!  Check out their FB page and reserve your tour today!  You will not be disappointed!


December 26, 2018 

Amazing time! We did the golf cart tour with Jose and got to stop by so many places, eat wonderful food, and see all the little neighborhoods on Isla Mujeres. my mom and I both agreed this was the best time of our trip! I highly recommend if you want to get away from the touristy side of Isla and get to eat like the locals!


December 16, 2018 · 

Just got back from Isla Mujeres and took the most amazing food tour from Cultura Cruisers while we were there. We chose the golf cart option and Jose took us to some of the best authentic Mexican food we had while on the island. We went to ten different locations that included several Mexican homes and Isla Brewery. In addition to great food Jose showed us some interesting cultural points in the neighborhoods. This is such a unique opportunity. Don’t miss it.


Kathy recommends Cultura Cruisers.

December 13, 2018 · 

We had the best time on this bike tour. Jose was the best guide and we ate some amazing food. The best part was meeting the wonderful local people. If you take this tour make sure you go hungry and pace yourself. We were so stuffed by the end we could only manage one bite at the last two stops!


Yeye Rodriguez recommends Cultura Cruisers.

December 5 

es la mejor manera de conocer isla mujeres.


We had the best day. Jose is a wonderful guide. He is kind, joyous and knowledgeable. We have been to Isla many times. This is truly a wonderful tours for a cultural and local food experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for Jose. 👏👏👏👏👏


We loved this tour with Jose and Ventura! Got to try a new experience and have food drinks with the locals

Jose!! and the food, excellent bikes. just an awesome tour with amazing food and the wonderful people that prepare it !!


My husband and I enjoyed this last week!  We rode all around LaGloria and went to many delicious restaurants and even into the homes of local people.  José was a super awesome guide, so friendly, and explained so much history of the island to us!   It’s a must do!  We loved it!  Do NOT eat before you go so you have room to try everything!   😁

Great tour with a great host Jose!


Laura T  recommends Cultura Cruisers.

September 14

What a great adventure, loved the tour. Visited many restaurants and can't wait to go back.  Food was delicious.  Locals opened their home to us, very special.  We took the 4:30pm tour was perfect because that was our dinner.  Start your tour hungry!  Jose was a wonderful tour guide, very accommodating.  Don't miss this tour.


Fantastic food and Jose was a brilliant guide, couldn't have asked for better


Laurie S reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star July 22 

My family of 18 people took the Cultura Cruises tour with Jose ..we were celebrating my Moms  Birthday that day and there was even a special cake made for her at one of our stops in a lovely home...we were sampling all different delicious foods literally eating like locals..I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful experience this tour was! If your visiting Isla Mujeres book this tour ..highly recommend it 


Jenna K reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star July 22

My family and I really enjoyed this in Isla Mujeres. It was such a pleasant and humbling experience to enjoy food, laughs and culture with the people I love. Our guide did an amazing job as well! I would 150% recommend with only ONE suggestion, be ready to EAT! Hope everyone who tries this has a similar experience.


Theresa K reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star  July 21

We were a group of 18 and did the golf cart tour with Jose!! Best part of our trip to Isla and I would highly recommend to everyone traveling there! We had some amazing food and met some amazing people, loved every minute!!


Blake J reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star May 30 

We had a group of six that became a group of four. We booked bikes but wound up doing golf carts. Sounds like a mess, but they made it so easy! Lilly was awesome! Amazing experience!


Ricardo L reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star May 20

Best tour in isla mujeres ever! If you really want to get involve into the island culture this tour is the highest option to do it!


Lauren W reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star May 15

I can’t say enough great things about Cultura Cruisers! This was by far one of the coolest things I have done on vacation. Amazing people, amazing food, and a truly unique way of experiencing local culture and cuisine. This is the real deal, folks!! Jose was an excellent tour guide...so welcoming and knowledgeable. This tour is a must for anyone visiting the island! Eat.Like.Locals!!! We’ll be back for sure...gracias!


Michelle G reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star May 4

I highly recommend to check out Cultura Cruisers! My husband and I had the best time with Jose. He gave us a tour of Isla while stopping at well known Isla spots and some hidden food treasures. Some of the best food that we have had on the island. We wished we would have done it sooner so that we could go back for more food!


Dana P reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star April 24

Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Isla Mujeres! Incredible people, fantastic stories and beyond amazing food! Such a perfect way to explore the beauty and culture of the island! This tour was the highlight of our trip! #eatlikelocals #culturacruisers
#morethanjustafoodtour


Terri F reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star April 18 

We had the best time touring with Jose!  This is definitely a must do when you visit Isla.  Great food, great tour, fun guide.  We'll do it again when we return!


Andrea S reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star April 17

What an AWESOME DAY we spent with Jose!! I would highly recommend Cultura Cruisers any day!! Jose accommodated our group on the afternoon tour in every way!! He took us through the colonias and even went a roundabout way so we could see a little of the coast!! We also had someone in our group with food allergies, and that was never a problem. The food was fabulous at every one of the places we went, we even revisited a couple before our trip was over. If you’re looking for a little adventure, some great food, and a bit of culture, this is definitely a MUST FOR YOU!!!!


Jennifer Z reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star April 9

Such a great time! Our guide Jose was so informative. We were able to fit in so many interesting stops and ate amazing food, plus he patiently "tutored" our high schooler who is working on her Spanish language skills. All 3 kids (16, 14, and 10 years old) were easily able to keep up and were open to trying new foods, which made the tour fun for mom and dad. Our vegan had great options available too. For two of my kids, it was their first time to Isla and third or fourth time for the rest of us - EVERYONE said this was the best part of our entire trip. So very glad we made this part of our Isla experience as there is more to the island than beaches and bars!


This was a wonderful experience!! Jose was a great guide! This is a must do if you are vacationing to Isla!!



This is a must do on Isla Mujeres. My husband booked this and I’m so glad he did. We both love the island and Liliana gave us a wonderful history lesson through the colonias in between stops at amazing places to try different local cuisines. We hadn’t ridden bikes for many years and I was a bit nervous about riding in the streets but, Liliana was an excellent guide and made sure we all felt comfortable. The bikes were comfortable and helmets were provided. Marla, I believe this is a brilliant idea to get visitors out into the communities and show different parts of the island. There is so much more to Isla Mujeres than Centro.


Kathy B reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star March 15 

Yesterday we went on the locals food tour in the Colonias with the incomparable Jose of Cultura Cruisers.  It was an amazing tour: the bikes really let you experience the Colonias, the food was fabulous, and getting to know some locals was a special treat!  I highly recommend it - a must for anyone who likes food, adventure, getting to know Mexico, or if you just like fun! #culturacruisers
#eatlikealocal


Best. Tour. Ever.
A wonderful exploration of the best hidden gems in the colonials. Great food, awesome guide, Jose, and an all around fabulous experience. Thanks Cultura Cruisers for an unforgettable trip. We will be back!


Lee Teater K reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

March 11 

This was a highlight of our week!!  We have been to the island 10-12 times and saw and learned more about it in those three hours than all of the other trips combined.  Marla was extremely patient and professional in organizing our trip and Jose..... we could never say enough about Jose!!  He is one of the most intelligent, friendly, and interesting people we have ever met!  Our evening with him was spectacular and like visiting with an old friend.  We hope to see him on our next trip!


Mary-Stewart T reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star March 9

This tour was excellent! I would highly recommend. Jose was our tour guide and was so much fun! The food stops were great and Jose introduced us to the staff at each restaurant and explained each dish. Bikes were very comfortable with easy shifting. All communication with Marlita (Booking, payment, confirmation, etc) was very smooth


Monica P reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star February 23  

Amazing day with Lily! I highly recommend that you do this your first day on the island. We had a great tour guide who really made our tour amazing!!!


Marybeth J reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

February 20 

We had a wonderful afternoon with Jose.  If all you have ever seen of Isla Mujeres is Playa Norte you are missing out!  I loved touring the Colonias and getting to try different dishes along the way.  We even were invited into a home by a gracious hostess for delicious flan,  truly a special experience.  If you love to eat and explore outside of the touristy areas this is a tour not to be missed (and if you don’t/can’t ride bikes they also will do tours by golf carts ).


Michelle T reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

February 16

 We had an awesome afternoon with Jose visiting some of the local hidden gems on Isla Mujeres. I appreciate that Jose took the time to stop and show us some other sights on the island in addition to our food stops. The price for the tour includes water and/or sodas at each stop however, we chose to enjoy a few cerveza and cocktails at with some of our meals. We were all more than full by the end of the tour - no need to worry about dinner afterwards! Thank you Jose and Marla for the great experience - it was a highlight of the trip for our group



Kristi W reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

February 6  

This was the best experience we had while on Isla last week.  It has stuck with me and I am excited to share with my kids when we come back. Jose is an amazing tour guide and picked out some really delicious places to eat!  I have found a love for "Michealadas" sp? However none better than the roadside stand we visited.   Also, truly the best flan I've ever had.  This is an experience you will remember for a long time! Thank you to our new friend on the island, Jose! 



Karolyn Z reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

February 3 

We had a great time exploring parts of the island we would have never seen. We had a five course rolling meal at local restaurants, street vendors, and even someone’s kitchen. Marla and Jose were fantastic!



Stacy & Ray R reviewed Cultura Cruisers5 star

January 27 

We had a great time on our cruise. Great food, excellent people, and a wonderful experience!





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Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico