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ATTENTION! GEO-CACHE Treasure Hunters ~
GPS for WEBCAM N 20.30.391, W 86.57.384
We now have 2 office locations to better serve you!
602-B Melgar (Upstairs)
Between Navy Base & Hotel Barracuda
(50 yards SOUTH of Punta Langosta Pier)
GPS: N 20.30.391,
316 / 332 55 Avenida
Between Calle 3Sur & Morelos
(15 minute walk into town area)
GPS: N 20.30.032,
NOTE : 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 COME BY our office, say "HI" and pick up a FREE COZUMELINSDER MAP or KEYCHAIN! We'd like to meet you and assist you with excursions, rental cars, and accommodations!
A Personal Note from Sherri "It's About Time...."
It was three years ago this week that our mundane, ordinary lives in Cozumel were inconceivably disrupted as Mauricio and I were kidnapped, transported off the island and detained in an attempt to intimidate me into surrendering some land rights I have acquired out here at Dzul Ha. It seemed incredible as it was happening and even now rather unbelievable that a supposedly professional, educated Mexican advisor to a very wealthy foreign investor would develop and implement such an ill-conceived scheme. But he did.
At the time, those neighbors claimed we were guilty of some crimes and had been “arrested” by “authorities.” We found that “arrest” claim exceedingly ironic since none of those who physically took us from the highway that day had uniforms or badges and none of the 6+ vehicles that forced us from the road were marked in any way nor could anyone produce any paperwork to show us ordering our “detention.” Conveniently the paperwork materialized LATER, along with 8 criminal complaints and multiple Civil lawsuits as well. A great deal of effort has been expended over these past 3 years to clear our names and that of my company. From a legal standpoint, that objective has now been 100% accomplished. Just recently, the final Civil lawsuit filed against us by that bunch was decided in OUR FAVOR by the appellate courts.
All told, we’ve now been VINDICATED in 8 criminal complaints and 2 civil lawsuits and we have endured countless appeals by the losing party in an effort to simply delay the inevitable release of this news in our favor and to DELAY/AVOID PAYING US legal fees and damages. Now that Islamar, Mauricio and I have been fully exonerated of all claims, we are now aggressively moving forward to recover legal fees and damages, AS IS OUR RIGHT, under Mexican law since we PREVAILED in the litigation.
The significance of this body of legal effort and the outcomes generated cannot be understated for those living, working and trying to conduct business in Cozumel and Quintana Roo. From the phone calls and emails received, I know I am not the first or only VICTIM of the area’s bigwigs. But this overwhelming defeat of attempted judicial extortion shows that perhaps there is a positive wind of change finally blowing toward Quintana Roo and Cozumel for those willing to defend their rights rather than flee. The Federal judicial system of Mexico “gets it,” and does not hesitate now to quash these types of ridiculous regional power skirmishes that have nothing to do with the law and everything to do with creating fear and intimidation.
Much gratitude and thanks go to my unwavering team of Mexican advisors, counsel and litigators who have successfully navigated us through the very murky waters of local/State judicial systems here. Systems dominated by corruption and collusion that all too frequently are utilized by white collar thugs in the area to intimidate and extort both local and foreign investors into simply abandoning their capital and walking away ~ leaving the vultures to scavenge and exploit the assets left behind. My team of advisors (NONE from Cozumel) possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its appropriate application. They never wavered in their support of us nor in their fight for us throughout this ordeal. And honestly, my really simple words of thanks here are completely inadequate because to me….and I don’t think I’m embellishing here…. this group has quite literally changed the course of judicial history within the State of Quintana Roo. Not that the judicial system of QRoo WANTED to change mind you….but by Federal justice system rulings that FORCED compliance with the law, change for the better has been effected in my cases and stands as precedent for all of those who might need it in the future.
Being quite literally one of the top online promoters of Cozumel as a travel destination for over a DECADE, I can tell you it was NOT easy making the decision to share our story online. But YES, it was ME… I made the decision in June 2010 to publicize our plight on MY website and I have no regrets about that decision. LESS “island friends” for doing so but no regrets as I feel very strongly that publicity quite possibly saved our lives back then.
Lots of folks advised me and copied me on segments of raging forum discussions out there in cyberspace. My email response was always the same: “Sorry but I don’t even know these people posting about me and our situation.” Love or hate them, those forum rants were frankly irrelevant to the eventual outcome. Public opinion was not going to decide our cases ~ judges did so based on facts and evidence. Nonetheless, it was still sad for us to see how those motivated by fear and ignorance in a one horse town dependent on tourism turned on us like wild dogs in very public online forums under some misguided notion that bashing us (the VICTIMS) was going to improve folk’s perception of the incident.
Over these years, literally thousands of you have emailed or called me with support or armchair quarterback versions of what I shoulda/coulda done differently during this ordeal. I read the good, the positive, the ugly, the stupid and the misinformed. I most especially enjoyed those with a sense of humor discussing what they thought my father (US Navy ’58-62) would have done to those guys were he still alive. But ignorance of the Mexican judicial process, fear of negative publicity and fear of losing business drove many of our fellow islanders to turn their backs on us. Lots of local folks refused to support or acknowledge the existence of our website and/or our situation as extortion VICTIMS where we were simply telling the truth of what was going on in our lives and around Mexico.
Again let me be clear:
WE didn’t do anything illegal.
WE didn’t file civil or criminal complaints against anyone.
WE didn’t instigate the “detainment” of anyone.
It’s not OUR fault that bodyguards are needed now to ensure our personal safety in Cozumel.
As the VICTIMS (not self-proclaimed but determined by the judicial system) in this ordeal, we kindly suggest those island folks turn their attacks and disdain toward the PERPETRATORS in this case for a change. And feel free to marginalize THEM and shun THEIR businesses as you have ours these past years.
As it turned out over these years, while internet forum gossipers and a lot of the local community showed us their ignorance and ar$es by attacking and marginalizing us (victims), the worldwide travelling public that follows and uses our website was much more astute in their comprehension, thinking and decision making about Cozumel and our situation. They “got it” and made their own informed decisions about visiting the island and continuing to support our website and businesses. Many thanks to all of you vacationers and travelers for your continued use of this website. At INSIDER, we “get it”…. you guys aren’t “silly travelers wandering around like toad frogs in the rain” who only want to hear “positive” PR blather about a place. What you want is simply the truth ~ good, bad, indifferent ~ so you can make your own decisions about what to do while on vacation in Cozumel. We respect that and strive every day to give you what you need to make informed decisions. Again we THANK YOU for your DECADE of trust and continued patronage!
To our close friends and family who have been our “rocks” through this ordeal ~ there simply are no words that would be adequate here to express our gratitude for your love and support! All we can do is say how much we love you and try each day to conduct our lives in a way that makes us worthy of your endearment.
So for now, our great island adventure continues….
Mauricio and I look forward to the future and several exciting announcements we will share with you soon!
Cozumel Atlantis Submarine Adventure
Cozumel Segway Adventure and Snorkel Tour
IslaMar Villa 4 West 1BR/1Bath Vacation Rental
Cozumel Design Your Own Island Tour!
Cozumel's Most Complete Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
Blueway Car Rental Cozumel - Economy Car (Standard) 5 Pax
Legalize US Vehicles in Mexico
Blueway Car Rental Cozumel - Full Size Van (Automatic) 8Pax
Cozumel Dolphin Royal Swim Program
Cozumel El Cielo Reef Snorkel Trip
Cozumel Country Club Golf
Cozumel Country Club Golf
IslaMar Villa 5 Norte 1BR/1Bath Vacation Rental Home
IslaMar Villa 4 West 1BR/1Bath Vacation Rental
IslaMar Studio Villa 1 Vacation Rental
Cozumel Spanish Learning Educational Classes
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
Sherrie is a true star when it comes to being hostess. Always friendly, helpful and there to answers our questions she knows where to enjoy local cuisine, you'll get the best value for money and great food. H. Hawkins ~ Wilmington, DE
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
You ladies (at COZUMELINSIDER) are the best ---- will write more when it doesnt costs 75 cents per minute --like it does on the ship. Our driver, humbuerto was awesome ! seak trek thing was the coolest thing in the world ---- we LOVED it --- we bought the cd-rom --- we are such tourists !!!!!!!!!!! i'm a tv reporter and the guy who shot the underwater video is a good photographer ----
had some really neat shots ----- i'm a sucker for videos -------- did not really want to snorkel with mario --- those guy were really sweet ---- will talk more when at home --- just wanted you to know ASAP-- highly impressed with your service ----- wish i knew a milllion people to recommend to you !! Tressa Bush ~ Tennessee