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JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island

La Isla Flotante, Laguna Mackash, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
+52 631 889 1523
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Totally unique experience - specially for eco travellers.

Richart Sowa is a British carpenter who built an island out of plastic bottles and trash. It... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2016
Susan M
Niagara on the Lake
Hard to see

The approach to the island is all fenced off, making it hard to see. It appears that the owner has... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2016
Edmonton, Canada
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Richart Sowa built Joysxee, the Floating Bottle Island by himself, with over 150,000 plastic bottles. Shown on MTV Extreme Cribs and Ripley's Believe It or Not, the island that floats on bottles is an ecological masterpiece. Everything on the island was built with recycled materials from the three story house, to the out door bar. Come tour Joysxee and meet the incredible Richie, a real life Robinson Crusoe. An experience you can only find on Isla Mujeres.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good24%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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La Isla Flotante, Laguna Mackash, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
+52 631 889 1523

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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Richart Sowa is a British carpenter who built an island out of plastic bottles and trash. It supports his three storey home. He's happy to give a tour of it and answer questions for a $5 per person donation. He's a gregarious fellow who believes...More

2  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 15 February 2016

The approach to the island is all fenced off, making it hard to see. It appears that the owner has not been around in a while. I kind of wonder if he has deserted his creation, and whether it is still all floating. It would...More

Thank albertaloner
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Richart is a delightful eccentric whose charisma is exceeded only by his passion for his project. We entered by a path just to the right of the viewing fence and with a smile and a wave we were invited into this unique home for a...More

2  Thank Jennmcs
Reviewed 11 February 2016

We'd often driven by this but never knew what the deal was. We had seen this house on one of the travel channels back home. It was nice to get a chance to meet the owner and get an opportunity to see the inside of...More

2  Thank Sheila2561
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I was looking forward to hanging out with Ritchy and seeing the floating bottle island. We made our way there via our rented golf cart. The entrance to the dock was all fenced off and Ritchy was down there working. I shouted at him and...More

Thank lil_bru5620
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This island does not look anything like you see on line. It is overrun with vegetation, you can barely the island, the sail boats around it block all the views.

Thank Jana C
Reviewed 3 February 2016

You can get close than we got, but to see an island built on milk jugs so that someone can live there and even grow their own vegetables is a wonder to me. It's compact and complete with raft for floating in the ocean and...More

Thank Rhonda W
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Visiting Richart Sowa's floating island is always a highlight of a trip to Isla Mujeres. His creativity and ingenuity is amazing. From his shell-a-phone to the way he collects rain water to his ideas of how to generate energy using waves is so very clever....More

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 27 January 2016

We thought it to be a joke when we saw a sign that bottle island and then we saw it really was..we never knew you could reuse so much stuff.

Thank Jim Karen E
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Took a while to locate it and we were quite disappointed to find the floating island in a state of abandonment. It is not accessible except to view through a chain link fence. People we questioned in the area did not know what had become...More

1  Thank FarFlungStarling
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3 January 2015|
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Response from Micheal S |
it's run down. Not Worth seeing. They need to take this off the Web Site