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JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island

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Address: La Isla Flotante, Laguna Mackash, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
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Richart Sowa built Joysxee, the Floating Bottle Island by himself, with...

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.

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Floating bottle island!

We were exploring the island in our golf cart and for some reason I had my hubby pull over to the right of the road. There was a bit of a high chain ling fence with this very... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2016

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Built from essentially recycled materials this home is FLOATING on PLASTIC BOTTLES, has a unique Home and is now growing a wide range of trees flowers and edible crops!!!!

1 Thank x_Chris_x2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

We were exploring the island in our golf cart and for some reason I had my hubby pull over to the right of the road. There was a bit of a high chain ling fence with this very small sign that said "floating bottle island" and then it clicked that I had actually seen a tv program that featured this!... More 

Thank j0sie55
Afton, Oklahoma
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41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

This was not open when we went but I had heard about it and so made the trip to check it out. You can still see from the road just not go onto the island during off season.

Thank Shadylady88
Gainesville, Florida
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

We were staying directly across from the Floating Bottle Island and had a delightful tour of it by the creator, Richart. What a fantastic idea he has had and has constructed this floating island in such an amazing manner. He is delightful and thoroughly enjoys sharing his ideas and his creation.

Thank lizharvey65
Corvallis, Oregon
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

What live on a Isla and make your own island to float on ...it was very cool. But it needs to be kept up!

Thank oregon349
Niagara on the Lake
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59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 he's found a solution to the world's endless garbage and the coming end as prophesied... More 

2 Thank Susan M
Edmonton, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 be more worthwhile to visit if you could get closer.

Thank albertaloner
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 tour. He has an incredible desire for making the environment better for us all..and is... More 

2 Thank Jennmcs
Lindale, Texas, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 the house. He truly is an amazing man.

2 Thank Sheila2561
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 he stated he was too busy and the water was too shallow to take anyone... More 

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