Exploring Isla Mujeres Guide
This beautiful island in the Caribbean is also a Magic Town in Mexico, for that and much more is it worth Exploring Isla Mujeres.
In this spectacular island, you will find the most marvelous blue shades in the ocean, white and fine sand, a majestic cliff, colorful Caribbean architecture, and even pirate stories.
A very important attraction of Isla Mujeres (Woman’s Island) is the sunrises and sunsets. Due to its location, the island is the place where Mexico awakens. The first rays sunbathe this beautiful island and the best place to experience, it’s Punta Sur (South Point).
You can visit this charming island only for a day or a lot more, because of its location it is very easy to get there.
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The Beautiful Island that is also a Magic Town
I’ve talked to you before about the beautiful Magic Towns in Mexico, but this time is not a regular Magic Town, it is also an Island located in the Caribbean Sea.
In 2015 Isla Mujeres received this great recognition, which helps generate and promote tourism, handicrafts, festivities, traditions, and cuisine of the place.
How to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun
The gorgeous island is located in front of Cancun beach so, visiting this beautiful island is something you can’t miss.
If you only want to stay on the island, you must arrive at the international airport of Cancun, and from there you can go to Isla Mujeres or any other destination you want to visit in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
If you want to visit the island on a day trip, an excellent option is to do it in an All-Inclusive Catamaran tour. For me, it was a wonderful experience to enjoy the Catamaran, the beach, delicious food, snorkeling and to be able to wander once again the streets of this beautiful island. You can read about my experience at the Catamaran tour in the Mexican Caribbean.
Ferry to Isla Mujeres
Get to Isla from Cancun is very easy, only 30 minutes on a fabulous Ferry ride. By the way, if you want the best view and the sea breeze, I recommend you go on the second floor of the ferry.
There are 4 ferry Ultramar piers, 3 of which are located in the hotel zone. Check the prices, location, and schedules.
The price is almost the same in any of the three options as travel time. I recommend you to check the return schedule at the Ultramar page since not all the piers have the same return timetable.
But don’t worry, the return ticket is open and you decide the day and time you want to return.
- El Embarcadero – Blvd. Kukulcan Km 4
- Playa Tortugas – Blvd. Kukulcan Km 6.5
- Playa Caracol – Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9.5
The next option is a little cheaper, with more schedules but is located downtown Cancun.
- Puerto Juarez – Av. López Portillo SM-84 M-5 L-6 Puerto Juárez
To get to any of the ferry terminals you can take a taxi or public transport at the hotel zone.
Exploring Isla Mujeres
The best way to visit and enjoy the island is to rent one of the famous golf carts. This makes it very easy to explore the sites that interest you in your own way and at your own pace.
You can also rent a bike, although during the summer the heat makes the trip a little harder.
There are many companies for Golf Car Rental, I recommend you ask the price per day or hour, so you can decide which one is right for you.
The Best Things to do at Isla Mujeres
Despite being an island not very large, there is a lot of activities that you can enjoy even if you visit the island for a day trip.
Awarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, Playa Norte (North Beach) is a place you must visit on this Caribbean island. You can walk from the Ferry Terminal since it’s only a few steps away.
When leaving the ferry terminal, you should only walk to the left and a few steps away you will discover the beginning of Playa Norte.
On this beautiful beach, you can stay in one of the many hotels, enjoy water activities, experience the sunset or simply relax with the beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea.
South Point it’s, without doubt, my favorite place at Isla, you will not believe the wonderful view at this part of the island. Punta Sur is the highest part of the island and it’s surrounded by a magnificent cliff with the best views of the Caribbean.
A few years ago, in this wonderful space, Sculptural Park was created with the participation of 23 sculptors from different countries.
Due to solar exposure, sea salt and the effects of the environment, the sculptures are not the same. But in my opinion, rust and corrosion give them a cool art image.
At the end of the island, there are some small Mayan ruins, which give the place even more charm. Of course, they are not big and spectacular like Chichen Itza, Edzna or the wonderful Tulum Ruins, but still pretty.
For me, it is an extraordinary moment every time I visit that place, the amazing view, the cliff, the different shades of the Caribbean Sea make a wonderful experience.
At the entrance is one of the lighthouses of Isla, and although it is not very tall it’s beautiful. Next to the lighthouse is the Caribbean Village with a restaurant, shops and beautiful architecture.
There you can also find the monument of the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, Goddess of the moon and fertility, a very important part for the Mayans.
You have to pay a small fee to access the Sculptural Park at South Point Cliff, but it’s totally worth it!
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at MUSA
In the Cancun post, I wrote about this incredible museum. MUSA is a wonderful Underwater Museum of Art located between the waters of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. This wonderful project in Mexico has been very useful to help the marine life that needs it so much, currently, the museum has more than 500 sculptures.
The experience can be done in different ways, diving, snorkeling or in a glass-bottom boat if you’re traveling with children or just want to enjoy it without getting into the water.
Swim with Whale Sharks
You can have the experience of swimming with the biggest fish in the world. It is known that the whale shark can reach up to 12 meters long (39 feet) and weigh around 20 tons.
They are not a danger for the human being, they do not get scared with the divers but as always you have to follow the indications of the experts.
The best season to swim with whale sharks is June to August, there are several companies that offer this tour. As always, I recommend you ask the prices, what is included and look for the best option. It is definitely a fantastic experience.
If you’re looking for a natural park where you can do fun aquatic activities, Garrrafon Reef Park is a good option, for families or everyone.
You can enjoy zip-lining, snorkeling, kayaking and also relaxing hammocks, pool, and tours around the island.
Water Activities at Isla Mujeres
This is an excellent place to enjoy water activities, along the whole island you will find different options such as boat tour, kitesurfing, catamaran, scuba diving, fishing, and more. I recommend you, as always, to ask the price, what is included and the time for each activity.
Visit the Cemetery
Mexican cemeteries are unique, colorful and very special. If you have the opportunity, do not forget to visit it, just be respectful.
The cemetery is not big and it’s very close to Playa Norte, it will be really easy to visit.
This place was created to protect the sea turtles of this region, which are in danger of extinction. The sanctuary releases thousands of turtles every year, although sadly not all survive.
I recommend you visit this place that also has a small aquarium, here you can enjoy and learn a little more about these beautiful animals.
Visit Hacienda Mundaca
The hacienda belonged to a pirate named Fermín Mundaca, legend says that he built the Hacienda for a woman he fell in love with, La Trigueña. But she married another man and he died with a broken heart.
Shopping Mexican handicrafts
At Isla, you will not find shopping malls, but you’ll find a beautiful variety of colorful crafts and products made by locals.
You can find jewelry, embroidered clothes, tequila, Mexican sweets, lovely souvenirs and more.
One of my favorite activities is to appreciate the architecture of the place, walk through the beautiful streets it’s the best way to enjoy exploring Isla Mujeres and of course, discover those unforgettable surprises of each place.
Where to Stay at the Island
Here you will find hotels for all budgets, but the most important thing is to book in advance since in high season or weekends many people visit this place.
You can find luxurious resorts, all-inclusive, adults-only, for families or maybe for an unforgettable honeymoon; hotels with all the amenities at a more accessible price or even hostels. Some of my favorites are:
Nomads Hotel Hostel & Beachclub
Na Balam Beach Hotel & Villas
Selina Pok Na Isla Mujeres Hostel
In spite of being a small island, at Isla you will find a great variety of accommodation, you can check the rent of apartments, houses or Airbnb.
Where to Eat at Isla Mujeres
You will find a great gastronomic variety, not only Mexican or traditional food but also International, Vegan, and the best Sea Food.
The dish that you have to try is the Tikin Xic fish, cooked with orange juice, achiote, beer, chiles, onion and roasted. You’ll Love It!
Near Playa Norte, on the beach, and along the island, you will find a wide variety of restaurant options. The variety of prices is also big, both in bars and restaurants, there are options for all tastes and for all budgets. Most places have a menu outside so you can check the options and prices.
I am sure that your visit to this beautiful island will be unforgettable. There is something for everyone exploring Isla Mujeres, from a relaxing Beach Club to a fun Night Club.
If you already know this fabulous paradise, tell me what you liked most.