Isla Mujeres is one of those quaint remote destinations that make you slow down the moment you step on its ground. The time simply runs differently there
On Isla Mujeres the white-sand beaches, all-year-round sunny weather, and crystal clear, turquoise blue waters simply make you forget your life outside of it. 🌴
How to get to this paradisiacal place?
When is the best time to enjoy this hidden paradise?
Things to do and see in Isla Mujeres to make the most of your stay on the island?
Keep reading to find out!!!
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About Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is an ancient place. It was already a Mayan sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel when the Spaniards arrived there in 1517.
Ixchel was the goddess of the moon, happiness, fertility, and medicine and it is believed that she lived on the island a long time ago together with her court of women.
When the Spaniards got there they discovered many statues of the goddess and named the island Isla Mujeres that means the island of women.
The island is very small and extends only for 5 miles long and is just half a mile wide. Therefore, it will be very easy for you to go around the island in just a few hours, mabye in a day.
The main activities and things to do in Isla Mujeres are:
- Enjoying the stunning beaches
- Snorkelking and scuba diving
- Strolling through its colorful streets
- Havng fun at the beach clubs and bars
- Ixchel's Temple (chek out our article, the archeaological sites in the Rivera Maya)
- The underwater museum MUSA
- Family activies such as the turtle farm and the dolphinarium.
How to Get to Isla Mujeres?
Isla Mujeres is located across Cancun and you can easily see it from the coast on a sunny day.
It’s a small island, so obviously water transportation is the only way but you can choose from some options.
🚢 Ultramar ferry: the cheapest alternative to get to Isla Mujeres.
If you want to get to the island by yourself you must take a fery ride.
The are different ferry docks all over Cancun:
Puerto Juárez, Playa Tortuga, Playa Caracol and El Embarcadero in the Cancun Hotel Zone
Where are the different docks in Cancun to get to Isla Mujeres?
📍 Find the locations here: Ferry docks in Cancun.
For updated ferry schedules and prices to reach Islas Mujeres, check Ultramar's website.
⛵ Want to reach Isla Mujeres with style? Get on a catamaran or even better a yatch.
Many private tour operators in Cancun and Playa del Carmen organize daily trips to Isla Mujeres.
These tours usually include:
- - One stop at the sea to swim and snorkel.
- - Snorkel gear and equipment.
- - A visit to one of Isla Mujeres' beaches, usually Playa Norte.
- - Additional services like open bar and lunch.
You can combine this excursion, for example, with the tour to Isla Contoy. 🏝️
👉 To learn more about the islands nearby Cancun, 👀 you can read this post: Islands in the Mexican Caribbean.
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If you have chosen to spend your vacation in the hotel zone of Cancun, in one of the great resorts on the coast, you will probably have no problem finding tickets for a crossing to Isla Mujeres.
Many all-inclusive resorts in the Cancun Hotel Zone have preferential rates for tours around Cancun and Riviera Maya. They can also organize your transfer to Isla Mujeres directly from the Cancun airport if you wish.
👉 Are you interested in all-inclusive hotels? Learn more about this topic here: All inclusive resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
When to Travel to Isla Mujeres?
Similar to other destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, you can travel to Isla Mujeres any time of the year. The best time for you will depend on your personal preferences.
The best time will really depend on your expectations and what you want to do during your visit to Isla Mujeres.
🌱 From January to April, the first months of the year are perfect due to the very mild weather. These are also the most popular months for tourists. They correspond to the high season in Isla Mujeres.
Be ready for busy crossings with other tourists, crowded beaches and long lines for the main attractions and activities.
🌻 🍁 From May to October, the season is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. This is the time of year when the Caribbean Sea is warmest.
⚠️ It's also hurricane season. 🌪️
Don't forget to check the weather conditions for your vacations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Having a cancellation insurance is essential to cover any eventuality.
❄️ November and December, are not so hot but not too cold either. Most tourists still consider the temperatures to be ideal. It's low season so hotels and tours tend to be cheaper and there are generally fewer tourists everywhere. 🌡️ 📈
If you choose to make your trip to Isla Mujeres during these winter months, you will benefit from reduced prices and discounts on hotels 💸 and certain activities.
Things to Do and See in Isla Mujeres
The best way to visit Isla Mujeres is by bike or golf cart. You can rent them at any point on the island and make your own tour.
Here are some recommended things to do and discovert this amazing island:
1. Spend Time on the Beach
The beaches in Isla Mujeres are spectacular.
You can just lay the whole day in a hammock, sip in a cocktail and get a splash in warm waters when you feel like it.
There are many beaches to choose from with fewer or more facilities but all of them are gorgeous. Playa Norte is one of the most popular ones.
Choose the one that suits you best with our definitive guide to the best beaches in Cancun and the Riviera Maya: best beaches in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
In a special section on the beaches in Isla Mujeres you will find everything you need to know to spend a day at the beach in this wonderful destination.
If you like places with a cool atmosphere, we recommend Playa Norte, the most popular of the beaches on Isla Mujeres.
2. Visit MUSA Underwater Sculpture Park
If you like scuba diving or snorkeling, you cannot miss this incredible underwater museum.
This unusual museum exhibits more than 500 submerged sculptures. People, animals, cars and other original creations for an exceptional aquatic-artistic discovery.
Did you know that... In addition to being a completely new activity in the area, MUSA also cntributes with the environment: it is an artificial reef for the fish and corals that grow there.
To know everything about Musa: click here!
3. Relax at Parque de los Sueños at Kin Ha
Kin Ha is one of the most famous beach clubs in Isla Mujeres.
You can simply look out at the sea from one of the numerous terraced pools, dive, kayak, snorkel, boat, or only swim and relax in its waters.
You can also eat and drinkt.
⚠️ However, the entrance fee does not cover food and beverages.
4. Make Sure You don’t Miss the Garrafon Natural Reef Park.
If you are spending your family vacations in Cancun, then a Visit to Garrafon Park should be on your to-do list during your stay in Isla Mujeres.
Here, you can snorkel or kayak.
If you have always dreamed about swimming with marine animals, you can make your dream true with the park's dolphins. 🐬
For the more adventurous, try tree climbing and zip lines.
Among the other activities for total relaxation is the temazcal. This is an only adult activity. It can be described as a Mayan sauna.
The pools and waters slides in this park are also perfect to relax and have fun.
📅 Book Your Visit to Isla Mujeres
Whether you plan to visit Isla Mujeres just for one day or stay there longer in one of the resorts, you won’t be disappointed. Choose your best time of the year to visit, book your spot and get ready for an incredible vacation!