Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Posted on May 31, 2023 by Eduardo

sla Mujeres is a site with a lot of history that is located 13 kilometers off the coast of Cancun. Ideal for a vacation and enjoy alone, with your partner or with your family and here we will tell you some things to do in Isla Mujeres.

In spite of being a small place, it has a great amount of activities and the most common is to practice snorkeling, but not only that, because the island has splendid beaches and cliffs that make it an excellent place for the practice of sports and extreme activities.

But this is not the only thing that its beaches allow, because thanks to the fact that they are very calm, crystalline and surrounded by reefs they are the perfect home for dolphins, turtles, colorful fish and a great amount of marine animals, which you can meet in its beaches and marine sanctuaries.

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What to do and see in Isla Mujeres

Here is a list of the 10 places to visit in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte

It is a location with a flat water level and has an extension of more than one kilometer through which you will be able to walk very safely.

Also along its coast there are coconut trees, as well as food stores, bars and hotels that offer their services of food and drink so you can enjoy a comfortable stay in the area.

Playa Garrafón

You can locate it next to the national park that has the same name and is a place of fun and entertainment, here you can kayak, swim with dolphins or attend a club to dive and share with your family in a pleasant place with excellent service and quality care.

The Temple of Ixchel

Visiting the Mayan ruins of the Temple of Ixchel is one of the most exciting things to see on Isla Mujeres. Ixchel was the goddess of the moon and fertility of the Mayas, and she was also credited with the births.

According to Mayan civilization mythology, she had 13 children with Itzamná, founder of Chichén Itzá and god of the sky, day, night and wisdom. The name of the island has its origin in the numerous feminine images of the figure of the goddess, which the Spaniards found upon their arrival to the island.

Eating tiki fish xic

This is one of the specialties of the gastronomy of the island par excellence. It is prepared with an ancient Mayan recipe.

Its preparation is quite elaborated and it is prepared in several restaurants, among them La Casa del Tikinxic, in Lanceros Beach, a place with more than 70 years of tradition.


Of the 8 species of sea turtles that exist in the world, 7 can be found in Mexico. This is because the main nesting areas for sea turtles are found in the Riviera Maya and on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca.

On Isla Mujeres you can visit one of the organizations I know that are in charge of helping to prevent the extinction of these turtles and participate in the activities that these organizations have for the conservation of these marine species.

Beach Club and Museum of Captain Dulché

The museum contains an exhibition of different models of old ships to scale, has photographs and various objects related to Captain Ernesto Dulché, Ramón Bravo Prieto and the famous French marine researcher, Jacques Cousteau.

The club has a swimming pool and a bar that can make your stay there both educational and fun. In addition, it has a hall with a capacity for 250 people, which makes it a perfect place for holding events.

Hacienda Mundaca

The location belonged to Fermín Mundaca, a Basque pirate and slave trader who settled on Isla Mujeres in 1960. He built a hacienda in honor of La Trigueña, a woman from the island who stole his heart and with whom he fell in love, but was never returned.

The building has arches, wells and especially beautiful ornate gardens. Legend has it that the woman for whom the house was built never set foot in it.

Isla Contoy National Park

It is located to the west of Isla Mujeres, it has 230 hectares, including 5 salt lakes.

According to the evidence found at the site by archaeologists, the area was visited since the 3rd century B.C. but was never populated due to the lack of fresh water in the area. It serves as a refuge for birds, more than 150 species, including the gray pelican, the peregrine falcon, the giant heron, the white-bellied booby and the magnificent frigate bird.

It contains reefs, a rich flora and fauna. The only way to reach this location is by sea from Cancun or from Isla Mujeres.

Park of Dreams

It is an aquatic amusement park. It has a beautiful beach, three pools with slides, you can practice snorkeling, rowing, wall climbing, kayaking or travel by zip line. It has a restaurant with an excellent menu with gourmet preparations. It also has a bar in front of the pool.

Punta Sur Sculpture Park

This park is made up of 23 large format abstract pieces installed in 2001.

These works of art are by artists of different nationalities. They were made in different materials and designed with drinkers and feeders for sea birds.

Most of them are painted with bright colors to protect them from marine corrosion.

These are only 10 things to do and see in Isla Mujeres plus 20 different activities more and if you really want to enjoy your stay in the place, we advise you to stay at least 3 days in the island.