From the moment you board the ferry you know that what awaits you on the other side is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Riviera Maya and Mexico; Isla Mujeres a privileged territory with a natural and cultural wealth unique in the country, combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the thickness of the rainforest and the wonderful legacy of the Mayan civilization.
If you still don’t know how to get there, we invite you to read our article: How to get to Isla Mujeres.
When you arrive at Isla Mujeres, the feeling you experience is that of being in a town that has an incomparable charisma. Each one of us can prove it by walking through its cobblestone streets and visiting the church, the main square, the Municipal Palace, the House of Culture, or simply by sitting under the trees in the park or on the east boardwalk overlooking the sea.
With its eight kilometers long (5 miles) by half a mile wide (.3 miles) it sits just six kilometers off the northeast coast of Cancun. If you’re looking for a break from the hectic pace of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a refreshing option.
“Isla”, as it is affectionately called, attracted international attention because of its exceptional coastline. The clear, warm water, abundant marine life, reefs and caves attracted Jacques Cousteau, who was guided by legendary local diver Ramon Bravo.
A better option is the area adjacent to the airstrip, just south of the city. Most of the residents of Isla live from diving and fishing. They are very hospitable hosts to both daytime visitors and nighttime guests.
The town is home to stores, restaurants, bars, brightly painted houses and the Plaza Municipal. Upon arrival you can rent mopeds, golf carts, bicycles and cabs. In the south, a road leads to mangrove lagoons, an airstrip, stunning beaches and beach restaurants before driving back north.
The trip to the southern tip of the island takes about 20 minutes. The eastern shore of the island is rocky, rugged and almost unserviced.
Garrafon Marine Park is a popular beach site and ideal for swimming. There you can snorkel, mountain hike, zip line, swim with dolphins, kayak trips, snuba and scuba diving.
In addition, the site has dining establishments and showers. At the southern tip of the island you will find a modern lighthouse overlooking a small Mayan temple dedicated to Ixchel, goddess of fertility.
This temple pointed the way for Mayan sailors to settlements as far away as Cozumel. A colorful Caribbean-style village with stores, a café and an outdoor sculpture garden now occupies the entrance to this area.
The traditional boat trips are a good option to reach the most interesting points in Isla Mujeres and its surroundings. Boats leave throughout the day from the cooperatives located in Rueda Medina, the main avenue of the urban center.
On the other hand, several establishments on Isla Mujeres offer tours to another island located nearby: Contoy, which houses in its reserve more than ninety species of birds and a great variety of flora and fauna, which will make your trip even more magical.
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