Today I want to tell you about one of my absolute favorite destinations: Isla Mujeres, a wonderful island located in the Caribbean Sea north of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres is the perfect destination for lovers of beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea and relaxation. But what I will truly never forget are its wonderful sunsets.
In this article we see all the tips for visiting Isla Mujeres and to enjoy the island experience to the fullest.Visit Isla Mujeres: Tips and Information
Isla Mujeres is small, just under 8 km long and about 600 meters wide. So it will be easy to explore the island and its beaches, you can get around it by renting bicycles or a golf cart.
It is possible to visit the island with day trips that depart from Cancun, but my advice is to dedicate at least 3 days to Isla Mujeres, so as to appreciate its quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
But now let's see how to reach Isla Mujeres.
To go to Isla Mujeres you will have to go through Cancun, for this reason the beautiful island of the Caribbean Sea is usually the initial or final stop of a tour of the Yucatan, since the international stopover is Cancun.
There are three main points from where you can board for Isla Mujeres:
The boats of the Ultramar company that leave from the Hotelera area take about 25 minutes to reach Isla Mujeres, at a cost of about € 14 round trip, per person.
Also with Ultramar you can reach Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez in about 25 minutes, at a cost of € 8 round trip per person. Connections are frequent, every 30 minutes, from 8 am to 23 pm.
Overseas it is good company, the hydrofoils are modern, spacious and clean. The service is efficient and punctual, on some routes they also offer entertainment with live music.
From Punta Sam, 8 km from the center of cancun, ferries leave where you can embark your car, and reach Cancun in an hour.
The favorite activity of tourists who come to Isla Mujeres is relaxing on its Caribbean beaches.
The most beautiful beach on the island is North Beach, crystal clear and shallow waters, white sand, palm trees and a series of restaurants and bars.
Obviously, being so beautiful it is also very touristy and the only flaw are the too many boats that moor immediately in front of the beach. I recommend going there early in the morning when it is still deserted.
The nice thing, however, is that compared to other beaches of the Riviera Maja, here there is no problem of algae.
In the evening, do not miss its truly unique sunsets, seeing the sun slowly lose itself in the Caribbean sea is a spectacle that you will never forget.
Another well-known beach on the island is Lancheros Beach, with restaurants where you can enjoy fresh grilled fish. Beautiful but not comparable to Playa Norte.
Isla Muyeres also offers several diving or snorkeling spots that can be reached by short boat trips.
But if you don't want to take part in boat excursions, there are also some nice snorkeling spots on the island, for example near Garrafon Beach, at Garrafon de Castilla.
There is an entrance fee here (around € 3), but it's a good option to relax and swim among colorful fish just a few steps from the shore. You can also rent snorkeling equipment and sun loungers; However, I recommend arriving early in the morning, also because the beach is small.
On the contrary I do not recommend the homonymous water park Garrafon Natural Park, too expensive and touristy.
The best area to stay in Isla Mujeres is near Plaja Norte. You can choose a hotel directly on the beautiful beach or opt as we did for a structure in the characteristic center, very nice with small shops and restaurants.
We have chosen theHotel Isleno, perfect location 5 minutes walk from Playa Norte but in the center, a really good solution to sleep in Isla Mujeres. Excellent quality-price relationView Hotel Isleno Price on Booking Travel in the Yucatan? Start with The Right Guide
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