For such a small, sleepy place, there’s a wide variety of things to do in Isla Mujeres — an island located off the coast of Cancun in Mexico.
Translated from Spanish, Isla Mujeres means the “Island of Women”, named after the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, the Goddess of fertility and happiness.
There are numerous incredible places to visit in Mexico, but make sure you add Isla Mujeres to the list!
A quick, 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun will whisk you away to an island paradise of warm turquoise waters, swaying palm trees and white silky sand beaches.
Isla Mujeres is perfect for a day trip but we recommend staying longer, especially if you want to escape the party scene and all of the crazy things to do in Cancun. This is the place to come to enjoy a relaxing island break.
In this post, I’ll list the 21 best things to do in Isla Mujeres you don’t want to miss, but first…
Getting To & From Isla Mujeres
You have different options to get to Isla Mujeres from the Cancun Airport — either by bus, taxis at the airport, or private transportation booked prior to your arrival.
Many people opt to take private transportation to Isla Mujeres booked with Cancun Airport Transportation. The vehicle provided is a van, and the ride is private — if you book it, you get the vehicle to yourself.
You can also share with a group of people to reduce the cost. The vans include a bilingual driver, air conditioning, and insurance.
To get from the Cancun airport to Isla Mujeres, the cost of the whole van would be $45 one-way, or $75 round trip. Click here to learn more.
1. Laze On The Pristine Playa Norte Beach
A 10-minute walk from the Ferry Pier is the popular beach of Playa Norte or North Beach. This is the main beach on Isla Mujeres and has been named one of the best beaches in the Caribbean!
The water here is calm, and shallow, making it a great spot for families or for just a chilled-out day of floating around.
2. Check Out Punta Sur
Punta Sur is located on the southern tip of Isla Mujeres. Here you can visit the Pre-Colombian Mayan Ruins of Ixchel, or simply admire the stunning rocky views. This is a gorgeous place to come and enjoy the scenery.
If you’re looking for a great place to relax, snorkel and have a drink in Punta Sur, check out Garaffon de Castilla.
For 100 pesos ($5), you have access to lounge chairs, showers, change rooms and snorkel gear as well. This is a nice, mellow spot to relax…
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