What is it like to live one day in Isla Mujeres?
What is it like to live one day in Isla Mujeres?
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

How do you get to this tourist destination?

Isla Mujeres is an island in the Mexican Caribbean located 13km from Cancun. From the coast of Cancun, you can see Isla Mujeres.

Lighthouse of Isla Mujeres

An interesting fact is that many swimmers train to cross by swimming. The tour is done in groups with several coaches supervising.

To get to Isla Mujeres you have many options. Many years ago, you could only get there by leaving Puerto Juárez but, now there are more options.

Let’s start by explaining how to get out of Puerto Juarez.

Puerto Juarez jetty
Puerto Juarez jetty

The best option is to take a boat from the Ultramar company. These ferries leave every half hour from the port to Isla Mujeres. You can buy your tickets from their online page, they will be valid for at least six months.

The round trip has a cost 23 USD.

To get to the port, you can do it with a taxi (the cost varies depending on where the trip starts) or using public transport.

As a data, public transport maintains a cost to date of $13 Mexican pesos. If you pay with a dollar, the change will be returned to you in Mexican pesos, approximately 5 pesos.

Where can I take my transportation to Puerto Juarez?

Appearance of bus to Puerto Juarez
R 1- Cancun, Puerto Juarez

To take the bus, you can do it from the city center or the Cancun Hotel Zone. They pass very frequently and are easy to identify as they are Route 1.

Either way, you can always ask a local. People in Cancun act very friendly and are always willing to help tourists.

You should know that Uber is not available in Cancun, but there is an application that allows you to take taxis quite safely called Easy Taxi; You can download the application from the App Store of your choice.

How to get there from the Hotel Zone?

Jetty of Ultramar to Isla Mujeres
Jetty of Ultramar to Isla Mujeres

In addition to sail from Puerto Juárez, there is the option of departure from the Hotel Zone from Playa Tortugas, El Embcadero or Playa Caracol. This option is the fastest, the same with the Ultramar company.

In addition, the cost of the round ticket would be approximately 25 USD and can also be purchased from their online site.

On the way to paradise

Transport ferry to Isla Mujeres
Transport ferry to Isla Mujeres

It depends on the option you choose, will be your experience on the trip

In the Ultramar company is the option of traveling on the roofed part of the boat. It has air conditioning and windows that allow you to see the sea. You can also travel on the second floor outdoors.

As you travel, you will be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery and, if you are lucky, you will see dolphins or turtles on your sailing. In the same way, you can see some fish since the water is very crystal clear.

How does Isla Mujeres receive you?

Isla Mujeres pier surrounded by fish.
Isla Mujeres pier surrounded by fish.

Just arrived, you can find needlefish on the pier that welcome you with great joy and some artisans who will kindly offer you a little piece of Mexico on your way to the city.

Forgot your swimsuit? Do not worry about that. Everything you need, you can find just when you arrive. There are a wide variety of supermarkets and shops throughout the island.

What kind of food can I find in Isla Mujeres?

typical dessert

You cannot miss the fresh fish and seafood restaurants. All of these are found all along the coast.

If you are interested in other types of food, you are in the right place. There are restaurants of all kinds. However, you will find them a little more to the center of Isla Mujeres.

And if we talk about food, in the afternoons in the main square, you will find food from the region. This is where you will find a characteristic dessert of southern Mexico: the “marquesitas.”

Marquesitas are very crunchy and traditional from Yucatan. It is filled with Edam cheese, although they have several more options for you to enjoy as you please.

Edam Chesse
Edam Cheese

This dessert usually costs less than $ 3. It is worth trying when you visit this region of the country.

Go for all!

Bicycles as a transportation option on a beach in Isla Mujeres
Bicycles as a transportation option on a beach in Isla Mujeres

If you are going to tour the entire island, you can do it on foot. But our recommendation is to be more comfortable using some means of transport.

First of all, a good idea to rent a golf cart, you will see that they are very common in Isla Mujeres. You can rent them in front of the port where you arrived.

They will offer to rent the cart by the hour, half a day, a full day, or more. All they ask is that you have a valid driver’s license.

After signing your contract where the rules are explained, you are ready to start your tour.

Not only that, but you can also rent motorcycles or bicycles. You can still find these in the same place, in front of the port.

Why do we recommend a vehicle?

Because it allows you to know the other side of Isla Mujeres. There is a road on one side of the port, overlooking the open sea and a lot of many rocks.

It is not advisable for swimming. However, it is perfect to look around if you go on the road. And yes, you can also go by bicycle; since there is a cycle track.

Make the most of your time on the island

There are several activities that you can do, here we leave you the most emblematic:

Turtle Farm or “Tortugranja”:

Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres
Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

In the center of the city, there is a sea turtle sanctuary. They arrive during May and leave in September. And they do it to lay their eggs.

To care for the species, both volunteers and government personnel are responsible for moving the nests to safe places. These are known as “Tortugranjas” or turtle farms.

After the nests are laid on the farms, the turtles are put on in ponds. If you are there when turtles layout, you can accompany these friends to the sea with children from local schools and other tourists.

Together they will make sure to return them safely to their marine habitat, an unforgettable experience.

In addition to having various species of sea and land turtles, of different ages; the site has enabled a small aquarium with fish and marine species that complement the walk through the site.

A tip regarding sea turtles:

Don’t take flash photos of them. l Flash hurts their eyesight and especially their sense of orientation, making them vulnerable to predators.

Know North Beach: The best of Isla Mujeres

Sunset in Playa Norte
The best beach of Mexico: Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

This place is considered one of the best in the world and the best beach in all of Mexico.

The white sand and crystal clear water will blow you away. You can walk into the sea and the water will not go beyond your waist. This option is excellent to go with children.

Although if what you are looking for are a party and fun, you will find small bars on the beach with a very fun atmosphere.

Due to its geographical location, it is the best place to watch the sunset, without a doubt, something you will not want to miss.

Go to Punta Sur:

The first place to receive the sun's rays in Mexico.
Punta sur, Isla Mujeres. The first place of Mexico to receive the sun’s rays.

If you go to the other end of the island, you will find Punta Sur. The first place in Mexico to receive the sun’s rays.

It is also the highest point on the island, where cliffs form.

Admission is free. However, there is another place nearby where it is very popular to take photos. Being in a private area, they will charge you a little less than 2 dollars per person.

Get to know Garrafón Natural Park:

Garrafon Natural Park, Isla Mujeres
Garrafon Natural Park, Isla Mujeres

In this park you will find a huge reef area where you can snorkel or dive, they have different activities such as zip line or temazcal.

We recommend you visit their online page to see what you can do there.

Where can I go to eat in Isla Mujeres?

Isla Mujeres downtown has many restaurants.
Isla Mujeres downtown has many restaurants.

There is also a fishermen’s association in Puerto Juárez and Isla Mujeres that can take you on a tour around the island.

One part of this tour is feeding fish and watching them jump for food.

This tour includes a meal, consisting of a typical island fish: Tikinxic. This is cooked over the embers. Not only that, since the same fishing community is the ones that provide the fresh fish to the restaurant.

Here you will eat rice and salad, which together with the fish, are unlimited. The only thing that is not included are drinks, which you must buy directly at the restaurant. This tour costs 25 USD and lasts all day.

Is it true that I can relax in Isla Mujeres?

Relax in a hamaca in front the beach
Relax in a hamaca in front the beach

Yes. The best thing about the island is that: no matter the time of year, you can always enjoy a good climate, sun, and beach. Relaxing on this island is all you need to forget about the world.

Everyone who lives or works here makes every effort to maintain sanitary measures. We want you to be safe and calm.

Thanks to the local government, measures have been taken to avoid crowds in public spaces. There are no risks of contagion if you visit this place and follow the Health measures.

We advise you to be able to stay at least one night. It will help you enjoy the natural spectacles that Isla Mujeres offers throughout the day and have a memorable vacation.

Enjoy your vacation on the best beach in Mexico!


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