Beautiful and tranquil Isla Mujeres is a slice of paradise in the Carribean Sea. A small island, only five miles in length, surrounded by amazing turquoise blue water and filled with pristine white sandy beaches. Isla Mujeres is just a brief ferry ride across the Bay of Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, yet so very different from Cancun. If Cancun is Miami, than Isla Mujeres is a smaller, more quaint version of Key West. Cancun is a huge, metropolitan city filled with beautiful beaches, shopping and nightlife. Isla Mujeres offers a much slower, laid back island pace. Imagine your days lounging on the beach or snorkeling in the nearby coral reefs. Evenings are spent wandering Avenue Hidaigo with it’s many Mexican marcados and street cafes.
The Mexican Marcado on Avenue Hidaigo
Many visitors come from Cancun each day, but Isla Mujeras is truly a destination in itself. If you plan to stay on Isla Mujeras, there is a wide range of luxury hotels, all inclusives, and villas to choose from. For our visit this year, we chose a charming casita near downtown complete with a pool area and incredible view of the Carribean Sea.
If you are flying into Cancun, and plan to stay on the island, you will want to prearrange for transport from the airport to the ferry that will take you across the bay to Isla Mujeras. Have your transport take you to the ferry, where for $10 US you can purchase your ticket to cross the Bay of Mujeres to paradise.
The ferry will drop you off right in the heart of downtown. You will find yourself on the main boulevard filled with red taxi’s, scooters and golf carts zooming by. From there, you catch a taxi to your hotel, or if you’re staying downtown, you can transport your own bags the short distance to your hotel. Some hotels are right down the beach within easy walking distance. Others are a bit further. I would want to have a pretty good idea of the location of your hotel if you are planning on walking with your bags, however, you see many people doing this all the time.
View of the downtown area from the ferry
One of the fun things about Isla Mujeras is zipping around the five mile island in your rented golf cart. We had prearranged to rent our golf cart for the length of our stay. One of our party walked to pick up the golf cart while the rest of us waited at the ferry with our bags. Once we had our cart, it was less than a five minute ride to our little casita.