Get off the beaten track a little and relax on Isla Mujeres – one of the quieter and lesser known beach locations on the Yucatan Peninsula, but also one of the most beautiful. It’s all palm trees, cocktails, guacamole and golf carts to get you around – is there any more perfect type of island life?
Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time UTC -5
Getting There: The closest airport to Isla Mujeres is Cancun International Airport (CUN). From Cancun airport you will need to get a taxi, shuttle or private transfer to the Gran Puerto Cancun ferry dock, about 25 minutes away from the airport. The Ultramar ferry is the easiest way to get to the island, the direct service only takes about 20 minutes to arrive on Isla Mujeres. For the easiest way to get to the ferry I would definitely recommend a private transfer. Not only is it the most direct, but it also means you won’t have to drop other travellers off at their hotel on the way to the ferry! To find the best deals on private transfers check out Cancun Airport Transfers and organize your transfer before you arrive to save you time!
Language: Spanish. People working in hotels or the tourism industry will often be able to speak good English, but don’t expect it in smaller stores/cafes/restaurants.
Climate: Year round sunny warm weather and amazing temperatures.
Getting Around: There are very few motor vehicles to be found on Isla Mujeres – the only few we saw were taxis or construction trucks. The most popular and most fun way to get around the island is with a golf cart. There are only 500 golf carts on the island, so make sure you either make a reservation the day before, or get up early to secure one!
The Money Sitch: Currency is Mexican Pesos $. USD are also widely accessible and accepted. To be honest, our hotel was all inclusive so we didn’t need to spend too much money on the island. We got some cash out from the ATM at the Ultramar ferry dock before we arrived on the island, so we pretty much just used cash and didn’t need another ATM while we were there. Being prepared made things super easy on the island, so I would suggest getting some cash our before you arrive to avoid hassles.
Internet Access: Our hotel had an excellent wifi connection, as did a few of the restaurants and beach clubs found on the beach. Most of the restaurants and cafes around the streets are quite small and authentic, and I wouldn’t rely on them all to have a good wifi connection.
The Main Streets: Av Rueda Medina where you will find the ferry wharf, Av Juárez and Av Guerrero and the street crossing over them for food and shopping. Carlos Lazo gives you the best beach access.
Best Time To Go: Year round – there’s never a bad time to visit Isla Mujeres!
+ Just sitting on the beach and doing absolutely nothing, what else is an island for?!
+ Kick back and relax at Playa Norte Beach
+ Go snorkelling, paddle boarding or kayaking around the calm lagoon that circles Mia Reef Resort
+ Rent a golf cart to explore the island at your own pace
+ Head to the opposite side of the island to visit Acantilado del Amanecer – the garden of sculptures
+ Check out the views from Garrafon Natural Reef Park and the epic blue water
+ Learn more about how important turtle conservation is at Tortugranja Turtle Farm
Check out Travel Yucatan for a complete list of everything you need to see in this beautiful region, including day trips you can take from the island.
Good To Know: Book accommodation in the Centro Supmza, 001 zone as this is where you will find the best resorts, beaches and shopping/dining options. The rest of the island is largely a residential zone. It’s awesome to go down a check out during the day, but definitely doesn’t have as many options within walking distance.
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