Once a sleepy fishing village, now Isla Mujeres is a popular vacation destination with a large following. Isla is a smaller, more tranquil neighbor to Cancun and is just a 20 minute ferry from there. Isla Mujeres is a haven of happy people living a simple life, oriented toward time with family and friends, good food and good times. There is a distinct culture of integration and diversity among the islanders, as people from all over the world live here now. Isla is know as a safe destination for solo female travelers, families, and various lifestyles. Isla Mujeres is the choice for many travelers because it's just so easy to be here. That's why people continue to come back year after year.
Isla is about 7km long (4.3mi) and less than 1 km (.6mi) at its widest point. The island is beach on all coasts with the common favorite North Beach (Playa Norte), which is close to the downtown. The sand at North Beach has changed over the years, but is just as white and powdery. Perfect for sand castles, evening strolls, and sunset drinks. There are coconut palms to provide shade, and you can wade out into the turquoise waters for quite a distance, body surf in the occasional wave and soak in the Caribbean sun. Have cold drinks delivered to you on the beach, share snacks, or bring your own. Most of the restaurants, entertainment and stores are in the downtown and are all walking distance. Cruise down Hidalgo Ave, 'the strip', and check out menus, artisan crafts, maybe catch a fire dancer.
When you want to venture a bit further, a golf cart or moped rental are great options to tour the island. A visit to Garrafon national park, the turtle sanctuary, and Lancheros are a must. It also makes for a great sight-seeing day, cruising along the different coasts. There are natural caves and beautiful bays for collecting shells and beach glass. There are many beautiful homes, including the seashell house! Stop at one of the little stores (tiendas) or restaurants for cold refreshments or lunch on the way.
So why choose Isla Mujeres?
Isla is a large step away from the all-inclusive feel of resort towns down the Maya Riviera. If you want, it's just a 20 minute ferry ride to Cancun, to take in day trips to Mayan Ruins, or other areas. Once you get to know Isla you won't want to leave for too long! Enjoy the convenience of walking to everything, browsing restaurants and cafes. Take part in the welcoming Caribbean culture and enjoy being one of the gang. Isla is an authentic Caribbean island with real Mexican flavor. Relax doing the things you want to do. Enjoy your vacation...