Isla MujeresMexico

This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Sitting 13 miles (21 kilometers) off the coast of Cancun are the unspoiled beaches of Isla Mujeres. At only five miles (eight kilometers) long, and less than half a mile (800 meters) across, this compact island in the Caribbean Sea offers some of the most sought-after coastline in Mexico. The island is a site of great cultural significance for the Mayan people, and an interesting destination for history lovers. Before tourism became the primary industry of the region, Isla Mujeres was the home of a small fishing community, and remains an excellent example of a quaint Caribbean settlement.

While many choose to stay on the island itself, day trips are certainly viable too. Take a morning ferry to the island and arrive in time for breakfast. Hop in a taxi at the ferry terminal for the short drive to all of the island’s attractions. If you have the time, many of the island’s treasures can be reached on foot, and bicycles can be hired from the town.

Visit the Garrafon Natural Reef Park to find many of the island’s popular water attractions in one place. Snorkel across the coral reef and marvel at the colors of the tropical fish that swim beneath you. The water visibility around Isla Mujeres is exceptional, making it a popular destination for scuba divers.

Between May and September, swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, in the waters off the island. The fish migrate to the area in search of warmer water, and seasonal charter tours are designed to help you experience this annual event.

Just as magical are the charismatic people who live here. The township on Isla Mujeres is popular among tourists wanting to escape the resorts of Cancun, and there are many locals still living a traditional way of life. Eat the customary cuisine of the island at one of the town’s many eateries on Hidalgo Street, or meet the locals at one of the island’s beach bars.

Isla Mujeres is just a short and inexpensive ferry trip from Cancun’s hotel precinct.

Where to stay in Isla Mujeres

Norte Beach featuring a bay or harbor as well as a small group of people

Centro - Supmza 001

If you're spending some time in Centro - Supmza 001, Norte Beach and Cocal Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Centro - Supmza 001
“#beach”

Isla Mujeres

Salinas

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

Though Salinas might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Dolphin Discovery and Garrafon Natural Reef Park.

Salinas
Amazing, colorful church.

La Gloria

Though La Gloria might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Dolphin Discovery.

La Gloria
“#beach”

Isla Mujeres

Colonia Salina Chica

Colonia Salina Chica might not have many top sights, but Dolphin Discovery and Norte Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Colonia Salina Chica
Crayola House showing a small town or village

Colonia Meteorológico

While Colonia Meteorológico might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Dolphin Discovery and Garrafon Natural Reef Park.

Colonia Meteorológico
This guy sells starfish out of his boat! I had to opportunity to talk with him. He catches all his starfish and shells everyday. He can’t afford much so he decided to dock his boat and use that as his shop. Loved this idea! 

#culture #mexico

Salina Grande

2.5/5(4 area reviews)

When in Salina Grande, you can plan a visit to Dolphin Discovery and Garrafon Natural Reef Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Salina Grande

Top Hotels in Isla Mujeres

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Calle Zazil-Ha S/N, Zona 7, Islote El Yunque, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is NT$11,158 per night

This Isla Mujeres property is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Norte Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Punta Sur and Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,927 reviews)

"It was all good. Negative would be the covid restrictions. But that was no ones fault. Ready to go back."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/13

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
4 out of 5
Laguna Mar M 72 L 5, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is NT$2,682 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Dolphin Discovery is 0.6 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (17 reviews)

"Capitan Rosa, Mariana, Monserrat, Iran and Julio We’re absolutely amazing. Awesome service and amazing drinks and food. Hotel was beautiful"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/14

Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
Izla Hotel
Izla Hotel
4 out of 5
Sac Bajo, Fraccionamiento Lagunamar, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is NT$3,358 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres hotel is just steps from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Dolphin Discovery ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (502 reviews)

"Great service , great attitude, great location , great staff members and Over all an awesome hotel."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/12

Izla Hotel

Popular places to visit in Isla Mujeres

Norte Beach
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Norte Beach

4.5/5(2,870 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Norte Beach, a popular beach in Centro - Supmza 001. Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Dolphin Discovery
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Dolphin Discovery

4.5/5(878 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Dolphin Discovery, a well-known attraction in Isla Mujeres. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Garrafon Natural Reef Park
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Garrafon Natural Reef Park

4.5/5(344 reviews)

Explore the steaming jungle, cool off in the ocean, relax with a cocktail or fly above the water at the ultimate natural playground.

Tortugranja Turtle Farm
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Tortugranja Turtle Farm

4/5(86 reviews)

Meet the animals who call Tortugranja Turtle Farm home during your travels in Isla Mujeres. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Shark Beach
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Shark Beach

4/5(22 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Shark Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Isla Mujeres. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden
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Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden, a lovely green space in Isla Mujeres. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Cities near Isla Mujeres

Cancun which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

Cancun

Norte Beach featuring a bay or harbor as well as a small group of people

Centro - Supmza 001