Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres Reviews

loripori loripori
272 reviews
ISLA MUJERES Jan 24, 2017

Spanish for "ISLAND OF WOMEN" , the

picturesque fishing village of Isla Mujeres is a tropical paradise just a short, 15-minute ferry ride from Cancun.

The origin of the island's name is uncertain. A popular theory is that it was once a site of pilgrammage for Mayan women who came to make offerings to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. Another theory is that this island was a place for 17th century pirates, to safely stow their women before heading out to the high seas.

More likely, the name comes from the ceramic statues of women left as a tribute to Ixchel, that the Spaniards found when they first arrived on the island in 1517.

Whatever the reason, Hans and I found the island a thoroughly charming and relaxing atmosphere. Playa Norte, the northern part of the island was filled with fishermen's boats and their nets spread out to dry in the sun. Since it was a Sunday, local families were out enjoying the day on Isla Mujeres - a little piece of Paradise

The first photo is of Lori on the Carrousel, located on the northeast beach of the island, where there is a small run-down carnival area.
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Town and some shops
The Bellamar on the Beach
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eyedoc eyedoc
3 reviews
Gorgeous beaches, and giant (harmless) sharks. Oct 14, 2014
Most people that go to Cancun do the all-inclusive resort holiday, so rarely do they venture outside of the city for any length of time which is unfortunate, because just off the coast of Cancun sits a wonderful little island: Isla Mujeres.

If you're wanting the crazy party scene and the resort life, then no doubt stay in Cancun, but if you want to get out and explore some pristine beaches (example: Corona commercials are shot in Isla Mujeres), relax a bit, and get away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun then this is an excellent option.

On top of that, if you're interested in snorkeling with Whale Sharks then it's one of the best destinations in the world for that. Last time I went we jumped in the ocean with over 200 Whale Sharks! It was incredible. They are completely harmless, but incredible animals. You're not supposed to touch them, so you actually have to spend a majority of your time constantly scanning the waters for these huge sharks so that you can get out of their way. They get so close you could easily grab onto one of their giant fins and catch a ride, although you're not supposed to do that.

Swimming with Whale Sharks was one of the coolest ocean experiences I've had, and one of the best places in the world to experience it is a short boat ride from Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

I highly recommend it. Gorgeous beaches, friendly people, nice hotels, and giant (harmless) sharks. Awesome.
GeorgeDC GeorgeDC
1 reviews
Day trip to Isla Mujeres via ferry boat Aug 10, 2013
If you are not staying at one of the fancy hotels in Cancun, beach access in the "hotel zone" is somewhat limited. There are a few "playa publica" entry points, but another option is to take a short boat ride over to Isla Mujeres. A lot of Mexican people seem to do this.

We were with a group tour, and most of the tour members decided to try swimming with the whale sharks, which seems to be a popular activity in Cancun. Anyway, we wanted to see the beaches instead, and, based on the advice of our tour guide, we started out to Isla Mujeres. Lonely Planet said that the ferry boat to the island would cost 35 pesos. We took the R-1 bus away from the hotel zone (9 pesos)and got off where people told us we would find "los barcos". There are small, fast boats that that take you to Isla Mujeres and back for 140 pesos. That was a lot more expensive than the Lonely Planet price, so we asked around and found out that the big ferry boat was further down the road. We took a shared taxi (white van with benches) for 6 pesos, if I remember correctly, towards "Punto Sam". We rode it to the end of the line and there was the dock for the ferry boat. It leaves every hour or two, and also carries vehicles to the island. The ferry ride was only about 40 minutes, and we got to see the famous Cancun turquoise-colored water for the first time. When you get off the ferry, just follow the crowd over to the left. You can walk to some beaches in about 10 or 15 minutes. Along the way are some shops renting golf carts and motor scooters.

We chose a spot on the beach and I enquired about renting an umbrella with chairs. They wanted a flat fee of 200 pesos, no matter how short a time! So instead, we sat under one of the palm trees, which was fine, but not too close to the water.
Getting off the ferry boat
White sand with palm trees
That turquoise-colored water
You can also rent a bed at the bea…
SummerLove1984 SummerLo…
3 reviews
Unbelievable! Apr 20, 2011
We visited the "Isla" for the day during our stay in cancun!

You start your journey off with a 45 min boat ride of fabulous fun :)

It is an island filled with dolphin swims, zip-lining, food, drinks, snorkeling, and fabulous sun!

The location is great, and you couldn't ask for more from a day trip!

The boat ride on the way back was unreal, we pumped music and danced on the deck until the ship sailed home!

One of the best days of our entire trip :)

The dolphin swim was phenominal, the zip-lining over the ocean filled with adrenaline & the snorkeling fun!

Ps. BE sure to try the "multi-colored" shot... you won't regret that you did ;) hahaha

Enjoy :)
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david40price david40p…
13 reviews
Interesting Destination, Not Much To Do Nov 01, 2011
I went to the "Island of Women" not quite knowing what to expect.

Basically it is a small island that you can run around on golf carts to see the sites. Unfortunately there is not much to see.

Every day the locals put on a horrible parade on the backs of pickup trucks and parade through the city center. There are a few restaurants, all of which were quite scary to eat in due to the lack of sanitation and there were a few nice houses to see along the way, but that was about it.
kalbakk kalbakk
11 reviews
Visiting a Postcard Jul 04, 2008
If you're in Cancun and you're looking for a getaway. Away from all the americans and away from the giant hotel resorts. Isla Mujeres is a great choice. The ferry is cheap and runs every hour, all day long.

It's like visiting a postcard. White sand beaches and crystal clear water. It's difficult to explain how beautiful it is.. you just have to experience it yourself.

The island is very small to, a fisherman's island, so it's not too touristy.. yet. Which is good.

A day at Isla Mujeres is a great way to spend the day. You can go on a boat ride, snorkling.. or just relax by the water. Remember sun screen.. even though it's a bit cloudy. Believe me, you will get burned!

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