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Isla Mujeres

Cancun Attractions Guide

The Isla Mujeres or the Island of Women is a small and unique island just 8 miles across the Behia de Mujeres or the Bay of Women from Cancun. This quiet fishing island is becoming known more and more by tourist. It is only 5 miles long and a half a mile wide. It has beaches on all sides and the downtown area is only around 6 blocks.

This charming and quiet atmosphere that will surround you as you walk through the streets will embrace you and make you feel at home.

It is very easy to find this serene island. From the Cancun International Airport you can take a van to Puerto Juarez or even Gran Puerto Cancun which is north of downtown Cancun about 15 minutes. The cost will be only 35 pesos. There are other options by pre-booking your transfers. You can choose from one way to round trip. For the Agi Tours you can call 52-998-887-6967, 52-998-206-2526, 52-998-881-7307, or 52-998-881-7308. You can also travel by taxi from Cancun or even use the ferry at Punta Sam. The ferry leaves at 8am, 11am and 2:45pm, 5:30pm and 8:15pm. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your departure.

To be sure of the ferry schedule you can check it out at: http://www.islamujeres.net/ferryschedules.htm

Isla Mujeres has much to offer visitors in the way of water activities, romantic sunsets, and magnificent white sandy beaches. You can enjoy renting jet skis, kayaks, snorkeling, and diving gear. Enjoy snorkeling or diving off the coast where you will love all the colorful fish and coral reefs. Sailing, fishing and even swimming with dolphins and sharks can be an adventure that you sure do not want to miss.

There are three major beaches on Isla Mujeres where you will enjoy relaxing and sunbathing or partake of the various water sports that are available.

The Playa Caribbean has a bar restaurant and beach club. It is within walking distance from the downtown and shopping areas. You will find golf cart rentals and snorkeling tours along this beach. This is the most popular beach on Isla Mujeres and many tourists love all the varieties of Mexican beer that is available.

The Playa Lanceros beach is where you can swim with the cat sharks and enjoy tasting local seafood such as ceviche and tikin-shik fish. If you wish to people watch then this is the place where you can see the locals enjoying their own little island. This beach is located in the south area of the island.

On Puta Sur, is Garrafon Park on the Isla Mujeres southernmost tip. This wonderful area has beautiful reefs and magnificent cliffs. This is the home to the ancient Maya temple and is the highest elevation in the Yucatan. From this beach you can view the Caribbean and Cancun. A unique and serene location for getting away from it all.

Do you enjoy eating in quaint little restaurants and shopping in unique shops? Then Isla Mujeres will be heaven on earth for you. They have several shops and restaurants along and around Hidalgo between Morelos and Abasolo. As you begin your stroll music fills the streets and surrounds you as you explore all the shops and restaurants that line the entire area.

  • The restaurants include Kokonuts Café and Bar, This is a traditional disco bar complete with a pool table, beer and cocktails. This is a favorite hang out for the locals and visitors to Isla Mujeres.
  • Slices is also a disco and is great for those who like to dance. They offer an open bar and the price for guys is $12 and for girls $8.
  • Los Portales has authentic Mexican cuisine with just a bit of the Caribbean flavor. They serve lobster, grilled steak, tacos and paella. They open at 12:30 pm.
  • Lorena is owned by Lorena and she does her own cooking. She serves fresh fish, live lobster, giant shrimps, and more. You will love her special of the day.
  • The Las Cazuelas serves Mexican and International cuisine. This unique dinning experience overlooks the Caribbean Sea and opens at 7am.
  • Atmosphere is what draws visitors to the best tasting steaks, tacos, fajitas, hamburgers, quesadillas, not to mention seafood and all this can be found in Brisas Del Caribe.
  • Looking for French food and homemade desserts, then you have to taste the quality and delectable meals served at the French Bistro Francais.

No matter how you plan to spend your time at Isla Mujeres you are sure to take back home with you lasting memories.


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