Isla Mujeres


Isla Mujeres

612577Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and drinking in that special atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres.

Known for beautiful white sand beaches, calm crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean. Isla’s diversity, from the fisherman, artists and musicians to divers, chefs and ex-pats, make up a community unlike any other.

With the beauty of the Caribbean, the heritage of the Mayans, and the easygoing charm of the people, Isla Mujeres has become a haven for people from all over the world.


You're going to fall in love with Isla Mujeres

a place where time passes slowly and your dream vacation becomes a reality.

Isla Mujeres The island was so named by Spanish conquerors because of the many clay figurines of females discovered when they came ashore here centuries ago. Isla Mujeres is located off the coast of Cancun, separated from the mainland by a small 7-mile strait, and even though it is incredibly close to this busy city, life on the island remains peaceful and slow-paced.

The boat ride takes just 20 minutes from Puerto Juarez in Cancun to the main dock on the island. Once there, you can choose to either walk around, or alternatively rent Isla Mujeres a golf cart or bicycle and explore all the attractions this five mile long island has to offer.

Nature is certainly bountiful on and surrounding the island, including a stunning ocean scenery full of colorful coral reefs and teeming with friendly tropical fish; a paradise for both snorkelers and scuba divers. And the gorgeous beaches are the perfect vantage point for the most beautiful sunsets you've ever seen.

Isla Mujeres became popular in the 50's, before tourist developers even envisioned Cancun or Cozumel would become the world-class resorts they are today. Ever since those early days several hotels, shops, restaurants, and bars have been operating successfully on the island and have continued to be modernized over the years.

Isla Mujeres Plenty to see and do on the island
Isla's best beaches are on the northern most tip of the island, near the downtown area, and the pristine sea that surrounds them is as calm as a giant swimming pool. To the south lies the Garrafon National Park amidst the archaeological ruins of the Temple of the Goddess Ixchel. Also close by are the Sculpture Park, an open-air gallery, as well as breathtaking natural attractions, such as panoramic cliff views, and bountiful coral reefs teeming with marine life, ideal for snorkeling. For the more experienced, and certified divers are the reefs of Punta Norte and Manchones to the south, as well as the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, and the sites of two sunken ships, Isla Mujeres the Ultrafreeze and a naval craft.

Also worth visiting are the Turtle Protection Center, committed to the preservation of this endangered species, and the remains of the famous pirate Fermin Antonio de Mundaca's estate. Mundaca, who was a dreaded Spanish buccaneer and slave trader, plundered the Caribbean for years until he eventually decided to settle here, and according to legend, he later fell madly in love with a Mayan Indian girl, who rejected him and left him heartbroken and depressed for the rest of his life.
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Isla Mujeres hotels offers a wide selection of hotels and resorts in european plan (room only) and all inclusive. Budget Hotels, Deluxe hotels, boutique hotels, where you will enjoy a memorable vacations with your family, friends or, simply, living romantic moments with your loving one.

Although most visitors just stay for the day, there are plenty of accommodation options on the island. Your choices range from stylish simplicity to plush comfort.

Most of the boutique hotels and some bed-and-breakfasts have ocean views, since the main town site is not large. Lots of these are within easy walking distance from the ferry dock. There are also vacation rental luxury homes and condos south of town (like the Shell House), if you want more space and peace and quiet. You’ll need to rent a golf cart or take a taxi there.

Currently there are several 3 and 4-star hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Isla Mujeres as well, with soft beds, infinity pools, excellent restaurants and stunning views and all the comforts of home.

Isla Mujeres Boutique Hotels
Boutique hotels vary from charming and romantic to artistic and just plain quirky. The one thing they typically have in common is delivering an upscale, intimate vibe with personalized service and ultimate comfort. For the refined traveler or those looking for that special something, boutique lodging is a great combination of both individualized and traditional amenities. Let your imagination run wild, then turn to E.E.TRAVEL MEXICO Isla Mujeres to help you find the best boutique hotels in Isla Mujeres.

TIP: Generally, summer is the low season on the island and hotel rates are reduced competitively. In the winter months (high season), prices go up and availability goes down. If you’re planning a winter vacation, book several months in advance for the best options. Between Labor Day and Christmas is a good time to visit. Crowds and room rates are down but the temperatures are still high. (Keep in mind that hurricane season is from June 1 – November 30.) The busiest and most expensive time of year is around Easter/Spring Break.

ISLA MUJERES HOTELS

612577 Activities & Things to Do
Nature is certainly bountiful on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast of Cancun that boasts amazing natural as well as manmade attractions, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. There are many vantage points on Isla Mujeres from which you can see stunning sunsets and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, cozy hotels and restaurants located downtown, a Marine Park with world-class facilities, and a haven for snorkelers with an incredible underwater world teeming with tropical fish, their bright colors nurturing the senses.

The island's northern side features an amazing expanse of white powdery beach inviting visitors to bask in the wonderful sun then cool off in the sparkling turquoise sea with water so calm it resembles an enormous shallow swimming pool.

Turtle Farm
Turtle Farm For thousands of years the beaches on Isla Mujeres have been nesting grounds for marine turtles that return to the same beach every year. Between the months of May and September, they lay hundreds of eggs and then return to the sea, leaving the babies to fend for themselves. The Turtle Farm is one of Isla's main attractions and a source of pride for the locals and without the work of the Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) only a small number of hatchlings would survive, because of the many natural predators and also poachers. The hatchlings are protected until they are strong enough to make it into the sea, at which point children from the local schools are invited to set them free on the shore. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to learn about conservation techniques and how to help ensure the survival of this wonderful species.

Pirate Mundaca Hacienda Pirate Mundaca Hacienda
This site used to be the residence of a famous pirate from Mexico's Caribbean coast: Fermin Mundaca. Nowadays only traces of its 19th century splendor remain; nevertheless, a small zoo has been set up here with local wildlife, and it has beautiful gardens that you can walk around. The site is the location for not just one, but lots of fascinating stories about love and death that you can hear from the locals.

Isla Contoy
Isla Contoy is an island uninhabited by human beings, an important bird sanctuary that is home to great nesting colonies and wild frigates. It is a fantastic place to Isla Contoy admire the beauty of nature.

Located 45 minutes north of Isla Mujeres is the Contoy National Park, a natural, protected area and animal reserve, uninhabited by humans. Rare species of turtles and hundreds of colonies of birds such as pelicans, cranes, and frigates use the island as their mating and breeding grounds away from all human contact.

Visits to Contoy are allowed under certain restrictions and there are several tour operators who offer different excursions to the island. Just make sure you book in advance because visits are limited to a certain number of people a day.

Swim with Dolphins Swim with Dolphins
Swimming and playing with dolphins is a unique and therapeutic experience. Because these mammals have a friendly and sociable nature, it is possible for people to interact with them safely, and you don't have to be an expert swimmer to do so.

At Dolphin Discovery you can touch a dolphin, shake its fin, go diving with them and even receive a kiss; whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, they have an activity for you. Dolphin Discovery offers visitors the chance to interact with these amazing mammals as well as with other marine species such as sharks, sting rays, spider monkeys, toucans, and macaws. It is definitely Sculpture Park one of Isla's most delightful attractions.

Sculpture Park
This beautiful park was inaugurated at the southernmost point of the island as a result of the Punta Sur Isla Mujeres First International Sculpture Meet in 2001. It also just happens to be the first place in Mexico touched by the rays of the sun at dawn. Here you can see the work of 13 artists of different nationalities. The main Mexican sculptors who participated in the project were Jose Luis Cuevas and Sebastian. The sculptures are located outdoors and exposed permanently to the sea breeze, featuring the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea as a stunning backdrop.

Garrafon Natural Reef Park Garrafon Natural Reef Park
The name Garrafon means 'decanter', a smart name for this natural aquarium where the waters are calm and clear and the reefs are so abundant with life that it gives you the feeling of being inside a decanter, where you can safely swim and snorkel because the soft ocean current is almost imperceptible. Happily kayaking above schools of colorful tropical fish or crossing the park on a Tyrolean traverse are both delightful and thrilling experiences offered here. The reef in this area is part of the second longest barrier reef in the world and is home to an enormous variety of species, including some that are considered endangered.

Diving in MUSA underwater museum Diving in MUSA underwater museum
The Cancun Underwater Museum is the worlds most famous underwater sculpture museum. Scuba dive in this incredible place devoted to conservation of the area.

THIS ECO-PROJECT KNOWN AS MUSA BEGAN IN 2009 AND NOW HOLDS OVER 470 LIFE SIZED STATUES

The idea was to create an artificial reef featuring sculptures made from marine concrete. First algae forms on the underwater statues and then the tiny polyps begin to grow. Some of the figures are now covered with algae and others have some beautiful reef formations making the facial features distorted and eerie looking. The underwater museum Cancun is one of a kind.

Diving in MUSA underwater museum Our 1 tank 28ft MUSA dive will take you to the main part of the Cancun museum known as the Silent Evolution.

There are 450 statues here and their eye formation is as such in order to protect the statues and of course the marine life and coral from increment weather conditions. The statues were made and placed with only two things in mind – conserving our existing natural reefs of Cancun and providing new havens for fish and sea life. At the same time Cancun diving just got more interesting and this is not to be missed during your vacation.

Punta Sur Isla Mujeres Punta Sur
Towering 60 feet over the sea, you'll find the cliff area known as Punta Sur. Here you can admire an incredible sunrise, as it is the first place in the country warmed by the sun's rays. Due to the white color of the sand surrounding the island you can see different tones of blue in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, which offer a relaxing spectacle as the waves crash against the rocks. Punta Sur also has a picturesque lighthouse from where you can see Cancun, as well as a stone pathway surrounding it.

Mayan Temple Isla Mujeres Mayan Temple
In pre-Colombian times Isla Mujeres was consecrated to the goddess Ixchel, the Mayan deity of the moon, love, and fertility. Back then they used to give offerings that included, among other things, clay figures of women. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the island and found these clay figures, they decided to name it Isla Mujeres (Women Island). Nowadays only a small Mayan temple has survived on the island. It is located in the Punta Sur area and, when combined with its stunning setting, it is well worth a visit.

612577 Dining Experience
Isla Mujeres offers a variety of fine dining possibilities and an even greater array of enticing flavors and aromas catering to everyone's palate. Local cuisine is rich and varied, epitomized by the delectable fish and seafood specialties, and seasoned with local condiments such as annatto seed, and the famous 'habanero' pepper, an intensely hot pepper recommended only for the most daring.

The influence of Yucatecan cuisine and seafood dishes stand out when we talk about the cuisine of Isla Mujeres. The creativity of the islanders for lending their own unique touch to the food has made the island well-known for its "Tikin-Xik Fish", which is char-grilled after being seasoned with an achiote and bitter orange sauce. Another popular dish is conch ceviche prepared with avocado, orange, and Xcatik chilies.

Isla Mujeres has seen an influx of Europeans over the years, meaning that tourists will find all kinds of dishes available on the island; everything from German pastries to tasty Italian cuisine, without forgetting, of course, fantastic Mexican specialties.

Nightlife Nightlife Experience
On this island the fun definitely doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Although the nightlife on Isla Mujeres is very laid back, there are several places where you can enjoy a few drinks, listen to nice music, and mingle with the local crowd.

If you are visiting Isla Mujeres then you have to take to the time to visit the idyllic beach restaurants, to enjoy, not only the food, but also the fresh sea breeze and the soothing sound of the waves lapping against the shore.

There are many excellent restaurants and bars on the island with the majority of them being located on Hidalgo Avenue, in the downtown area. Here you are sure to find a restaurant and ambience to suit your mood and taste.
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