9 Of The Best Things To Do In Isla Mujeres

Find out all the reasons why Isla Mujeres makes a lovely day trip from Cancun!

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Isla Mujeres, or “Women Island” is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 13 kilometers from the coast of Yucatán Peninsula. With an easy 30-minute ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, the charming island makes the perfect day trip but to garner the most out of your memorable experience, spending a night there would be the most ideal. In addition to soaking up the Caribbean sun, here are other exciting activities to enjoy on the marvelous Isla Mujeres.

1. Indulge in the beauty of sunset on Playa Norte.

With its signature luminously clear waters, Playa Norte has frequently been voted as one of the best beach in the world. Located on the north shore, Playa Norte and its white sand is a quick 10-minute stroll from the main ferry terminal. Although basking in the sun on this free and open beach is a complete must-do, gazing into the colorful sunset from this view offers a rainbow of pastel colors when the sun finally goes down.

2. Admire the incredible Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA.)

Underwater Museum of Art
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As one of the most unique aquatic galleries in the globe, you’ll find magnificent sculptures 30 feet deep at the Underwater Museum of Art, or MUSA. For the purpose of promoting conservation, the installations are created by special concrete materials that also aid coral creation, constructed by various artists, including: Salvador Quiroz, Jason de Caires Taylor, Rodrigo Quiñones…and many more. The museum can be accessed by snorkeling, diving, or a boat with a glass bottom. Don’t be surprised if you encounter sea life during the tour, since the sculptures are surrounded by coral reefs that attract a wide variety of species presumed to have been extinct.

3. Spend a day of fun at Garrafon.

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At the southern tip of Isla Mujeres is Garrafon Natural Reef Park which offers a plethora of fun water activities, in addition to biodiversity of its reefs and rock formations. Zip lining, however, is considered one of the most popular attractions since it’s the only one crossing the Caribbean Sea. With several tours that range from 40-100 feet high, flying over the turquoise waters is undoubtedly an utmost thrill. Another authentic experience at Garrafon is the traditional Temazcal steam bath which originated from pre-Hispanic era, believed to deliver a healing detox.

4. Say hello to the statue of Ixchel in Punta Sur.

While you’re on the island, be sure to visit the Temple of Ixchel – Goddess of the Moon. During pre-Hispanic period, locals believed in legends in which Ixchel provided light to the moon and the stars due to her sacrifice of love that was given by Itzamná, God of the Sun. You can find the statue at Punta Sur, situated at the southernmost tip of Isla Mujeres. The nearby garden on the cliff provides a spectacular view of both the sunrise and sunset.

5. Enjoy more privacy at Playa Sol.

If you’re looking for another beach option other than Playa Norte, then wander over to Playa Sol where there are less tourists while food and drinks are also less pricey. It is equally lovely to admire the sunset from Playa Sol, even if there are less crowds, it’s also a tranquil spot to people-watch.

6. Learn how to wing dive.

What’s wing diving? Try hanging onto two separate wings connected by a swivel and attached to a speedboat as it revs through crystal water. Since the board is flexible, you can move up and down underwater to feel like a dolphin! The activity typically includes four people and an instructor to go in the water simultaneously, but everyone can decide how long or deep they wish to be in the sea. There are minor training sessions, but it mostly consists of holding your breath for a few seconds then you can practically fly underwater.

7. Swim with whale sharks.

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Limited to summer season, between June and August, swimming with whale sharks is definitely one of the most one-of-a-kind adventures on Isla Mujeres. The tours last from 5 to 6 hours at a time, with a boat ride that pauses at sea where you can swim and snorkel safely alongside these beautiful creatures that float along the surface and open their mouths up to 5 feet wide to munch on plankton.

8. Rent a golf cart for easy transportation.

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Renting a golf cart is essential and common on Isla Mujeres since travelers can’t rent normal cars. It’s also practical since the island is merely 21 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. On a golf cart, it takes approximately 30 minutes to drive around the whole island without any stops. You can find the rental companies located close to the main pier.

9. Stroll through the bustling El Centro.

The entire island’s busiest streets can be found at El Centro where lively shops, restaurants, bars and cafés are waiting for you to enter. As the focal point of Isla Mujeres, El Centro also features its main avenue: Avenida Miguel Hidalgo which leads to Playa Norte. Not only is the vibrant street made for endless souvenir shopping, it’s also an entertaining location to sit on an open terrace while sipping on a fruity cocktail.

For an easy trip from Cancun, missing out on Isla Mujeres would be a travesty. With a plethora of activities to embark on, the “Woman Island” awaits for your next Mexican adventure.

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