A few years back we got involved in a timeshare on Isla Mujeres. Although I would never suggest anyone to get involved in a timeshare, I would definitely encourage you to visit Isla Mujeres. The island is a charming place to unwind and drink in that incredible island culture.
Isla Mujeres is approximately 9 miles off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The name Isla Mujeres translates to “The Island of Women” This name comes from the many female idols found on the island when it was discovered in 1517.
As you can imagine, Isla Mujeres has a far more relaxed atmosphere than the nearby Cancun. It is a 45 minute ferry ride to from Cancun to the island. This means that a visitor can enjoy both the peacefulness of the island and the up tempo beat of Cancun, depending on your mood.
The island itself is 7 miles long and approximately 2 miles wide. The downtown area is quite small at about 10 blocks long and 5 blocks wide. There are both shops and restaurants that have a local feel to them and others that are a bit more polished. We prefer the local establishments.
We stay at the Avalon Reef Club, which is on a little island all its own, connected to the main island by a bridge. It’s a wonderful place to stay but we checked out some other local lodgings and found some good deals downtown. You can find lodgings that will accommodate most budgets. Because the downtown area is so compact the majority of lodgings are near the water. You might have to walk a few blocks. Big deal. Although I have to say that waking up to the view of that blue-green water is something you won’t forget.
Downtown comes alive at night. You’ll find folks strolling up and down the streets, dining in the many restaurants and dancing to the live music. It is a lively festive atmosphere.
Scooters, mopeds, golf carts and bicycles can be rented on the island. This is a great way to explore this small island jewel . Taxis are also available to take you to your desired destination.
While touring the island in a rented golf cart we came upon an old refurbished Mayan temple toward the southern end of the island. The site sits on a cliff with a terrific view of the Pacific ocean.
The outlying reefs are fantastic for scuba diving and snorkeling. Day excursions to the reefs can be arranged at one of the diving shops. Or you can arrange your own transportation and check out the islands beaches..
Playa Norte, North Beach, has white sand beaches with blue-green calm waters that are not too deep. You can walk out quite a ways the water will only reach your chest. There are restaurants and beach bars dotted along the beach. This beach is a great place to try your hand at sail boarding.
Garrafon Beach is a popular spot for snorkeling, even for those who are just trying out their snorkel gear for the first time. We like to visit early in the day to beat the rush of island visitors.
There is no doubt, Isla Mujeres is a little piece of paradise. I can not wait to visit again.