Isla Mujeres is an island just off northeast of Zona Hotelera in Cancun. The island is visible if you’re standing on the beaches of Cancun and vice versa. It is known for its white sand and idyllic beaches. The island is only 5 miles long and a half mile wide. In other words, you can walk around it if you’ve got a sun-proof skin. Isla Mujeres, in English means, Island of Women. The Spanish called the island as such because of the presence of a number of women statues.
How to Spend a Day in Isla Mujeres
How to get to there. If you’re staying downtown or along Zona Hotelera, there are three major ports where you can take the UltraMar ferry. We stayed at Occidental Costa Cancun and the Embarcadero terminal is right next door to us. The other two ferry terminals are: Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol.
How long is the ferry trip? It only lasts for 15 minutes. While on board, you will be entertained by a busker, singing and playing his guitar.
Rent a Golf Cart. When you arrive at the island, go across the road and rent a golf cart. It’s the best way to go around without having to endure the scorching heat. You can choose how many hours you wanna rent it. We rented ours for 6 hours which was just enough to enjoy the whole island and its beaches. Other transport options: bike or scooters.
Don’t forget to get a map. Pick a tourist map of Isla Mujeres from your hotel or from the ferry terminal. It won’t really be a complicated ride – so don’t worry about getting lost. The map has a list of places that might be of interest to you. It also has a list of public beaches where you don’t have to worry about being kicked out by resorts who “own” the beach.
Beaches. The North Beach, a walking distance from the ferry port, is the most famous one in the island. Other beaches include: Playa Indios, Playa Lancheros, Playa Tiberon, and a few more. Bring your own towel or sarong if you don’t want to spend money for beach chair / umbrella rental.
The Island Downtown. The ferry terminal is the heart of Isla Mujeres downtown. It is crowded with tourists and golf carts anywhere. There are a lot of restaurants and bars with pricey menus. There are also a lot of souvenir shops here.
Bring your own food and drink. Well, of course, you’re allowed to do that. We brought a cake and a bottle of champagne from our hotel. Keep yourself hydrated.
Lunch at Punta Sur. At the southern tip of the island, there’s a restaurant named Ancantilado. We had our sumptuous lunch of grilled seafood here, coupled with glasses of pina colada. 😀
Island Attractions and Activities. See the Sculpture Garden in front of the Ancantilado Restaurant. As you around the island, you’ll pass by the following places: Dolphin Discovery, Turtle Farm and Rescue, Mondaca Fortress, and Mayan Ruins. You can also go snorkelling here or go diving to see the underwater museum.
Where to Stay in Cancun. We booked ourselves at Occidental Costa Cancun for a one week, all-inclusive stay.
Not a Solo Traveler? Join a tour!
Well, you know, solo travel is not for everyone. Should you decide to go on with a tour group, go with – Intrepid Travel. They have a wide variety of tours for all ages and different kinds of travelers, including solo, seniors, teenagers and family.
Related: One Day Sightseeing Outside Cancun