Isla Mujeres, Mexico – The Island of Women

Rick Chapo

Rick Chapo is with Nomad Journals - makers of travel journals.

Isla Mujeres in Mexico is a great way to escape the tourist crush in Cancun. Roughly 9 miles offshore, the island contains the Mexican beach culture of a bygone era. Oh, and the name translates to “The Island of Women.”

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Isla Mujeres

First things first, the Island of Women is not populated with more, different or any other classification of women than you would normally find in Mexico. Okay, there is a Bay of Women, but don’t go there. Instead, Isla Mujeres is simply a stunningly beautiful island.

Snorkeling and Diving

El Garrafon National Underwater Park is located on the southwest end of the Island. If you’re interested in underwater fun, this park provides tremendous visibility in warm water. Unfortunately, a private company now runs the park. This, of course, means you have to pay to enter and the tranquil area has a definite touristy feel with kayaks and other water toys for rent. Still, the park is very large and your experience shouldn’t be overly impacted.

If you’re looking for more of a beach town feel, the northern tip of the island should be your destination. Playa Norte’ offers nice beaches, restaurants, hotels and more or less everything you could need. Head out on Zacil Ha road and you can find some fairly isolated beaches.

If total isolation is your thing, there are plenty of remote beach areas on the island. Walk south from Playa Pescador and you’ll leave humanity behind. The same is true if you head north from Playa Lancheros. Just grab a map of the island or ask a local for directions.

Getting There

Isla Mujeres has an airport, but traveling by boat from Cancun is cheaper. There are numerous public ferries traveling to the island. Getting back and forth is no problem. Just make sure you check the schedule for return trips.

Although Isla Mujeres doesn’t live up to its name, there is definite beauty to be found. If you vacation in Cancun, make sure you visit the island for one day getaway.

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  • Selina says
    So true, I went to Cancun for Spring break with my mum (bad idea)! Isla Mujeres was the highlight of the trip, we felt like we were in 'real' Mexico (rather than tourist-ville). Can't wait to go back one day :)
  • Laura_actually says
    Sounds relaxing, and gorgeous
    to look at. Unspoilt beauty.
  • stealthkiwi says
    I'm a snorkelling addict and have always wanted to visit the Yucutan area - compared to Cook Strait this would be like swiming through warm soft sheets
  • jea525 says
    Oh I can't wait to go here, definitely on my to do list now! I love travelling miss it soo much being a poor student now, especially now that I look out my window and see the drizzly Wellington weather and the pile of study I have dangerously been procrastinating, THIS PLACE SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN!
  • Wice2 says
    I read your article and had to find out more. Appareantly, In Pre-Columbian times the island was sacred to the Mayan aged goddess of childbirth and medicine, Ix Chel. When the Spanish arrived here in the 16th century they named it "Isla Mujeres" because of the many cult images of goddesses here.

    Another interesting thing i found out about Isla Mujere is that transportation on the island consists primarily of taxis or golf carts and moped scooters. As of 2005 there were 121 taxis, 500 golf carts, and 1500 moped scooters!
  • New Member says
    What a beautiful place! My partner and I were planning to do some travelling this year but I am now pregnant with our first so we will have to wait :)
    It will definately be on my travel list of places to see!
    The water is my second my home and my mum always called me a Fish because I would swim for hours. I think I would be at home here and it would be great for a family holiday :)
  • Mellow says
    Warm & wonderful .....
  • coco says
    Ohhh would so love to go there, Its just a shame its so expensive to go over that way. It looks so beautiful
  • KH says
    Looks fantastic! It's true though the price to get there makes things a bit tricky.
  • coco says
    Oh we need a Mexico competition :)

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