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Isla Mujeres
Travel Guide

This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Sitting 13 miles (21 kilometers) off the coast of Cancun are the unspoiled beaches of Isla Mujeres. At only five miles (eight kilometers) long, and less than half a mile (800 meters) across, this compact island in the Caribbean Sea offers some of the most sought-after coastline in Mexico. The island is a site of great cultural significance for the Mayan people, and an interesting destination for history lovers. Before tourism became the primary industry of the region, Isla Mujeres was the home of a small fishing community, and remains an excellent example of a quaint Caribbean settlement.

While many choose to stay on the island itself, day trips are certainly viable too. Take a morning ferry to the island and arrive in time for breakfast. Hop in a taxi at the ferry terminal for the short drive to all of the island’s attractions. If you have the time, many of the island’s treasures can be reached on foot, and bicycles can be hired from the town.

Visit the Garrafon Natural Reef Park to find many of the island’s popular water attractions in one place. Snorkel across the coral reef and marvel at the colors of the tropical fish that swim beneath you. The water visibility around Isla Mujeres is exceptional, making it a popular destination for scuba divers.

Between May and September, swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, in the waters off the island. The fish migrate to the area in search of warmer water, and seasonal charter tours are designed to help you experience this annual event.

Just as magical are the charismatic people who live here. The township on Isla Mujeres is popular among tourists wanting to escape the resorts of Cancun, and there are many locals still living a traditional way of life. Eat the customary cuisine of the island at one of the town’s many eateries on Hidalgo Street, or meet the locals at one of the island’s beach bars.

Isla Mujeres is just a short and inexpensive ferry trip from Cancun’s hotel precinct.

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Adolfo Lopez Mateos Sm 1, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $200 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres resort is within a 5-minute walk of Norte Beach and Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park. Crayola House and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,137 reviews)

"This was my best vacation ever in the last 20 years! Extremely professional crew, great value, and beautiful location!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
Ixchel Beach Hotel
Ixchel Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $165 per night from May 1 to May 2

Located in Isla Mujeres, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Norte Beach and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Tortugranja Turtle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"I loved the oceanfront on the best beach of isla mujeres. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. Staff members were very amicable and helpful,even on the beach they would promptly set up beach umbrella and chairs. I have no complaints about this property. It was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Ixchel Beach Hotel
Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
4 out of 5
Laguna Mar M 72 L 5, Isla Mujeres, QROO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $119 per night from May 9 to May 10

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres hotel is just steps from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Dolphin Discovery ...

4.3/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"I can't speak highly enough of this place!! My husband I and I took an impromptu trip here for 5 days and everything from the service, the food, the amenities was great! Make sure to do the all inclusive because the food is actually fantastic! They have a restaurant you can eat at until about 11 ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

Hotel Beló Isla Mujeres
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Nautibeach Condos
Nautibeach Condos
3 out of 5
Av. Rueda Medina #7, Colonia Centro, Pl, Quintana, Roo, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $228 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres condo resort is just steps from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Norte Beach. Garrafon Natural Reef ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (136 reviews)

"We loved staying at Nautibeach for the first time with the family! Beautiful beach, great staff and service. We will be back for sure!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2021

Nautibeach Condos
Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
2.5 out of 5
Avenida Juárez SM 01, Mz 10 Lote 24, Centro, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $58 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Norte Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Punta Sur and Dolphin Discovery. Market 28 is 10.7 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)

"Excellent location. perfect place to stay for a few days, but be aware that in suite 5 ( most expensive) air conditioner is installed right under the bed. make a noise all night right under your head."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2021

Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
3 out of 5
Avenida Abasolo, entre Ave. Rueda Medina y Ave Juarez, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $57 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Located in the heart of Isla Mujeres, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Terminal Marítima Isla Mujeres and Norte Beach. Garrafon Natural Reef Park ...

3.7/5Good! (61 reviews)
Island Stay

"This hotel has great staff and a great price. The roof deck is wonderful and the location is very convenient for getting around town. It is clean and cozy."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 10, 2020

Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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