Isla Mujeres

Travel Guide
Norte Beach showing a sandy beach, tropical scenes and general coastal views

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.

Ixchel Beach Hotel
Ixchel Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $204 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"I love this hotel and the close proximity to the main downtown area. It is less than 1 block from the main streets of Isla. And the beach there is beautiful, warm waters and shallow for about 50 meters out. White soft sand.. Would go back without a doubt.."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Ixchel Beach Hotel
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 $242 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,143 reviews)
"Cleanliness,staff were excellent."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Calle Zazil-Ha S/N, Zona 7, Islote El Yunque, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $394 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
This Isla Mujeres property is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Norte Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden and Punta Sur.
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,468 reviews)
"You go there for the water isn’t the most amazing water you’ll ever see in your life."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
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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 Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Norte Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dolphin Discovery and Punta Sur. Market 28 is 10.8 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (74 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 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 $65 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in the heart of Isla Mujeres, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Isla Mujeres Ferry Terminal and Norte Beach. Cocal Beach and Costa Occidental ...
3.7/5 Good! (63 reviews)
"It was very central and the reception was super friendly and accommodating !"

Reviewed on Jun. 10, 2021

Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Casa Azul Maya
Casa Azul Maya
3 out of 5
Av. Perimetral Poniente. Fraccionmiento, Fraccionamiento Mar Turquesa, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in Isla Mujeres, this beach aparthotel is steps from Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Parque de los Suenos. Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden and Tortugranja ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Staff was so helpful and friendly. Room was sparkling clean and beautifully decorated. Location is fantastic for those who want to be out of the hustle and bustle. Quiet neighborhood with easy access right across the street to a beach club with a restaurant, stunning ocean and pools."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Casa Azul Maya
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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