A laid-back tropical paradise a mere 8 miles away from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a world apart from the craziness of the cosmopolitan mainland. And the island makes for a perfect day trip away with the kids, filled with a range of fun family activities.
Love sea turtles? So do we, and that’s why we always stop by La Tortuga Granja. Since large sea turtles have made Isla Mujeres their breeding ground for generations, the Turtle Farm gathers up the eggs it finds along the beaches and incubates them at the Turtle Farm thereby greatly increasing their chances of survival. And depending on the time of year you’re there, you can see hundreds of turtles growing up in the large tanks around the property. There is also a great local celebration the day they are released back into the wild. While you cannot swim with them here, local tour operators do offer sea turtle swimming excursions further south in the Riviera Maya.
Located at the far southern edge of Isla Mujeres, Punta Sur features not only the highest elevation in all the Yucatan, but it’s also the easternmost point in the country. Featuring an ancient Mayan temple honoring the Goddess Ixchel, it also boasts a lighthouse and dozens of modern sculptures around the property. If this temple inspires you to see more of the Mayan legacy, look out for Chichen Itza tours from Cancun and explore this amazing ancient city, now one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Due to some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in all of Mexico, Punta Sur makes a great place to grab a bite to eat while overlooking the ocean.
If you’re on the lookout for quirky things to do in Isla Mujeres, you can check out the Floating Bottle Island. Created a few years back by Richart Sowa, this floating recycler’s dream is completely built using plastic water bottles and recycled materials, including a three story house and an outdoor bar. You’ll need to talk to the locals about its current location, since the floating house moves around the island from time to time.
And as the island is surrounded by water, Isla Mujeres boasts some of the best snorkeling in Cancun. Today there are dozens of companies that will take you out on a scuba or snorkel trip to see the many types of coral and colorful tropical fish, including sailfish, which pop up from December through March.