Isla Mujeres (in Spanish “Island of Women”) is a beautiful Caribbean island situated only eight miles off the north eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Surrounded by turquoise blue Caribbean Sea, and due to the abundance of coral reefs, marine life and incredible visibility, the island boasts some of the region’s best snorkeling, diving and swimming for those who visit its tropical shores.
For those contemplating a visit to this enticing tropical paradise some insider tips will help one discover and enjoy fun things to do in Isla Mujeres:
– The island measures 5 miles in length and half a mile wide. Exploring the entire island is best done on a bicycle, moped or electric golf cart, all of which are easily rented close by the main ferry terminal.
– Even though there is a small airstrip there are no commercial flights to the island. The only way to get to the island is by taking a ferry, fishing boat, yacht or catamaran. Ferries to and from the island operate regularly, with ports in both Puerto Juarez (north of Cancun) and Cancun’s hotel zone.
– A small Mayan temple is located on the southern tip of the island.
– Each summer whale sharks migrate to the warm waters near Isla Mujeres. Swimming and snorkeling tours are available.
– The Underwater Museum was officially inaugurated in 2010, is a work in progress, and will eventually consist of 12 galleries containing nearly 1,364 artificial habitats, each of which increase the overall biomass of the reef system and habitat areas for marine life to colonize. This is a fascinating place to visit on a snorkeling or scuba diving tour.
– Isla Mujeres’ history dates back over 1,500 years when it was part of the Mayan province of Ekab. The island served as the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness.