Isla Mujeres

Travel Guide
Norte Beach which includes tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sandy beach
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.

Where to stay in Isla Mujeres

Izla Beach Front Hotel
Izla Beach Front Hotel
4 out of 5
Sac Bajo, Fraccionamiento Lagunamar, Isla Mujeres, QROO, 77400
The price is $161 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (899 reviews)
"We were hesitant on staying at Izla Hotel as we were looking for something up North. Upon arrival the receptionist was polite and welcomed us. Our room was ready on time and was very clean. I loved the cold AC that they had it set to. We didn’t eat at all at the hotel. We did visit the pool and the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Izla Beach Front Hotel
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, 77400
The price is $284 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"We knew EXACTLY what to expect when booking this all-inclusive. We stayed for 7 nights in the villas area near Kings Pool. Yes the rooms were under par for my family of 4 (2 kids——-ages 15 and 7), but we still had a wonderful time because we were AWARE of everything. Yes birds are everywhere and ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
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, 77400
The price is $199 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Great property and location. Easy walk to food and shopping. The staff was very friendly and responsive to all of our needs."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
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.
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
3 out of 5
Abasolo, Centro - Supmza. 001, Isla Mujeres, QROO, 77400
The price is $66 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
"The property management was the best they recommended we we can eat the room was cleaned an we got fresh towels daily I would definitely recommend people staying here we will be back !"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Av. Juárez 19 Aeropuerto, Isla Mujeres, QROO, 77400
The price is $160 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Stay at this 3-star beach villa in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (34 reviews)
"This place is amazing, the staff is so kind and the grounds are a dream place to relax and take in Isla like it's your personal home! We will be back in October!"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
Nautibeach Condos
Nautibeach Condos
3 out of 5
Av. Rueda Medina #7, Colonia Centro, Pl, Quintana, Roo, Isla Mujeres, QROO, 77400
The price is $191 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Isla Mujeres. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (177 reviews)
"The property was well located to downtown and the service was great. Our room was on the end so we did get early morning truck noise from the business next door loading and unloading for the day. It was our first time in Isla Mujeres and we will go back."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Nautibeach Condos
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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