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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

Ixchel Beach Hotel
Ixchel Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is $132 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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! (976 reviews)
"Best beach area on the island of Isla Mujeres! Soft white sand and dreamy warm water. Little crowded on the weekend but everyone is great and having a good time with lots of space still. Can't wait to go back!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 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 $193 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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! (1,153 reviews)
"Great resort, very safe, well maintained, rooms and landscaped. friendly prompt and responsive staff. Great food, drinks and entertainment."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
Izla Hotel
Izla Hotel
4 out of 5
Sac Bajo, Fraccionamiento Lagunamar, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is $173 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
This Isla Mujeres hotel is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Dolphin Discovery, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Norte Beach and Mujeres Beach. Las Americas Cancun ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (619 reviews)
"The property was extremely clean and well-maintained. The room was beautiful and updated. The staff and service was impeccable and they went above and beyond to make our experience memorable."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Izla Hotel
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
Avenida Abasolo, entre Ave. Rueda Medina y Ave Juarez, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is $56 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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! (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 $78 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (39 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
Nautibeach Condos
Nautibeach Condos
3 out of 5
Av. Rueda Medina #7, Colonia Centro, Pl, Quintana, Roo, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is $168 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres aparthotel is just steps from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Norte Beach. Garrafon Natural Reef Park ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)
"Very comfortable and spacious accommodations. Kitchen is stocked with utensil. Beds are comfortable and air conditioning works well. The water pressure is very low though so be prepared for a weak shower."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

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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