Some people plan their vacation around Cancún and use Isla Mujeres as a side trip. But Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan Peninsula, is a destination all in its own, and it’s generally quieter and more affordable than the options you get across the bay.
Yes, you will find a few ticky-tacky tourist shops, but folks still get around by golf cart and the crushed-coral beaches are undeniably lovely. As for the calm turquoise water of Isla Mujeres, well, you really just have to see it for yourself.
There’s just enough here to keep you entertained: snorkel or scuba dive, visit a turtle farm or put on your sunglasses and settle in with that book you’ve been dying to finish. Come sunset, there are plenty of dining options, and the nightlife scene moves at a relaxed island pace. Isla Mujeres Vacations is the perfect beach vacation. Start planning your trip now. For more information on the Yucatan Peninsula visit here, or visit all the wonderful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Isla Mujeres Weather – When to Visit
High season here extends from late November (American Thanksgiving) straight through Easter. Other months qualify as low season, and prices may be cut in half. Some of the best deals can be found from late October to mid-November, after the rainy season has passed but before the crowds have arrived.
Isla enjoys its best weather between November and May, when temperatures usually hover around 80°F. June, July, and August are the hottest and most humid months, with daytime highs routinely over 95°F.
A few festivals and holidays are worth keeping in mind while you’re planning your trip: Carnaval in either February or March (the week before Lent); the Sol a Sol Regatta in late April; Founder’s Day on August 17; the Day of the Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre, patron saint of local fishermen, on September 9; the Day of the Dead from October 31 to November 2; and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception from December 1 to 8.
Isla Mujeres Attractions
Live the unique experience of swimming with dolphins. Not only will you enjoy their company, you’ll also take part in different activities such as kissing, hugging, belly-riding, and even feeling the excitement of being foot pushed by dolphins, one of the most wonderful and intelligent animals.
Isla Mujeres Tortugranja Turtle Farm
Although they’re endangered, sea turtles are still killed throughout Latin America for their eggs and meat. In the 1980s, efforts by a local fisherman led to the founding of this tortugranja (turtle farm), which safeguards breeding grounds and protects eggs. It’s a small spot, with a number of sizes of turtles and a few different species. The farm is easily reached from town by taxi or golf cart.
Once you reach Playa Norte, the island’s main beach, you won’t want to leave. Its warm, shallow waters are sapphire blue with crushed coral on the beach. Unlike most of the island’s east coast, Playa Norte is safe for swimming and the water is only chest deep even far from the shore.
At the island’s southernmost point you’ll find a lighthouse, a sculpture garden and the worn remains of a temple dedicated to Ixchel, Maya goddess of the moon and fertility. Various hurricanes have pummeled the ruins over time and there’s now little to see other than the sculpture garden, the sea and Cancún in the distance.
Located on the southern side of the island of Isla Mujeres, You might want even if you aren’t staying particularly close by. Those of you who might prefer a beach that’s a little less crowded, but still fun and active, should give Playa Garrafon a try. It’s not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it’s also not completely secluded.
Isla Mujeres Tours & Activities
Full Snorkeling Tour
Experience Isla Mujeres’ magical waters on this half-day snorkel adventure. Head to amazing snorkel spots like Lighthouse reef, Underwater Museum of Art, and Manchones reef. Marvel at brilliant marine life like stingrays, turtles, and lobsters, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at beautiful Playa Tiburon—the meal is included in the tour price. Read more about Full Snorkeling Tour
Isla Mujeres Catamaran
Enjoy the day in a catamaran and discover Isla mujeres, Enjoy a snorkel in musa museum , have a open bar and a buffet in a amazing beach club. Read more about Isla Mujeres Catamaran.
2 Tank Dive MUSA and Manchones Reef
Explore the magical underwater world of MUSA on this exclusive dive. With two tanks on your back, you’ll have plenty of time to venture around this remarkable area. This unique conservation site is home to a complex reef structure, encouraging natural coral and abundant marine life. Get up close to impressive underwater sculptures, marvel at the vivid coral and swim among tropical fish. Read more about 2 Tank Dive MUSA and Manchones Reef
Isla Contoy Adventure Tour
Travel, swim and enjoy the mythic “Contoy Island”, a natural park known by its crystal clear waters and blue skies. We offer pick up from you hotel, continental breakfast, open bar, a variety of beverages, a delicious meal, snorkel equipment and guide and the opportunity to visit “Isla mujeres” for shopping souvenirs. Read more about Isla Contoy Adventure Tour
PADI Open Water Course
PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course What You Learn The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases: • Knowledge Development (home study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving. • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills. • Open Water Dives to review your skills & explore! If you’ve tried diving through a ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ experience’, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification. Read more about PADI Open water course
Best Isla Mujeres Restaurants
Lola Valentina $11 – 30
Lola Valentina restaurant has become an island favorite for its luxurious breakfasts and brunches. Top menu items include wonderful French toast options, as well as breakfast cocktails and fresh juices. Many of the breakfast items also have a vegetarian or vegan option available. Lunch and dinner have Mexican fusion cuisine like stuffed chili poblano and red snapper in hollandaise sauce, or you can just stop by for evening drinks at the street-side bar. Telephone: 47-936-49-725 Web: Lola Valentina.
Javi’s Cantina $11 – 30
Get the catch of the day with the Parmesan crust and tamarind sauce, and their delicious sides such as garlic mashed potatoes – comfort food meets island fare! Wash it down with a signature tamarind margarita to tie it all together!Telephone: 52-998-205-3003 Web: Javi’s Cantina
La Lomita Under $10
This beautiful little restaurant just south of the busy downtown is known for their savory and perfectly tender bean soup served in a clay pot. Seafood lovers, be sure to get the relleno de mariscos, a fresh poblano, roasted and stuffed with various seafood in a creamy sauce and baked to perfection. Telephone: 52-998-939-2331 Web: La Lomita.
Bastos Under $10
You can’t go wrong with the quesadillas from Bastos. Meat eaters, go get the arrachera! If you are in the mood for a perfectly cooked piece of steak, seasoned just right, the arrachera stands out in either tacos or quesadillas. The rajas y crema is perfect if you are leaning toward a meatless dish. Telephone: 52-998-142-5617 Web: Bastos
El Veradero $11 – 30
This popular spot along the lagoon fills up fast on Sundays, when the yachts dock while folks enjoy dinner and live salsa music. The Cuban specialties are perfected, including Ropa Vieja, whole fried fish and tostones. Swing in a hammock while you wait for your food, or get up and dance to the music! Telephone: 52-998-877-1600 Web: El Veradero
From 10 am to midnight, you can grab a swing or hammock, order a cold drink, and let the hours roll by at Buho’s palapa beach bar. You can also rent a Buho’s lounge chair on Playa Norte, which includes a free nonalcoholic beverage. Telephone: 52-998-877-0301 Web: Buho’s.
Café del Mar
Designed by renowned architect Lluís Güell, Café del Mar is an Ibiza-inspired beach bar that plays chill-out music by day and has live music at night. The fish tacos are a perfect cerveza accompaniment. Try to stop by for the gorgeous sunset. Telephone: 52-998-848-8473 Web: Café del Mar.
Jax Bar & Grill
When you’re looking for live music, cold beer, good bar food, and a satellite TV that’s always tuned to the current game, make tracks for Jax. It is open daily, 9 am to 11 pm. Telephone: 52-998-887-1218 Web: Jax Bar & Grill.
La Adelita Tequileria
Connoisseurs can sample more than 150 varieties of tequila and cigars at this popular spot. Telephone: 52-998-877-0528 Web: La Adelita Tequileria.
Bobo’s Bar & Grill
This is a great spot to get tasty food and drinks for a great price. Everything on the menu is great, especially the fresh fish and chips. You can come down during Happy Hour between 4-6pm to take advantage of drink specials and a pound of chicken wings. Bobo’s also broadcasts sporting events so you won’t have to miss anything while you’re on vacation. Telephone: 52-998-274-0055 Web: Bobo’s Bar & Grill
Best Isla Mujeres Hotels
Bahia Tolok offers accommodation with free WiFi. A kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and dining area is included in each of the air-conditioned units. There is a fully equipped private bathroom with bath or shower and free toiletries. There is also an outdoor pool and private beach.
Villas San Miguel
Featuring free WiFi and free parking. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some units include a sitting area and/or terrace. There is also a dining area and a kitchen equipped with a microwave and toaster. A refrigerator and coffee machine are also provided. Each unit has a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Bed linen are featured.
Izla Beach Front Hotel
Boasting 123 beautifully designed guest rooms overlooking two pools and the ocean, the hotel features a modern Mexican décor and the full range of resort-style amenities. Relax on the beach, splash with the kids in the pool, or enjoy your favorite ice-cold cocktail while lounging by the adults only pool. Begin your day with complimentary breakfast and bring it to a tantalizing close with creative cuisine at their onsite restaurant.
Hotel La Joya Isla Mujeres
Located in Isla Mujeres, 8 miles from Cancún, Hotel La Joya Isla Mujeres features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms include a sitting area for your convenience. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
A daily buffet breakfast is included along with free WiFi. The Privilege Beach Club, pristine beachfront location is perfect for scuba and snorkeling fans. And yes, it also includes service to your lounge bed. The super sexy suites feel more like apartments. The All Inclusive option: All meals, alcoholic & non- alcoholic drinks (national and international, premium liquor brands), 24 hours room service and minibar restocked daily.
Welcome to Casa Alkimia, they are at 10 minute walk from the tourist center to the island and its major attractions, including the Playa Norte, restaurants, shops and places of interest. The property is on two levels, with three Mar Caribe houses, with independent entrance. The rooms have: large and bright seafront double bedroom with balcony or sea view, independent bathroom, beach access, air conditioning, free WIFI, courtesy set, etc. Some rooms also have a cooking area.