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Discover Isla Mujeres: Isla Contoy Park

Go to an island inside of another island. It even seems philosophical rhetoric, but possible. Discover Isla Contoy National Park in Isla Mujeres.

A heavenly hideaway for everyone who visits it. Fall in love with its warm waters and the beauty of the wildlife that is inside.

You should know that the mangroves on Isla Contoy are, since November 2, 2003, one of the Ramsar sites, which means The Convention Relating to Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat. Therefore, to ensure environmental protection is carried out in this place the ecotourism. What does this mean? Ecotourism is a more environmentally conscious style of tourism; it carries out a sustainable way to help the preservation of ecosystems.

Keep in mind that only 200 visitors are allowed per day, to have greater control over who enters and takes care of the place. Tours for Isla Contoy usually include drinks, continental breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the boat, transportation and snorkeling equipment. We recommend bringing a camera, sandals, a cap, sunscreen, biodegradable repellent, and attitude! You will interact with turtles, a variety of fish, birds and much more!

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Isla Contoy Park - Izla Hotel - Beachfront Hotel in Isla Mujeres

Make your reservation in time if you want to reach a place, the best time to go is in summer. Avoid the month of September, it is the rainy season so, it could ruin your trip. Located 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres, and only authorized boats can reach it. The driving hours are leaving 9:00 am and returning at 5:00 pm.

Meet Isla Contoy, a true Mexican paradise to rest and enjoy!


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Enjoy Isla Mujeres traditions and parties

Isla Mujeres is not only beach and sand. It also has traditions, parties, and culture. We are sure that if the tourists had the time to meet and live them, they would be amazed. The purpose of traveling is to meet, discover, and admire. Therefore, let us discuss some Isla Mujeres traditions and parties so that you arrive you will be prepared for the action.

Island Carnival

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Enjoy Isla Mujeres traditions and parties - Izla Hotel - Hotel in Isla Mujeres

The Isla Mujeres Carnival is one of the most important parties that take place during the year. It is celebrated for four days since 1876, so this tradition is carried in the veins of all of us. This 2019 was held from March 1 to 5; the streets were flooded with color, party, beer, crafts, and much joy. Get ready to break the track and have fun with the taste of the Caribbean!

Feast of the Immaculate Virgin

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Izla Hotel - Hotel in Isla Mujeres

Mexico, for the most part, is a Catholic country. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of Isla Mujeres, is celebrated twice a year, one is at the founding parties and the other on December 8. A previous day a caravan is performed singing the virgin's birthday song to culminate in mass. While on December 8 there is a procession with several boats in honor of the virgin.

The Anniversary of the Foundation

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Enjoy Isla Mujeres traditions and parties - Izla Hotel - Hotel in Isla Mujeres

On August 17, 1850, it was when Isla Mujeres was inaugurated. This August 2019 was commemoration 169 and was celebrated with a great variety of cultural events, music, and food. You cannot lose this!

Whale Shark Festival

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Izla Hotel - Hotel in Isla Mujeres

Likewise, the whale shark festival takes place July 20-23. This holiday seeks to connect the human being with nature and not forget that we coexist together.

In conclusion, the importance of the roots, the origin, and not forgetting where we come from gives us a feeling of belonging and a patriotic pride rooted in our hearts and our lives. Live the traditions of your country and experience those of others. Meet, admire, and live!


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Sculptural Park in Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres

How to get to the sculpture park?

Isla Mujeres with its turquoise charm and small sublime corners, keeps a sculptural park in a hiding place, in what seems to be a cliff in Punta Sur that borders the beautiful Caribbean Sea. A good new? You don't need to move so far to know it. If you are in Cancun, you only need 25 minutes and a ferry. Once being in Isla Mujeres, everything is a piece of cake!

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Sculptural Park - Punta Sur Isla Mujeres

Eighteen years ago, thanks to the initiative of the Sonoran artist called; Sebastian and 23 national and international sculptors endowed this small place with life and art. You can imagine the mess; meanwhile, they were deciding all the materials, colors, shapes, and tools that they will be using. Considering humidity, salt, sun, and heat were factors that played an essential role in making decisions. However, by December 8, 2001, the task had already been accomplished. So, you can find among the sculptures a mix of contemporary art with nuances of abstract art.

What do I have to take to the sculpture park in Isla Mujeres?

What do we advise you? Bring your camera, use some sunscreen, and wear a cap. Arrive very early and have breakfast somewhere nearby, or go in the afternoon and enjoy an incredible sunset. But above all things, enjoy the view! Get marvel with the art by attaching a beautiful stage behind it. Here the surprises do not stop! In case you were not aware you could also enjoy the temple of the goddess Ixchel, goddess of fertility and wife of the sun, which is in this same place.

Sculptural Park - Punta Sur Isla Mujeres

You can visit us from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to approach us, we can advise you both of this place and many more ... Isla Mujeres has a vast repertoire to visit.

Liven up, come and get a pleasant surprise from the Mayans and the southern part of Isla Mujeres!


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Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Making a trip to Cancun is never a bad idea, much less when the curiosity of Isla Mujeres and its emblematic turquoise waters arouses you. So, if you are already in Cancun and you are looking for an excursion to this paradise, but you do not know how to get there or what things you can do in Isla Mujeres, keep reading, and you will discover it.

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

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To move from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, we recommend two options: by ferry or catamaran. In Cancun, there are four points from where a ferry goes directly to Isla Mujeres; Puerto Juárez, Tortugas Beach, Caracol Beach, and El Embarcadero. It is worth mentioning that the location of the last three places is in the Hotel Zone, so if you are staying in a hotel on Kukulcán Boulevard, it will be easier for you to take one of the last three options. In the case of Puerto Juárez, it is located about 2 kilometers north of downtown Cancun. From here, in addition to ferries, there are many restaurants nearby and worth trying.

Another option that you can consider is a tour to Isla Mujeres in a catamaran. This option is a little bit more expensive because they usually include drinks, snacks, it is more private, and of course a more intimate contact with the sea.

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

Are we there yet?

Ferry schedules depend a lot on where you take it. For example, the first ferry from Puerto Juárez leaves at 5:30 am, and from there they go every half hour until 11:30 pm. In Playa Tortugas the earliest ferry is at 9:00 am, they leave every hour and the last one you can board is at 8:30 pm. In Playa Caracol you will leave at 9:00 am, it has 15-minute intervals, and the last ferry to leave is at 5:15 pm. Finally, at EL Embarcadero you can sail in the morning at 9:15, it has 15-minute intervals, and the latest you can leave Cancun will be at 8:45.

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

We are here. Now what?

Isla Mujeres is to relax, de-stress, and take away the rush of the city. So, if you want to relax, I recommend you to stay for a weekend and enjoy beaches, restaurants, tours and village life. Once you leave the ferry head to Hotel Izla, refresh yourself, go your stuff and start the journey. Do we begin with a snack?

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

Full belly, happy heart

To start any adventure, it is always necessary to recharge batteries. Therefore, we share our selection of the best tips for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, an excellent option would be a fresh and natural orange juice, accompanied by some fruit, toast, and good coffee can not be missed. We can always rely on healthy and delicious food.

For lunch, seafood orders. Because of this, we must start the list talking about a dish that will honor fish; it is known as "tikin-xic fish," in addition to some coconut shrimp that will make you salivate.

Likewise, to complement the meals you could at the same time, listen to live music. Finally, light the candles and romantic music! To close the day with a flourish, you must have a moonlight dinner. A romantic evening that your partner will appreciate and that you will love.

Already recharged our batteries, let’s start with the best. The beach!

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

Beach, sun, sand, and a pair of bikinis

Let’s take a brief tour of the turquoise waters that you are about to see and immerse yourself in them. You should know that the second prettiest beach in all Mexico is here in Isla Mujeres and its name is; North Beach

Playa Norte is ideal for resting and lying on in the white sand that does not burn and for admiring either a sunrise or sunset. Other beaches that are also worth your attention would be; Paradise Beach, Lancheros Beach, and Indios Beach. Here you can do multiple activities, snorkeling, swimming with catsharks, eating at local restaurants, and buying souvenirs. Moreover, please don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

Okay, beach. Are there more things to do in Isla Mujeres?

Of course, as the sound is never enough ... Yes, there is more. There goes the bomb! El Garrafón Park, Sculptural Park, and Isla Contoy. Please don’t get overwhelmed, let’s go slowly, let me tell you about each one, although believe me there is still more to do.

First is El Garrafón Park, a natural reef park near Punta Sur. This park is fantastic both to undertake an adventure and to rest. You can do snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining or relax in the temazcal, the pool or in the beautiful hammocks that hang from the beautiful drunk palm trees of the sun.

We continue with the sculptural park of Isla Mujeres. An exciting place where you can see 24 sculptures that are on a cliff and see the sea and nature as the setting for these works of art. Nearby there is also the temple of the fertility goddess Ixchel!

Also, let’s not forget Isla Contoy. A protected area since 1961, it is uninhabited and is home to multiple bird species, which is why it is also known as the Bird Island. To protect this place, the activities you can do is snorkel and immerse yourself in its beautiful crystalline waters. The only way to get to Isla Contoy is into a tour because in this way there is more control of who enters in the Island.

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Things to do in Isla Mujeres - Izla Hotel

We could tell you about a thousand more activities that you can do here in Isla Mujeres, from dolphin tours, snorkeling in the best reefs, underwater museums and much more! However, reading it is not the same as living it.

Come and visit Isla Mujeres! Whether expressly or to stay a couple of nights, believe me, it will be a pleasant trip, and you will always have things to do in Isla Mujeres.