Casa Caracol en Isla Mujeres - Hotel Izla

Casa Caracol en Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is one of the places treasured by Mexico for many reasons. How not to fall in love with Isla, its beautiful beaches, its delicious climate, and the delicacy of its food? But these things you already know them. Something new? You will surely not be aware of Casa Caracol in Isla Mujeres. Continue reading...

¿What is Casa Caracol?

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Casa Caracol in Isla Mujeres - Hotel Izla

The architect Octavio Campo was born in Guanajuato in 1943, is a Mexican painter with a versatile style.

Octavio Campo, with a flash of inspiration in the 90s, built Casa Caracol. Legend has it that his brother, Eduardo, visited him and his wife frequently, so Octavio decided to make him a house. But as a good architect and painter, it could not be any house. It had to be different, peculiar, and unique. Octavio went out to the sea to look for a breath of answers until he grabbed a snail from the sand, and an idea emerged.

It was a house on the sea, surrounded by greenery, and with an exterior in the shape of a snail. Undoubtedly captivated Octavio. It caused such a stir... That one is never enough. So, a few years later, they began to build several of these around with a pool and gardens — an incredible set to visit.

If you think that snails inspired only the outside, we are pleased to tell you that you are wrong. It is an integral concept. The interior is wholly designed without losing sight of the idea. The main house has two floors; in the lower part, there is the kitchen, living room and a small bathroom. At the top are the master bedroom and a bathroom with a unique bathtub.

Casa Caracol is located in the southern part, next to the road that surrounds Isla Mujeres.

Isla Mujeres travel tips

Travel tips - Isla Mujeres

Turquoise sea, warm breeze, white sand, and caress on the bare skin. That is Isla Mujeres. It is located in the Caribbean Sea and it is part of the state Quintana Roo. A real pleasure is to visit this Mexican paradise. Therefore, let us recommend the following tips for your next trip to Isla Mujeres.

1. Flights

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Tips for Isla Mujeres - Flights to Isla Mujeres

Search your flights to Cancun in advance. Buying flights in the same week you travel will be more expensive. Be one step ahead and set alerts on Google about the prices of your flights and that way you can receive notifications so you will be able to find out which day is the ideal to buy your travel ticket.

2. How to get there

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Tips for Isla Mujeres - Ferry to Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is located in the state of Quintana Roo and more specifically, in the Caribbean Sea. To get to Isla Mujeres you must first go to Cancun and from there take either a ferry or a catamaran tour. If you are in Cancun there are different places where you can take a ferry; Puerto Juarez and the Hotel Zone. In Hotel Zone there are three locations where ferries depart; Tortugas Beach, Caracol Beach and El Embarcadero. Choose the one that suits you best!

If you are looking for a catamaran tour you can also reach Isla Mujeres in a more personal and private way. It is an excellent option for those who want to spend a pleasant time in the Caribbean Sea. Albatros is a distinguished company that stands out for the incredible experience it offers to all its customers, we recommend it!

3. A good hotel

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Tips for Isla Mujeres- A good hotel

To really get to know Isla Mujeres and enjoy it as it should, we recommend you stay for a weekend. We assure you one day will not be enough to be on the beach. The secret is a good hotel. One of your best options is the Hotel Izla, in front, it has the beach and thanks to its location you can easily and quickly move to any part of Isla Mujeres. Its excellent service and friendly atmosphere will make you feel on a daydream.

4. Beaches

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Beach in Isla Mujeres

Going to Isla Mujeres is going to visit its beaches and immerse yourself in a rejuvenating bath. The best beaches that you cannot miss on your visit are without a doubt; North Beach, South Point and Garrafón Beach. You will see that with the sunset, a very cold beer and an excellent company, your day at the beach will be a memory to treasure. You can also choose a tour to meet either the whale shark, swim with dolphins, snorkel, go to Contoy Island ... There are many options!

5. What can not be missed?

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Tips for Isla Mujeres - Seafood

What you should not miss on your trip to season your adventure is the food. Because it is an island, seafood is obviously the specialty here. Tikinxic fish is the quintessential dish that when you try it there will be no way you can forget it. But you can also try a fresh snail ceviche or a good shrimp cocktail. Take the taste of Isla Mujeres home!

6. Tours in Isla Mujeres

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Tours in Isla Mujeres

In Isla Mujeres, there is always something to do. We recommend that at the same time that you are looking for your flights to Cancun, reach what kind of activities you would like to do and just with one click you can book any tour online. If you are not a fan of buying with a credit card in internet portals, do not worry! Investigating has never hurt anyone, look in the same way what you would like to do and when you arrive at Isla Mujeres you will already have an idea of ​​the prices and the type of activities you can do here.

7. Nightlife

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Tips for Isla Mujeres: Nightlife in Isla Mujeres

If you are one of those who prefer to go out at night, we have what you are looking for. If you like the beach atmosphere, relaxed but at the same time fun Isla Mujeres. We recommend ICEBAR and Kokonuts. On the contrary, if you are more city, you love the massive and break the dance floor ... In the Hotel Zone of Cancun, you will find Coco bongo, Mandala, Daddy’O and many more! If we know something to do in Mexico, it is a good party.

8. Know

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Chichen Itza

Being in Isla Mujeres and therefore in the state of Quintana Roo, you are surrounded by multiple places that you can visit. To mention some like; Chichen Itza, Tulum, Cozumel, Holbox, Rio Lagarto, Xixim, etc ... Much is never enough if you are someone who is not conformist and you are always looking for adventure here is your place.

9. Shopping

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Tips for Isla Mujeres - Shopping

It is a rule to take with us a souvenir from each place we visit. In Isla Mujeres, you will find many crafts, crafts, art, and paintings. If you are looking for shopping centers, you can take the ferry to Cancun that takes about 20 minutes and visit La Isla, Puerto Cancun, Luxury Avenue or Plaza las Américas. You will find multi-brand stores, restaurants, fast food and more...

I think you already realized that only one day of sight will not supply you... Beaches, restaurants, tours, emblematic monuments, nightclubs ... Therefore, enjoy Isla Mujeres and all that it has to offer! Let's pack up now!


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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.