Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

The best spots for snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

To visit Isla Mujeres is to enjoy the fine sandy beaches and transparent waters of the Caribbean! And the best part is that is only 20 minutes from Cancun! We come here mainly to relax in the best resort in Isla Mujeres, visit Playa Norte (which is considered one of the best beaches in the world), but also snorkeling and dive in the 2nd largest reef in the world!

So, if you are looking for the best spots for snorkeling in Isla Mujeres, let us help you. Here is a short list for you to discover.

Garrafon Park

Garrafon Natural Park offers both a place to relax and several activities. Represents a much more tranquil and exclusive alternative.

It is a small private beach where you can access by paying an entrance fee of 90$MXN which includes a lounge chair, umbrella, showers, and bathrooms.

It is the ideal place for snorkeling in Isla Mujeres as Garrafon is part of the longest coral reef in the northern hemisphere and is home to a rich ecosystem.

  • Getting to Parque Garrafon: it is located in Punta Sur, in the southern tip of the island (10min by taxi from the ferry).
  • Important: it is better to arrive early (around 10:30 am) because lounge chairs and umbrellas are available according to availability.

With such transparent water and the Great Mayan Reef, which is the 2nd largest reef in the world, snorkeling is a must on Isla Mujeres.

El Farito

El Farito is the most popular snorkeling spot on the island and is only 5 minutes away by boat. It is the smallest lighthouse on Isla Mujeres, surrounded by a reef with fish and coral.

It is possible to get there with a 1-hour tour, but we recommend a longer tour which also includes part of the Museum of Underwater Art in Manchones Reef. As it is 30m deep, it is possible to snorkel or dive there.

There are about 50 diving spots in the area for all levels (beginner to advanced).

Lastly, our best recommendation is to explore the 800m long Manchones Reef at Isla Mujeres with its many corals and fish.

Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres El Farito
Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres - El Farito

MUSA

Also, the largest underwater museum in the world!

With its 473 sculptures at 8m underwater, it is the best place to dive in Isla Mujeres!

These statues were created to replace the corals that have disappeared due to mass tourism and pollution. It is, therefore, a second habitat for the biodiversity that inhabits the seabed.

During Whale Shak Season

Here is another great option for snorkeling in Isla Mujeres! In an environmentally friendly way.

From June to September, whale sharks come to enjoy the warm waters of Isla Mujeres and Holbox and this is the opportunity to observe them a little closer.

Fortunately, they are protected. You can swim with the whale sharks with a guide if you attend certain rules, for example:

-They can be approached by swimming or snorkeling at a safe distance of 2 m

-It is forbidden to touch or feed them.

But don't worry! There's nothing to be afraid of. With its 12m length, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world, but it is harmless!

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Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres - Whale Shark

Snorkel in Isla Mujeres the next time you visit us. Come and relax while enjoying what nature offers us.


things to do in isla Mujeres

5 things to do and add to your bucket list in Isla Mujeres

In ancient times, the Mayans used Isla Mujeres to sacrifice virgin girls. But, It owes its name to a Spanish explorer who came from Cuba in search of manpower. The many statues of women in Mayan temples inspired him.

Due to its original and interesting history, it gathers many great attractions and secrets. All of them, waiting for you to explore.

Here is a short list of things to do if you are planning to visit the magnificent Isla Mujeres.

UNDERWATER MUSEUM

In the clear waters of Isla Mujeres, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, a unique museum was created in 2009: MUSA (Underwater Museum of Contemporary Art). With its 500 sculptures immersed in water 4 to 8 m deep, is the largest underwater museum in the world and Mexico.
Silhouettes, mute crowds imploring or threatening, but also scenes of daily life: a man on his couch watching TV...
These sculptures - signed by 6 artists - are available in several ways, either by diving, with mask and snorkel, or by taking a boat with a glass bottom. This genius idea is the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, an English sculptor with a passion for scuba diving, who acquired his international reputation when he created, in 2006, the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, in the West Indies.

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Things to do in isla Mujeres - MUSA

GARRAFON PARK

Garrafon Natural Park is a must thing to do in Isla Mujeres because it offers both a place to relax plus, several more activities.
It is important to understand that the beaches of Isla Mujeres are crowded and Garrafon offers a much more tranquil and exclusive alternative. So, if you ask us, is the ideal place for snorkeling, as is part of the longest coral reef in the northern hemisphere and is home to a rich ecosystem.
It is also possible to kayak, zip line (there are 3 of them!), enjoy the swimming pool facing the sea and rest in the hammocks between the palm trees. Also, enjoy a restaurant on site!

KIN HA

It truly is a little treasure, and much less frequented than the Playa Norte area! Why? Well, few people know about it and that's why it is a must-see place in Isla Mujeres.
"El Parque de Los Sueños", also called Kin Ha, is a beach club that allows you to enjoy the island to the fullest.
It is a small complex facing the Caribbean Sea where you can find a restaurant with a terrace, an infinity pool with a bar, several areas to relax in the sun, and easy access to the sea.
Kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling equipment can be rented on site.

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Things to do in isla Mujeres - Kin Ha

SNORKELING

With such transparent water and the Grand Mayan Reef, which is the 2nd largest reef in the world, snorkeling is a great thing to do in Isla Mujeres.
To practice snorkeling in Isla Mujeres without a tour, we recommend you rather go to a beach club like Kin Ha, Garrafon, since both provide the equipment.
On the other hand, taking a snorkeling tour allows you to see much more!
El Farito is the most popular snorkeling spot on the island and is only 5 minutes away by boat. It is the smallest lighthouse on Isla Mujeres, with a reef at its surroundings with fish and coral. There is also the submerged statue of La Virgen del Farito, the saint of fishermen.

ISLA CANTOY

Isla Contoy is only 30 km away from Isla Mujeres. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico!
This tiny, almost deserted island is a national park that is home to the most important seabird nesting site in the Caribbean!
Its access is limited to 200 people per day, so it is very important to book for the chance to enjoy its calm, sandy beaches and transparent water.
The visit of Contoy includes free time on the beach, a small guided tour on its paths (for those who wish), and a good lunch of Tikinxik fish.
It's paradise on earth!

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Things to do in isla Mujeres - Isla Contoy

Now you know, add these to your bucket list the next time you visit. It's worth every second and every penny!


4th of july in isla mujeres

Celebrate the 4th of July in Isla Mujeres

Why is 4th of July a Holiday? We all know that is THE date to remember for Americans. It commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies.

For this country, it represents a whole day of celebration with family and friends. Who often get together to share moments of joy and happiness and to enjoy each other, while creating new memories year after year. Also, this party is his own during the summer which makes it even more enjoyable. And don't forget that on 4th of July, the color code is blue, white and red is important.

On the other hand, it is not always possible for Americans to celebrate their national holiday in their home country. The American national holiday takes place in the middle of summer, Americans often take advantage of their little vacation to go on vacation with their families; the Riviera Maya is one of their favorite destinations. Many American citizens take advantage of both the date and the trip to reunite their family and friends in a paradise like Isla Mujeres to celebrate the 4th of July and not miss such an important date for them, enjoying the luxurious comfort that Izla Hotel can offer them.

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4th of July in Isla Mujeres

This event is therefore very beneficial for Mexican tourism. The party has been organized in different parts of the country. Especially in Isla Mujeres! Which allows Americans and anyone else who wishes to join them to offer them an idyllic setting to celebrate this very special day.

At Isla Mujeres, we try to capture one of the essential aspects of the celebration: food. Barbecues are a tradition for all 4th of July celebrations. For that reason, in Mexico, we try not to lose the habit.

Give a Caribbean touch to the party! Don't just stay with a tasty meal, enjoy the events that Isla Mujeres has to offer.


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Why visit Isla Mujeres?

Off the coast of Cancun and the Yucatán Peninsula is a small island that looks like heaven: Isla Mujeres. The island is more laid-back and peaceful than Cancun. However, that doesn't mean there isn't enough to do, you are always able to fill your day with water sports, shopping, investigating, and making new companions in that great environment.

From the north to the south of Isla (as the locals call it) you will encounter landscapes that are very different from each other: lively life and beaches in the north, a steep and wild coast in the south.

Punta Sur

The south is also famous for its many unique diving spots in the world, including the amazing and unbelievable Underwater Museum!

Inaugurated in 2009, this museum retraces the evolution of Mayan culture with no less than 460 statues... immersed! You will be able to admire in the middle of fish and other aquatic creatures the works of the British artist Jason de Caires Taylor and those of some local artists...

A piece of advice: if you like the unusual and the offbeat, don't miss this extraordinary place!

 

Isla Mujeres Center

But what makes the undeniable charm of Isla Mujeres, are its small villages and their colorful houses that you will meet especially in the center of the island...

Shops, restaurants, smells, and music, and you will no longer feel like you are in Mexico but somewhere in the Caribbean!

Take the opportunity to do some shopping and get lost in this maze of colors and houses, each one more beautiful than the other!

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Why visit Isla Mujeres?

Punta Norte

If you continue further north, you will arrive in the most touristy and lively part of the island. Welcome to the golden sandy beaches and idleness!

Take the opportunity to swim in Playa Norte! Admire a sublime sunset before taking the boat back to Cancun with a head full of beautiful memories...


bleisure in isla mujeres

Bleisure in Isla Mujeres

Bleisure? An Anglo-Saxon neologism born from the contraction of business and leisure. The "bleisure" trend, which consists of combining work and tourism when traveling abroad. From company directors to adventurous employees, everyone wins. And today we are going to explain how you can take advantage of this great opportunity in case you come to Isla Mujeres. Let´s begin!

1.- Organizing

Getting organized is the golden rule, keeping an up-to-date agenda so that you know when you have time for yourself. This way, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the destination, in this case, Isla Mujeres.

 

2.-  Research on the destination

Sometimes it is possible that your business trips end up in places that are not very touristy, or with not much to do. So, it is important to do some research in advance. But don't worry, you've come to the right place! Isla Mujeres is THE destination not to be missed when you are in Mexico! An island full of activities. This area looks like a paradise on earth with its ever-present sun and its superb white sandy beaches.

Isla Mujeres is an island off the coast of Cancún, which is 1.100 km2, it is tiny, and there are few locals, but this is what makes it even more beautiful.

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Bleisure Resort in Isla Mujeres

3.- Enjoy the activities

It's impossible to get bored in Isla Mujeres. Here are some activities to do in your free time during your bleisure.

- First, you can spend your day at El Garrafon Park to swim with the dolphins.

- Then you can visit the wonderful underwater museum of art: MUSA. It is an underwater museum, the largest in the world. There are 500 sculptures from the artist Jason Decaires Taylor placed on the ocean floor.

- Visit at least one of the beaches of the island. Playa lancheros, where you can meet the nurse shark and eat the typical dish of the island the Tikin-Xic fish.

- Thrill-seekers will be able to swim with the gigantic whale sharks. Another incredible experience not to be missed!

- Finally, to relax and see the island from the sea, it is necessary to take a catamaran tour. It is recommended to do it in the late afternoon, to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets of Isla Mujeres.

 

4.- Extend your trip

This option is not always possible due to certain professional commitments. But taking a few days including the weekend is the solution. It has been proven that workers who do this tend to increase their productivity when they return to the office - consider it a win-win situation for the company!

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Bleisure Resort in Isla Mujeres

Now it's time to adopt a new way to do your business trips, take advantage of the bleisure, and enjoy Isla Mujeres.


punta sur

Discover Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur is a tourist paradise located in the southern part of Isla Mujeres, "The island of women" in the highest part of the island. It is an imposing natural formation next to the Garrafón Reef. It offers a breathtaking view of the immense Caribbean Sea, the Bay of Cancún, and the bay of Isla Mujeres itself thanks to its many vantage points.

In Punta Sur, nature has sculpted the cliffs with true architectural beauty.

Here, one can live with the emotion of sculptural art. The spaces are flooded with grace and are the stage for the work of contemporary sculptors from Mexico and around the world.  There are now 23 sculptures. This is the highest point of the island that is not to be missed! Punta Sur offers many Mayan relics honoring the goddess Ixche. Is the goddess of fertility discovered on the island, as well as a representation of her and the iguana, which can be found all over the island in freedom.

Thanks to the paths that cross the cliff, you will be able to access the sea. For moments filled with serenity. After that, it will be possible to visit the turtle sanctuary or the natural park of Garafon. This side of the island is the first place in Mexico to receive the sun's rays. It is, therefore, an ideal attraction to explore, discover the island, and admire the most beautiful sunrises. The best way to see Punta Sur is walking, which allows you to have no limits when discovering the island.

Isla Mujeres Resort

To end your day in Punta del Sur in style, another thing you can do here is to visit Izla Hotel Rooftop. You can not only admire the best sunsets, enjoy a cocktail, but also relax in its infinity pool and take the most beautiful pictures.

Now you know all the best tips for a perfect day in Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres. All you have to do is enjoy it!


isla contoy

Isla Contoy: a Mexican wonder

Isla Contoy is located at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, only 30km from Isla Mujeres, this small island of less than 9km long is the oldest national park in the state of Quintana Roo. Nobody lives here, except for a few biologists and coastguards!

It is a protected area that is home to the most important nesting place for seabirds in the entire Caribbean zone of Mexico. There are also ten turtle nesting sites: The Loggerhead, Hawksbill turtle, and Dermatemys mawii.

There are seven saltwater lagoons on the island, of which only one is accessible to visitors, the Laguna Azul.

In essence, the Isla Contoy, in the Yucatan peninsula, is one of the places not to be missed when you are passing through the region. With its palm trees, its small paths, its crustaceans that wander around, and its magnificent white-sand beaches.

With only 200 people per day having access to the island. We enjoy a very social exclusivity, which we rarely have the opportunity to see in this region of Mexico, magnificent indeed, but very touristic!

During a day at Isla Contoy, it is possible to snorkel in the Ixlache reef where the water is crystal clear. You can see corals, fish, and even statues. Then, to relax during your visit to Isla Contoy, visit the small museum of the island, discover the fauna, the flora, and the only lagoon accessible to the public: La Laguna Azul. Also, many birds can be found there, including the frigate bird, the symbolic bird of the island.

After a small meal, relax and enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear water that Isla Contoy offers. Before returning to Cancun, it is possible to make a stop on Isla Mujeres, visit the island!

As Isla Contoy is a protected island, only a few companies have the permit to go there. Boat departures are from Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

There are also excursions to Contoy from Playa del Carmen. There will take you by van from Cancun to join the boat.

Isla Contoy is one of the Mexican wonders that you must discover...


romantic spots in isla mujeres

Three unique and romantic spots in Isla Mujeres

Are you looking to escape to Mexico for a romantic date with your beloved one? Head to Isla Mujeres to visit one of our romantic spots in Isla Mujeres!

How to get to Isla Mujeres ? 

If you are flying into Cancun, use a Cancun Shuttle to transport you to Puerto Juarez; where you can take a ferry to get to the island. The Cancun Shuttle´s rate is between $28- 30 dollars roundtrip. The driver will take you directly from the airport to Puerto Juarez (a 40 minutes ride). Ferries depart every 30 minutes, and roundtrip tickets only cost 15 dollars. Tickets can easily be purchased upon arrival from the Puerto Juarez ticket office or pre-purchased online.

Once you’ve arrived via ferry and retrieved your luggage, getting a taxi to your hotel is no problem. Drivers are waiting and happy to take you to your final destination. Expect to pay anywhere between $5 – $10 depending on the proximity of your hotel to the Playa Norte ferry station.

1. Rooftop | HOTEL IZLA 

romantic spots in isla mujeres
Romantic spots in Isla Mujeres

The first stop in our romantic spots in Isla Mujeres is Izla Hotel, a five-star luxury retreat on the shores of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and one of the newest hotels on the island. It is located right on the beach, a little outside of the central part of town with two beautiful pools

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, group getaway, or romantic escape for two, Izla Hotel has the perfect package deal or hotel special to meet your needs. 

Your favorite spot at the hotel will be rooftop, because of it´s spectacular beach view pool, with comfy sunbeds right above the water,

You can spend afternoons here, relaxing and refreshing yourself with the Happy Hour (2x1 in beverages from 6 to 7 pm).

2. Playa Norte:                 

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Romantic spots in Isla Mujeres              

Start your day visiting Playa Norte, the island’s most famous beach! (which stretches along the entire north end) . It offers vast expanses of snow-white sand and sparkling turquoise water perfect for snorkeling. The best snorkeling spot is underneath the wooden bridges! You´re going to end exhausted and hungry; so delight your palate with your favorite food, on beach front restaurants, as the sun sets away, with music, cool breeze, the smell of saltwater while you´re having a romantic dinner. It´s going to be the most perfect and breathtaking sunset you´ll ever see! (Don´t worry about food, you´ll find excellent restaurants specialized in fresh seafood). 

3. Explore PUNTA SUR by Golf cart: 

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Romantic spots in Isla Mujeres

During your stay on Isla Mujeres, you must take time to explore the south end of the island where Punta Sur is located. Here you will find rocky shoreline with breathtaking cliff views, sculptures, and a lighthouse as well as a serpentine walking path along the ocean.

Golf cart rentals are accessible and available on nearly every corner in the downtown area. Prices range from $45-$55 for a full day rental and are a romantic way to see all the island has to offer.


how to get around isla mujeres

How to get around in Isla Mujeres?

Isla Mujeres is an island full of charm and, in some way, small, in conclusion, easy to move. Therefore, here we will recommend the best options so you can get to know the island from head to toe, explore the secrets and beauty that hide in the majestic Caribbean Sea.

Continue reading and learn how to get around Isla Mujeres.

Get around Isla Mujeres on a Golf cart!

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Golf Cart - Izla Hotel

One of the most iconic ways on the island is a golf cart. In Isla Mujeres, even locals use it!

To enjoy the experience, you will have multiple establishments to choose the best option. Prices are usually between 800-900 pesos, from 9 am to 5 pm; however, on many occasions, we can bargain with people who offer this service outside the ferry port negotiating a price of up to 200 pesos less per rental.

But wait! Take advantage of your visit and enjoy a beautiful sunset in Isla Mujeres, as you can rent the golf cart for up to 24 hrs.

TIP: do not forget to bring your driver's license with you as it will be necessary to use the golf carts.

Motorcycle

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Motorcycle - Izla Hotel

This option is a little less popular; however, if you are a fan of speed and bikes is equally valid, and its price is similarly more affordable since it varies between 350 pesos.

Taxi

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Taxi - Izla Hotel

Our last recommendation is better known, and the fastest way to get to your destination, a taxi. You can take one just a few meters from the maritime terminal of Isla Mujeres. Prices vary depending on the distance traveled.

Now that you know how to get around in Isla Mujeres include one of this list in your next visit and explore this tropical paradise like never before, also complement your trip by staying at the best hotel in Isla Mujeres: Izla Hotel.


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.