Isla Mujeres Quintana Roo

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Isla Muljesers COA

“This is our favorite spot on the Caribbean. North Beach, white white sand, small friendly community. Oh and did I mention the beautiful blue waters? Nothing can beat this for beach.”

Dorothy Bell

Isla Mujeres means Isle of Women in Spanish

Elevation – Sea Level

Weather –  Tropics

 

Average temperature:

Monthly Averages for Isla Mujeres
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High 81 82 85 88 89 91 93 93 90 88 84 82
Avg. Low 65 67 69 72 75 77 78 77 75 74 71 69

Hurricane Season – June through November

High Tourist Season – November to April

Population –  12,600

Industry – Tourismisla-mujeres arial

History – In Pre-columian times, Isla Mujeres was used by the Mayan people for religious purposes. They left statues and statuettes of the Sacred Goddess of Childbirth IxChel. When the Spanish found them they named the island appropriately enough “Isle of Women.”

The Mayan people also used the inland lagoons to harvest salt used for cooking and trade. Salt was the most common currency of the Caribbean Mayans. A temple dedicated to the Goddess was located mid-island and another temple on the southern tip overlooking the ocean. The latter was near destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.

Later Pirates occupied the island and Fermin Mundaca, both pirate and slave trader built a large plantation home and garden for the Mayan woman he fell in love with. Alas his heart was broken.

With the invention/creation of Cancun, Isla has grown from a fishing village to a tourist destination. Day trippers take one of the many ferries and shop, eat and mingle for the day.

Today

Isla-Mujeres north beach

Isla offers a more laid back experience than the fast paced, high ticket price of Cancun and Playa. The blue, blue Caribbean waters of Playa Norte offer beach tourists a fantastic taste of the tropics.

There are numerous hotels, restaurants and bars that cater to the beach bohemian in all price ranges.

Tourist Attractions:

Transportation: Isla is only 7 kilometers miles (4.3 miles) long and 650 meters (2,139 feet) wide. Golf carts, mopeds and motorcycles are the main mode of transportation. Taxis are plentiful and can be used to visit any island destination. There is also bus service.

Snorkeling or Diving

There are numerous dive tours available. You can choose to dive with the sharks or go to Isla Contoy for a barbeque or visit a shipwreck as well as many others.

If you believe you will spend a great deal of time snorkeling, buy you equipment before you arrive. It is generally cheaper in Canada and the US. Fishing

There are numerous fishing trips….The sellers are everywhere especially at the docks.

Parque Garrafongaraphon

This is a snorkeling park with a natural coral reef just feet from shore so you can snorkel with all kinds of colorful fish. This is a day-trip destination and there are zip lines for those that like to zip and beach chairs for those that like to watch.

If you are on a budget, the restaurant next door offers the same water and coral reef experience at a fraction of the price.

Casa Mundaca

Once home to Pirate Mundaca, the home, buildings and gardens provide a beautiful peak into the past. There is also a small zoo.

Turtle Farm

The turtle farm assists turtles by providing a safe breeding period away from poachers and other dangers until they can safely swim away.

Dolphin Discovery

Offers the typical swim with dolphins that will remain a once in a lifetime experience.

 Accommodation:

HOTELS

Isla Mujeres Hotels

RV PARKS

There are no RV Parks or Camping Opportunities.

Isla Muljeres Map1Getting to Isla

There are 3 ferries to Isla; Gran Puerto, Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam. The first two shuttle people and Punta Sam is the car and people ferry. Service is frequent and the trip over is approximately 20 minutes.

If you are going to Punta Sam make sure you arrive an hour earlier as it often fills up.

Departs Punta Sam for Isla Mujeres

Monday – Saturday 7:15 AM 11:00 AM 2:45 PM 5:30 PM 8:15 PM
Sunday 9:15 AM 1:30 PM 5:30 PM 8:15 PM  

Departs Isla Mujeres for Punta Sam

Monday – Saturday 6:00 AM 9:30 AM 12:45 PM 4:15 PM 7:15 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM 12:00 PM 4:15 PM 7:15 PM  

There are numerous taxis waiting for you on the other side.

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