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Isla Mujeres-Island Hop from Cancun

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a small island just off the coast from Cancun that is a destination in itself or a day trip from Cancun or even Playa Del Carmen. The island is just 7.5 km long and about 500 meters wide on average. Most everything is on the north end of the island including the main town and best beaches. This is where the ferry arrives from Cancun (see map below).

The island used to be a backpacker destination to avoid the prices and commercialism in Cancun but over time the island has gotten more expensive and more commercial. It now feels a little “Cancun adjacent”. You can find many souvenir shops and restaurants now wanting to serve tourist meals at tourist prices so this has diminished the charm of the island but it is still an interesting place. It just might not be for everyone and it might not be a destination in itself for a whole vacation.

Our video introduction to Isla Mujeres

"Isla Mujeres map

Renting Gulf Carts on Isla Mujeres

One of the best things to do on the island is rent a golf cart and cruise around the place. Since there is no bus tour or really other way to see everything, renting a golf cart is a great option to take in some fresh sea breeze and sights. There are multiple places in town that rent golf carts and they are pretty much the same in quality. Prices however are flexible. It is going to depend on the tourist season and demand but on average a one hour rental is about 250-300 pesos. A two hour rental is going to be 350-500 pesos. You can rent for longer if you like. One hour will get you to the southern tip of the island and back but will not have much time to spare so we recommend two hours.Islan Mujeres road

Tip: In town be careful to drive down one way streets the correct way. Police will most likely kindly remind you but you need to be safely driving around and consider pedestrians safety as well.

Definitely drive to the southern end because the cliffs are nice to look at and you get a different perspective of Cancun that you often don’t see in  photos. One really unique thing you can see on Isla Mujeres is a floating house made out of plastic bottles and a host of other things. It was featured on the TV show MTV Extreme Cribs. It is located in Laguna Makax. There are Mayan Ruins on Isla Mujeres but they have been diminished over time with hurricanes and now are not really an attraction.Isla Mujeres

How to get to Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujres mapMost people go to Puerto Juarez where the ferry leaves from to get to Isla  Mujeres. From Cancun you can easily take a taxi here or even a colectivo bus going to Puerto Juarez. The colectivos run right next to the ADO main bus station in Cancun. (on the east side of the station) This makes it easy if you want to come from Playa Del Carmen to by bus to Cancun and hop on a colectivo to catch the ferry. The ferry cost 160pesos o/w and it is 300 pesos for the round trip if purchases together.

The schedule is as follows: Everyday (365 days  a year)

Puerto Juárez (Cancún) – Isla Mujeres

Departures every half hour from : 5:00am a 8:30pm; 9:30pm; 10:30pm; & 11:30pm.

Isla Mujeres – Puerto Juárez (Cancún)

Departured every half hour from: 5:30am a 9:00pm; 10:00pm; 11:00pm & 12:00 am.

 If you are going to stay on Isla Mujeres and need to get from the Cancun Airport to the ferry dock you can book an easy private transfer.

Prices are as follows:

Prices are per vehicle and not per person. To save on the round trip you must request it at booking.

  • 1-3 people it is $40 USD one way or $65 round trip.
  • 4-7 people it is $45 USD one way or $75 round trip.
  • 8-10 people is $50 USD one way or $85 round trip.

Just click the link below to reserve.

 

 There are ferries  that leave from the Hotel Zone in Cancun. These cost nearly double the price as above. So you have to consider the convenience factor in with the price. You can also take catamaran trips or dinner cruises from Cancun to the Island.

Islan Mujeres sunset

Sunset from Isla Mujeres

6 Comments on Isla Mujeres-Island Hop from Cancun

  1. We just went to Isla Mujeres and enjoyed driving the golf carts around. We spent a day here and that is about all I would want to. It is a nice island but I like the Rivera Maya better because it is more natural looking. Them main street sells a lot of crap and so many jewelry stores you see one each corner.

  2. Eugene Judger // July 20, 2016 at 1:50 AM // Reply

    We used to go to Isla Mujeres but have found it too crowded lately. We like more the quiet day trip or overnight islands. We still like it but not for staying overnight or for a week.

  3. I’m headed to IM on Wednesday and was looking at the ferry options. The UltraMar website lists the o/w fare at 160 pesos which is double what you list! (With a tiny discount if you buy RT upfront) There is of course a local price, but even though I live here, I do not have local identification. Is it worth going to Punta Sam where the car ferry leaves from? The fare for passengers is listed at 40 pesos!

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 17, 2017 at 9:44 PM // Reply

      Hello Christine

      We have updated the price on our article. They are 300RT now but they also have a local discount. If you live here you will have your visa or a drivers license. There are many people that come 6 months a year and live here but that is not really considered living here because you do not have ID.
      We were at Punta Sam today and there was the car ferry lining up. This is a much slower way to get to the island and not worth it in our opinion. The fast ferry will get you there and drop you off in the center of town. We hope you have a good trip there.

  4. Jacqueline Brown // July 28, 2017 at 2:57 PM // Reply

    Where to stay on I M?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 28, 2017 at 10:27 PM // Reply

      Hello Jacqueline

      The best beach is the north end so anywhere close to there is good. On the south end of the island it is more remote but you can find some nice quiet gest houses. This end is for people staying longer and that want a more quiet time.

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