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
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.
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.
Snorkeling off the coast of Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres snorkeling is a wonderful way to see the underwater beauty of the island. If you have ever visited or seen pictures of Isla Mujeres, you know how beautiful the waters are. Snorkeling on Isla Mujeres offers many spots to see tropical fish and marine animals. Mostly the west side of the island holds the spots that are good to see. This are however all protected areas and you need to go on a tour.
See our article here on snorkeling tours for Isla Mujeres.
Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres
One of the most beautiful beaches in the area is on Isla Mujeres. The calm waters and western facing beach means it is perfect for swimming and photos. Visiting here is a must if you come to the island. See our article here on Playa Norte.
How to get to Isla Mujeres
Most 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
Isla Mujeres – Puerto Juárez (Cancún)
How to get to Isla Mujeres from the Cancun Airport
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. We recommend this over a taxi since the vans are more comfortable and you get a discount when you book a roundtrip.
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 $45 USD one way or $75 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.