Isla de Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island close to Cancun and a day-tripper’s paradise for visitors staying at Playa Muyeres on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. You’ll love the stunning views of the island from your resort on the Cancun side, and it’s good to know that just a 15-minute ferry ride will take you there. Water sports and underwater adventures, stunning beaches and local sites of interest all await you on Isla Mujeres.
White sand unlimited
Playa Norte (also known as North Beach) is thought by many to be the best place in Mexico to lounge in the sun. It’s certainly the most popular beach on Isla Mujeres. With bleached white sand, palm trees for natural shade and sapphire blue waters, it’s sunbathing heaven, and a place designed for doing nothing in. You’ll love the shallow, crystal-clear waters, and the chance to see brightly-coloured tropical fish swimming around your feet. With next to no current, you can easily wade far out from the shore and still only be waist-deep.
Water, water everywhere
Taking a charter to a snorkel or dive point in Isla Mujeres is easy. There are many companies who’ll take you to dive the reefs and cenotes, as well as the incredible MUSA Underwater Sculpture Park; two submerged galleries designed to offer an exhilarating sub-aqua experience.
One area of MUSA is just four metres down and great for snorkelling, while the eight-metre zone is a diving hotspot in these parts. Constantly changing over time as coral grows on the statues, it’s a fascinating spot to return to time and time again. Swim past cars and people and wildlife, as stone becomes coral and attracts sea life like any other reef.
Encounters with whale sharks and sailfish are also popular in these waters and can be booked in your resort. Get up close and personal to some truly impressive creatures, swimming with them in their natural environment. Or head to Garrafon Reef Park and explore dry land, as well as diving in the controlled environments in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Cycle the cliff path, or ride the zip wire out to sea and back again. Kayak in the bay or swim with dolphins, the choice is yours.
Hop on dry land
Mexican culture is plain to see on this quiet little island. Make time to visit Isla Mujeres’ cemetery, where brightly-coloured headstones, carvings and masks adorn the graves in a joyous celebration of life. Make sure you hunt down the grave of local celebrity Pirate Mundaca, who built his own tomb, carved with a pirate skull and cross bones, which can be found in a quiet corner of the graveyard.
And if his story intrigues you, head to Hacienda Mundaca, his home when he lived on Isla Mujeres, and now open to visitors. Built by the pirate, the hacienda site features winding pathways and shady nooks. More recently, Mayan ruins have been found in the grounds, making it of even more mysterious and intriguing.