Temperature: 23°C to 28°C
If you’re taking a holiday to Playa Mujeres to soak up some sunshine, then book your break between June and August. June is the hottest month, with the mercury hovering around 26°C on average, and highs of around 32°C. August is the best month if you want to enjoy the sea, with the ocean heating up to around 29°C. Given the increase in humidity at this time of year, being able to take a dip can be very welcome! September is the wettest month and January the coldest, although temperatures only fall to around 23°C, so you won’t need to pack your sweater.
Chilling Out: Holidays to Playa Mujeres are all about peace and relaxtion, but offer all the sun, sea and scenery of the Cancun area, but without the crowds and frantic nightlife. With fewer hotels and a smaller population, the main beach is rarely crowded and perfect for couples or families who just want to get away from it all. The sugar-white sands shelve gently into the intensely blue waters, making it safe for youngsters who want to splash about. With palm trees fringing the beach, you’ll find a few vacant hammocks to chill out in, when you need a little shade.
Nature Lovers: A short boat trip will take you to the Isla Mujeres: a stunning island, littered with beaches, lagoons, and fragrant mangrove forests. While the eastern side of the island is jagged and rocky and virtually impossible to swim in, the western side boasts superb snorkelling conditions and a coral reef. It’s possible to see Sea Turtles, shimmering shoals of fish, and even glimpse the massive yet completely harmless whale shark. The Isla Mujeres is also home to the ‘cave of sleeping sharks’, an underwater cave where whale sharks and other species gather, to rest.
Teeing Off: If you’ve got a passion for golf, no holiday to Playa Mujeres would be complete without a trip to the local golf club. With 18 holes and a stunning backdrop, the course offers exciting challenges for even the most seasoned player. However, if you’re new to the game then there are tutorials on offer with club professionals, and with the facility to rent clubs, there’s no need to bring your own.
Language: The primary language spoken is Spanish, but you’ll find that the locals also have a good command of basic English.
Currency: The currency used is the Mexican Peso.
Local Time: Six hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly: Just over 20km from Cancun International Airport.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here.
Visa / Health: Before your holiday, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
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By Car: Hire a car and explore in your own time. Rental companies can be found at the resort and the airport. Roads are well maintained and well signposted.
By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful in the area, so it’s just a case of pre-booking or flagging one down. Taxi drivers should have a card, displaying their fares.
By Colectivo: Colectivos are vans, which operate as shared taxis. There are no designated stops, so hail one down, hop in and tell the driver where you want to go. Colectivos are a great option for longer journeys to nearby resorts, such as Cancun.
Playa Mujeres’ Taco celebrations are less of a festival and more of a weekly event. Each Tuesday evening is dedicated to honouring one of Mexico’s most popular foods, you’ll find live music on the local beach, with stalls serving corn tortillas alongside spiced beef, grilled chicken, local cheeses, and handmade guacamole, seasoned with spicy ancho chillies.
Island Time Music Festival
Each February, the Isla Mujeres acts as host to wide and eclectic range of musicians, as part of the Island Time Music Festival. With all proceeds going to local, underprivileged children, this is a celebration of music and culture that’s not to be missed.
Whale Shark Festival
The whale shark is an endangered species, but you’ll find plenty of them swimming around the reef of Isla Mujeres. For three days in July, the islanders celebrate the lives of these much-misunderstood gentle giants, with a festival of traditional dances, local food and works from local craftsmen. On top of that, there’s the chance for you to get involved in a variety of marine-based activities, including fishing, snorkelling, and watching these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.