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Isla MujeresMexico

This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Sitting 13 miles (21 kilometers) off the coast of Cancun are the unspoiled beaches of Isla Mujeres. At only five miles (eight kilometers) long, and less than half a mile (800 meters) across, this compact island in the Caribbean Sea offers some of the most sought-after coastline in Mexico. The island is a site of great cultural significance for the Mayan people, and an interesting destination for history lovers. Before tourism became the primary industry of the region, Isla Mujeres was the home of a small fishing community, and remains an excellent example of a quaint Caribbean settlement.

While many choose to stay on the island itself, day trips are certainly viable too. Take a morning ferry to the island and arrive in time for breakfast. Hop in a taxi at the ferry terminal for the short drive to all of the island’s attractions. If you have the time, many of the island’s treasures can be reached on foot, and bicycles can be hired from the town.

Visit the Garrafon Natural Reef Park to find many of the island’s popular water attractions in one place. Snorkel across the coral reef and marvel at the colors of the tropical fish that swim beneath you. The water visibility around Isla Mujeres is exceptional, making it a popular destination for scuba divers.

Between May and September, swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, in the waters off the island. The fish migrate to the area in search of warmer water, and seasonal charter tours are designed to help you experience this annual event.

Just as magical are the charismatic people who live here. The township on Isla Mujeres is popular among tourists wanting to escape the resorts of Cancun, and there are many locals still living a traditional way of life. Eat the customary cuisine of the island at one of the town’s many eateries on Hidalgo Street, or meet the locals at one of the island’s beach bars.

Isla Mujeres is just a short and inexpensive ferry trip from Cancun’s hotel precinct.

Where to stay in Isla Mujeres

Top hotels in Isla Mujeres

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Calle Zazil-Ha S/N, Zona 7, Islote El Yunque, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £234 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

This Isla Mujeres resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Norte Beach, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Punta Sur and Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,814 reviews)

"The location is absolutely beautiful & friendly staff. Good location & close to town, I’ll be back for sure!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Hotel
Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Adolfo Lopez Mateos Sm 1, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £130 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres resort is within a 5-minute walk of Norte Beach and Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park. Punta Sam Ferry Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)

"Good services , the beach is wonderful and all the personal is amazing"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Hotel
Izla Hotel
Izla Hotel
4 out of 5
Sac Bajo, Fraccionamiento Lagunamar, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £156 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

This Isla Mujeres hotel is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Dolphin Discovery, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mujeres Beach and Norte Beach. Las Americas Cancun ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (534 reviews)

"Excelente sitio para pasar vacaciones Le faltan dos detalles para que sea insuperable: servicio más coordinado y sábanas de algodón. Pero es un gran lugar con excelente cocina"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Izla Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Isla Mujeres

Nautibeach Condos
Nautibeach Condos
3 out of 5
Av. Rueda Medina #7, Colonia Centro, Pl, Quintana, Roo, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £170 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Isla Mujeres condominium resort is just steps away from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and Norte Beach. Garrafon Natural ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)

"Property is in perfect location and is very roomy. Customer service at front desk was 5 star. Could not have asked for a better stay"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

Nautibeach Condos
Hotel Paradise Suites
Hotel Paradise Suites
3.5 out of 5
Carlos Lazo 14, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £152 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Norte Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shark Beach and Dolphin Discovery. Las Americas Cancun Mall ...

3.8/5Good! (30 reviews)

"The location to the beach and shopping was great. The pool is lovely and we loved being able to get a massage on site. Management was very friendly and housekeeping did a great job cleaning the room each day."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

Hotel Paradise Suites
Punta Mundaca Suites
Punta Mundaca Suites
3 out of 5
Fracc. Mundaca SM8 M117 L22, Col. La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is £164 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Situated in Isla Mujeres, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mundaca House and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Dolphin Discovery is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) ...

Punta Mundaca Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Isla Mujeres

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5/5 - Excellent

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22 Nov 2019

Beautiful island with some dramatic coastline on the east side and spectacular beaches throughout.

4/5 - Good

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3 Nov 2019

The island is quite basic and the total opposite to glitzy Cancun

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Nice friendly island Friendly staff

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 May 2019

Would return in an instant.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Apr 2019

Enjoyed it but very urbanized for such a small island...to busy

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Apr 2019

Beautiful small island with great beach and sea

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