AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION
ARTS AND CRAFTS
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EVENTS
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Located off the coast of Cancun,
in the state of Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres is one of the
main islands of the Mexican Caribbean. The island is eight
km (five mi) long and two km (1.2 mi) wide. It has a
pleasant tropical climate, with an average temperature of
On this island, which is rich in culture and natural
resources, you’ll find numerous tourist attractions,
including beaches with fine sand, archaeological ruins like
the Templo de Ixchel, and historic buildings, such as the
Hacienda Mundaca. For outdoor recreational activities you
can visit the Parque Marino Garrafon (Garrafon Marine Park),
the ideal place to go scuba diving or snorkeling in coral
reef areas inhabited by hundreds of colorful fish. The
island has top-notch hotels with beach clubs offering
amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. In the downtown area
you’ll find a wide variety of stores where you can buy all
kinds of souvenirs, such as beachwear, T-shirts and crafts
made of wood and conch shells. As for the cuisine, the
restaurants serve international and local fare. At night, in
the bars and nightclubs, you can enjoy reggae and
Afro-Caribbean music until the wee hours of the morning.
AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Isla Mujeres has several protected areas that are ideal
for ecotourism outings and observing a wide array of
regional flora and fauna.
The waters of Isla Mujeres are ideal for catching mahi mahi,
marlin and sailfish. The best time of year to fish is
between April and August. During those months, the island
hosts various fishing tournaments, such as the Gran Torneo
de Pesca Deportiva (The Grand Sport fishing Tournament).
On Isla Mujeres you can visit a marine park and various
coral reef areas that are ideal for scuba diving at depths
of more than 10 meters (33 feet). Among the wide variety of
marine life that you can observe in this region are sponges,
sea snails, sea urchins, manta rays, moray eels and sharks.
On the island’s northern end you’ll find a beach with small
waves and strong winds, making it a good spot for
Isla Mujeres has several marinas offering all the necessary
services for yachts and private boats. They also provide
equipment rentals for aquatic sports. Some of the available
Located at 491-A Av. Rueda Medina. This marina provides
maintenance service for all kinds of boats, yacht
rentals and equipment rentals for aquatic sports.
Isla Mujeres Resort & Yacht Club:
Located on Prolongacion Aeropuerto-Laguna Macax. Here
you’ll find companies offering boat tours and rentals
for aquatic sports.
Located on the corner of Av. Rueda and Abasolo. This
marina offers docking and maintenance services, as well
as yacht rentals and equipment rentals for water sports.
On Isla Mujeres you can enjoy various treatments and
relaxation therapies at exclusive spas in the hotels, where
trained staff members will tend to your health needs.
On Isla Mujeres
you can visit what’s left of an old hacienda surrounded by
beautiful gardens, which once belonged to a pirate who
sought refuge on the island.
Hacienda Mundaca: Located along the turnoff toward
Garrafon Park and Zac Bajo, near Playa Lancheros. At the
hacienda’s entrance you’ll see an archway with an
inscription that says: Hacienda Vista Alegre (Happy View
Hacienda). Other sights include a rotunda with a small basin
and carved stone benches. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00
On Isla Mujeres
you can visit the ruined remains of a Mayan temple dedicated
to fertility goddess Ixchel.
TEMPLO DE IXCHEL:
The temple is located on the island’s southern end. This
small temple was dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of
fertility. At the site you’ll see a small limestone platform
that was probably used as a lighthouse to guide ships
sailing along the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Isla Mujeres’ most
famous crafts are items made with natural marine materials,
such as conches, seashells and black coral. Other popular
items you can buy include rattan and wood crafts,
embroidered blouses, and hand-woven hammocks of traditional
Mayan design. You’ll find these products in the stores along
Av. Rueda de Molina and in the downtown area.
celebrations take place on Isla Mujeres throughout the year.
Among the most important festivities are those that
commemorate the discovery and the founding of the island,
which are held in March and August, respectively. Also of
interest is the Carnival, which features parades, dancing,
music, a ceremony to crown the festival’s king and queen,
and awards for best costumes and floats. In June, you can
join in on the celebration of Dia de la Marina Nacional,
which includes foot races around the island. On October 12,
the island honors its patron saint on Dia de la Immaculate
Conception, and in December, a religious procession is
carried out near the boardwalk.
In Isla Mujeres’
downtown area you’ll find numerous restaurants serving
delicious fish and seafood dishes, such as lobster. You can
also try the regional fare, which is a blend of various
culinary influences from the Yucatan Peninsula. Among the
most traditional dishes are chirmole (a dish prepared with a
blackened dried chile paste), pipian (a green mole),
papadzul (an enchilada or soft taco), relleno negro (a dish
with blackened chile sauce) and cochinita pibil (baked
AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION:
On Isla Mujeres
you can visit one of the most beautiful marine parks in the
Mexican Caribbean, which offers first-rate services.
Garrafon National Park: Located on the island’s
southern end, six km (four mi) from Isla Mujeres’ downtown
area, on Av. Rueda Medina. At this park you can swim in a
lovely pool that offers an ocean view. In addition, you can
enjoy diverse aquatic sports and other recreational
activities. The park also has restaurants and a special area
where you can relax and bask in the sun. Open daily from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EVENTS:
Isla Mujeres has
an extensive coastline where important sporting events take
place, such as boating competitions. The island also has a
convention center where visitors can attend business and
Regattas: In April and May, Isla Mujeres hosts two
famous regattas that draw world-renowned boat crews,
particularly those from the United States. Known in Mexico
as the Sol a Sol Regatta and the Regatta al Sol, the boats
depart from St. Petersburg, Florida and New Orleans,
Convention Center: Centrally located, this convention
center has a capacity for 1,000 people and it offers
excellent facilities for social and business events.
If you’d like to
go shopping on Isla Mujeres you can visit the stores on
Rueda Medina, Juarez and Hidalgo avenues, which sell a wide
variety of Mexican crafts, jewelry and items made of silver,
gold and precious stones. These products are well designed
and vary in price range. Isla Mujeres also has small
boutiques in the restaurants and hotels, as well as clothing
and souvenir stores on just about every corner.
On Isla Mujeres
you’ll find numerous bars where you can listen to live music
and enjoy festive atmospheres. Among the most popular
nightspots are La Peña Bar on Av. Guerrero, a bohemian haunt
with an ocean view; La Adelita on Av. Hidalgo, which pours
more than 150 brands of tequila; El Bar Fayne’s, a popular
tourist joint on the Av. Hidalgo walkway; Playa Sol, one of
the most visited establishments on the beach, which lies on
Av. Rueda Medina in Playa Norte; Sergio’s Sports Bar on Av.
Nicolas Bravo, the only place that has a pool table; and
Tequila Sunrise, on the corner of Av. Hidalgo and Matamoros,
where you can listen to the best reggae groups on the
island. It’s worth mentioning that Isla Mujeres is one of
the most important stops for night cruises departing to
The beaches of
Isla Mujeres, where you can enjoy the turquoise-blue waters
of the Caribbean Sea, are ideal for relaxing or doing
aquatic sports such as windsurfing.
Playa Norte: Located on the island’s northern region,
just one km (less than a mile) from Isla Mujeres’ downtown
area. This beach is optimal for swimming and enjoying
gorgeous sunsets. The medium-sized waves allow you to do
various aquatic sports.
Playa Paraiso: On this beach with calm waters you can
relax under the sun and enjoy delicious local cuisine.
Playa Lancheros: Located four and a half km (three
mi) south of Isla Mujeres, on Av. Rueda Molina. This beach
has fine sand and a natural pool that has formed on the
shore, making it the ideal place to relax.
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