Isla Mujeres

Travel Guide
Norte Beach which includes tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sandy beach

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

Ixchel Beach Hotel
Ixchel Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is ¥18,740 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Isla Mujeres, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Norte Beach and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Tortugranja Turtle ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (977 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Ixchel Beach Hotel
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 ¥40,556 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This Isla Mujeres property is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Norte Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Isla Mujeres Sculpture Garden and Punta Sur.
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,450 reviews)
"The Mia Reef is a beautiful place! Everyone is very friendly. They take very good care of you. There is lots to do. The entertainment committee always has something going on. We snorkeled, and also did a snorkel excursion right from there dock. We enjoyed the food and the drinks. We will most definitely ..."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres - All Inclusive
Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Adolfo Lopez Mateos Sm 1, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is ¥23,337 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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. Crayola House and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,139 reviews)
"Every staff member in dining facilities, outdoor beach club, beach service, pool, and room were AMAZING. The reception personnel could use some soft skill training however were polite."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Adults Only
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.
Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
2.5 out of 5
Avenida Juárez SM 01, Mz 10 Lote 24, Centro, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is ¥5,341 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Norte Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dolphin Discovery and Punta Sur. Market 28 is 10.8 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"The overall experience was great. The host Carla was very friendly, answered all questions and queries. The room was clean, with a fridge, small kitchen and TV. The bed was very comfortable. The Villa Elena has access to a rooftop with beautiful views and is located quite close to the ferry ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Villa Elena Isla Mujeres
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
3 out of 5
Avenida Abasolo, entre Ave. Rueda Medina y Ave Juarez, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is ¥5,971 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Located in the heart of Isla Mujeres, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Isla Mujeres Ferry Terminal and Norte Beach. Cocal Beach and Costa Occidental ...
3.7/5 Good! (63 reviews)
"It was very central and the reception was super friendly and accommodating !"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Sol Caribe Departamentos & Suites
Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Av. Juárez 19 Aeropuerto, Isla Mujeres, QROO
The price is ¥16,855 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Situated in Isla Mujeres, this beach villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isla Mujeres Ferry Terminal, Garrafon Natural Reef Park, and Parador Fotográfico. Norte Beach ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"Everything was amazing! The staff were very helpful and friendly. The room, view and veranda were beautiful. I highly recommend this boutique hotel!"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Icaco Island Village - Adults Only
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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