Visit Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
The name Isla Mujeres comes from the large number of clay female idols found on the island by the Spaniards in the 16th Century and today it boasts the only known Maya shrine to a female deity, the goddess of the moon and fertility.
The island is only 8km long and with its low rise houses, white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, it has a distinct Caribbean feel that is peaceful, laid-back and less developed than the mainland. Whilst it is popular amongst day trippers, it has so far avoided the dramatic high-rise chain hotels experienced by neighbouring Cancun and other towns and islands along this stretch of the Mexican coast and hotels here tend to be boutique, charming converted villas.
The island is easy to explore, by taxi, bicycle, golf cart, moped or on the public bus that runs to its southern tip. The swimming and snorkelling here is good as the sea is generally calm. Playa de Cocos is one of the most popular beaches on the island, at its northern tip, and Playa Norte is a lovely spot to enjoy the sunset. If you're a bird fan and you're staying on the island you might like to look into a day trip to the island bird sanctuary of Contoy where you can enjoy colonies of pelicans and cormorants.
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Places near Isla Mujeres
- Cancun 9 miles away
- Isla Holbox 38 miles away
- The Mayan Riviera 47 miles away
- Playa del Carmen 47 miles away
- Coba 83 miles away
- Tulum 85 miles away
- Chichén Itzá 125 miles away
- Yucatán Peninsula 154 miles away
- Merida & Around 187 miles away
- Merida 187 miles away
- Kabah 201 miles away
- Uxmal 206 miles away
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