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QUINTANA ROO

ISLA MUJERES

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ACCOMMODATIONS
AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION
ARCHEOLOGY
ARTS AND CRAFTS
ATTRACTIONS
BEACHES

ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EVENTS
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
GASTRONOMY
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
NIGHTLIFE
SHOPPING

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 27C (81F.)

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.

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ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Ecotourism:
Isla Mujeres has several protected areas that are ideal for ecotourism outings and observing a wide array of regional flora and fauna.

Fishing:
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).

Scuba diving:
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.

Surfing:
On the island’s northern end you’ll find a beach with small waves and strong winds, making it a good spot for windsurfing.

Boating:
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 marinas are:

  • Marina Paraiso: 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.
  • Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort & Yacht Club: Located on Prolongacion Aeropuerto-Laguna Macax. Here you’ll find companies offering boat tours and rentals for aquatic sports.
  • Yacht Club: 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.


SPAs:
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.

HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE:
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 p.m.

ARCHEOLOGY:
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.

ARTS AND CRAFTS:
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.

FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS:
Various 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.

GASTRONOMY:
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 marinated pork).

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 social events.

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, respectively.

Convention Center: Centrally located, this convention center has a capacity for 1,000 people and it offers excellent facilities for social and business events.

SHOPPING:
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.

NIGHTLIFE:
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 Pea 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 Cancun.

BEACHES:
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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Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Aerial View - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
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Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Snorkeling 1 - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
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Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Hacienda Mundaca, Garden - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
  Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Hacienda Mundaca, Garden
Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Punta Sur, Ixchel, Archeological Site, Altar - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
  Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Punta Sur, Ixchel, Archeological Site, Altar
Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Garrafon National Park - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
  Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Garrafon National Park
Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Icea Cream Vendor - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
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  Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Beach, Playa Norte, view
Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Beach at night, Romantic setting - Photo by Fideicomiso Isla Mujeres
  Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres, Beach at night, Romantic setting
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