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Isla Mujeres

Travel Guide North America Mexico Yucatan Peninsula Quintana Roo Isla Mujeres

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Introduction

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres is a small island in the state of Quintana Roo, located just northeast off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It's only 7 kilometres long and 650 metres wide and lies 13 kilometres from Cancun. It's much more low-key compared to Cozumel for example.

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Sights and Activities

  • Beaches!
  • Snorkelling and diving.
  • Watching sea turtles.

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Events and Festivals

Day of the Dead

Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.

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Weather

Isla Mujeres has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather but a sea breeze keeps it nice and cool most of the times. June to November is the rainy season when there is a chance of hurricanes as well. This is also the hottest season. December to April is slightly cooler and is the dry and sunny season. There are more crowds however during these months. Probably May and November are good months for a visit, with mostly fine weather and less people.

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Getting There

By Boat

Ferries run every half hour during daylight between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juárez, Playa Linda or Punta Sam on the mainland. Buses from Cancun go to these mainland ports. From Punta Sam, you can take cars. Playa Linda is popular for tour boats while Puerto Juárez offers frequent express boats.

There is also an airstrip for chartered planes, but this is useless and expensive.

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Getting Around

There are mainly taxi's, golf carts and scooters to get around the island. If you like you can also bike or even walk anywhere you like.

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Eat

  • Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar - Fun Palapa bar on the water serving delicious food and beverages, featuring live music Fridays and Sundays. MENU ITEMS: Hamburger, Philly Cheese Steak, Seafood, Wings, Enchiladas, Crunchy Tacos, Cesar Salad, Habanero Margaritas & Mojitos, plus much more! Address: Av. Rueda Medina | Smz 88 Lt 11 Col Bahia, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Phone: 817-400-1705 (US), Hours: 12:00pm to 10:00pm, Price: $5 - $15 US

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel Bahia TortugaAv. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo , MexicoHotel71
Hotel Cabañas Maria del MarAv. Arq. Carlos Lazo Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo , MexicoHotel83
Hotel Playa La Media LunaSección Rocas, lotes 9 / 10, Punta Norte Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo , MexicoHotel86
Hotel Roca MarAve. Nicolás Bravo No. 2, Col. Centro Isla Mujeres, Q. RooHotel85
Poc na HostelMatamoros 15Hostel86
Hotel Bah�a Chac ChiAvenida Rueda Medina, lote 12,mza 8, smza 01, Colo Isla Mujeres Quintana RooHOTEL88
Na Balam Beach HotelCalle Zazil Ha No. 118 Playa Norte Quintana RooHotel80
Villa KiinCalle Zazil Ha Num 129 Mz 30 Lote 23Hotel88
Hostel XSPlaza Isla Mujeres Segundo Pis entre la Av. Hidalgo y JuarezHostel-
Hotel Xbulu-HaCalle Vicente Guerrero . DowntownHOTEL83
Hotel MarcianitoAbasolo 10 DowntownHotel83
Hotel Maria del PilarCalle Abasolo # 15 Entre Hidalgo y GuerreroHOTEL-
Elements of the IslandBenito Juarez 64 avenueApartment-
La Casa NaranjaMatamoros esquina GuerreroGUESTHOUSE84

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 21.2311421442372
  • Longitude: -86.7310523986816

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