ISLA MUJERES

 

isla-mujeres-propertiesIsla Mujeres is a small beautiful island located a short ferry ride from Cancun. The island is seven kilometers [five miles] long and less than one kilometer wide however most visitors never leave the small town located at the west end of the island.

Isla Mujeres has a rich history filled with real pirates and marauding buccaneers. As the story goes in 1517 a Spanish butcher by the name of Francisco Hermandez de Cordoba happened upon the island searching for slaves for Cuban mines, the Spanish already in the process of decimated the indigenous population of that island. Unfortunately the slavers found nothing but old statues which they perceived to be statues of women, thus the name of the island, "Isle of Women".

According to Mayan legend the island was used for traditional Mayan fertility ceremonies and there are Mayans alive today who can tell stories told to them by their Grandparents about the Spanish invasion of the Island and surrounding areas however little else is known.
In recent times the island was populated by fishermen until the building of Cancun which opened up opportunity for growth however the island still remains quaint while most of the building takes place on the Mayan Riviera.
Isla Mujeres has a number of hotels from hostels up to Five Star. Some of the hotels are within walking distance from the ferry docks making it easy if you are carrying luggage or backpacking.

The town is not big. You can walk every street in under two hours and probably one if you walk really fast.

Tropical beaches lie all around Isla Mujeres with the most popular at the north end. The beaches start just next to the docks as you exit and walk west. These are public beaches however beach chairs and chez-lounges are the properties of hotels and restaurants.
Much of the coastline is rocky and void of white sand but from the docks west circling the islands west side to the north are beautiful beaches. The northern side is pretty rough and although there are sporadic beaches located on this side, they are un-swimable most days of the year.
Outside of the hotel zone going east much of the cost is either privately owned, secured for turtle egg hatching, too rocky or developed by a hotel/resort and the beaches are only accessible by admission via the hotel or by boat.
A popular attraction on the islands eastern side is Garrafon Park which provides numerous aqua activities.

Playa Norte
Playa Norte [now known as North Beach is also known as Playa Cocos and Nautibeach] is the most popular beach on the island and is easy to get to. You simply walk; drive west until you hit the beach. The coastline kind of curves which is why you go west to hit the north beach.

You can rent water toys, kayaks and snorkeling gear as well as lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. There are several palapa restaurant/bars that will also bring drinks and snacks to you on the beach. Just flag down a passing waiter.

You can also just walk the beach line starting at the north-westerly side after the docks and walk until you find a nice spot.

Playa Lancheros and Playa Indios, Playa Paraiso
Along the west coast heading east is the odd beach which has been turned into a mini tourista zone. Here you will find unbelievable fish barbeques with fishermen bringing in the catch while you are watching the BBQ. Many of the snorkel tours bring their tours to these beaches for their lunch and dinners as part of their tour program.

These beaches have open air palapa restaurants, gift shops, bathrooms, chairs, tables and umbrellas. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and even beach toys for children.
* Tips (restaurantes, bars, playas, atracciones, tours, etc.)
There is no shortage of restaurants in Isla Mujeres and if you are a seafood lover you will be in heaven. Fresh catches of the day abound and prices are far cheaper than the mainland. Even a steak dinner is cheaper than Cancun or Playa.

You should have no problem feeding fussy children as french-fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza is easily obtainable.

Most of the restaurants are located on the pedestrian walkway which you can walk from end to end in under 15 minutes so you can scope out almost every restaurant in town before making a decision where to eat.

There is a super market at the east end of town if you want to stock up your hotel room and veriety stores located all over the place.

Small informal Mexican restaurants can be found on many of the side streets. There are also juice bars, bars and coffee shops with one really beautiful one that sells everything in the Cafe, we mean chairs, tables, lamps and the stuff is really nice. If you are considering remodeling your kitchen you might want to pop into this cafe located on the last street running north on the far west side of town.

 

Imagen1* Isla mujeres climate

 
Average air temperature: 80°F [27°C]
July/Aug. - High 80's to low 90's°F [32°C]
December/January - Mid 70's°F [24°C]


Winter Months: Cold fronts may create windy, cloudy and cooler weather. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, usually lasting for an hour.
Water temperatures range from 77°-82°F [25°-28°C] throughout the year.