Isla Mujeres Travel Guide

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Photo of Isla Mujeres Photo: BRUCE HERMAN/Mexico Tourism Board

Plan Your Isla Mujeres Vacation

Once a small fishing village, colorful Isla Mujeres has become a favorite for travelers seeking natural beauty, island serenity, and a slower pace of life—all without compromising its cultural traditions. Winter months offer excellent sportfishing, and the calm surrounding waters are great for snorkeling and swimming year-round.

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Isla Mujeres Hotels

Many of Isla’s smaller hotels don’t accept credit cards, and some add a 5%–10% surcharge if you use one. Isla has also... read more

Restaurants

Isla Mujeres Restaurants

Dining on Isla is a casual affair, and much more affordable than in neighboring Cancún. Restaurants tend to serve simple... read more

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Isla Mujeres Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Getting away from the crowd: Although Isla Mujeres is just across the bay from Cancún, the peace and quiet make it seem like... Read more

  • Who Was Ixchel?

    Ixchel (ee-shell) is a principal figure in the pantheon of Mayan gods. Sometimes called Lady Rainbow, Ixchel is the goddess of... Read more

  • Isla's History

    The name Isla Mujeres means "Island of Women," although no one knows who dubbed it that. Many believe it was the ancient Maya, who were... Read more

  • Isla's Salt Mines

    The ancient salt mines in Isla’s interior were worked during the postclassic period of Mayan history (roughly AD 1000–1500). Salt... Read more

  • In Search of the Dead

    El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is often described as a Mexican version of Halloween, but it’s much more than that. The... Read more

  • Shhh … Don't Wake the Sharks

    The underwater caverns off Isla Mujeres attract reef sharks, a dangerous species. Once the sharks swim into the caves they enter a... Read more

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