Boat and Ferry Travel

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Boat and Ferry Travel

Isla ferries are actually speedboats that run between Puerto Juárez on the mainland and the island's main dock. The Miss Valentina, the Ultramar, and the Caribbean Lady are small air-conditioned cruisers that can make the crossing in just under 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs $3.50, and the boats leave daily every 30 minutes from 5:30 am–8:30 pm, with a late ferry at 11:30 pm for those returning from partying in Cancún. You can also choose to take a slower open-air ferry, which takes about 45 minutes but only costs $1.60 per person, running from 5 am–6 pm.

Fast ferries to Isla's main dock also leave from two places in Cancún's Zona Hotelera: El Embarcadero marina complex and the Xcaret office complex at Playa Caracol, just across from Plaza Caracol Shopping Mall. The voyage costs $10–$15 round-trip and takes about 30 minutes. Although you don't need a car on Isla Mujeres, there is a car ferry that leaves from Punta Sam, a dock north of Puerto Juárez. The ride takes about 45 minutes, and the fare is $1.50 per person and $18–$26 per vehicle, depending on the size of your car.

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