Just five miles long and 1,300 feet wide, Isla Mujeres is a favorite among divers, snorkelers and vacationers who simply seek a tranquil break from the lively Cancun.
PLAYA NORTE, the beach that covers the northern end of the island is one of the Caribbean's finest and lures people from all over. Thatched roofed restaurants and beach bars, provide food and refreshments to the island's visitors.
All you need is a few swimsuits shorts.
Try to use just carry-ons...you'll get to the ferry quicker if you don't have to wait for your big bags. Lots of SPF! It's really easy to over do it. I was wishing I had brought an underwater camera. The reefs are beautiful and very alive.
GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND
There are many ways to get around Isla Mujeres. The most popular mode seems to be the golf carts. We were told we could rent the carts for $45.00 for the day.
Other modes of transportation were--bicycles, scooters, taxis and my favourite --by foot.
One Rental Place is Mega Ciro's for Golf Cart & Motorbike Rentals.Rent by hour or day.
Ave, Guerrero 11, Downtown
Seafood restaurant in Isla Town
I ate lunch at Brisa Mexicana during my one day visit to the island of Isla Mujeres in February 2006.
It is a large, brightly coloured restaurant located in the heart of the island's main town, Isla Town. I don't know the address, but it stands at the crossroads of two of the main streets in the heart of Isla Town, and has a bright yellow facade and a host of outdoor tables shaded by yellow and white Sol-sponsored umbrellas.
The restaurant is typically Caribbean. It is open-planned and has an airy feel. It is also decorated with a lot of plant life, so even when you are dining inside, you feel as though you are sat outdoors under a canopy.
The menu consists of numerous fresh seafood dishes (fresh fish, shrimps, lobster, crab), meat dishes (chicken, pork, beef, steaks) and Mexican specialities (nachos, tortillas, fajitas).
At the time of my visit, the bottled beers were part of a "2 for 1" offer, while other drinks included various cocktails and spirits, soft drinks and hot beverages. I opted for:
Camaron con Salsa de Tequila (shrimps in tequila sauce) - Cost: 95 Pesos
A plate of about 10 large shrimps served in a hot, tasty tequila-based sauce and served with boiled potatoes and salad. Good quality food and good value for money.
2 bottle of Sol beer - Cost: 25 Pesos
I took advantage of the "2 for 1" offer and enjoyed a couple of bottles of ice cold Sol, served with slices of lime.
Snorkeling In Garrafon National Park
Kind of like snorkeling in your friend's tropical aquarium, Garrafon National Park is one of the must-see attractions of Isla Mujeres. Go early in the morning to enjoy the park before the hordes of day-trip visitors arrive from Cancun. A mask, fins, and snorkel can be rented near the park or in town.