Most call the trip out to Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women, sounds inviting doesn't it) a "booze cruise". But the booze only comes out at the end of the day, so don't focus on that. The trip to this small island off Cancun is definitely worth it. There is a big jewelry market on the Island, with pretty decent prices. The excursions usually include snorkeling, which is great out there. (which is also why the booze doesn't come out until the trip home, they don't want to get you snockered, then give you a snorkel and fins and dump you in the water. But I digress...)
The town on Isla Mujeres is very quaint. Definitely book a trip out there if you get a chance. Ask you hotel for a recommendation if a trip there isn't already included (as it is with a lot of the all-inclusive resorts)
Isla Majeres,an island only 4.5 miles long and 0.4 miles wide was a day out i enjoyed.The beaches were beautiful and some deserted.There were plenty of shops selling arts and crafts(Yutatecan hammocks,beachwear).The food here was great.The fresh seafood was nice and i enjoyed sitting at a beach bar drinking the local lager(Corona).:
Here i am with my husband on a beautiful beach,i want to go back.....
Classification: Shopping , Eating and Drinking , Surfing , Fishing , Scuba Diving , Boating/Water Skiing , Sailing , Cycling/Mountain Biking , Watching Sports , Meeting New People , Photography , Site Seeing
It takes about 30 mins to get to Lady Island from Cancun.You can see the island from Cancun.There are lots of companies who do trips here.Dolphin Express do a day trip .You get to snorkel,shop and sun bathe.Breakfast,lunch and open bar are included.It costs about 45$ and it departs daily 9.30am,returns at 3.30pm.From Playa Langosta dock,Blvd,Kukulcan km 5,Hotel Zone.Tel-849-4621
More Info: We went by ourselves to Lady Island ,not a package trip.We caught a boat from the hotel zone docks and it cost 15$ dollars return trip.You can go on a package day trip if you want food,drinks and transport included.The crossing was very rough indeed,but coming back was not so bad.
We visited Isla Mujeres both times we went to Cancun. In 2000, we took a snorkeling tour that went to the island via catamaran. The snorkeling was great. The island was fun also. On our next trip in 2003, we chose to take a ferry there. We went by bus to Puerta Juarez to catch the ferry. We then rented a golf cart and toured the entire island via golf cart. This was great fun and we got to see all of the island. We discovered that not only are there beautiful beaches, but there are also people on the island who do not share the wealth. Either way you visit the island, it is well worth the visit.
If you do not have an all-inclusive package at one of the hotels along the hotel strip in Cancun, you may not find the hotel zone to be all that attractive. To be honest, it is rather overdeveloped with many American malls full with American brands. The hotels are built right up to the beach so there is not much of a beach left either. the waves are strong, however, and is therefore grateful surfing.
If you would like to have a more authentic experience, try Isla Mujeres which is a small Highlands that can be easily reached by speech boats all car ferry. His islands is very good for stalking or just for a leisurely day out on the beach. There are also some excellent restaurants on this island.
For those who are thinking of staying here for several days, budget hostels and hotels can be found here as well. Porters by the ferry docks can also help you carry your luggage. don't forget to tip them as this is their only source of income.
see my other tips for more on Isla Mujeres.
Take a public bus to Puerto Juarez to board the tourist speedboat which will take you to the island in 15 minutes (USD 3.50). Alternatively, go to Punta Sam just north of Puerto Juarez and take the car ferry which will take you there slower (USD 1.40).
It may be a good idea to take the speedboat there first and return on the car ferry as there is an open air top deck on the car ferry that allows you to enjoy some stargazing at the end of the day when you are returning to Cancun.
Of all the things I've done on vacations, this tops them all. I highly recommend it. I was surprised to learn that dolphins are playful like dogs -- if you swim off, they will chase you and they like you to chase them. The encounter is so personal, I can't imagine not being effected by it.
I will admit that I've never had a huge desire to do this, but since I was with my best friend and it's something she has always wanted to do, we did it. I have to say it was a lot of fun, once you get past feeling sorry for the dolphins. But I imagine they are well loved and well cared for (as any animal can be in captivity) so off we went. This was about $99 US dollars, and we were able to do 5 or 6 "tricks" with the dolphins (kiss, shake hands, dance, hold in our arms, etc) Our dolphin was Donna, and it was so funny to watch her smile! I'm not sure if she was actually smiling, but it looked like it from time to time. The entire experience took about 2 hours, and they take plenty of pictures and video for you to buy at the end (of course!)
When we left Cancun on the ferry to Isla Mujeres, the weather was gorgeous and sunny. Within an hour, the weather turned for the worst and what was a sunny day became overcast. That is the main reason for why we didn't fully enjoy the island, but of what we saw, it is a cute Caribbean island, very easy to get around. The other drawback was that in order for us to go out snorkeling, we had to take one of the boats. We paid US $30 for the two of us to go out for two hours. We went to an area with a "shipwreck" and that's where we ended up snorkeling by but close to a few rocks. When you're out with the tourist boats, it is mandatory to wear a life vest. This is pretty annoying in shallow water to get around but it is their rules. I didn't enjoy the snorkeling trip that much because the water started to get rough as a storm came that evening and we were just surrounded by dozens of other tourists and we just kept banging up against each other...
TO BE CONTINUED...
Isla Mujeres is 1.5km wide and 8km long and has three parts. There`s Punta Norte, Punta Sur and Garrafon. Punta Norte is where you`ll usually arrive from Puerto Juarez and it is the downtown area. Punta Sur is where you`ll find a mayan ruin built for the goddess Ixchel, and El Garrafon is a national park. In between those two areas is mostly residential area.
We arrived on the island at 6PM, too late for swimming or any sort of activities except browse for souvenirs, but found the prices to be higher than in Playa del Carmen.
Directions to get there: From Centro (downtown) Cancun bus station, cross the street to the other side of Avenida Tulum that is in back of the bus station and catch a bus or minibus that has the sign that says P. Juarez or Puerto Juarez. You must stand on the side away from bus station to be headed in the right direction. Tell the driver to let you off at Ultra Mar ferry terminal.
You buy the ferry ticket at the dock (70 pesos return).
What does every person under 25 years wants to do in Cancun? Definately party and go to the beach. Maybe go to some Mayan ruins and do some snorkeling. I might even believe that some go to sleep. But no one goes to Isla Mujeres. This island of the northen shore of Cancun is an island with some restaurants and nothing else but that. Oh, and artcraft, that's 150% more expensive. The thing is that you go there on a tour, on a boat, and there's no way out 'til the tour is over. So don't make a mistake, unless you want to go to an expensive restaurant and stay all afternoon walking around expensive artwork.
we took the catamaran over to Isla Mujeres for the day. We went snorkeling out in the national park it was gorgeous but the waves were pretty strong and kept pushing you away from the group. If you are not a good swimmer, you will want to make sure you are with a "buddy". We came back and swam with the dolphins. What an amazing aventure. I would suggest if you have never swam with a dolphin, you do it at least one time in your life. The catamaran ride over was quiet and calm but on the way back, let the drinks flow!
Cancun Catamarans offer great days out on the Caribbean. 6 hour tour, including Snorkeling over Coral Reef, Open Bar, Buffet Lunch and Shopping on Isla Mujeres and Fly on the Spinnaker Sail.
Thoroughly enjoyable, nice boats, fantastic crews. A Must do Trip in Cancun, Mexico.
Prices are cheaper if booked directly online than if you try to book the tour through your travel agent in the Resort.
What fun we had riding all over the island in a golf cart and stopping to shop, eat and drink at Sergio's beach bar. Great food, friendly people. Swing on swings at the bar and lay in hammocks if you get hammered.