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    SUNDAY --FAMILY DAY ON ISLA MUJERES

    by LoriPori Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Sunday, in Mexico is FAMILY DAY. It was so nice to see so many local families coming to the island of Isla Mujeres to spend the day enjoying the beach.
    Many fishermen who had boats on the island were setting up barbeques for their family. You could see their fishing nets hanging up to dry in the hot sun -- no fishing today.

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    Snorkeling In Garrafon National Park

    by EarthSun530 Written Jan 19, 2004

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    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.

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    North Beach

    by SWFC_Fan Written Mar 17, 2006

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    North Beach, as it's name might suggest, is located at the northern end of Isla Mujeres. It is connected to the main town beach at Isla Town and is located a 10-15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

    From the ferry terminal, it is a 5 minute walk onto the main beach and from there you can walk along the sand to arrive at North Beach. The main beach near the ferry terminal was very crowded when I arrived, but as I got closer to North Beach the crowds thinned and I was able to find a place to lay my towel and go for a swim.

    The sand is clean and white and the water is clear and turquoise. The water is calm, shallow and warm and there is less seaweed than there is on the main beach near the ferry terminal. Samll fish swim around in the shallow waters.

    A bridge connects the beach to a large hotel right on the northern tip of the island, and sun loungers and shades are available for hire on the beach in front of the hotel.

    If you're visiting Isla Mujeres for the day, don't be tempted to try and fit your towel in amongst the crowds on the main town beach - just keep walking north and enjoy the quieter, more picturesque North Beach.

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    The town beach

    by SWFC_Fan Written Mar 17, 2006

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    The beach at Isla Town is excellent by many standards, but I much preferred the more picturesque, less crowded North Beach at the far end of the town beach.

    The town beach is a long stretch of clean white sand, backed by palm trees and, in some parts, hidden under a cover of umbrellas, towels and sunbathing bodies. My photos do not show the more crowded parts of the beach (I feel too creepy walking along a beach on my own photographing people sunbathing!), but do show some of the less crowded parts near the ferry terminal.

    The sea is clear and turquoise, but some parts of the beach have quite a lot of seaweed (both in the water and on the sand).

    There are plenty of bars and restaurants next to the beach, and small shops from which you can buy soft drinks, snacks and ice creams.

    Umbrellas and sun loungers can be hired on some parts of the beach, or you can lay down your towel under the shade of one of the many palm trees.

    This isn't my first choice of beach and I would recommend walking north along the beach to the quieter, less developed North Beach.

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  • Golf Cart Around The Island

    by pacia Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    Renting a golf cart for a day is a fantastic way to get acquainted with your surroundings and explore the island.

    There are several places to rent from. Ciro's is my choice (North on Guerrero from Matamoro), but the rental prices are fixed throughout the island. I usually book them through my hotel, Posada del Mar, which offers the same price as renting directly (and provides free delivery and pick-up). US$42 from morning 'til 5pm. I prefer renting for 24 hours, so I can have the cart all day and night without worrying about getting back in time (this is US$10 more). It's nice to be able to drive over to the restaurant of your chice for dinner after a long day...even if it's only a few blocks away. :)

    Just relax and get used to the acceleration/braking and you'll be ready to go! You will most likely start from the downtown area. We usually start off around 11am (late starters!) and head south on Medina (the main street on the far West (Bay) side of the island). Getting out of the downtown is a little hectic while getting used to it all, but it is over very quickly (just past the main ferry dock). There will be taxis and other vehicles driving by - just stay to the right side of the road so they can easily pass you.

    For a great path/tour idea, order THE Isla Mujeres map, or just venture out on your own. The island is not big, and there are signs everywhere. If in doubt, look for the Garrafon signs and someone there can lead you in the right direction.

    There are several places to stop at and explore during this tour: restaurants, a turtle farm, little bars, lookout points...

    Whatever you do, don't miss out on visiting Punta Sur (South Point) to see the rocky cliffs and crashing Caribbean waves. Also, be sure to drive back along the East coast of the island, which is open to the Caribbean Sea. It's breathtaking and completely different than North Beach and the other areas of the island.

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    Boat trip-Don Diego

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This trip leaves from the Blue Bay Marina in Cancun. You sail on a catamaran from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, stopping first at the El Farito reef for some snorkeling. The current here is pretty strong and it's a national park so they make you stay with the group and the obligatory photo op which you have the opportunity to purchase later. The snorkeling here wasn't the best I have seen in this area but it was OK.

    After snorkeling, they dock at the main part of town where you have about 1 1/2 hours to do a little shopping, then it's back on the boat for a ride up to the north part of the island and a buffet lunch on the beach followed by a short stay on the beach. The final part of the adventure is spinnaker sailing, my husband was the first to volunteer, I sat back and took pictures. The lighter folks got a much better ride, they could sail much higher!

    Everything is included on the trip-drinks (soft drinks, water, beer, rum punch), buffet lunch, snorkel gear. The cost for us was $69 per person which included round trip transfer from Playa del Carmen. The attached website offers a lower price if you are staying in Cancun or you can probably book once you get there.

    The crew wasn't overly friendly, except with the cute girls in the bikinis from Argentina, but they were on hand to get us drinks and I'm not really much for participation on booze cruises anyways. I was a little annoyed by the blatant pitch for tips, they actually walked around with a hat and watched what you put in! Well, except for those cute Argentian girls....

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    Dolphin Discovery

    by Enzyme_X Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Dolphins are for me one of the cutest animals, so playful and vivid. And they seem like they are smiling all the time.

    So when we found out there is a dolphin center on Isla, I just had to grab the oportunety to get a swim with one of them. The center is somwhere in the middle of the island, on Carretera Sac Bajo street.

    You can choose among three differnet programs, from basic one ($79) to (so called) ''royal swim'' ($125), each one with different activities. As we are just poor students ;-), we took the basic one. It was a wonderful experience to be so close to a doplhin. Just pe prepared to spend even more $ on photos they take, as photographing isn't allowed.

    And the end we were sorry not to take the ''royal swim''. And I hope to get the oportunety to swim with dolphins in nature once.

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    Caribbean Village

    by Enzyme_X Written May 3, 2005

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    At the very southern part of Isla you an find a small reproduction of a carribean village, housing couple of souvenire shops and restaurants. The most interesting part is the lighthouse. You can climb to the top and from there you'll have great view on surroundings.
    The coast down here is also different. The rest of the island is low, but here you can see cliffs.

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    Swimming and snorkeling

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Since Garrafon Park was closed during our visit (hurricane damage), we went to the privately owned property next door, Garrafon de Castille. It cost $30.00 MXN to get in, and you can snorkel right up the Garrafon Park boundary. There are also tables with umbrellas, loungers, and a bar. Snorkelling gear and fish food are also available, for an extra cost. You really have to try snorkelling with fish food. It almost seems like you're in a school of piranhas

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    In water with shark

    by Enzyme_X Written Jun 8, 2005

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    When we were fed up with watcing turtles, we went for a walk on the beach. We wnt toward north and just after couple of 100m we found another pool, which seemed to belonged to a nearby restaurant.
    The pool was actually an encloed part of the beach. And inside a guy was holding a shark and inviting people to join him, assuring everything is safe. This species is called (I think) nurse shark and is not dangerous. Without much hesitating I jumped into water to pose for the picture. And now I'm showing off with it at home :-).

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    Boat Tour

    by senoritamc Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Snorkling with tropical fish

    While eating at a restaurant on the beach we asked the waiter about locals giving boat tours. He said he had a friend that would do it for $60.00. That was for all four of us.
    It was great!!
    We went snorkling, to see the turtles, to see the dolphins from the boat, and to a beach where the kids got to hold a shark.
    The guys were friendly and good with the kids. There boat was not new but they had all the safety equipment needed.
    Life jackets for all and a life preserver.
    They also had extra snorkling gear which we needed because ours was cheap and kept falling apart.

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    Best beach on the south end of Isla

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Apr 10, 2006

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    Playa Lancheros, although modest compared to Playa Norte, is a very nice beach, good for swimming, and has a couple of restaurants. There is also a pier for day cruises from Cancun, and had a pen with a nurse shark, which visiors could into the tank with.

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    Punta Sur

    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

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    The south point is the southernmost point in Mexico! It’s an area with great cliffs, and very wavy waters… that’s where the surfers gather.

    You’ll also have some sort of Mayan ruins, where you need to pay in order to get in… but from what I saw, the ruins are very small and not worth it.

    There’s also a restaurant at the top of a cliff, where the view is breath-taking.

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    The Turtle Sanctuary

    by cjpindc Written Mar 5, 2003

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    The Turtle Sanctuary is a wonderful and very educational reserve for sea turtles. The reserve has the purpose of saving caribbean sea turtles but it is also a great stop on a day trip tour of the island. There are several turtle pools for viewing and the sactuary also offers guided tours. It took us about an hour to view everything and look in the gift shop. I would highly recommend a stop as the admission fee helps to preserve the giant sea turtles.

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    Temple to Ixchel

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jun 23, 2007

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    At the southern tip of the island are the ruins (and they are ruins) of the Temple to Ixchel - goddess of the moon, fertility and other worthy causes. The temple had been in ruins for years but in 1988 Hurrican Gilbert almost succeeded in finishing it off!

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