Isla Mujeres Transportation

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    golf carts

    by toontown Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    golf carts popular on Isla
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    A lot of people rent electric/gas golf carts to get around Isla Mujeres. They come gassed up, are easy to park, and a lot of fun! They are not particularly cheap though, at 600-650 pesos for a 24 hour period. They advertise 450 pesos per day but it is only from 9 to 5. You may be able to get a better deal during off-season. We usually have a 'golf cart day' once a week just for fun but otherwise it is cheaper to get around by taxi and you don't have to worry about drinking and driving. Apparently the police are starting to crack down on drivers drinking while driving golf carts, although it perfectly acceptable to have passengers with open beers! There are a lot of different rental companies, all about the same price. At Gomar's we were able to get a slightly larger cart with all four seats facing forward and there are also models with a decent sized luggage carrier on the back, but these will be slightly tougher to park.

    Also for rental on the island are scooters for about 35 pesos a day.

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    airport shuttle or cab

    by toontown Updated Mar 18, 2012

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    transportation options at Cancun airport

    If you are flying in to Cancun and taking the ferry across to Isla Mujeres you still have to get to the ferry terminal from the airport. We have found that booking a shuttle is online ahead of time is quite reasonable. We used Best Day a couple of times and were not disappointed. It costs $9 per person one way and we didn't have to wait long and there was always a Best Day van waiting for us at the airport within a few minutes. Because the van is fairly small there aren't a lot of drop offs of other people, plus the ferry terminal is the first stop along the hotel strip anyway. You do have to book at least 24 hours in advance.
    We have also taken a cab and found it to be quite expensive at about $50 from the airport. From the ferry to the airport they will ask for $45 USD but can be talked down to 300 or 350 pesos.

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    car rentals

    by toontown Written Mar 18, 2012

    Car rentals are cheaper than golf carts in the Cancun at about $45/day for a cheaper model (incl insurance). We thought about renting a car and taking it over in the car ferry but decided we didn't really need one after all, however, when we did a day trip to Tulum we did rent a car instead of taking the tour bus. It was well worth it for four people and gave us a lot of freedom to go where we wanted when we wanted. We used America car rentals and were very satisfied. They picked us up at the ferry terminal and took us to the rental office for the car. Everything went without a hitch. The other car rental companies appeared to offer the same cars for around the same price too. I didn't go with Budget because they quoted a very low base price but didn't quote for the insurance saying that could be 'negotiated at the rental office'. I felt that the full insurance package was very important to have should anything go wrong.

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    Getting around by taxi

    by toontown Written Mar 18, 2012

    One of the least expensive ways to get around Isla is by cab. You rarely have to call for one as the red taxi cabs drive around the island all the time and you can usually just flag one down (or they will honk and flag you down). If you are downtown (Centro) there is a cab stand by the ferry terminal that you should use. There is a tariff of fees the taxis can charge so you don't have to haggle or ask ahead of time like you do in Cancun. From Centro to Sac Bajo on the other side of the island it costs 70 pesos (about $6 USD at the moment).

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    Ferry to Isla

    by toontown Updated Mar 18, 2012

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    Since it is an island the best way to get there is by the very good ferry service. There are a couple of ferry terminals - Gran Puerto Cancun is nearest from the airport or hotel strip and Puerto Juarez is only a couple of blocks along the same road. Ferries run on the hour and half hour all day from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm then at 11:30 pm and 12:30 pm departing Puerto Juarez. The Gran Puerto Cancun terminal has the newest larger ferries (Ultramar) and you can sit on the top deck and look at the beautiful blue ocean if you want. Magana Express runs from the original Puerto Juarez. Both cost the same - 35 pesos and take 15-20 minutes to cross. If you have a car you will have to go the car ferry at Punta Sam for 185 pesos per crossing but the ferry only runs a few times a day and can apparently fill up.

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  • Playa Tortugue is easier to get to

    by sneuberg Written May 27, 2011

    We took the Ultramar from Playa Tortugue. It is easy to get to; just take the R1 or R2 bus. It’s on Kukukan on the northern side of the lagoon not far from the large flag. Unfortunately it is not shown on Google maps. I suggest just asking the bus driver to let you know where to get off.

    We rented a golf cart for an hour and were able to make it to the south side of the island and back with 10 minutes to spare. We stopped for about five minutes at a road side stand on the east side of the island where they sold sea shells. They sold large ones for only 30 pesos. Not that I know anything about sea shells, but this seems like a bargain. Similar sea shells were being sold in town for 2995 pesos.

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    Ferry to Isla Mujeres

    by Pat&ZoAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ultramar Ferry at Gran Puerto

    This is the ferry from Gran Puerto to Isla Mujeres. The same company runs ferries fro Playa del Carmen to Isla Cozumel. The fare in March of 2006 was 35 pesos one way, 70 pesos return, and runs every 30 minutes starting at 5:30am until 12:30am.

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    Take the slow ferry

    by cachaseiro Updated Feb 16, 2011

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    When you go to Isla Mujeres, then forget about the fast boat, eventhough almost everyone gets on it.
    It's double price and you are stuck inside like sardines, with no chance to take photos.
    The slow boat is cheap and allows you to take photos of the scenery.
    And it's not that much slower any way.

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    Ultramar Ferry

    by dek516 Written Mar 22, 2008

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    To get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun you can take the Ultramar ferry from Puerto Juarez. Shuttles from the airport take you to the port, or you can take an R1 bus or taxi from the bus station for between 15 and 20 pesos. Ferry boat tickets are 70 pesos round trip. The ferries are comfortable, although you may not want to sit too far to the front if you're prone to sea sickness. The ride takes around 20-25 minutes each way. Our ferry experiences were fine, except for one time when a ferry came and dropped people off but didn't take any new passengers, meaning we had to wait about 30 minutes for the next ferry. If you have a plane or bus to catch, it's best to leave plenty of time in case a ferry doesn't show on time.

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    Cycle round the island

    by Abeyna Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Stopping to check the map..

    Whilst staying at the Pocna hostel, we hired bicycles for 70 pesos for 4 hours and took a nice cycle round the island which is relatively flat with a few hills. Allows you to stop at some of the sights and attractions.

    If you cycled non stop around the island, it probs wouldn't take you any longer than an hour.

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    Golf Carts Galore

    by Pat&ZoAnn Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Golf cart on Isla Mujeres

    One of the favourite activities day-trippers from Cancun enjoy is renting a golf cart. We were on the island for a week and didn't rent one However, the parade of touristas started early, and lasted all day. It seems the rates are around 350 pesos per day, but you wouldnt need one all day, the island is pretty small.

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    Taxis on Isla Mujeres

    by Pat&ZoAnn Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Red Isla Mujeres passing a golf cart

    There is a taxi stand just to the left (north side) of the ferry dock, and the posted rate to where our hotel is was 54 pesos. However, once we were away from the taxi stand, the going rate was 40 pesos to just about everywhere on the island. There may be a higher fee if you want to get out in busy areas. Just make sure you arrange the price before you get in the taxi.

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    Car ferry to Isla Mujeres

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Isla Mujeres car ferry

    If you have a car already, you can take it to Isla Mujeres on the car ferry which runs from Punta Sam (about 3 miles north of Cancun). The cost at the time of writing this tip is about $15.00 US for car and driver, plus $2.00 US per passenger. There really is no need for a car there, but if you have already renterd one, and Isla is just one stop on your journey, you can do it.

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    Transport to Gran Puerto

    by Pat&ZoAnn Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Gran Puerto tower, with hurricane damage

    Gran Puerto, just north of Cancun's hotel zone, is one of the ferry terminals to Isla Mujeres. Since we arrived at 2:30am, we didn't have many choices in terms of transportation from Cancun airport to Puerto Juarez. Another couple on the same plane as us arranged for a van to take them, for $40.00 US. They said we could go with them and split the fare. When we arrived at our destination, the driver demanded another $15.00, because there was one more person, 5 in total. We refused to pay any more than the agreed upon price. Then he almost begged for a tip, which we also declined to give him. He went away quite unhappy. Then we found a sign that stated taxi fare to the airport should be 200 pesos, about half of what we paid. So we didn't feel too bad after all.

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    Best airfare from Vancouver

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Apr 16, 2006

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    SkyService jet at the old Cancun terminal

    This airline, Skyservice, out of Toronto, has the cheapest fare to Canun/Mayan Riviera that I have found. You can't buy directly from them, you must purchase from a tour operator. I usually go to this web site, www.selloffairfares.com, however, www.sunquest.ca/ can also get you there. Selloffaifares is often quite busy.

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