Isla Mujeres, Cancún
I searched in Internet for a private luxury yacht for my wife and me. I wanted to surprise her on our anniversary. I found an interesting link under www.luxuryyachtchartercancun.com.
I called the company and Eduardo Fernandez recommended me to rent a luxury sailboat (an Odisey 45 feet) and make a trip around Isla Mujeres. The boat also has 3 cabins if you want to spend the night aboard.
It was a marvellous experience. We thought we would be about 4 hours on board, but in the end there were 7 hours! The time flies when you are enjoying yourself so much! We sailed around the Isla Mujeres, we spent some time in water, snorkelling with a trainer, watching the many little beautiful fish and reefs in the Caribbean Sea.
Lunch was delicious, with all typical dishes (guacamole, ceviche, burritos). Soft drinks and drink water was also included.
And the price was also convenient. We payed U$ 1400 for a complete day with lunch, coffee, soft drinks, purified water. And it was worth every penny!
After arriving back to the harbour, we decided to meet again on the following day because the Capitan Genaro offered me the unique opportunity to learn some sailing techniques on this luxury sail boat. This experience was unique! Really fantastic! If we had not paid already for a hotel room, we would have spent the night aboard in Isla Mujeres! Capitan Genaro offered this to us without any extra costs! It was a pity that we had not planned it in advance!
If you are planning to fly to Cancun, I highly recommend that you have a look at this link http://www.luxuryyachtchartercancun.com/sailboat -45-odisey.html.
An unforgettable sailing experience! Just try it and you will be delighted!
Many thanks, Eduardo, for your recommendation!
Me and the wife recently visited Cancun this summer for the second time. We wanted to do something a little special this time and had also planed to visit the island of Isla Mujeres, something we had not gotten around to doing the first time we were here. We ended up renting a yacht for 4 hours which took us to the island and gave us time to snorkel and also checkout the main strip and beach. We had a fantastic day and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Cancun. For the yacht rental we used https://cancunyachtexperience.com the service was great and the yacht was stunning, I'll post some pictures so you can check it out.
I travel the world wide...and look for places that are fun, not city-life, and where it's safe. Isla Mujeres is awesome, though if you're in town, you have to bypass the hassles of the store keepers. Once they know you, and once you're there for more than 5 days, they'll stop trying to "sell you".
All in all, this island is a magical retreat. It might not be for everyone, but it's safe to go to, if you're on your own or with family. And it's a fun town. Saturday and Thursday nights are the nights NOT to go into town, because it's very quiet then...The rest of the nights, it's amazing! SO much activity, fun, bars, food, whatever. This is a happening little beach town.
Now, as for where to stay? Depends upon what you're seeking. Me, I wanted quiet during the day, but a fun beach, cocktails unlimited, kayaking, and snorkeling all inclusive...It doesn't get better than at Mia Reef....While they are shooting for 5 stars, they are in a transition...So, ok, I fixed my own toilet there, but had all the amenities otherwise, such as AC, towels, free water sports, a nice pool with swim up bar, and decent food all inclusive. I went downtown to eat dinner most every night, as it's relatively cheap to do so, and to get to know locals. Mia Reef is very close to town, 3 blocks, once you cross their own bridge.
Funny, but at Mia Reef, you have an amazing beach to paddle around in or swim around, never ever over your head, warm but cool enough to quench the hot, and at the very spot all boaters from Cancun are shipped to every day to snorkel. If you go in the morning or late afternoon (after boating tourists are gone), it's usually just you and a few locals snorkeling. You can sit right there on the sand and in shallow water and have all kinds of fish swim around you. Amazing.
I love Isla Mujeres, and recommend it to anyone seeking a quiet but fun place to be...It has just enough action, and is a really cool (well hot between 2-4 pm) place to be....I'll be going there again...and again.
Isla Mujeres allowed two programs - one by day, mainly consisting in snorkeling or diving -, and the one that we made.
We had to choose, snorkel was something that only some of us would do, and we had already done somewhere else, and that's why we choose the nightly program. However, I was told that the island is great for fish, so the program for the day would also be very interesting.
Why not making both?
Isla Mujeres is not a big islands, the length is only about 7 km long and 650 meters (Wiki). We hired a golf buggy and travelled almost the length of the island. It was fun. That was one of the things to do that we did on the island. The rest was shopping, eating and drinking in one of the many bars. There are others to amuse yourself like snorkeling, visiting turtle farm, kayaking, windsurf. Don’t waste your time to see the ruins, what ruins!! but to get there on a buggy was fun.
We stayed in Cancun, took a $1 bus ride to Playa Tourtegas and a $19 return ferry ride each to Isla Mujeres. You can pay on board for a golf cart, or get one when you get off. Expect to pay about $30 for 2 hours (about all you need to get around the island). Stop at the turtle sanctuary to see sea turtles for $3 each, stop on way and grab a few beer to drink in your golf cart - cheap when you leave town and stop at a convenience store. There are ruins at the end of the island your can se for $3 also. Really nice, relaxing time, felt very safe. Lots of bustle and hustle in the town when you get off ferry, but overall a great relaxing half day for us both.
one of the best things I've did when on the the island was to rent a "golf cart" and go exploring on my own. The rental is inexpensive( need valid I.D.) .The rental was for 2 hours and we drove out to the lighthouse and then toured the island. This is the best way to see the island
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.
Address: KM 3.5 Av Kukulcan, Cancun Hotel Zone, Mexico
Directions: Right infront of Temptation Resort and Spa.
Phone: 1 888 335 1996 (Toll Free)
Isla Mujeres is an island about an hour by boat from Cancun. We took a catamaran which had a very happy crew on board. The sailing trip is great and then just before disembarking you can try some scubadiving. The streets in Isla Mujeres are extremely colourful. Watch those tequilas on board !! I didnt !!!
After you arrive at the docks on Isla Mujeres, turn left and walk down the street until you see a beach ahead of you. this is Playa Norte, one of the best beaches on Isla Mujeres for sunbathing and relaxing.
Because the beach faces northwest, this is also an excellent location to catch the sunset.
changing rooms are behind the beach.
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.
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.
Directions: Take a bus from the hotel zone to get to the ferry. The route will be on the windshield of the bus.
A great island. While staying in Cancun we did a day trip. This is a small island approx. 3.5 miles long. On the end where the boats come in is the center of town. This is shops stores and great little eating establishments. You can rent scooters for $25.00 , bicycles $8.00 or golf carts (for four) for $45.00 per day. There is a little room for negotiations if you rent a block or two from the dock. Locals rate is $5-10 lower. this area has hostels on beach front for $5.00 camping, 11.00 room and up to 32.00 for room with private bath and windom overlooking water. Hotels about $80.00 per day. Food is cheap in htis area example Miguels Hamburger with fries 5.00 quesid. 5.00 tacos (3) 5.00. Soda 1.25. vendors are very friendly. Choice of beaches with crashing waves or bay side gentle. RENT some form of transportation and travel on one road (stay on right side of island)to the end of the Island. Follow to end and visit lighthouse and ruin of fertility ( about 30 minutes). Small ruin at enge of island. $3.00 admission. Pay it see sculptures and ruin close up as well as walk on path undre ruin to be close to water. Very pretty site. Take road to right on way back. Beautiful homes and views of water as well as a shanty town. Back in town visit flea market on right side end of island across from a hostel. WONDERFUL, FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND A GREAT TIME. THE FERRY SERVICE FOR TOURISTS IS $10.00 ONE WAY OR $15.00 ROUND TRIP. THEY TAKE PICTURES AND TRY TO SELL TO YOU FROM 10.00 -5.00 NEGOTIATE IF YOU WANT THEM (VERY TACKY) IF YOU DON'T WANT THIS EXPERIENCE GO PAST DOWNTOWN CANCUN AND TAKE THE PUBLIC FERRY FOR 3.50 EACH WAY. THIS IS HOW LOCALS TAKE THE TRIP. When back in the Cancun area the bus transportationis great. 6.5 pesos or .65 US. Cheap and reliable, we never waited more that two minutes for the bus and it goes to all of the hotels. Also available turtle, dolphin and other spots to stop at when going out of town to light house most are free or donation.
Address: isla muejeres
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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!
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)
Address: Does an Island have an address?
Directions: Hopefully the guy driving the boat will be able to find it.