A day in Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

June 26, 2019

by Thanara Zancanaro

Isla Mujeres is the perfect day trip from Cancun, Mexico. Besides from being a change of scenery from the gigantic resorts, is very easy to get there by yourself and very cheap in comparison with the other Cancun tours. Most people go in the morning and return at the end of the day, and one day is enough!

How to get there

You will need to take a ferry boat from Cancun (or Playa del Carmen), and the trip takes around 1 hour. The ports in Cancun are: Puerto Juárez, Playa Tortugas, El Embarcadero and Playa Caracol, the last three are in the hotel zone most used by tourists. The main company that does this route is Ultramar, and the rates go from $8 to $15 the trip and $21 the round trip if you book in advance in their web site. When I went, we bought directly at the port.

How to explore the island

The island doesn’t look very big on the map, but to get to the other side of the island and to all the entertainment that it offers you will need a little help. The best and most common way to move around is renting a golf cart, you can rent by the hour or for the day (which I did and recommend). Once you get to Isla Mujeres there will be a lot of people offering tours and even golf carts for rent and if you walk a little will you see a lot of companies that rent the carts too. Of course, you can choose one tour or just go to the beach and stay there all day, then isn’t worth it to rent the golf cart. There are taxis on the island too, they are expensive but depending on your plans it can be your best option.

Don’t be afraid, the cart is very easy to drive and it’s almost impossible to get lost, people usually use the main road that goes around the island. And they will give you a map of the attractions on the island.

What to do in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte

The most beautiful beach on the island and considered one of the best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice in 2019. The beach is just 10 minutes walking from the port.

Punta Sur

In the opposite side from Playa Norte, Punta Sur is known by the sculpture park but for me, the best part was the cliffs by the sea, which provide an amazing view.

Garrafón Natural Reef Park

You have to pay to get in and it’s not cheap. The park offers zip lining, pool, snorkel, kayak, restaurants, and an amazing view of the bay.

La Tortugranja

Is a place where they take care of turtles, you can see all kinds of different species in all sizes. They have a refuge for the eggs, baby and really big turtles. You can even buy their food and feed them yourself. You need to pay to get in but is a symbolic value.


If you love the local culture, and souvenirs, this is the place. Is very close to the port, so you can leave this for last, so you don’t need to carry your shopping all day.

Thanara Zancanaro

By Thanara Zancanaro

Hello there! My name is Thanara and I’m from Porto Alegre, south Brazil, but I'm currently living in Panama City, Central America. I have always love to travel and exploring new places and cultures, I believe that travel has the power to open your mind. Mochile-se started from a desire to share my experiences and help other travelers out there!

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Cassia Andreia Zang Ferreira

June 28, 2019

Maravilha, super Recomendo