5 Favorite Things – Isla Mujeres

1. Explore the underwater world nearby.
Isla Mujeres provides an ideal starting point for snorkeling and scuba diving. Manchones Reef is one of the best sites for snorkelers and divers of all levels. Sea turtles, brain coral, colorful tropical fish, and even nurse sharks are common sights in the area. Cruz de la Bahia (Cross of the Bay) and the Underwater Sculpture Museum (MUSA – Museo Subacuatico de Arte) are also close to the reef. During the summer months, large groups of whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, congregate in deep water off Isla Mujeres.
Check out “Swimming with Whale Sharks – Isla Mujeres, Mexico“.

Snorkeling at Manchones Reef.
Snorkeling at Manchones Reef.
Swimming with a whale shark near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Swimming with a whale shark near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

2. Take a seaside walk.
On the east side of the island, there’s a malecon north of the airstrip that provides an interesting vantage point that many visitors miss.

Isla Mujeres Malecon
Isla Mujeres Malecon
Sculptures along Isla Mujeres Malecon.
Sculptures along Isla Mujeres Malecon.

3. Rent a golf cart and explore the southern end of the island.
Isla is more than 4 miles long, so if you want to check out the southern end, rent a golf cart in town (approx $50 USD for 24 hrs). At Punta Sur (South Point), a walkway leads to a small Mayan Temple and a sculpture garden before ending at the rocky southern tip of the island. If you’re an early riser, head here before sunrise. This is the first place in Mexico that sunlight touches each morning. Entrance fee approx. $5.

Driving to Isla Mujeres' south side.
Driving to Isla Mujeres’ south side.
Sculpture Garden - Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres
Sculpture Garden – Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres

4. Learn about sea turtles.
Sea turtles breed in the waters surrounding Isla and some lay eggs on the island from May to September. Increased conservation measures in place to protect sea turtles have led to the development of a Turtle Farm on the island. Entrance fee approx. $5.

Hatchlings at Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm.
Hatchlings at Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm.
Green sea turtle.
Green sea turtle.

5. Eat and drink.
For such a small island, Isla Mujeres offers a wide range of excellent culinary experiences. Visitors can start their day with crepes at Cafe Hidalgo or cinnamon rolls at Barlito, then lunch at a beachfront Minino’s Cocteleria for local seafood and then end at a Mediterranean dinner at Olivia’s. Throw a sunset cocktail into the mix, and it’s been a perfect day of gastronomy.
Check out our blog “Eating our Way Across Isla” for more suggestions.

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