All about Isla Mujeres

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Do you know all about Isla Mujeres? like is located in the Caribbean Sea, very close to the Yucatan peninsula, southeast of Mexico.

In pre-Hispanic times the island was consecrated to Ixchel, Mayan Moon Goddess, love and fertility, which received offerings with feminine forms that believers deposited on their beaches. When the Spanish conquerors arrived and observed the figures, they baptized it as Isla Mujeres.

Its warm and transparent waters are the perfect home for dolphins and turtles, and swimming with them is one of the most attractive activities that can be done here.


What to do?

Playa norte

The second most beautiful beach of Mexico, you can spend all day at the beach with its clear water and nice temperature, awaiting for the dawn.  It makes it the perfect place to relax and unwind from the rigors of life. There is almost no current and you can wade out very far with the water still only coming to your waist.

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Parks

Parque de los sueños. This park may be little but has everything you need to explore the best of isla mujeres. Explore the waters doing snorkeling, paddleboard, kayaking or just enjoy the sun at the deck or in hammock.

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Garrafon Park. An earthly paradise of reefs and cliffs facing the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Garrafón Park is named after an incredible reef formation, part of the longest reef in the hemisphere. The park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and offers several packages including an all inclusive package that includes a buffet lunch, drinks with open bar, diving equipment, life jackets, kayaks, hammocks, an infinity pool, Bathrooms, showers and lockers, as well as the entrance to Punta Sur and the Garden of Sculpture.

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Downtown isla mujeres

Right in the center of the island, not much happens during the day but if you decide to extend your visit through the evening, you’ll often see dances, events and celebrations going on. Isla families and tourists alike enjoy their evenings at the Plaza eating tacos and pastries from the vendors, celebrating Mass at the church and watching the world go by.

You can seek for unique pieces made by hand and colorful walls to take amazing pictures. The walk will take to the best views and the best local restaurants. There are many food stores where you can enjoy a nice meal.

From November through April on the 1st Thursday of every month, the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair takes place in thesquare from 4:00 in the afternoon to around 9:00 in the evening. Local and visiting artists, food vendors and local non-profits share their talents with the residents & visitors of Isla Mujeres.

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Golf Cart Tour around Isla Mujeres

One of the most enjoyable things to do on Isla is rent a Golf Cart and explore the island. We highly recommend renting a Golf Cart as opposed to a scooter (moto). Take a few hours to enjoy the ride around the island because you’re going to see your next stop, maybe a beach or the cliff could end up being a nice way to see what’s going on around.

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Yoga on Isla Mujeres

Isla is home to several yoga studios there are morning and early evening yoga classes taught by various instructors at Hotel Na Balam’s large poolside palapa on Playa Norte.

Morning classes are held at Elements of the Island Yoga Center roof top palapa on Av. Juarez and private classes are offered at Red Buddha Yoga & Wellness Center nearby.

There are also morning & sunset yoga classes at the picturesque Tree House at Buho’s located Playa Norte.

Casa IxChel Hotel, located mid-island holds classes 3 days a week under their roof top palapa overlooking the Caribbean. Classes are free to guests of the hotel.

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Swim with the Whale Sharks

Whale Sharks are docile and harmless, happily doing their own thing as snorkels float around them. If you are lucky enough to visit Isla Mujeres during the summer months (June to mid-September), you’ll have the opportunity to participate in this incredible event. Although massive, to be in their presence is a privilege and an experience you will never forget.

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What to see?

The Lighthouses

Isla has several lighthouses built by the Mexican Navy during World War II, the largest is known simply as El Faro. Located on Rueda Medina across from Posada Beach, it is 19 meters (62 feet) tall and flashes white twice every 10 seconds. The public is not allowed to climb to the top.

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The smallest lighthouse, el Farito, is situated on a rock just at the entrance of the harbor. Only 5 meters (17 feet) tall with one white flash every 3 seconds. Snorkel trips to the reef surrounding the lighthouse are very popular.

 

The third lighthouse on Isla is at Punta Sur at the southern tip of the island. It is 10 meters (34 feet) tall with four white flashes every 16 seconds.

Punta Sur

Punta Sur is located at the southern tip of Isla Mujeres, where the rising sun first touches Mexican soil. Its rocky cliffs, the waves crashing on the shore and the multitude of blues of the Caribbean Sea make up some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. This is the highest elevation in the Yucatan and was home to an ancient temple honoring the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, rebuilt after it was partially destroyed in Hurricane Gilbert. Because it was built on high ground, archaeologists believe the temple was also used as a lighthouse to guide trade boats coming from Cozumel, Tulum and Xaman-ha (Playa del Carmen).

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Casa Caracol

The Shell House, “Casa Caracol” in Spanish, is one of the most unique homes in the world. Designed by the architect Eduardo Ocampo fall-about-isla-mujeresor his brother Octavio Ocampo, one of Mexico’s most respected artists. Built in 1997, the Shell House has been featured in magazines and television programs and has even been used as a back drop for fashion shoots. The little snail shell guest room was added a few years later.

The inside is as amazing as the outside, an artistic masterpiece with a round sunken living room and a bed shaped like a shell, of course the bathroom and kitchenette fixtures are all made out of shells and bits of coral found on a nearby beach by Eduardo and Octavio. More shells decorate mirror frames, tables and even serve as curtain holders.

When Octavio is not in residence, you can rent the house for a truly memorable experience.

The Floating Bottle Island

In late 2007, British artist Richard “Rishi” Sowa began to build his “Floating Island” just off the Sac Bajo peninsula in the waters of LagunaMakax. The island and the house that stands on it are made from natural and recycled materials. Over 100,000 discarded plastic bottles were used for the base.

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A house, a pond, a waterfall and river, with all the energy provided by solar panels. The various plants and mangroves growing on the man-made island make it a small jungle. Rishi Sowa continues to make improvements so it will always be a work of art in progress.

Wall Murals

In the summer of 2014 a group of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, including three Mexican artists, joined forces to raise awareness about whale shark conservation, ecotourism and long-term sustainability of natural resources by creating a series of large-scale ocean-themed murals on Isla. The project was led by PangeaSeed, an international organization based in Honolulu that is dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans through education, activism and art.

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MUSA Underwater Sculpture Museum

The crystal clear waters surrounding Isla Mujeres is home to the largest underwater museum on the planet. The artist, Jason deCaires Taylor is also the founder and artistic director of MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte/Underwater Museum of Art). In collaboration with marine biologists and other experts, the sculptures are all designed to counteract the effects of climate change on our oceans and reef systems. The sculptures will be changed in their appearance over time, as coral grows and marine life establishes itself.

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Where to eat?

Limon Restaurant

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Limon specializes in a fusion of Mexican and International cuisine. A fine dining in an intimate atmosphere in a beautiful courtyard or elegant interior dining room for better experience.

Address: Lizeta st, Isla Mujeres

Phone: (998) 130 1924


 

La Cazuela M & J

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La Cazuela M & J has been delighting tourists and locals alike with traditional Mexican and American style dishes. They serve healthy, delicious breakfasts and lunches using fresh, natural, regional ingredients and all prepared with the same care and originality.

Address: Guerrero & Abasolo av. 77400, Isla Mujeres

Phone: (998) 877 0734


 

Buho restaurant and bar

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Buho’s is a casual open air restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. A diverse range of dishes are served, including a few island specialties. Buho’s bar, with its unusual combination of swings and hammocks, serves a vast selection of tropical drinks, ice cold beer and fruit cocktails.

Address: Carlos Lazo 1, downtown – Supmza. 001, 77400

Phone: (998) 877 0301

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