When people want to take a break from the busy city and experience a special island paradise, they need look no further than taking a trip to Isla Mujeres. It is just a twenty-minute boat ride from Cancun’s Puerto Juarez. This is a five-mile long and one mile-wide island that provides visitors with a slow-paced and peaceful approach to life. Once on the island people can choose to explore it by walking, bicycling or even renting a golf cart. It became a popular tourist destination during the 1950s before Cozumel or Cancun ever evolved into world-class resorts.
Great Nature Experiences
Many people come to Isla Mujeres to take pictures of its beautiful natural scenery. The beaches have been described as breathtaking by many visitors. The sea that surrounds the island is pristine and calm. It is possible for visitors to experience the natural beauty of the many arches and caves located on the northern part of the island. Garrafon Reef Park is a very popular nature preserve located on the island. There are guided tours so tourists can see everything in the park they desire. There are also a number of designated hiking trails available for those who want an easy hike and those who want to experience something more rugged.
Snorkeling and Diving
There are a number of opportunities to explore the outer waters of Isla Mujeres. If a person wants to go snorkeling but doesn’t have their own snorkel equipment, they will be able to rent it. Certified scuba divers find this island a special experience. There are various shipwrecks that can be explored at different ocean depths. There is an impressive underwater museum with hundreds of statues designed to promote coral growth and marine life. Many divers come to explore the underwater caverns unique to the Yucatan Peninsula.
Isla Mujeres is home to a hatchery designed for protection of endangered sea turtles. The sea turtles visit the beaches of Isla Mujeres during the summer months. They are busy laying their eggs from late at night and into the early morning hours. Trained volunteers will collect the eggs and protect them during a two-month incubation period. If a visitor to the island can stay up late at night, they may be able to witness the turtles laying their eggs. During the month of October, visitors can witness thousands of baby turtles being released into the wild.
This is an area in the ocean around Isla Mujeres that visitors come to experience a dream. Here is is possible to swim with dolphins. Visitors never forget swimming in the ocean with wild dolphins as their companion.
There are a number of places on Isla Mujeres that provide fresh seafood meals. They can be cooked with local recipes. A hungry diner can also find places to get steaks, Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, Cuban food and more.
The hotel prices on Isla Mujeres are able to accommodate anyone on a budget or someone looking to stay at an expensive resort.