Isla Mujeres Journals

Half Century in the Island of Women

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A February 2004 trip to Isla Mujeres by jrheimbach

Isla Contoy National Park Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico More Photos
Quote: For my 50th birthday, I desired an escape from Kansas cold, looking for smooth sand beneath my feet, hot sun warming my body, excellent seafood, cold beer, and relaxing with my beautiful wife by my side (translates to No Children!). I found this location and convinced my wife to go.

Half Century in the Island of Women

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Overview

Bicycle Transportation from ferry to hotel Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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The exchange rate was 1 US Dollar to 10.96 Pesos or 100 Pesos to .12 at the time of our visit. We found two exchange windows in the downtown area, offering to 10.65 Pesos (closest to the Plaza) and 10.50 Pesos (behind Fredy’s restaurant). We noticed four ATM machines in the downtown area and only used the two in the bank (just across from the ferry landing). Our bank charged us an ATM fee, but gave us 100 Pesos for .20 – by far the best exchange rate. We only found one restaurant that accepted credit cards and very few merchants that took plastic. Many were willing to take US dollars at an exchange rate of to 10 Pesos – a generous exchange rate, but a simple math calculation by just moving the de...Read More
Playa Media Luna Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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The seclusion and privacy of Playa la Media Luna hotel appealed to us. This hotel only had 18 rooms/suites, each with its own patio or balcony that faced the ocean. Playa la Media Luna sits on the Caribbean side of the island, just off the central section of downtown and conveniently just around the bend from Playa Norte. Playa la Media Luna translates to Beach of the Half Moon. The beach outside the hotel is beautiful, but swimming is strictly limited to the “half moon” section between the rocks. The riptide or undertow is too strong on this side of the island, forcing swimmers to stay close to shore and within the red flag area. Our room was on the second floor, spacious and clean. A sm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Playa Media Luna
Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
(52) 9 877-0759

Playa Norte

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Attraction | "Beach of Beautiful Women"

Playa Norte Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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We settled on the Playa Norte each night for the sunset. As the sun’s descent began, people gravitated from their hammocks and chairs, moving towards the shoreline to watch this beautiful performance. Cameras clicked and people applauded as the orb slowly disappeared beyond the water, leaving bright oranges, yellows and reds across the ocean. I could have spent every day on the North Beach. Hotels have their beach section designated with chair and shaded areas for their guests, but plenty of open places for the numerous visitors. We camped near the northeastern side, just around the corner from our hotel. I paid 40 Pecos to rent wooden chairs for the day with an option to settle in the shade. The ...Read More

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Playa Norte
the North Beach
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Contoy National Park

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Attraction | "Adventures at Sea - Return from Contoy Island"

Isla Contoy National Park Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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We boarded the small boat, four passengers to each of the three benches. The captain rearranged our seating, moving my wife and me, along with another couple, to the back bench. These seats should provide a smoother ride, they said, reducing the chance for seasickness. "Keep focused on the horizon," one lady advised. I hoped her suggestion and the Dramamine tablet would work. We left the cove, heading out to open seas. Several passengers turned to the back seat, sending encouraging signs and words. I was determined to make it back to Isla Mujeres with my lunch intact. After 15 minutes of the boat ride, I met a full-fledged challenge. The brilliant blue and tranquil turquoise waters turned ...Read More

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Isla Contoy National Park
45 Minutes North Of Isla Mujeres By Boat
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Contoy National Park

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Attraction | "Trip to Contoy Island"

Isla Contoy National Park Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Visiting Contoy Island was a "must do" on our minimal list of activities. This uninhabited island is about 19 miles by boat from Isla Mujeres and is a Mexican National Park, set aside as a bird and animal reserve. The tour description detailed a 45-minute boat ride, stopping for snorkeling en route to the Contoy, catching fish for lunch, visiting the island and returning to Isla around 4pm. The price between different tour groups did not vary, each asking $40 per person or 440 Pecos. We selected La Islena Tours on Morelos Avenue (just ½ block from the pier) since we found a 10% discount coupon on the isla-mujeres.net site. This lowered the price to 396 Pecos. Cash only. No plastic. The owner was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Isla Contoy National Park
45 Minutes North Of Isla Mujeres By Boat
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Getting Around the Island

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Bike Rental Photo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Taxi Cabs can be found from almost anywhere downtown and lined up at the beaches and tourist sites on the other end of the island. As with many taxi drivers, confirm the rate before getting into the vehicle. We found the rates very reasonable, with drivers asking for $5 or 540 Pecos to go from our hotel (near North Beach) to Garrafon Park located at the other side of the island. We paid $3 to ride from downtown to Playa Lancheros. We enjoyed one particular cab ride. After walking around in the heat of the day, we flagged a cab. Ah, air conditioning. The friendly driver was quick to ask questions: where are you from, how long will you be on the island? He hoped we would talk with him...Read More