A May 2004 trip
to Isla Mujeres by gandjwhite
Quote: You flew all the way to Cancun to relax but just couldn't seem to do it--Isla Mujeres is the simple answer to your problem!
While visiting my sister, who was living in Cancun, I began to wonder to myself, "Why do so many people fly here?" It didn't feel relaxing, or tropical, or wonderful, like all the travel brochures seemed to indicate it would. I felt like a "cash cow" American--prey to what seemed like 1000s of vendors on every street. The beaches were overpopulated and highly commercialized. Everywhere else seemed to feel like a Disney version of Mexico.
How could I get a genuine view of Yucatan? How could I find relaxation and the spirit of freedom from the U.S. "material world"? Was I doomed to this theme park version? Then, there it was in a little brochure I came upon--ISLA MUJERAS...SPEND THE DAY WITH US! "Hmm, what's this?" I wondered? Could I afford it? Was it too far away? Was it "doable"?
Sure enough, just about 25 minutes from Cancun sits everything I was hoping to find in Cancun: pristine beaches, laid-back shops, the wind, snorkeling, iguanas, coconut vendors, and plenty of relaxation! Isla Mujeras is well worth the day or two you might give up from your busy Cancun itinerary.
Don't expect to find all the comforts of Cancun in Isla Mujeras. That's the point! It's much more rugged, traditional, and genuine. It's not hard to find your way around the Island once you get there, after all, it's only about 5 miles long and less than a mile wide. The main downtown area is only 4 blocks by 6 blocks. It's small and wonderful!
Oh, which brings me to "getting there from Cancun". It's so simple, it's not even funny! The Island is 7 miles north of Cancun, so if you're an excellent swimmer, it should be no problem! For the rest of us, it's even easier. From Cancun, just hop on a bus to Puerto Juarez (ask someone which bus so you don't end up in Tijuana by mistake). It's about a 15-minute ride and costs very little then grab a ticket at the ferry dock which is usually right there where the bus stops. I had no idea what I was doing and was not very confused by all of this at all. Stay with the crowd and you're pretty much guaranteed to just end up in Isla Mujeres from Puerto Jaurez. So, buy your ticket for the ferry (35 pesos) and grab one of the 1/2 hour ferry rides which leave every 1/2 hour. On the ferry, be sure to go up top so you can enjoy the beautiful water.
When you get to Isla Mujeras, just ignore all the people who want to help you as soon as you get off the boat and hang a left down the street which runs along the beach. You immediately realize you are in paradise. The ocean is spectacular! The beach is spacious and perfect! The atmosphere is reaking with laid-back luxury. Now find your spot on the beach and relax. Yes, just relax (don't worry, you're not missing anything important--this is what you came for!) If you need something to drink, there are little huts which have whatever you might need. Other than that, it is all about you, the beach, and the ocean.
Attraction | "Garrafon (El)"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2006
Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Camino Sac Bajo, Lote 26 Fraccionamiento Paraíso Laguna Mar
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
01 998 193 3370
Attraction | "South Point"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2006
13 Km Ne Of Cancun
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Rapid City, South Dakota