Isla Mujeres

The Ferry to Isla Mujeres

The Gran Puerto Cancun (Ultramar) ferry dock is located in Puerto Juarez, a few minutes from downtown Cancun. The crossing takes about 15 minutes.

map to ferry terminal

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Journey to a tropical sanctuary where cerulean waters lap against pristine white sand, creating an exquisite symphony of nature. Welcome to Isla Mujeres, the enchanting island just a stone’s throw from Cancun, yet worlds apart. Here, life slows down, inviting you to savor each moment and indulge in pure leisure.

As you step off the ferry, immerse yourself in the laid-back charm of this idyllic island. On Isla Mujeres, there’s no rush – the island life sets a serene pace. Rent a golf cart, the island’s preferred mode of transportation, and explore the enchanting corners of this Caribbean paradise at your leisure.

Make your way to Playa Norte, often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is a place where golden sun rays dance on the surface of tranquil azure waters and where palm trees sway to the rhythm of the ocean breeze. Spend the day basking in the sun, swimming in the clear waters, or simply lounging with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

The adventures here are not just limited to the land. Isla Mujeres, meaning ‘Island of Women,’ was named by ancient Mayans in honor of the goddess Ixchel. Today, this divine heritage is reflected in the island’s vibrant marine life. Dive into the fascinating world beneath the waves at the Manchones Reef, teeming with colorful coral gardens and exotic fish. Or, visit the awe-inspiring Underwater Museum (MUSA), where over 500 life-sized sculptures create a surreal underwater art exhibit and artificial reef.

When the sun begins to set, head towards Punta Sur, the easternmost point in Mexico. Here, you’ll find the ancient Mayan temple honoring the goddess Ixchel and a sculpture park. Walk around the cliff-side paths and enjoy the captivating panoramic views as the sun paints the sky in hues of orange, pink, and purple.

Isla Mujeres also boasts a vibrant culinary scene. Savor the flavor of fresh ceviche, grilled lobster, or the local specialty, Tikin Xic – a deliciously prepared fish marinated in local spices and wrapped in banana leaves. Pair your meal with a chilled cerveza or a tangy margarita for a true island dining experience.

As day turns into night, the island hums with a quiet, relaxed energy. Stroll down the colorful streets lined with artisan shops, local boutiques, and lively bars. Enjoy the warmth of the locals, the soft strumming of a guitar, and the gentle whispers of the sea – the simple joys of Isla Mujeres.

So, step away from the beaten path and escape to Isla Mujeres, where time slows down, the spirit of Mexico thrives, and natural beauty astounds. It’s more than a destination; it’s a feeling, a tropical retreat that stays with you long after you’ve left its shores. Uncover your own slice of paradise on Isla Mujeres, and experience a different rhythm of life.

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