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Isla Mujeres

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By boat
'''Isla Mujeres''' (Spanish for "Island of Women") is an island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, located eight miles off of the eastern coast of the [[Yucatan]] Peninsula, near [[Cancun]] [[Mexico]].
 
===Climate===
The climate is tropical, with year-round hot, humid weather.
==Understand==
Isla Mujeres was a Mayan sanctuary to goddess Ixchel for about a thousand years. In around 1850 the first modern inhabitants moved to the island and established the village of Dolores.
===Climate===
The climate is tropical, with year-round hot, humid weather.
Peak season is during the winter months when temperatures are cooler. Summer temperatures are sweltering, with blazing sun and highs well over 32 °C (90 °F), although summer visitors (from mid-May through September) have the opportunity to see whale sharks which gather in nearby waters in groups that can contain up to 400 sharks.
There are various boats that will take you there. From [[Cancun]] you can get a boat. Ferries leave from 4 different locations in Cancun:
*Puerto Juarez: located in Av. Jose Lopez Portillo MZ 84 M 5 L 6 Puerto Juárez, Cancun. It Operated by UltraMar has departures every half hour from 5:00 AM to 109:30 PM and an extra one at then hourly till 11:30 PM being the latest. 146pm, for 300$MXN round tripwith open return (checked September 2018, [https://www.ultramarferry.com/en/routes-and-departures#Cancun-Isla-Mujeres online schedule here]).
*Playa Tortugas: located in the hotel zone of Cancun, Blvd. Kukulcan. Km 6.5. It has only 8 departures per day, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every hour.
'''IF STAYING IN CANCUN->''' Puerto Juarez is quite close to downtown Cancun, but not within a walking distance. 1) From ADO Bus Station:Cross the road, close to the Mc Donald’s you may get in the public bus Ruta 6 (R6) that goes to Pto Juarez. When you see the bus coming just flag the conductor - 10 pesos. Get off at UltraMar, pay 300 pesos return. departures every 30 mins. 2) Puerto Juarez can be reached by Colectivos starting opposite small yellow colectivo vans with Ultramar ferry advertisements. In January 2018 we found these colectivos queuing up about 4 blocks north and 1 block east of the downtown Cancun ADO bus station in downdown within a few minutes for 12 . I.e., leave ADO station and go north on Av. Tulum and then turn right on Av. Chichen- 15 pesosItza or Carr. The locals use Puerto Juarez and thus these ferries can get crowdedCostera del Golfo / Lopez Portillo. Be advised that these rides although fastUnfortunately, I can be somewhat rough in bad weather't remember which street the right turn was, especially in but you will hopefully see a line of yellow colectivos at the end of the eveningblock when you turn right. Usually(An earlier version of this page said the yellow Ultramar colectivos left from McDonald's across the street from ADO central, but in January 2018 we waited there for ~30 minutes and none came. We did see several drop people off at ADO on the boat ride is niceother side of the street, you can go upstairs listening so another strategy would be to live music or downstairs with wait there and ask where the air conditioned onpickups happen).
If you want more information about the Ferry Tickets, you can visit the official ferry website.
* <listing name="Ultramar Ferry" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.granpuerto.com.mx/" hours="" price="70 300 pesos oneboth-wayopen ticket">For more information on departure schedules. The journey takes about 25 minutes. Luggage is being stored at the back of the feery. You may sit upstairs and enjoy the beautiful view with live music or take a spot inside the ferry which is air conditioned.</listing>
===By plane===
==See==
[[Image:Playa norte isla mujeres.jpg|thumb|Sleepy Playa Norte]]
* <see name="Turtle Farm" alt="Tortugranja" address="Sac Bajo" directions="North of Playa Paraiso" phone="52 (998) 877 0595" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="9-17" price="30 Pessos for a person">Government-sponsored hatchery for endangered sea turtles. See young turtles in tanks.</see>
* <see name="Hacienda Mundaca" alt="" address="" directions="Located on the road to Garrafon, 3.5 kilometers before Playa Lancheros and Playa Paraíso." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">19th century hacienda built by Caribbean pirate Fermin Mundaca. The hacienda includes walls, arches, exotic plants, gardens, birds breeding place, cattle and orchard.</see>
* <see name="North Beach" alt="Playa Norte" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The stretch of beach that runs along the northern end of the island. It has shallow waters and stunning white sand. The beach is full of fun restaurants and bars as well as several hotels. This is where the majority of travelers will spend their beach time so it can get crowded during peak season. As of November 2016, Playa Norte has been badly eroded with much of the beach missing.</see>
* <see name="Playa Sol" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">At the northwestern tip of the island and is the neighboring beach to Playa Norte. Playa Sol is the best location to watch the sunset and is usually a little less crowded than the neighboring beach. Although it is less crowded, the water is not as shallow and clear as Playa Norte. One other advantage is that drinks are less expensive along Playa Sol.</see>
* <see name="Punta Sur" alt="" address="" directions="At the southern tip of the island" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Not free30 Pessos per person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A small ruin that was once a lighthouse and temple to Ixchel, goddess of fertility. There's a modern art sculpture park in the area as well. Free after 5 o'clock.</see>
==Do==
* <do name="Whale Shark Tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="$0-$125">From mid-May through September hundreds of whale sharks gather in the waters near Isla Mujeres, with peak season in July and August. Trips can be booked anywhere on the island, but official operators who have agreed to uphold certain standards and implement safety measures to protect the sharks operate mostly out of dive shops and charge a set price of $125 (2011) with possible discounts available for multiple trips; street vendors will charge as little as $80 per trip, but be aware that these are not official tours. Tours will generally include breakfast, snorkeling gear, 8-10 people per boat, a 45-60 minute trip out to the whale shark area, and then 3-4 trips in the water with the sharks for 2-15 minutes each time, depending on the number of sharks (more sharks, more time in the water). The return trip includes lunch, ceviche, and a snorkel at a local reef. All passengers must wear life-jackets in the water unless you have your own wet suit, a useful tip since it is much easier to swim with the sharks in a wet suit than it is in a bulky life jacket.</do>
* <do name="Garrafon Park" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.garrafon.com" hours="" price="">The southern side of the island lacks a sandy beach but offers snorkeling where fish abound and the crystal clear water makes for an enjoyable swim. The reef that lies within the protective buoys has been severely damaged by storms and years of careless treatment by snorkelers, but a revamp of the park several years ago has created a healthier environment for the coral, and it thrives more with each passing year. Entrance to the park is expensive. Tour boats from Cancun bring hordes of day-trippers who mostly stay within the park, so it can become quite crowded during the peak of the day. A useful tip for those staying on the island is that you can snorkel in the waters adjacent to the Garrafon park for about 40 60 pesos, and the sea life is still very impressive.</do>
* <do name="Dolphin Discovery" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/islamujeres/default.asp" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located on the northwest side of the island on the Peninsula of Sac Bajo is Dolphin Discovery. It is a small amusement park with cahins in other pasts of the Caribbean (including Cozumel) well known for allowing visitors to interact and swim with dolphins in an enclosed area. The park has a list of activities ranging from dolphins to other marine mammals. If traveling from Cancun, visitors can take a bus or taxi to Playa Langosta which is located at Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 5. It is between the Casa Maya Hotel and Vacation Club International. There, Dolphin Discovery representatives can check visitors in and direct them to a ferry which takes 40 minutes to get to the docking area of Dolphin Discovery.</do>
:* <do name="Aqua Adventures" alt="" address="" directions="Booking office on Calle Hidalgo, actual dive center at Marina Paraiso" phone="" url="http://www.diveislamujeres.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Nice and relaxed dive shop that advertises itself as the only PADI-certified shop on the island.</do>
 
:* <do name="Snorkel tour in Isla Mujeres" alt="" address="" directions="Boulevard Kukulcan km 15.3, Zona Hotelera" phone="TOLL FREE 1-866-210-1236 / Mex: +52 (998) 689 10 13 " url="https://aquaworld.com.mx/en/tours/snorkel-in-isla-mujeres/" hours="Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.00 am to 8.00 pm" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">An all-inclusive day trip to isla mujeres: snorkeling, lunch and fun in the sun on the island. A great option for families and sun lovers.</do>
:* <do name="Squalo Adventures" alt="tollfree: (+1) (855) 577-8256" address="Smaz 001 Mza 018 Lote 0160, Av. Hidalgo #27, Col. Centro, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico." directions="in front of Rooster Cafe" phone="(+52) 998 274-1644|" url="http://www.squaloadventures.com/" hours="08:00 - 20:00" price="" lat="21.258247" long="-86.749379" email="[email protected]" fax="">PADI Dive Resort on Isla Mujeres, offering Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and PADI Courses</do>
* <do name="Go Fishing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">One does not need to shell out the large sums of money to go sport fishing on Isla. Just talk to the local hotel/guesthouse employee and they can set you up with a local fisherman who will take you out fishing. Prices are about $40/person for 3-4 hours of fishing. Whatever fish you catch, you can take to a local restaurant and they will prepare the fish however you like.</do>
 
:* <do name="Wreck diving" alt="" address="" directions="Boulevard Kukulcan km 15.3, Zona Hotelera" phone="TOLL FREE 1-866-210-1236 / Mex: +52 (998) 689 10 13 " url="https://aquaworld.com.mx/en/tours/diving-in-wreck-and-reef-in-cancun/" hours="Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.00 am to 8.00 pm" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">One of the best dive sites in Cancun is to explore the C-58 sweeper immersed with eagle rays, turtles and schools of snappers.</do>
=== Land activities ===
* <eat name="Bally Hoo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> Located on a dock a few hundred yards north of the ferry dock. The open air restaurant serves fresh seafood and some of the best margaritas on Isla Mujeres.</eat>
* <eat name="BoBo's Fish & Chips" alt="Bobo's" address="Avenida Matamoros" directions="Between Cafe Cito and Hotel Vistal Mar, across the street from Restaurant Olivia" phone="274-0055" url="" hours="12:30PM-10PM" price="Under $100 Pesos" lat="" long="">Great Fish & Chips, Burgers, Chicken Wings and Caeser Salads. Small takeout restaurant with a few places to sit. Amazing food, cooked when you order it, in front of you. Owned by a couple of friendly Canadian guys.</eat>
* <eat name="BoBo's Fish & ChipsEl Poc-Chuc" alt="Bobo's" address="Avenida Matamoroscorner of calle Abasolo and av. Chuarez" directions="Between Cafe Cito and Hotel Vistal Mar, across the street from Restaurant Olivia" phone="274-0055" url="" hours="12:30PM-10PM" price="Under $100 Pesos" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Great Fish & ChipsCocina economica, Burgers, Chicken Wings and Caeser Salads. Small takeout restaurant with a few places to sit. Amazing serves good food, cooked when you order it, in front of you. Owned by for a couple of friendly Canadian guys.nice prices</eat>
* <eat name="Freddie's" alt="" address="" directions="on north end of Hidalgo Ave" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Doesn't look like much, but they know how to cook a fish and do up shrimp. Freddy himself is quite a character, and will do his best to charm you and make you regulars. He makes an excellent garlic-butter catch of the day.</eat>
 
* <eat name="La Lomita" alt="" address="av Juarez" directions="Ascend the av. Juarez from Allende. It is at the top on the small hill." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Family restaurant for locals. Cheap and excellent food.</eat>
* <eat name="Miguels Moonlight" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Located on Madero just off Hildalgo Ave, Miguel's serves up great food and drinks. The Seafood special includes lobster, shrimp and fillet of fish for $15USD. The owner, Miguel, makes excellent drinks. Miguel is also the nicest owner on the island; he talks personally with his guests and will remember you if you ever return!</eat>
*<drink name="Barlito, bakery & market cafe" alt="" address="SW Corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo" directions="" phone="998-105-2883" url="www.sonrisacatering.com" hours="8am to 3pm" price="$25 pesos & up" lat="" long="">A little breakfast & lunch spot on a busy corner on Hidalgo. All bagels, breads, cinnamon rolls & cupcakes made fresh daily. The menu includes breakfast items, huge fresh salads, paninis & sandwiches with daily specials. Take out available too. Closed on Sunday & Monday.</drink>
*<drink name="The Soggy Peso" alt="Bar" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great friendly bartenders! Great food and drinks too!</drink>
 
*<drink name="Miguels Moonlight." alt="" address="Av Francisco Madero" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Best drinks! Happy hour (6pm - 10pm) - two same drinks for 70 pessos. See also "Eat" section.</drink>
==Sleep==
* <sleep name="XS Hostel" alt="" address="Plaza Isla Mujeres Segundo Piso" directions="entre la Av. Hidalgo y Av. Juarez" phone="+52 (998) 2010203 " url="http://www.xshostel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$17-20" lat="" long="">Offers six private/semi-private rooms each equiped with bathroom, air conditioning, four beds and bed linens and a blanket are included. Beds are bunk bed style and they have a safe and storage area (safe, locker, storage area). Access to the recreation room and patio equipped with games and cable TV.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Sueño Maya" alt="" address="Av. Madero Lt. 12" directions="At the north end of Madero street" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="12:00" price="$600-900 MXN for doubleroom" lat="" long="" url="http://www.hotelsuenomaya.com">Nice and clean and cheap hotel, close to the city centre. Some rooms (mainly 0.-1. floor) may not have windows. Room no. 9 has a chromebook at your disposal. Safety box may be hired for refundable $500 MXN. More expensive rooms (900 MXN) have much more space and even a kitchenette. Reservations can be made through hotel website.</sleep>
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name="Seahawk Rooms" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.isla-mujeres.net/seahawkdivers/rooms.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="Low-priced rooms (starting at US$40) are in an older building while the newer building has more luxurious rooms and suites (at prices up to US$225)"></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Casa el Pío" alt="Hotel" address="Av Miguel Hidalgo SM01 Mz23 Lote09" directions="South of the main square" phone="" url="[http://www.casaelpio.com]" checkin="" checkout="" price="USD80-USD95" lat="" long="">Hotel Casa el Pío is a tiny property of only 5 rooms. Situated just south of the main square on Isla Mujeres the hotel features large, quiet guest rooms and a communal roof top terrace for gazing at the Caribbean Sea. It feels as if you are staying at your friend's beach house. Rooms feature AC, fridges, coffee makers, private bathrooms, clean drinking water, wi-fi, beach towels, beach bags, room safes, daily housekeeping. Reserve online at the website. </sleep>
'''Casa Amarilla'''.
 
==Stay safe==
 
The police patrol the beaches looking for tourists to exploit. If you are caught with marijuana or public drunkenness, the police will intimidate you and try to get a bribe out of you. Stay calm and use a video camera to protect yourself. There are also fake police who do the same thing. If they are not in full uniform, they are not real police! They are simply trying to scam you.
 
In addition to the above, some places work in cahoots with these "police" to try and sell you something you have no interest in and then claim you owe them money and therefore mobilize these "police" to pull out handcuffs and threaten you with arrest. Muelleazul (on the left after you get off the ferry) is such a place.
==Cope==
==Get out==
 
The Cancun airport can be reached from the island for (US $15-$20) with shuttle operators. For a (small) groups of individuals it is cheaper to
take the ferry to Puerto Juarez and then take taxi to the airport for 300 pessos (whole taxi). They tend to offer the taxi for about 700 pesos, but just tell them you want to go for 300. The whole journey from the island to the airport took about an hour, but it may vary depending on traffic.
*[[Cancun]]
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