Isla Mujeres is a peaceful island located in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, eight miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. In Spanish, Isla Mujeres means “Island of Women,” and has been named so by Spanish conquerors who found many clay figurines here when they discovered the island centuries ago. This beautiful Mayan city is located just a short boat ride from Cancun. With crystal clear turquoise waters, pristine white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, rocky coastline, and gorgeous lagoons, Isla Mujeres is a more laid-back atmosphere and tranquil environment than even Cancun.
Plenty To See and Do on the Island
- Whale Watching: Isla Mujeres offers the most amazing opportunity to see whale sharks in their natural habitat. Every year from mid-May through September, hundreds of whale sharks gather in the plankton-rich waters surrounding the island. Just a one hour boat ride from the main dock of Isla Mujeres will take you to the main territory where you can watch and see the water stunts performed by the world's largest fish – Whale Sharks. During your whale shark tour, you will also get the opportunity to see dolphins, turtles and all kinds of sea life. You can also swim with whale sharks and dolphins while they are feeding on the water surface. Isla Mujeres hosts an annual Whale Shark Festival in mid-July. The event features a parade, whale shark murals, photography, and a lot of activities for children.
- Fishing: Fishing is a year-round activity in the island. The waters of Isla Mujeres have been an all time favorite among avid anglers when it comes to chasing Billfish, Barracuda, Atlantic Sailfish, Dorado, Swordfish, Bonito, Wahoo, Blue & White Marlin and Bill Fish, just to name a few. Other fish species that are perfect for light to heavy tackle fishing and fly fishing which includes Tarpon, Snook, Grouper, Bonefish, Kingfish, Trout and Permit.
- Snorkeling: Isla Mujeres is surrounded by amazing coral reefs that teem with numerous marine life. Whether you are an experienced or novice snorkeler, explore the underwater world of Isla Mujeres during your next charter vacation. Some of the top snorkeling sites of the Island include Garrafon Natural Reef Park, the reefs of Punta Norte, Manchones Reef, the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, El Farito reef, and Sac Bajo Reef. Take your private yacht charter to Isla Contoy to explore the reefs and marine life at the beautiful Ixlache Reef. A couple of other snorkeling sites that are worth noting for include the Underwater Cross and The Virgin of the Bay.
- Scuba Diving: The diving around Isla Mujeres is an unforgettable experience. The waters are warm, calm and clear, perfect for diving! Explore the dive sites of Manchones Reef, Cuevones and Banderas Reefs, and the C-58 and C-55 sunken ships wreck sites. The crystal clear waters surrounding Isla Mujeres and Cancun area are home to the world's largest underwater museum. MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) features more than 500 sculptures, which have been submerged at different depths. Diving in MUSA will allow you to discover corals and marine life that have established themselves over these sculptures. Also, be sure to check out the Mesoamerican Reef, located just off the coast of Isla Mujeres and Cancun. It contains more than 66 species of stony corals and over 500 species of fish, including sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whale sharks.
- Shopping: Shopping in Isla Mujeres is a huge draw for visitors as they are often mesmerized by the unusual items sold by the local shops here. There is a huge market in downtown Mujeres where you can shop for an array of items such as Caribbean necklaces and small decorated containers. From Oaxacan black pottery, Talavera ceramics, and Saltillo blankets to utilitarian wooden objects, you can definitely buy a number of items as a memorabilia of your trip. There are numerous boutique stores that sell fine jewelry, perfume, clothing, and designer sunglasses.
- Dining: Isla Mujeres is a narrow island, so you can always enjoy dining by the sea or somewhere nearby. Restaurants on the island specialize in Mexican, Italian and seafood. But there is something for everyone in Mujeres – from American, Mediterranean, French to Asian – making it a foodie's paradise. You can get a great Martini, Rum Punch, Tequila, and Piña Colada. When you come to Mujeres, great dishes included, grilled shrimp, ceviche and an ancient Mayan dish called Tik’n Xic. Although the nightlife at the island is laid-back, you can find a number of bars and nightclubs, where you drink, eat, dance and party!
Tourist Attractions You Must Visit
- Best Beaches: The soft white sand, palm trees and beautiful shimmering waters make Playa Norte the best beach for unwinding and relaxing under the magnificent sky. Naturalists love this beach, as there are gorgeous coral reefs within walking distance of the beach, and whale sharks often frequent the waters surrounding Playa Norte. It is full of fun restaurants and bars where a majority of tourists spend their time. In this paradisaic beach, you can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and other water sports. The soft white sand, warm blue waters and palm trees make it the perfect place to relax and unwind during your vacation. This is the ideal spot even if you choose just to hang out all day! Some of the other beaches of Isla Mujeres include Playa Sol, Playa Tiburon, Playa Lancheros, Punta Sur, and Playa Indios. Playa Sol is located close to Playa Norte and is the best location to watch sunsets. Located at the southern tip of Isla Mujeres, Punta Sur beach boasts ruins of a lighthouse and a modern art sculpture park. Playa Tiburon is an ideal location to swim with nurse sharks. Playa Indios has several artisan souvenir shops at the entrance. Playa Lancheros features an iconic pier, and is a great beach to enjoy sunbathing.
- Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA): Classified as one of the “World's Most Unique Travel Destinations,” MUSA is a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art which was formed in the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres, Cancun, and Punta Nizuc. The museum now consists of over 500 permanent life-size sculptures that form part of a complex reef structure for marine life. The museum was founded by artist Jaime González Cano and English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor in 2009 with an aim to demonstrate the interaction between environmental science and art. MUSA is one of the most visited dive and snorkel sites in the world with over 750,000 visitors each year. Some of the magnificent sculptures that you will see in this area include Man on Fire, Dream Collector, The Cross of the Bay, El Bacab, Antropocene, Silent Evolution (450 statues), The Promise, The Bankers, Urban Reef, Bio Map, Bacab, Timebomb, and Thing Blue (Beetle Car). These sculptures are now covered with algae, reef formations and are home to other marine life. This amazing scuba dive and snorkel site can also be visited via a glass-bottom boat tour as well.
- Hacienda Mundaca: An interesting mansion built by a 19th-century pirate Fermin Mundaca. The mansion features walls, exotic plants, arches, gardens and orchard.
- Sea Turtle Farm (Tortuga Granja): Visit this special turtle hatchery that boasts many endangered marine turtles.
- Garrafon Park: Located in the town of Sac Bajo. This natural park is known for incredible recreational activities such as snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, and swimming with friendly dolphins at Dolphin Discovery.
- The Mesoamerican Reef or Great Mayan Reef: The Great Mayan Reef extends over 600 miles from Isla Contoy at the north of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras. The reef system features 65 species of stony corals, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish. It is home to diverse marine life including green sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, the queen conch, the West Indian manatee, toadfish, the American crocodile, Morelet's Crocodile, Nassau grouper, elkhorn coral, and black coral. The Great Mayan Reef system, near Isla Mujeres waters and surrounding areas, attracts the world’s largest congregations of whale sharks, making these locations a prime whale watching destination. Whether you are a snorkeler or if diving is on your bucket list, the Mesoamerican Reef is a great place to check out what is happening in the underwater world. It will be an experience you will never forget!
With the charming beauty, Mayan heritage, easygoing people, and plenty of things to enjoy and see, Isla Mujeres is a haven for people from all over the world. Whether you are planning your 7-day vacation in Isla Mujeres or want to visit it as a side trip from Cancun, Yachts Cancun Luxury Charters will accommodate all your charter needs. From non-stop excitement in the waters to peaceful relaxation on the beach, we have luxury yachts to match your Isla Mujeres vacation needs. Click here to see our fleet of luxury yachts or contact us to find the right yacht charter for your next vacation in Isla Mujeres.