If you are looking for more to do on your trip to Mexico, you should consider a day trip to Isla Mujeres.
Isla Mujeres is a small island located 13 kilometres off the coast from Cancún. It’s a vacation destination best known for its tropical beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving and luxury resorts. Visitors love hiring golf buggies and exploring the island at their own pace. At the southern tip, you will find a lighthouse, the remains of a Mayan temple and a sanctuary for sea turtles. And if you prefer, you can spend your days on Isla Mujeres sipping cocktails by the seaside.
I can never say no to a tropical island so decided to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. There is a public ferry over to Isla Mujeres, but if you are looking for a carefree day, you can arrange a tour that included hotel pick up and drop off, snorkelling, sailing to Isla Mujeres, lunch and an open bar.
Sailing to Isla Mujeres
I took a day trip to Isla Mujeres with Cancun Adventures. The day started at the door of my hotel where I was picked up and transported to Cancun Pier. From Cancun Pier, we boarded a beautiful sailing boat that took us to Isla Mujeres.
15 minutes offshore from Cancun we stopped off at El Meco for a snorkelling adventure. I saw tropical fish and underground Mayan ruins. No turtles, unfortunately.
We then continued on to Isla Mujeres with an open bar, hello Pina Coladas.
Before arriving at Isla Mujeres we pulled up offshore to swim in the pristine waters and enjoy a few more cocktails.
Lunch is served on board before hitting the shores of Isla Mujeres for free time. For lunch, we were served chips and guacamole, pasta salad, fruit salad and ceviche. It was a delicious, light lunch!
Things to do on Isla Mujeres
As part of the tour with Cancun Adventures, we had about 3 hours of free time on Isla Mujeres. These are the things I recommend doing to fill in your free time.
Hire a golf buggy – Visitors can rent a golf buggy for $15 USD for one hour to explore the 7km long island. In your golf buggy, you can visit the popular North Beach then head down to the southern tip to see the lighthouse and remains of a Mayan temple, and everything in between. This is the easiest (and most fun) way to explore the island. I recommend doing this before finding a place to relax and swim for the rest of the day. Don’t forget your licence – like my partner and I did!
Walk around the streets of Isla Mujeres – There are plenty of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, like this street art, local markets and street food. You will be dropped in a central location so walking the streets is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to spend the day on Isla Mujeres!
Relax on one of the tropical beaches – North Beach is the most popular beach on Isla Mujeres. From the drop off point, you can easily walk up to North Beach and find a place to spend a few hours. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, and you can have anything you like delivered seaside.
Go snorkelling – If the snorkelling adventure on the way over wasn’t enough for you, you can hire a snorkel and see more of Isla Mujeres underwater.
Enjoy a beer at the pier before departure – The drop off/ pick up point is beautiful in itself (pictured below). If you have time to spare, head back there and grab a beer while you wait to board the boat.
As you sail home, the sun will be starting to set. Unlimited cocktails will be delivered to you and music will be playing in the background. The perfect end to a day in paradise.
Day trip to Isla Mujeres
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Also check out my day trip to Tulum, that involved the Tulum ruins, snorkelling and cenote adventures.