Isla Mujeres is a picturesque island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise sea water, it’s calm and peaceful and the time passes slowly in that part of the Mexican Caribbean. A place to chill and rest under the palm trees, for sure. Besides the beaches you can visit the downtown (Centre) which has a small town atmosphere, it’s a simple area with a rustic vibe, very tranquil during the day. The island is close to the Yucatan Peninsula, and it’s easy to get in there, you go by ferry boat.
During my first time in Mexico, I visited Isla Mujeres for a couple of hours. My trip was dedicated to enjoy the most of my spring break time in Cancun (I was living in NYC back then), but I took some moments – between parties and colorful drinks – to enjoy some cultural spots and historical sites. And I’m glad I did! The heritage of the Mayans is fascinating, and being there, where they were centuries ago, was unbelievable. Isla Mujeres was a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, a Mayan Goddess, so much history in there!
The visit was pretty quick. When we (two people) got to the island, we rented a golf cart to see all around. A lot of people does that – you’ll see the carts everywhere -, with the golf cart you have the freedom to go wherever you want, it’s easy to park, and the feeling of the wind kissing your face is pretty damn good. We drove through the downtown area, saw its colorful houses, restaurants, and bars. We followed the signs to go North, in the direction of the Playa Norte, which is a very calm area. Since we didn’t go there with any kind of touristic guide, we just drove without any plans, pressure and commitment.
We didn’t stay too much time at Isla Mujeres, but it was enough to realize that the place is special, it was nice to see this little part of Mexico. I would definitely go back in there to spend more time and explore more of the island, to see the ruins, the cliffs located in the South (Punta Sur), the temple dedicated to the Goddess Ixchel (what left of it at least), and to try the local gastronomy. I guess I’ll have to come back some day to check all the rest. Oh well, while that doesn’t happen…
Take a look at my little collection of photos & memories from Isla Mujeres!