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4.5 out of 5
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2,893 people visited Isla Mujeres
Although only eight miles northeast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres feels like a million miles away in terms of attitude. Come enjoy white sand beaches, turquoise water and relax beneath a coconut palm on this quiet refuge in the Caribbean Sea. Just over four miles long, transportation on the island is largely by golf cart and mopeds, Once a sacred sanctuary to the Mayan goddess Ix Chel, the island has since seen everything from salt mines to hippy communes of the 1970s. It's a place where time stand still, calmly awaiting your arrival.
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    Liza Prado
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    4 Mar 19, 2014

    Isla Mujeres is a laid back island just a short 15-minute ferry ride from Cancun. In town, there are two fabulous beaches, a pedestrian walkway lined with restaurants and bars, and lots of little shops here and there. If you want to explore a bit, you can rent a golf cart for the day ($50-60) and head to beach clubs, a turtle sanctuary, and even a small Maya ruin at the easternmost tip of the island.

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    Faustino Ramirez
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    5 Mar 13, 2014

    Take the snorkeling tour offere right on the dock as you get it. It will be a nice day trip especially if you stay in Cancun and want to take a good tour of the island's beaches. The tour will take you around the island to the best beaches and will allow you to snorkel in the best places. the tour also includes a meal of fresly cook fish. It is a good deal.

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    Katie Pierce
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    5 Jan 30, 2014

    I finally made it over to Isla Mujeres for a dive trip. The weather was amazing, the food was so fresh and the diving was not difficult but still interesting. The main town was a little much for me, but I truly loved the resorts a little further out. Also the exchange rate made meals here a steal!

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    Allie Bollella
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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    Gorgeous island off the coast of Cancun. Not really a party island, this place is all about rest and relaxation. The sand is so white and soft and the water so warm and calm. I took way too many naps on the beaches here. Very safe, a lot of people walk around at night and stay out late. It's more of a vacation get away for adults, although there are some things for kids to do, like kayaking and windsurfing. You don't have to stay on the island to visit, round trip ferry tickets are cheap enough to just spend the day. If you are near Cancun you can't miss this beautiful island!

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    Zora O'Neill
    4 Oct 23, 2013

    It's no castaway desert island, but Isla Mujeres has a nice funky feel to it, especially when you explore down in the "colonias," the more local sections in the middle of the island. There's a lot of great food here, and really no chain restaurants or anything. And you can't beat the location--you can get there in less than an hour from the Cancun airport.

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    Hyo-Joo Han
    5 Mar 31, 2013

    I have been there several times as I love it so much. Staying on this island is soul lifting for me. This is not an old primitive island with authentic feels, but it has still some Mexican touches. Just a perfect place to relax, imagining doing yoga on the beach every morning and going to a beach that almost like a swimming pool, calm, clear water, shallow water. The Islanders remember me each time when I go back. The northern beach during low seasons is the best beach I have ever seen.

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    Mark Mamber
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    5 Feb 21, 2013

    Incredibly charming/festive main street in the heart of the Island (Hidalgo Avenue). Outdoor dining a plenty.

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    Alex L
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    5 Feb 11, 2013

    For someone with as bad of a sense of direction as I have, Isla Mujeres is perfect. It's tiny -- not even a mile wide and just four miles long -- so you can never get lost. Yet, it has everything you could ever want from a relaxed beach vacation in Mexico. A ferry ride from Cancun, the island has no cars, only golf carts, scooters and taxis. It'd take weeks to go through all of the fresh seafood restaurants. The surrounding waters are blindingly blue and the snorkeling and diving are excellent.

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    Bradley Pierce
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Absoboloodylutely the most beautiful island I have ever seen in my life. The locals are friendly (if not a little 'in your face' when trying to sell you something), it was affordable and peaceful and lovely.

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    Eric Fullerton
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Isla Mujeres is great. Lots of shops, small and easy to get around with many hotel options to choose from.

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