Isla Mujeres is eight kilometres long, 500 metres wide, and located just six kilometres from the northeast coast of Cancun. ‘Isla' its nickname and its exceptional coastline make a refreshing break from the craziness of Cancun. Its clear waters, marine life, reefs, and caves attracted Jacques Cousteau, who was brought there by Mexican diver Ramón Bravo.
Far from resorts and shopping centres, the majority of Islanders make their living diving and fishing. Get around by renting mopeds, golf carts, and bicycles, or by taking taxis. The northern tip of the island, where the ferries come in, is the most inhabited part. This is where the shops, restaurants, bars, and brightly coloured houses are. In the southern part of the city, a road leads to a mangrove lagoon where there are great beaches and restaurants next to the water. It takes about 20 minutes in some form of transport to get to the south end of the island.
The east coast is rocky and wild, and there are few amenities. If you crave adventure, visit El Garrafon Marine Park where you can go underwater hiking, zip-lining, kayaking, diving, and swimming maybe even with dolphins.