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Things to Do in Isla Mujeres

Things to Do in Isla Mujeres

Things to do: Our 4 night 5 day trip was the perfect amount of time to enjoy the island and take a day trip to the Yucatan region to explore the Mayan ruins. Obviously, I would not have objected to more time lounging around and swimming at the beautiful Playa Norte, but I think I got a pretty good introduction of the island. Read on to find out what my experience was like! Playa Norte Snorkeling Tour El Centro Turtle Farm…

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Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte: A beautiful stretch of beach on the northern side of the island. Unlike the choppy waters of Cancun, Playa Norte is characterized by calm, turquoise waters and white sand. To the right of the beach in front of our resort had two abandoned boardwalks that were perfect for taking amazing pictures.   Walk eastward from Privilege Aluxes to find more gorgeous and charming scenery and waters. Some of the spots along the beach are reminiscent of Corona commercials…

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El Centro in Isla Mujeres

El Centro in Isla Mujeres

El Centro: Isla Mujere’s “downtown” is lined with many restaurants and souvenir shops. Miguel Hidalgo street from Playa Norte area down to Av. Francisco I. Madero and Av Ruesda Medina along the beach down to the ferry terminal seem to be the most touristy area with many vendors/shops and restaurants. On one of the nights, we walked down Miguel Hidalgo all the way down to a plaza (between Av. Morelos and Calle Bravo) to find a live band, food stalls,…

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Snorkeling Tour in Isla Mujeres

Snorkeling Tour in Isla Mujeres

Snorkeling Tour: We went on a short snorkeling tour with Tripper (Fantasea Tours) for USD 20 per person. The tour was at 10:30 AM and there were 10 tourists, snorkeling guide, deckhand, and captain on the boat (our boat seemed to be relatively better than others onshore). Snorkeling gear, fins, and life vests (by law, everyone is required to wear a life vest while on a snorkeling tour) were included in the trip; the equipment was of poor quality and…

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Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm (Tortugranja): Situated on the western coast of the island, this center aims to protect and preserve different sea turtle species. The farm oversees the turtle eggs from being hatched to being released back to nature between May and October. The admission fee is MXN 30 or USD 3, and we spent about 30 minutes at the farm. They also sell turtle food, which we did not purchase. The turtle farm consisted of a building with multiple pools in…

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Exploring Isla Mujeres in a Golf Cart

Exploring Isla Mujeres in a Golf Cart

Driving around the island in a golf cart: This was one of our absolute favorite activities on our trip. Besides cabs and scooters, renting a golf cart is a very popular mode of transportation on the island. The island is small enough that one can drive around the entire island in about an hour. With wind in your hair and beautiful views of the coast, what more could you ask for? There are many golf cart rental options on the…

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Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur: At the southern tip of the island, Punta Sur, or South Point, is home to the ruined temple of Ixchel, a Mayan Goddess. It is also the most eastern part of Mexico, which means it is the first place in Mexico to get greeted by sunlight each day. At the cliffs, one can view the beautiful waters and waves. There is a small sculpture garden (requires an entrance fee) with a pathway that leads to the temple ruins…

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

 Chichen Itza: As one of the seven modern wonders of the world, Chichen Itza is in Yucatan, Mexico.  Contrary to popular belief, the pyramid at Chichen Itza is not a tomb or a religious altar; it is a calendar and an oratory box. Talk about amazing engineering of the ancient Mayans! The faces of the pyramid are used like a calendar and the speaking box at the top of the pyramid is where the leader/king would speak his speech that…

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Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil: Although we were a bit bummed that the visit to Ik Kil had to be pushed back due to the “5,000 school kids at Chichen Itza (read my post on Chichen Itza for background story),” plunging into a cool natural water formation was a welcoming and refreshing idea, as we were feeling grimy and sweaty after getting beaten up by the sun and humidity at Chichen Itza. This was one of the activities I was really looking…

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