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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Vacation in Isla Mujeres Situated about 13 kilometers away from Cancun in the Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres is a small, charming island with beautiful waters. Read on to see how I planned my vacation and what I saw, experienced, and ate! The Plan Reality Flight Arrival/Immigration Process Airport Transfer Ultramar Ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres Transportation in Isla Mujeres Lodging Things to Do Food Weather

Planning for the Isla Mujeres Trip

Planning for the Isla Mujeres Trip

The Plan: My husband and I wanted to go on a short trip before the year ended, and having returned from the cold mountain area of Washington not too long ago, we longed for a tropical destination. Initially, we planned to go to Cancun, but scrapped that idea and settled on Isla Mujeres after doing a lot of research. Isla Mujeres seemed to tick off all the things on our wish list: not too far, no visa requirement for a…

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Flight to Isla Mujeres

Flight to Isla Mujeres

Flight: Oh boy, what a rough start we had! There was a problem with online check-in, which resulted in group B boarding (for those who are unfamiliar with Southwest: seating is not assigned during reservation, but you are given a boarding position according to when you check-in for your flight. In other words, the sooner you check in, the better/earlier your boarding position).  Not ideal, but we could live with it. Perhaps it was due to the trip being international, but…

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Arrival/Immigration Process in Isla Mujeres

Arrival/Immigration Process in Isla Mujeres

Arrival/Immigration Process: Visa was not required for our short vacation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (visa not required for stays shorter than 180 days for US citizens, please refer to the US Passports and International Travel website for more info). We flew into Cancun International Airport and went through immigration and customs process there, as there is no airport on the island. We had to fill out 2 forms: one form is per individual, which is the document needed to enter Mexico,…

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Lodging in Isla Mujeres

Lodging in Isla Mujeres

Lodging: We stayed at the Privilege Aluxes, which gets great reviews on many sites. It is on the western part of Playa Norte with minimalistic and modern décor. Reception: The reception was not unfriendly, but not as warm and welcoming as other hotels we’ve been to. There was only one staff member at reception who was helping another person check-in. When we arrived, no one acknowledged us or told us that he or she will be with us shortly. Also,…

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Food in Isla Mujeres

Food in Isla Mujeres

Food: One of the many perks of living in Southern California is having easy access to great, authentic Mexican food. Even though the reviews raved about restaurants on the island, I wasn’t sure what to expect since the bar has been set pretty high for good Mexican food. Without exaggerating, however, almost all of the restaurants we tried in Isla Mujeres exceeded our expectations (there certainly were exceptions, unfortunately). The dishes showcased fresh ingredients and flavor profiles that were well-balanced…

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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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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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