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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

January 20th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Isla Mujeres, Mexico is the next place in the series of the Mexico tourist places that we are covering. Isla Mujeres is just an 8.1-mile ferry ride from Cancun. It is also one of the nine municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and is the Spanish name for “woman.” While visiting there the major modes of transportation are golf carts, taxis, and moped scooters.

A census done in 2005 stated that there were 500 golf carts, 121 taxis, and 1500 moped scooters on the island. The island of Isa Mujeres is only 4.3 miles long and 2.130 feet wide. In addition to all those modes of transportation, in 2005 there was a population of 11, 147, plus tourist. That is quite a few people and modes of transportation for an island of that size. In addition, Isla Mujeres has a bus service that runs from downtown to many of the neighborhoods. While on the island, you will not have to worry about transportation.

To get from the mainland of Gran Puetro or Puetro Juarez, there are ferryboats. These boats run from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm every half an hour, and every hour from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The island is very popular with daytime tourists but quiets down at night when they all leave. While there, enjoy seafood dishes that are cooked with local and traditional recipes. You can also find Mexican, Yucatan, Italian, and Caribbean, Black Angus steaks, Mediterranean, French, Hebrew, Cuban, Thai, and Maya. You will never have to worry about not finding something to your liking. Hotels rates run from the inexpensive to the very expensive at the resorts.

Isla Mujeres is located near one of many coral reefs and is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. Off the western coast is you will find the Cancun underwater museum. It is a museum of sculptures placed under water by creator Jason DeCaires Taylor. The project began in November 2009 with the placement of a hundred statues in shallow water of the Cancun National Marine Park. This park was damaged by storms. The artist planned the sculptures as artificial reefs with fire coral planted in the sculptures. By the end of 2010, they had planned to install 400 statues in the area. It is the largest underwater museum in the world.

While on you trip to Isla Mujeres, in addition to swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, you can also get a chance to swim with the sharks or dolphins. You can also visit the Turtle farm, in which you will find sea turtles that make their home around Isla Mujeres. You can also visit local shops, art galleries, or take a tour to some of the nearby wonders.

The most popular beach on Isla Mujeres is Playa Norte and one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Around this beach, you will find several palapa restaurant/bars that will also bring drinks and snacks to your towel. All you have to do is wave at a passing waiter. You can also rent kayaks, and canoes.

The Isla of Mujeres is a great vacation spot for families with so much to see and do.

If you happen to visit Isla Mujeres, Mexico, share your experience in the comment section below.

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