Translating into ‘Island of Women’, Isla Mujeres is a small island that served as a fishing village for centuries. The island is now a favorite tourist spot because of its spotless white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that are ideal to swim in, snorkel as you explore the rich marine life, or simply laze away on a hammock.
If you’re visiting between August to October, you can witness the process of turtle-hatching and help release turtles at the turtle farm- La Granja de las Tortugas, with the help of a guide. The sanctuary is also home to fish, seahorses, and manta rays.
The island’s highest elevation point, Punta Sur is located on the southern tip, at 20 meters above sea level. It houses an ancient Mayan temple that is dedicated to a moon goddess and offers breath-taking views of the ocean waves crashing into the cliffside.
Also perched on the south end of the island is the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, a recreational park set along a large reef formation where one can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining, and swimming with dolphins. Just southwest of Isla Mujeres is the Museo Subacuático de Arte, an underwater museum filled with more than 500 man-made, life-size statues. Apart from being an impressive art gallery, the statues also serve as an artificial reef to help strengthen the marine life along the damaged Manchones Reef.
The island is the perfect place to spend an entire day marveling at its beauty and learning about its historical significance. You can also choose to revel in relaxation as you take in the tranquillity of the place and get a massage on the beach.