How to Spend the Day in Isla Mujeres

June 3, 2019 0 Comments

Just 15 minutes off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a tiny island that is simply stunning and sargazo free!  With its picturesque beaches, it makes for an incredible day trip from Playa del Carmen.  Although it’s somewhat of a trek to get there, it is definitely worth it! It’s best to start the day early and then you can spend a full day there relaxing on the beach or exploring the island.

Meaning “Island of Women,” Isla Mujeres was named by the Spanish when they first arrived to the island and found many images of goddesses dating back to the time when the island was sacred to the Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine.   Nowadays, the island is much more commercial but it is still a nice escape from mainland Mexico. 

Isla Mujeres is less than 5 miles long but still offers plenty of restaurants, shopping, and all-inclusive resorts.  The prettiest beaches can be found on the north side of the island, most notably Playa Norte, where you will find the most stunning turquoise water and white sand beaches – it definitely makes for a jaw-dropping first impression!

Isla Mujeres

If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to get to Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen is to take the Playa Express, which is a shared van service to Cancun.  You can get on the Playa Express at Calle 2 and Avenida 20.  You’ll take the Playa Express all the way to the end (about an hour drive), which is the ADO bus terminal in Cancun and the cost is $42 pesos ($2 USD) per person. 

Once you get off the bus, there will be a line of taxis waiting at the terminal.  From here, you can take a taxi to Puerto Juarez, which is the Ultramar ferry terminal to go to Isla Mujeres.  The taxi should cost around $100 pesos (~$5 USD).  

Riviera Maya Map
Once you arrive to the Ultramar ferry terminal, you can purchase your ferry tickets to Isla Mujeres which costs $300 pesos (~$15 USD) for a round-trip ticket.   The Ultramar ferry schedule can be found here.  The ferry only takes about 15 minutes and once you arrive to the island, you can walk to Playa Norte (less than 15 minutes) or there are taxis waiting as well.

Exploring Playa Norte

After getting off the ferry, we walked through the center of town to get to Playa Norte.  There are several restaurants and souvenir shops to browse along the way.  Once you get to Playa Norte, there are several different beach clubs to choose from.  We were on the northern end of Playa Norte so we decided to rent a beach bed at Oceanvs beach club.  The cost was only $200 pesos (~$10 USD) with no food and beverage minimum. We did order a few snacks and the menu consisted of your typical menu items including nachos, guacamole, tacos, pizzas, etc.  The prices were a little high but that’s to be expected in such a touristy area.
We spent the rest of the day being total beach bums and relaxing in the water.  With sunny skies, turquoise waters, and very little seaweed, it was such a nice little getaway and I will definitely be back!

How much does it cost to go to Isla Mujeres?

Here’s a breakdown of how much it cost us to spend the day on Isla Mujeres:

  • Playa Express to Cancun: $42 pesos each way
  • Taxi to Puerto Juarez: $100 pesos each way
  • Ultramar Ferry (roundtrip ticket): $300 pesos
  • Beach bed rental: $200 pesos
  • Optional food and drink
TOTAL: $784 pesos (~$41 USD)
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