Island of Women - Isla Mujeres

By HorizonNerd - March 20, 2018

Traveling is the best school I have ever been to. Every journey changes my attitude to see the world and changes my perception towards life. It has strengthened our relationship as a husband and wife. Added countless memories to cherish and many more to come. Touchwood!!! 😀
Just scribbling my thoughts... Sorry!! All this has nothing to do with my current blog. 
During our last Mexico visit, we landed in Cancun. For 2 days we were just relaxing and visited Chichen Itza, then we thought to explore nearby places. 
On the 3rd day of our stay, we took an Ultramar ferry from Punta Sam ferry terminal. It was a super windy day, wind gust was blowing at the speed of 11mph. Finally, after this fun-filled, roller coaster-like ride of ½ hr, we arrived at Isla Mujeres. 
To roam and to explore it end to end, we decided to rent a bike. We started in the north. Here is the list of places in the order we visited. 
Playa Norte - It's a beach located at the northmost tip of the island, if I go as per reviews, it's a beautiful and calm beach with white powdery sand. But the day we were there it was all vacant after high waves and people were warned to stay away. So we just strolled around clicked and left. 
Mia Reef is a dead end of the island at the northeast end, it's a hotel built on top of the reef. We took a “U-turn” from there and headed towards the south. 
Punta Sur - Southernmost end of the island is the historic site of Mayan ruins. There is a statue of the Mayan goddess Ixchel, who was the goddess of fertility and the Moon. Apart from that, some modern statues are also there. 
Mayan ruins are still there however it was just a few they left. But there is an amazing view you can get from the site
Cliff of the Dawn - Then we followed a trail along the side of the cliffs to the "Cliff of the Dawn". This site is the easternmost point of the country and the first place to get the sunlight in Mexico. Don't forget to stop at Bayview point to get some good pictures of the ocean.
The market and streets in Isla Mujeres are colorful and inexpensive. A lot of options for collectibles and craft items, price depends on your negotiation skills. Can’t say about restaurants as we haven't tried any. 

Many buildings are covered with artistic murals, we found many of them painted at every street and corner. I am sure each of them carries a message and a deeper meaning.
Some pointers:- 
  • Carry your driving license, it is must unless you are not planning to walk
  • When you rent a bike or a golf car, the dealer keeps your driving license as security. They will return it later with a bike
  • We haven't visited the underwater museum. If it's a part of your itinerary, plan your time accordingly.
  • It's recommended to check the weather before visiting the island
Thanks for reading. Happy traveling!!! 👋
Statistics - 
Started from - Cancun
∑ Travel time - 20-30 min
∑ Miles drove - 3
∑ Miles walked - Not much
∑ Time spent - 2 hrs

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