How to Spend 4 Days on Isla Mujeres

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  • Mexico

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • International Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Solo Travel

  • Island-Life

  • Relaxing

  • Local Culture

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Time passes slowly in the Caribbean and Isla Mujeres is no different. Detached from the vibrant party scene of Cancun, Isla Mujeres boasts endless sandy beaches, top-notch cuisine and a super relaxed vibe that will make you want to return. Isla Mujeres caters easily to every kind of traveler - from the adventurer eager to snorkel and do other water activities to the beach bum happy to catch some rays and swim in crystal clear waters. The island is small and super charming, allowing you to explore at a leisurely pace without feeling like you’ve missed out on major landmarks.

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Where to stay

Izla Hotel

Luxe oceanfront hotel with a restaurant and pool on Isla Mujeres.

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

One of the most sought-after and luxurious all-inclusive, boutique resorts in Mexico home of the famed Casa Rolandi restaurant located on the exclusive Sac Bjo peninsula of the island of Isla Mujeres.

Hotel Secreto

Design-forward beachfront hotel with stylish suites and an outdoor pool on Isla Mujeres.

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Day 1: Arrive in Mexico

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Once you arrive and navigate the whirlwind of Cancun’s airport, meet your shuttle or private driver for the transfer to Ultramar Puerto Juarez Ferry Terminal. Boats come every half hour from 5am to 9:30pm, and the crossing only takes about 15-20 minutes. I highly recommend that you sit up top and take in the gorgeous views as you’re ferried to Isla Mujeres. On the island, the best method of transportation is golf carts and that should be your first stop. I recommend renting from Joaquin’s or Pelicano’s. Golf cart in hand, head on out to your hotel to unwind from all the stress of travel.

Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to catch the sunset on the beach over dinner or a drink. But even if you arrive after dark, this is the time to kick back, relax and enjoy the dreamy island life that will be your home for the next several days.

Day 2: Visit the MUSA Underwater Sculpture Museum

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Start your day off with breakfast at your hotel and spend some time on a sandy beach before your first adventure because if you’ve ever thought of snorkeling, this would be the place to do it!

With tours departing from both Cancun and Isla Mujeres, MUSA Underwater Sculpture Museum is unique and the largest underwater museum on the planet. This small group, 4-hour tour will allow you to snorkel amongst reefs and statues, but be sure to take some anti-nausea medication before boarding the boat because the waves can get a little rough.

Once back on land, return to your hotel to freshen up and head out to Centro to explore the local cuisine.

Day 3: Relaxing day with a massge

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A weekend in paradise isn’t complete without a massage. Put away some relaxation time at the hotel spa and have a light lunch before another day on the water.

Check out Dolphin Discovery for some true quality time swimming with dolphins. These tours will also give you access to their facilities including the swimming pool, lounge chairs, open bar and buffet. Definitely worth checking out! And if that wasn’t enough cute marine animal encounters for one day, Dolphin Discovery also offers manatee encounter tours.

Take the rest of the day to explore shopping and dining in Centro. This is also a good opportunity to check out the famed Playa Norte, or if you’d prefer something a little quieter head over to Punta Sur where you can walk the trails and see some Mayan ruins and a sculpture garden.

Day 4: Final beach day and head home

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After breakfast, get your last-minute souvenir shopping out of the way before heading over to the ferry terminal and saying goodbye to Isla Mujeres. If you have some time before your flight, I’d definitely recommend getting some extra time on the beach prior to heading to Cancun. A driver will meet you once again at the ferry terminal to return you to the airport.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have your final drink at the airport and start making plans to return.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide to Saint Martin: European Flavors & Beach Relaxation in Saint Martin.

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