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Best things to do in Isla Mujeres

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Where in the world: Mexico  /  Yucatan Peninsula  /  Quintana Roo  /  Isla Mujeres

Top 15 things to do in Isla Mujeres

1. Punta Sur

Explore the protected park of Punta Sur, encompassing reefs, beaches, lagoons, and low forests. The site also includes an ancient Mayan ruin, with folklore suggesting it once acted as a whistling building that warned of approaching hurricanes. Take a hike alongside the ocean, observing sculptures corroding in the salty spray and frigate birds riding the breeze, before enjoying a cocktail in the restaurant. Keep your eyes peeled for the iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. Playa Norte

The tropical paradise of Playa Norte occupies a scenic spot on an island once considered the sanctuary of Mayan goddess Ix Chel. Shaded by tall palm trees, the soft white sand provides enough space for playing sports or hosting a party, while the turquoise sea remains as calm as a lake. Snorkel or swim in the inviting shallow water, which teems with fish and other colorful marine creatures. Beach bars provide refreshments and rent out lounge chairs, umbrellas, and towels. Several larger eateries along the water will give you access to changing facilities with any purchase of food and drink.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Shark Diving

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Scuba & Snorkeling

Discover the exciting world of coral reefs, sunken ships, and underwater sculpture gardens on a scuba or snorkeling tour from Isla Mujeres. Pick your favorite watercraft from a vast selection of catamarans, sailing boats, speedboats, and submarines, and venture off into the marine wonderland to swim alongside whale sharks, sea turtles, and colorful fish. Various combo tours allow you to upgrade this water adventure with other thrilling activities, such as jungle trekking, cenote swimming, and boat riding through mangrove forests. You can also explore the Tulum archeological site or try out a BOB underwater scooter, depending on the tour. Though flexible, most trips are half- or full-day adventures.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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5. Dolphin & Whale Watching

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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6. Women's Beading Cooperative

Support local artisans by purchasing a detailed, colorful piece at Women's Beading Cooperative. You'll see women at work at the lively cooperative; as they chat away, feel free to chime in if you happen to know a bit of Spanish. They regularly host beading workshops; inquire about the schedule. The unique, handcrafted pieces include a tag with the name of the person who made it. U.S. dollars are accepted, but pesos will be appreciated.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Spas

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Captain Dulche's Museum

Learn the history of this island in the Mexican Caribbean at Captain Dulche's Museum, a maritime and local history museum dedicated to the founder of the island. Walk through the thoughtfully arranged museum, seeing naval tools and artifacts, scale models and photographs. Head to the projection rooms to watch video footage of divers Jacques Cousteau and Ramon Bravo exploring the marine environment surrounding the island. If inspired, pay a visit to the bar on a boat bobbing just offshore. Order the fish tacos and a cold beer, then take in the scenery from the comfort of the deck.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Fishing Charters & Tours

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. Playa El Centro

Stroll through the colorful and bustling streets of Playa El Centro, and enjoy an ice cream or cold drink as you explore the heart of Isla Mujeres. The colorful painted shops, decorated with mix-matched ceramics and full of vibrant clothing, make great photo material, so bring a camera. Stop at the plethora of ice cream stops, cafes, and restaurants, take some time to enjoy the cuisine, and take a moment's rest from the infamously busy landmark.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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Suggested duration: 2h 30 min

14. Spas, Playa Mujeres

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island

Admire the innovative use of plastic and organic waste at JOYSXEE Floating Bottle Island, created by owner Richard Sowa using more than 150,000 plastic bottles. The island floats on net bags filled with the upcycled bottles, and rests on shipping palettes. In addition to Sowa's house, the island features solar panels and a miniature garden filled with mangroves, palms, herbs, and vegetables. Admire the floating island from land or contact Sowa and take a short tour of his eccentric abode if the season is right.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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