Isla Mujeres

 
 


Isla Mujeres (Isle of the Women) is a small island, about half an hour by ferry from Cancún, but the experience is completely different.  While Cancún is known for resort hotels, beaches and nightclubs, Isla Mujeres has a laid-back, “hippy” feel.

The ferries land at a small town on the North end of the island, with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.  The town is small enough to explore on foot.  There are also several shops that rent golf carts, a very practical way to get around the island. 
The island has great beaches and snorkeling, some small Mayan ruins, and a 19th century structure that’s said to be a pirate fortress. 

One of the most unusual attractions is a turtle hatchery and sanctuary founded by local fishermen, where you can see tanks of turtles at various stages of development.  Turtles are released en masse to the sea when they are fully mature, and if you’re lucky enough to be there at the time, you can watch a turtle release.


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