"THE PERFECT DAY ON ISLA MUJERES" Top 5 Page for this destination Isla Mujeres by LoriPori

Isla Mujeres Travel Guide: 220 reviews and 599 photos


Spanish for "ISLAND OF WOMEN" , the
picturesque fishing village of Isla Mujeres is a tropical paradise just a short, 15-minute ferry ride from Cancun.
The origin of the island's name is uncertain. A popular theory is that it was once a site of pilgrammage for Mayan women who came to make offerings to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. Another theory is that this island was a place for 17th century pirates, to safely stow their women before heading out to the high seas.
More likely, the name comes from the ceramic statues of women left as a tribute to Ixchel, that the Spaniards found when they first arrived on the island in 1517.
Whatever the reason, Hans and I found the island a thoroughly charming and relaxing atmosphere. Playa Norte, the northern part of the island was filled with fishermen's boats and their nets spread out to dry in the sun. Since it was a Sunday, local families were out enjoying the day on Isla Mujeres.
So come along with us, and we will show you this little piece of paradise.
The photo is of Lori on the Carrousel, located on the northeast beach of the island, where there is a small run-down carnival area.

Here is Hansi fulfilling his childhood dream of riding on a mighty painted horse on a carrousel.

In this photo, the "Bellamar" rests on the golden sand of the beach on Isla Mujeres.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Absolutely loved it here
  • Cons:Would like to see the southern part next time
  • Last visit to Isla Mujeres: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 12, 2005
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Island of Women? Sounds like a place I'd love to go! Thanks for the great page and photos.

  • Jan 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Don't rent from joaquin scooter rentals scooters badly maintained my husband had an accident has broken collarbone and hemothorax(blood in chest cavity) plus he makes you pay for minor scrathes on scooter does not care about anyones life.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Golf Carts in Isla Mujeres are the best way to go asround and you are right - SUNDAY FAMILY DAY was a good Thing to Do! The twins had so much fun! Norman :)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    This island of women must be a tropical paradise for men, ha-ha! Thanks Lori for sharing!

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    i'd like to go there one day!!!

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Hi Lori, my sister (Mazzap) is on holiday in Mexico at the moment and came here on a day trip. She loved it.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    I've heard of Isla Mujeres, but never knew anything about it. Thanks for the pictures and tips.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2007 at 11:50 PM

    This is a very special place indeed, with everything designed for the pleasure of visitors! You obviously had a great time!

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Mexico is on the top of my wish list. I should also add Isla Mujeres to the list of places to visit there. Wonderful pictures of this lovely island, Lori.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 4:27 PM

    Lori, it sounds like you and Hans had a great time out on Mujeres!! Great tips on this very relaxing little island. Yes, it does make a nice change from Cancun!


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