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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres
We visited Isla Mujeres (translated into Women Island). Isla Mujeres was named by Spanish conquerors when they discovered the island and its many clay figurines of females’ centuries ago.  It has never crossed our mind to visit the island until we arrived at Cancun and our taxi driver who had picked us up from the airport suggested that we must visit the Island and that we are staying right across from the Island.  After hearing all the great things our taxi driver had to say about the Island we decided to take a day trip and put it on our itinerary.

The day of our trip to the island we decided to take a freight ferry at Punta Sam ferry terminal five minutes walks from our hotel to the port.  It is a slower ferry that will take about 45 minutes to get to the Island.  There are other ferry terminals that are about 13 miles from the hotel.  The boat ride takes you across for around 20 minutes from Puerto Juarez in Cancun to the main dock on the island.  But we’ve decided to just stay with the freight ferry since we’re in no such hurry. 

On the ferry, we get a chance to hang out on the side of the ferry and enjoyed the ocean view as the boat slowly skipped across the sea.  This island is an idyllic spot in the Caribbean, the weather is wonderful and the view is stunning.  As a matter of fact, the background image of my blog is a photo I have taken while on the ferry.  The moment the ferry comes into dock, and as soon as we got off the boat we encounter a wild iguana and was unexpected, as wild iguana seems to be scattered all over the island.  As we walked down the main street we were greeted with warmth from the locals.

We have already planned to rent a golf cart so we can explore the attractions this five-mile-long island has to offer.  Other people choose either to walk around or rent a bicycle. Since this was our first time to the island we want to explore it with the golf cart and we were so glad we did.  It was the best decision we had made to explore the life of the island, which seems to remain peaceful and slow-paced. 

Taking the golf cart south of downtown we certainly see bountiful nature surrounding the island.  Here lies the Garrafon National Park amidst the archaeological ruin of the Temple of the Goddess Ixchel.  There was stunning ocean scenery full of coral reefs that teeming with friendly marine life ideal for snorkeling.  At the very tip of the south end of the island, there are perfect panoramic cliff views of the turquoise crystal clear ocean.

There are several hotels, shops, restaurants, and bars operating on the island. Did I also mention the gorgeous beaches? Isla Mujeres best beaches are on the northernmost tip of the island near the downtown area.  The warm pristine sea is very calm great to soak in the sun and even snorkel. There are so many things to do on the island. If we have an opportunity to spend more time there we would consider Turtle Protection Center, where they help preserve endangered species and visit the Dolphin discovery. Obviously, there are plenty to see and do on the island. 

Once we explored the island it really was one thing left to do and that was to catch the boat back to our hotel.  We literally spent the whole day on the golf cart with a pit stop here and there and it took us to the late afternoon and we decided we’ve done all we can on the golf cart and we must return the next day and enjoy the pristine beaches on the northern part of the island near downtown.  The next day we did exactly just that.  It was the most memorable moment of our vacation experience.  We will be back!

Enjoy a short video of us on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres doing a little bit of snorkeling.

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