5 top attractions in Isla Mujeres and the best restaurants

Isla Mujeres, Mexico is a little, beautiful, sleepy little island placed off the coast of Cancun. Its clear blue water, amazing coral reefs, sun yellow sand beaches, calmly moving palm trees, migrating whale sharks, Mayan ruins, and giant iguanas that walk over your view sometimes when you’re not looking make it one of the best destinations in the Riviera Maya.

The Garrafon Reef Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Its all-inclusive packages include a buffet lunch and an open bar. Not only do they feature zip lines over the clear aquamarine waters, you can rent kayaks, snorkel equipment, life jackets and they have plenty of hammocks to lounge on as well as relax in their infinity pool. Admission includes bathrooms, lockers, showers and entrance to the Sculpture Garden and Punta Sur.

Mesmerizing views and a warm atmosphere that invite you to relax are the main marks of excellence of this elegant boutique hotel. With a helpful and courteous staff; Casa de los Suenos will completely fulfill every need and wish that you have. Read more details on Hotel Isla Mujeres.

Mercado Municipal: A visit to Mercado Municipal in Centro is a must on your list of things to do in Isla Mujeres. Not only can you soak up the local atmosphere, but the authentic food is cheap and very delicious. For as little as a few dollars, you can enjoy the best fish tacos and empanadas on the island. It does close early afternoon so time your visit for lunchtime. Go On a Shopping Spree: Shopping for authentic souvenirs and clothing is one of the top things to do in Mexico as a whole. There are the usual Mexican souvenir shops in Isla Mujeres but if you’re after Tequila or Mezcal, folk art, silver jewellery, hammocks and Mexican ceramics there are certain shops that you should check out. Some of the best shopping can be found along Avenida Rueda Medina, but don’t miss: There are works of art, jewellery, clothing and book stalls with a selection of local food vendors offering Mexican cuisine.

You will realize once you step off the ferry, just how small Isla Mujeres really is. In fact, the only way to get around the island is by golf cart! Sure, there are plenty of beaches and shops within walking distance of the ferry dock, however, renting a golf cart for the day allows you to drive around the whole island in a short amount of time, and get you from point A to point B, much faster. There are quite a few different golf cart shops around the island for you to choose from, that are all affordable and convenient. One of the top-rated shops is Isla Mujeres Golf Cart Rentals. Here’s what one visitor had to say about her experience with this particular shop: “This is the ONLY company you should be renting with on Isla! Alex is the absolute best! Our golf cart stalled in the middle of a downpour and he personally came to get us, drove us to grab dinner and then followed up when our cart was ready. Completely unexpected and exceeded our expectations 100%. Thanks, Alex and the crew at Pepe’s, we will be back!!!” – Nikki

Surround yourself with romance in a magical sunset. Share the fiercest colors of the day with your sweetheart, and experience the taste of love in a private gourmet dinner. Read extra details at Restaurant Isla Mujeres.

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