Long before tourists arrived on Isla Mujeres, it was a sacred site for the Mayan people. In fact, it was never used for Mayan settlements, but rather considered a sanctuary where a temple was built to honor the Mayan goddess, Ixchel.
With relatively close proximity to the Yucatan Peninsulamainland, the Mayan found it convenient to mine the salt found in the interior lagoons, and they used that salt as currency, as well as for food preservation.
The island is easily reached by ferry boats from Cancun, so it's a very popular activity for Cancun day trippers as well as for those looking for a quiet place to relax in the sun.
Travelers to this pleasant island come to see the sights, which include North Beach, one of the best in the Caribbean; the sea turtle rehabilitation center; Garafon Beach Park, and the charming shops and restaurants in the downtown area.
With relatively close proximity to the Yucatan Peninsula mainland, the Mayan found it convenient to mine the salt found in the interior lagoons, and they used that salt as currency, as well as for food preservation.
An outdoor bar stool, Isla Mujeres.
A classic wooden mask (for sale) on Isla Mujeres
From a restaurant patio on Isla Mujeres, you can see the resort city of Cancun, 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) in the distance.
Isla Mujeres is easily reached by ferry boats from Cancun, so it's a very popular activity for Cancun day trippers as well as for those looking for a quiet place to relax in the sun.
This is an early morning view of a Isla Mujeres beach; the sand is soft and the turquoise waters are warm.
In the colorful city center, streets are often crowded with scooters and golf carts. Note that a golf cart (rented at most hotels) is the absolute best way to get around the island.
To say that Isla Mujeres is a laid-back destination would be a gross understatement, as life moves at a slower pace here.
Bright colors are common across the island, and this little cafe is a great example.
Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, and they're for sale is many local shops.
Garrafon Reef Park on Isla Mujeres is home to the Punta Sur Sculpture Garden. Famous sculptors such as Jose Luis Cuevas used modern shapes and bright hues to interpret the legendary spirit of the Mayan civilization, and it's a great spot for those who crave culture and creativity. That's Cancun in the background,
Cemeteries across Mexico are colorful, and this unnamed one on Isla Mujeres is no exception.
The Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm is a government sponsored hatchery for endangered sea turtles. The turtles come to Isla Mujeres beaches in the summer to lay their eggs and the Turtle Farm collects their eggs for their 60 day incubation period. You can visit the Turtle farm year round to see turtles (young and old) in tanks as well as other marine life.
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