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OVERVIEW

Isla Mujeres Cancun is a secluded island paradise that offers unmatched beauty and charm. Just 7 kilometers away from Cancun across the turquoise waters of the channel, the perfect spot for a wonderful vacation. Almost 700 meters in the wider part and 7.5 kilometer long, your Isla Mujeres vacations will be synonymous of an unforgettable adventure starting at the main village dock and its colorful motorboats anchored among the harbor.

Easy to locate, easy to get to. By car Isla Mujeres Mexico is just 50 minutes north of Cancun Airport and by express ferry 20 minutes from Cancun-Puerto Juarez with departures every 30 minutes between 5am and midnight on board modern sun deck & air conditioned fast boats.

Founded as Pueblo de Dolores in August 17, 1850, Isla Mujeres Mexico, was named by Spanish Conqueror Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba on 1517 after finding several female figures close to a small archeological site which was a temple dedicated to Ixchel, Goddess of love, fertility and the moon. For approximately the next 300 years, it was a pirate refugee. Another Spaniard, Fermin de Mundaca was the most famous (1858) who built the majestic Hacienda in the heart of the island. Isla Mujeres Cancun was abandoned through the following decades and left a few fishermen and their families. All together, they founded a picturesque village which has been transforming into one of the top kept secrets in the Mexican Caribbean.

Today, Playa Norte Isla Mujeres is a favorite destination for nature lovers and for all those hiding from stress. Locals are very friendly and the Ixchel Isla Mujeres condos offer close access for you to go most if you like deep sea fishing thru the Caribbean Sea, talking about baseball and other popular sports with the locals, snorkeling in El Farito reef or El Garrafon park, scuba dive thru the cave of the sleeping sharks or the Manchones why not, laughing while having a beer and watching sunsets which are perfect over the blues and greens of the water and the mainland site across the sea channel. All these activities make Isla Mujeres perfect for weddings or just a fun getaway.

An Isla Mujeres Mexico vacation is more laid-back and relaxed than Cancun, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do. It just means you can do nothing at all or fill your days with exciting activities and variety of all types of restaurants and fondas (Mexican coffee shops) as well. Isla Mujeres is for vacationing in a small island with activities for all ages. Beautiful white sand beaches where you can enjoy nature land activities. Crystal clear sea admiring the diverse marine life, sailing and swimming with Dolphins. North Beach (Playa Norte) Isla Mujeres is a great place for relaxing, and the entire island has something for everyone in a great and serene tropical ambiance. Located away from hustle and stress, you can explore the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean. Mixed culture along local Mayan heritage, navigator past & fishermen legacy of more than 150 years ready to be rediscovered exploring the entire island by renting a bike, moped or golf cart. You can visit the Turtle Protection Center and see precious sea turtles, take time to see Hacienda Mundaca, have a delicious coconut ice cream, a spicy shrimp ceviche with a freezing beer, a cheese & wine picnic, a relaxing massage and of course, shop!

Beautiful playa norte (north beach) is full of exciting activities and home of the luxurious and convenient Ixchel Isla Mujeres condos. If you are looking for a north beach Isla Mujeres getaway convenient to all the island has to offer, look no further than this amazing retreat. With lavish accommodations and exceptional service, you will never want to leave. Ideal for families, honeymooners or even for a lavish Isla Mujeres wedding, the Ixchel Beach Hotel experience will make your vacation unforgettable. Our luxurious condo property offers service that is unparalleled from other Isla Mujeres resorts.

So, please stop your activity, close your eyes and take a few minutes to think about what we have for you on an Isla Mujeres wedding or vacation… sun, sea, sand, soñar, people, emotions, chuhuk, market, respect, hunkul, food, smiles, drinks, arroz y frijoles, stars, beauty, grill, chiles “réyenos”, joy, tradition, life, kaan, moon, margaritas, water, chill, seasons, beach, pizza, wind, tabal, fun, romance, paradise, agua de horchata, boats, colors, amtan, privacy, cerveza, peace, balchahal, fantasy, happiness, despertar, community, mariscos, culture, simplicity, unique, fiesta, bakix, freshness, sky, fruit, lima y limón, hammocks, music, koy, tequila, hospitality, friends, disfrutar, world, palms, rain, love, cochinita pibil, flowers, breeze, mañana, wine, souls, hun, pasta, pleasantness, nature, magic, kanay, wellbeing and more!

You found some words in Maya & in Spanish. Come to Isla Mujeres Mexico and look for their meaning. Stop what you are doing, take a break and make a wise decision by visiting our beloved paradise…!!!

ADVENTURE SCUBA DIVING

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Adventure Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Isla Mujeres was made famous in the 1970’s with the documentary about “the Sleeping Shark Caves” filmed by Jacques Cousteau and Ramón Bravo. You will love Scuba Diving Isla Mujeres for its diving variety. The clear turquoise waters surrounding Isla Mujeres offer an exciting dive for the beginner as well for the most advanced diver. Scuba Diving Isla Mujeres trips takes a little more planning and lots of dive shops around Isla Mujeres colorful downtown can help you find the plan that best suits your skills, time and budget. Because of the close proximity of the Manchones reef, the gentle current and our strict safety guidelines, Scuba Diving Isla Mujeres is becoming very popular for families who want to scuba dive together.

Many of the locations around the island are at a depth of only 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 m) with an average water temperature of 78 to 82 degrees (26 to 28 °C). The unique and extraordinary variety of terrain, plant and sea life is attractive to all diving levels. Isla Mujeres Scuba Diving visibility is exceptional, normally 80 to 100 feet (25 a 30 m). Isla Mujeres Scuba Diving feature over 50 local dive sites and most can be reached in less than 25 minutes. Among the most popular are those previously mentioned (Manchones reef with its Bay Cross “Cruz de la Bahía” and the Sleeping Shark Caves), the Navy Boat Shipwreck, the Bandera reef, Media Luna, Punta Negra and Punta Sur. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

DEEP SEA FISHING ISLA MUJERES

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Deep Sea Fishing

It's wonderful along and around Isla Mujeres. As “Isla” is a fishing village where you can arrange any kind of Deep sea fishing in Isla Mujeres at your convenience. You have plenty of alternatives. Take a journey into the open waters of the Caribbean to go Deep sea fishing in Isla Mujeres. Take a colorful charter boat for a few hours a day or a tour on a private yacht.

You’ll find barracuda, grouper, red snapper and others year round and from April to August you have mahi-mahi, wahoo and tuna mostly. Enjoy the catch of the day among the legends and stories of those happy captains of enchanted Isla Mujeres. For those competitive spirits, there are several international fishing tournaments held yearly. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES PARADISE WEDDING

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Paradise Wedding

If you have found the love of your life and the dress of your dreams, Isla Mujeres weddings is the perfect paradise. Don’t spend the most blissful time of your life planning where to go to get married. Isla Mujeres weddings offers a romantic and tropical destination. Get married barefoot in the sand below an elegant flowered gazebo. A special occasion, an intimate space and a charming picturesque ambiance.

Isla Mujeres weddings is perfect for a dream wedding because it will be forwarded by an unforgettable honeymoon, whether you would like to be active exploring the Yucatan Peninsula or relaxing in the sun and each other’s arms. You’ll have a memorable wedding day as professionals will take care about all single details to make magic happen no matter what your dreams or budget may be. Very important, keep in mind that Isla Mujeres weddings performed in Mexico are legally recognized. Our Wedding Planner is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARK SWIMMING

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Whale Shark Swimming

Once you’re in Isla Mujeres you can easily find a tour guide to find the spot where the whale sharks are feeding. After about an hour of motoring, you will find yourselves in the middle of the ocean with barley land in sight and with three, four or more spreader whale sharks slowly swimming.

Description?

The whale shark, locally known as “Dominos”, is the biggest shark and the biggest fish. It is not a whale. It has a huge mouth which can be up to four feet (1.4 m) wide. Its mouth is at the very front of its head. It has a wide, flat head, a rounded snout, small eyes, and five very large gill slits, two dorsal fins on its back and two pectoral fins on its sides. The spiracle is located just behind the shark's eye. Its tail has a top fin much larger than the lower fin. The whale shark has distinctive light-yellow markings (random stripes and dots) on its very thick dark gray skin. Its skin is up to 4 inches (10 cm) thick. There are three prominent ridges running along each side of the shark's body. This enormous shark is a filter feeder and sieves enormous amounts of plankton to eat through its gills as it swims.

The size?

The whale shark is up to 46 feet (14 m), weighing up to 15 tons with an average size of 25 (7.6 m) feet long. It is the largest fish in the world and females are larger than males like most sharks.

The teeth?

Whale sharks have about 3,000 very tiny teeth but they are of little use. Whale sharks are filter feeders who sieve their tiny food through their large gills.

The diet?

This fish is a filter feeder that sieves small animals from the water. As it swims with its mouth open, it sucks masses of water filled with prey into its mouth and through spongy tissue between its five large gill arches. After closing its mouth, the shark uses gills rake’s that filter the nourishment from the water. Anything that doesn't pass through the gills is eaten. Gill rakes are bristly structures (the thousands of bristles are about four inches long) in the shark's mouth that trap the small organisms which the shark then swallows. The water is expelled through the shark’s five pairs of gill slits. The prey includes plankton, krill, small fish and squid. The shark can process over 1,500 gallons (6,000 liters) of water each hour.

The social group?

Whale sharks are solitary creatures. Groups of whale sharks have only rarely been seen.

Habitat?

Whale sharks live in warm waters and spend most of their time near the surface.

Distribution?

Whale sharks are found worldwide in the warm oceans from the equator to more/less about 30/40° latitude. They are not found in the Mediterranean Sea.

Reproduction?

Whale sharks are viviparous, giving birth to live young. Newborns are over 2 feet (60 cm) long and are sexually mature at 30 years old. This is the age at which they are able to mate and reproduce.

Attacks?

Whale sharks are harmless to people and indifferent to divers.

Life span?

It has been estimated that may live from a 100 to 150 years.

Other general data?

The whale shark is a docile fish who will not attack, even on provocation. Despite their impressive appearance, they are harmless to humans. They are mainly solitary in nature, they roam widely and are often difficult to find. The expedition from Isla Mujeres is an exceptional adventure. Being in the presence of these great creatures is a special privilege. Please look, take pictures, enjoy but as with many of the wonders of the ocean, please do not touch them or harass them in any way! For several years now, whale sharks have been coming to the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula to feed and mate during the months of May through October. Tourism based on whale shark watching has increased dramatically in the last few years and Government agencies have taken steps to protect these magnificent animals so that the species will not be harmed and so they will continue to return to Isla Mujeres area. For that reason there are strict rules against scuba equipment being used to view them in the area. Local guides have been trained to give tours that are as safe for the whale sharks as they are for their human visitors. Ask around at the docks or downtown Isla Mujeres for someone to take you to the whale sharks and be prepared to spend about five to six hours on the water with all that entails. Most tour guides will provide drinks and sandwiches. Of course, don’t forget to bring a hat and a sunscreen! Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES GARRAFON NATURE PARK

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Garrafon Nature Park

Worldwide known and one of the best Isla Mujeres attractions. The park is ideally located in the south point of Isla Mujeres. Garrafon is part of the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest reef in the world and it is one of the park attractions but not the only one. The park offers beauties and fascinating adventures in and out of the water.

Thrill to a wonderful snorkeling adventure at the Garrafon Reef and one of the most stunning in the Caribbean. Kayak rides, scuba diving underwater strolls, snuba exploring, zip line flights and bungee jump are just a few of the great activities you will enjoy in this exotic paradise. Around the club house you’ll find a great pool, palapas, lounge chairs and hammocks, all with a wonderful view of Punta Cancun. Garrafon takes its name from the cliff there and which is one of the highest points in the peninsula. Park is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Prices may vary according to the program and activities you would like to experience. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you. 

ISLA MUJERES DOLPHIN DISCOVERY AQUATIC PARK

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Dolphin Discovery Aquatic Park

A world class dolphinarium that invites you to live the experience of a lifetime. Available only for those who know how to swim. In this aquatic park dolphins are in their own habitat, the warm transparent turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. The park is conveniently located in the west side of the island called “Sac Bajo”. While staying in the island takes just a five minute taxi drive from downtown Isla Mujeres. Be a part of this natural, unforgettable and interactive experience.

Swimming with dolphins is almost everything you’ve imagined and more a chance to encounter these highly intelligent and friendly marine mammals which will fascinate, surprise and amaze you. Everyone will delight in this incredible experience listening to the dolphins sing, watching them “tail walk” and even hugging or kissing these loving creatures. Park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Prices may vary according to the program you would like to experience. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES HACIENDA MUNDACA

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Hacienda Mundaca

On the way to Garrafon cliff and located right by the side of Playa Lancheros and Playa Paraiso in the central part of Isla Mujeres, Hacienda Mundaca is a plantation house built by a 19th century Spanish pirate and famous swashbuckler named Fermin Mundaca de Marechega. Formerly called “Hacienda Vista Alegre”, history and legends tells how Mundaca found here a safe place to live with a native girl called “la Trigueña”. After years of plundering the Caribbean Sea, fighting against the powerful British navy and trading slaves, Mundaca found love in this peaceful place. He retired and designed the once grand mansion with engraved stones, exotic flowered gardens, orchard, cattle and all necessary goods to enjoy each other.

You may see Mundaca’s gravestone in the island’s Municipal Graveyard where under skull and cross-bones reads “As you are, I was. As I am, you will be”. Hacienda Mundaca is the place where the cultural heritage of Isla Mujeres was raised. Every single islander knows about them and for sure this is why Isla Mujeres is such a romantic place to share and enjoy with those you love. Every marriage in this paradise will positively be influenced by the love and passion that Mundaca showed to “la Trigueña”. At a minimum fee the park is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES IXCHEL TEMPLE SCULPTURAL WALKWAY

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Temple Sculptural Walkway

Occupying the south tip of Isla Mujeres are two related structures; a Caribbean village with its lighthouse overlooking the vestiges of the Mayan temple of Ixchel, the goddess of love, fertility and the moon and that signaled Mayan sailors and settlements as far away as Cozumel hundreds of years ago. Ruin was partially destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 but still warrant a visit. Walk through a singular sculptural garden where you can enjoy art and wonderful views of the Caribbean Sea.

If you are there early morning you’ll be able to brag that you are the first one in Mexico to have seen the sunrise as is the part of Mexico the farthest to the east. While you’re crossing this beautiful site carved out from the Garrafon cliff, you’re sharing the place with the iguanas, the freshness of the wind and the magical sounds of the crashing waves. This might be your favorite spot of the island where you can relax having drinks and snacks. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES OUTDOOR SPORTS

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports

Isla Mujeres Bike?

If your idea of a satisfying few hours on two wheels is to get out through a tropical paradise, its nature and its great scenery, Isla Mujeres is the right place and where you’ll find what you’re looking for. Riding a bike on a peaceful flat surface is easy and enjoying the variety of stops is more than fun. All main spots of the island like downtown streets, the various parks and the picturesque neighborhoods are just there and you’ll find them safely.

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports - Golf

Isla Mujeres Golf?

Right in the other side of Isla Mujeres channel, five minutes away from Puerto Juarez dock and facing beautiful Playa Norte is one of the newest courses designed by the famous player Greg Norman. It’s outstanding and exclusive because of its majestic and contrasting sceneries complemented by extensive natural vegetation. Also, you may find other excellent alternative golf courses nearby Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports - Kayak

Isla Mujeres Kayak?

This is the water and easy adventure sport you’re looking for. Kayaks are available in any park like Garrafon and Dolphin Discovery or at your convenience just show up at Playa Norte, ask for “Felipez” to refresh after a sweaty day and he’ll take you to an unforgettable ride.

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports - Snorkel

Isla Mujeres Snorkel?

Also very popular at any park where you’ll find abundant sites. Just bring your gear or rent it at the parks or at any store around downtown and just go snorkeling among the hundreds of fish that inhabit the coral reefs.

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports - Tennis

Isla Mujeres Tennis?

Available at the public court or in a private racquet club where also the service of instructors is offered. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Outdoor Sports - Jog

Isla Mujeres Jog?

One of the visitor’s favorite activities. While jogging you’ll discover the beauty and simplicity of an islander lifestyle

EXPLORE ISLA MUJERES ISLAND, ISLA CONTOY AND HOLBOX

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Isla Contoy and Holbox

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres measures almost 700 meters in the wider part and just a little bit more than seven kilometers long. It’s a wonderful island to explore by your own. Rent a golf cart or a moped in one of the many rentals around the pier and downtown streets. Isla Mujeres is a safe and peaceful community. Cruise around the island and enjoy its relax ambience while visiting the variety of tourist and local attractions including the island’s downtown neighborhoods with all kinds of souvenirs such as beachwear, t-shirts and handcrafts made of wood, ceramic and conch shells, the other top-notch hotels with their beach clubs and amazing views of the Caribbean Sea, the beautiful nature and aquatic parks, the highest cliff in the Yucatan Peninsula, the all-around talc sand beaches, the Mayan temple of Ixchel and its sculptural walkway and the interesting site of the Turtle Hatchery, home of hundreds of carey, green and other sea turtles from infants to adults. Come and see, feed some and learn more about its incredible migrating adventure around the world. At a minimum donation fee the hatchery is open daily. As for the cuisine, the restaurants serve international and local fare. At night, in the bars and nightclubs you’ll enjoy reggae, Afro-Caribbean music and some American and Mexican favorites until the wee hours of the morning.

Contoy & Holbox

There are other islands in the state. Quintana Roo is highly known by their islands. Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres are the most remarkable ones. However, these two other islands are more than worthy to visit.

Contoy 

is a virgin island about 45 minutes from Isla Mujeres. The only possibility to get there is by boat. It’s a natural federally-protected nature reserve were you’ll find a wide variety of marine life as well as different species of birds. A tour is recommended and it may include beverages and box lunch. If you’re interested in a local specialty, a “tikinchic” fish can be grilled rustically on the beach. This full-day excursion also includes fishing and snorkeling. With a federal permit you can plan “camping” in the sea shore.

Holbox

is located three hours from Isla Mujeres by boat or two and a half by car from Puerto Juarez. There you’ll find a replica of Isla Mujeres about 40 years ago and small ecological charming hotels to stay. Also famous for its local taste, friendly people, sandy streets, lobster pizza and mainly for the whale shark tour. If you decide to hop around from one magical island to another magical island you’ll find that each has a unique and laid back ambience to enjoy. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES MAYAN HISTORY

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Mayan History

Touring around the Mayan World in the state of Quintana Roo is easy. From Isla Mujeres you can take a ferry that goes to Puerto Juarez where you can visit “El Meco” ruins or the ferry that will takes you to Cancun where you can visit El Rey ruins, both ancient Mayan cities. There you’ll see the remains of various structures, plazas, roads and murals.

Next, take the road to Xel-Ha located 76 miles (122 km) south from Cancun where you can visit the ruins of an ancient Mayan ceremonial center.

The last stop for a day trip would be Tulum moving for just another 8 miles (13 km) south. This is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Among its most important structures are The Castle “El Castillo”, the Temple of the Frescoes “El Templo de los Frescos” and the Temple of the Descending God “El Templo del Dios Descendente”. In this magical site, you must swim in the turquoise sea waters with the skyline of the ancient city at the hill top.

If interested in other sites like Coba, Kohunlich and Kantunilkin within the state of Quintana Roo, an extended tour of two to three days is recommended. Something alike will work out for the archaeological sites in the neighbor state of Yucatan. Chichen Itza, recently named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is suitable for an unforgettable one day tour.

Other places such as Uxmal, Kabah and Ek-Balam are also recommended for extended tours including the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid. Our Concierge is more than happy to assist you.

ISLA MUJERES SUNSET LOVER

Ixchel Beach Hotel - Sunset
Ixchel Beach Hotel - Sunset

After a long day of adventure, exploring and touring, you’ll need to relax and enjoy a wonderful sunset from Playa Norte.

Imagine selecting the drink of your choice, having a glass of wine or a cold beer and sitting on the white powdered beach with your loved one. That will be the best and most romantic experience of a life time.