Isla Mujeres is the name of a small island, as well as the town on that island, a short distance off the coast of the north east of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. Isla Mujeres is one of the eight municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. In Pre-Columbian times the island was sacred to the Maya Moon Goddess, Ix Chel. When the Spanish arrived here in the 16th century they named it "Isla Mujeres" meaning "Island of Women" because of the many idols of the Moon Goddess here. Since the 1970s there has been substantial development for tourism here. Ferry boats run every half hour during daylight between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez or Puerto Cancun on the mainland.
Isla Mujeres is famous for its dolphin program called Dolphin Discovery. This program allows people to come up close and personal with dolphins. People are also given the chance to swim with them as well. Dolphin Discovery in Cancún/Isla Mujeres is one of 8 locations in the world. About seven of these programs are located in the Caribbean and the other one is located in Hawaii. In addition to the Dolphin Discovery program, Isla Mujeres is located close to one of the many coral reefs. The area is popular for its snorkeling and scuba diving.
Isla Mujeres is a small, calm. The island is colorful and natural, with both exclusive hotels and inexpensive lodgings. Isla Mujeres has interesting natural sites and is surrounded by an attractive underwater diver's paradise perfect for sea adventures.
Isla Mujeres is a privileged place with a unique natural and cultural wealth in Mexico. This beautiful island combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the dense tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Maya civilization. It stands out as one of Mexico's natural treasures, a truly delightful paradise on earth.
In addition to its beaches and the stunning natural architecture of its cliffs, Isla Mujeres has archaeological vestiges and marine parks with incredible natural reefs.
There are two kind of beaches in Isla Mujeres for your amusement, those located on the northeast with intense wind and high waves a they are mostly rocky cliffs and the beaches on the southeast are less rough than the previous ones and oppose the Isla Mujeres Bay. The most frequented and highly recommended beaches are located on the north tip of Isla Mujeres, where the shallow beaches of crystal clear waters are calm with beautiful coral reefs at short distance from the beach.
Popular Tours and Attractions in Isla Mujeres are Garrafon Eco-Park Xcaret, Islander Plus All Inclusive, Islander Plus and Jungle Tour and others. Xcaret is one of the preferred places on the Riviera Maya, both because of its archaeological monuments and its Ecological and Archaeological Park which is dedicated to disseminating the Maya and Mexican cultures in general, as well as to preserving the environment and the ecology. Numerous species of animals and plants are preserved in their natural state within the park's boundaries. So, don't forget to go to this park.