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Isla Mujeres Today

Mexico's little hidden gem, Isla Mujeres is a unique little island only a 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun. It maintains it's authentic Mexican heritage while being the perfect hostess to visitors to the island.

The “Centro” area is filled with acclaimed restaurants. You could live here for a month and not sample all the excellent food on the island. The island is not overly crowded with bars and clubs but if you feel like a night on the town there are plenty of options.

As you would imagine, Isla Mujeres attracts those interested in the outdoor life. As well as diving, the waters around the island attract fishermen and sailors. Whale shark season is one of the busiest times of year on the island as visitors flock to see up to 150 of these giant fish in one day. Locals and visitors alike are concerned with the protection of the island and ecotourism is an important part of life here. The government funded Turtle Farm is a place where baby turtles are looked after until they are ready to be released into the ocean. Schoolchildren and tourists take part in this release which happens each year in late summer.

Historically, Isla Mujeres is an important island in the Mayan culture. El Meco is a Mayan ruin situated in the Mayan archaeological zone. Hacienda Mundaca is a glorious plantation house built by the 19th Century Swashbuckler Fermin Mundaca.

Isla encourages creativity and is a haven for artists and musicians from Mexico and around the world. There is always live music around, whether it be in a bar or on the streets. Punta Sur – the southern point of the island where you can witness both sunrise and sunset is an area of natural beauty where you can see a collection of modern sculptures by artists from around the world.

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