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Mayan navigators, colonizers, pirates and nature lovers have landed on Isla Mujeres beaches, looking for shelter and a simpler life.
The Maya were the first to discover this Caribbean island, turning it into the sanctuary of Ixchel, Mayan goddess of the moon, fertility and in general of the feminine forces of nature.
At the arrival of Spaniards in 1517, the conqueror Francisco Hernández de Córdoba found little statues of women and the Mayan Temple of the goddess Ixchel at Punta Sur, which gave rise to the island seductive name of Isla Mujeres ( Island of Women).
Pirate stories are the delight of islanders, who enjoy telling the adventures of those reckless sea dogs that once docked in Isla Mujeres beautiful beaches. Among them, the famous Capitan Lafitte and Mundaca The Pirate, whose hacienda can still be visited, next to Garrafon Park.
This municipality was established in 1975. Nowadays, Isla Mujeres Mexico offers to its visitors the best of two worlds: one of pure Mexican taste, hammocks, white sand beaches, palapas and fishermen, in combination with excellent services and first level infrastructure. .
Isla Mujeres Mexico
Why Isla Mujeres?
This event takes place the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and goes on until Fat Tuesday. Colorful and lively displays, procession with multicolored carriages, dancers and musicians fill the atmosphere with a sheer spirit of the Mexican fiesta.
Leave behind Cancun’s hectic life of 5 stars hotels and discos and visit Isla Mujeres, where you will find an oasis of peace, an adorable place with spectacular beauty.
Discover the simple and cheerful life of Isla Mujeres, an original Caribbean island known as the Pearl of the Mexican Caribbean!
Isla Mujeres is renowned for its unique Garrafon Natural Park, its endless North Beach and its extraordinary reefs for Snorkeling and diving; as well as breathtaking sunrises and sunsets at Punta Sur, the Sleeping Sharks Cove and endless opportunities for ecotourism.
Friends are easily found in this quaint fishermen village; where life whiles away with all the Caribbean shades of blue.
Isla Mujeres is and excellent choice to spend a day away from the stressful and hectic life of cities. So, the hardest part is leaving this paradise, where you will always want to come back.
Isla Mujeres Weather
With an average temperature of 82°F, Isla Mujeres enjoys, without a doubt, the blessings of Mother Nature all year long.
Area of Isla Mujeres
A little bit more than 7 km long and 1 km in its widest part.
The territory of Isla Mujeres district is 1,100 km 2. It includes Isla Mujeres, Isla Blanca, Isla Contoy and some continental land.
Isla Mujeres has approximately 15,000 habitants.
The main economic activity of Isla Mujeres is tourism and fishing in second place.
When to visit Isla Mujeres?
Any time of the year is great to visit the charming island of Isla Mujeres. However, in certain days the traditions, the music, the inspiration and enthusiasm of its people, make Isla Mujeres even more irresistible.
An almost 40 years old tradition, the 24 hours regatta, is an approximately 435 miles route from St. Petersburg, Florida to Isla Mujeres in the state of Quintana Roo. Come and witness the most ancient yacht event of the Mexican Republic.
- April-May / Regata de Sol a Sol
On August 17th we invite you to celebrate the founding of Isla Mujeres with displays, outdoors events, music and lots of dancing.
- August/ Isla Mujeres Anniversary
In Isla Mujeres, October 12th is celebrated as nowhere else. There aren’t any controversies, speeches, or protests. Above all, this is the celebration of a Caribbean community whose children and grown-ups take advantage of the opportunity to go out on the streets and celebrate their origins.
- October/Día de la Raza ( Columbus Day)
Día de Muertos offerings, traditional food and processions are part of this singular celebration. Admire the traditional decoration of the altars, with its sugar skulls, candles, Christian images and pictures of their late beloved.
- November/ Día de Muertos (Day of the Death)
If you are lucky to be on November 1 st at Isla Mujeres, don’t miss this particular way of understanding and celebrating death.
By the end of November until December 8 th Isla Mujeres celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Parades, bull fights and dancing are part of this religious celebration.
- December/ Festival of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
By tradition, the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres receive the first day of January in Punta Sur, the most eastern point of Mexico and the first to be touched by the rays of sun in the Mexican Republic.