Mexico Travel Guide: 6 Things To Do During A Day Trip in Isla Mujeres

Island Getaway Travel Guide: 6 Must Do Activities During A Day Trip in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Ready for an island vacation? Isla Mujeres is the perfect day trip getaway to take while you’re staying in Mexico! It’s a little less than a 30 minute ferry ride away from Cancún and has a variety of fun activities to do throughout the island.

HOW TO GET THERE

THE FERRY ULTRAMAR | $14 US one way | $19 US round trip

The docks are located at Puerto Juárez and Playa Tortugas (the Hotel Zone) and have continuous departures about every hour from 9 AM – 9 PM. Find out exact times and more info HERE.

Want to hear a funny story? Here’s a little preface to what happened to us in Isla Mujeres…

While my family and I were about to exit the airport, we were stopped by an employee who told us he could give us a good price on an excursion to Isla Mujeres. The concierge at our hotel had warned us to stay away from them, but my dad can never pass up a good deal. Long story short, we ended up booking a trip there (including 4 round trip ferry passes, a full day golf cart, 4 passes to Garrafon park and buffet lunches – all for only $100 US). We should have known it was too good to be true… what we later realized is that even though we scored a bargain, we were in for a morning full of surprise. Once we were picked up, we were taken to a hotel across town for a THREE HOUR sales presentation. Did I mention it was three hours long?! Although it was a very nice property, our salesman was very sweet and we did end up getting a free breakfast, we sat through a long sales pitch (that was only supposed to be 90 min) and were forced to say a long string of “no, thank you”s to becoming members before we could start our day on the island.

Moral of the story: AVOID anyone stopping you in the airport… UNLESS you are willing to sit through a THREE HOUR sales presentation in order to save some $$$.  

Nevertheless, we still had an amazing experience in Isla Mujeres and made the most of our time to do as much as we could! After spending the day there, here are my top 6 suggestions of must-do activities:

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1) Rent a Golf Cart

If you are spending the day or a few days on Isla Mujeres, I recommend renting a golf cart for at least one part of your trip. You’ll find that most places charge around $50 US for a full day (9 – 5 PM) or $20 US for one hour. The island is not that big, but it is definitely worth it to get a cart. It makes it way easier to explore more of the island and is way cheaper than renting a taxi! Plus, it’s a great way to briefly escape the humidity while getting a nice breeze. You’ll get to experience the island like one of the locals… and trust me, driving around is a blast!

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2)  Punta Sur Lighthouse

Mónica suggested that go here first because it is the furthest point of the island and about a 20 minute golf cart ride from the ferry terminal. Punta Sur is the furthest eastern point in Mexico, with steep cliffs and a gorgeous ocean view. At the end of the island there is a lighthouse and sculpture garden which costs about 30 pesos (or $3 US) to enter.

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3) Hit the Shops Downtown

Right when you step out of the ferry, you will find the main Downtown area of Isla Mujeres. This is where you will find golf cart rentals, restaurants and of course souvenir shopping! The streets are filled with colorful crocheted bags, handcrafted jewelry, and other bohemian inspired accessories.  Make sure to have pesos on hand – it’s usually cheaper than paying in US dollars, especially if you don’t have change.

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4) Take a Popsicle Break

After doing some shopping, my sis and I stopped for a little afternoon popsicle break at “La Paletería.” Who can resist ice cream on a hot vacation day? These popsicles were the perfect tropical treat to cool down and refresh! And the best part is that they’re only 20 pesos (a little over $1 US.)

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5) Watch the Sunset at Playa Norte

Unfortunately we had to return the golf cart after making the trip to Punta Sur and almost missed the sunset at Playa Norte! Thankfully, we made it just in time to see the sun go down and watch the sky fill with beautiful colors. It is one of the more popular beaches on the island so we decided to avoid the crowds during the day, but anyone on the island will tell you that Norte’s sunsets are a must-see.

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6) PLAN A PHOTO SHOOT!

A few months ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram Explore page and randomly stumbled upon Flytographer. Let me tell you about this service that is literally a fashion blogger’s dream: Flytographer connects you with over 350 photographers stationed all over the world (I’m talking 175+ cities, people!) From proposal to anniversary to family pictures, these photographers are ready to get behind the lens and capture your special moments. All you have to do is choose where you’re going – and from there, you can scroll through the list of all local photographers accompanied by their portfolios and profiles. I’m so happy that Mónica was able to capture these special moments with my family on the island! Isla Mujeres is one of Mónica’s favorite spots to shoot at so she knew exactly where and when to go to each location. Not only did she give us helpful tips and suggestions before and during the shoot, but she also made my family feel extremely comfortable the entire time, which says a lot especially since my parents usually hate taking photos!

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All photos taken by Mónica López from Flytographer

Have you visited Isla Mujeres before? Share your favorite activities or recommendations with me below!

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17 Comments

  1. July 11, 2016 / 9:00 am

    These photos are amazing girl! The colors and lighting – I love them! Super inspiring.

    I am dying to go to Mexico soon, and will definitely make a point to go here! Great post, love.

    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  2. July 11, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I LOVE this!! I need to check out the flytographer!

  3. July 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Ah, so beautiful! I”m ready to hop on a plane now!

  4. July 11, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I love your photos!!!!!!! Thanks for the tips :)

  5. bloomingwildandfree
    July 11, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Such a pretty trip! Thanks for the tips!

  6. July 11, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    This made me want to book a trip to Mexico! Looks so fun and your photos are beautiful.

  7. July 11, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Wow, this looks so beautiful!!! I especially love that you planned a family photo shoot…I think that’s one of the best investments you can make while on a trip! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  8. confettiandbliss
    July 12, 2016 / 12:33 am

    First I have to say how much I love Mexico! It’s my family’s second home (Puerto Vallarta). And I had to smile when you talk about your time share experience. I’m so glad you had a good breakfast and took it in stride! I love all the gorgeous images of you and your family. I can tell you had a fabulous vacation. :-)

  9. July 12, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    STUNNING photos! I can’t believe you had to sit through a 3 hour presentation — yikes! Thank you for sharing your story though, as we can all always learn from others experiences. Sounds like a great trip otherwise for you! :)

  10. July 12, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    How fun! I used to live in Southern Mexico. Your pictures look amazing!

  11. July 12, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Loved the photos! I wish I was there right now!

  12. July 12, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Your photos are amazing!! I’ve been dying to go to Mexico and this is giving me even more reason!

  13. kavyaede
    July 12, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Love love all your trip photos babe! Such a lovely family! :) I need to check out this Flytographer! It sounds amazing!

  14. Shell
    July 13, 2016 / 4:56 am

    What a lovely trip!!!!
    Theses photos are gorgeous!!!
    Xo, Shell
    Acourageousbeauty.com

  15. July 14, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    What a fun family trip! I absolutely love the idea of hiring someone local to do photos on a vacation. I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I go to Europe in September!

    Meaghan xx