BRIEF HISTORY AND INTRODUCTION
Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women, where time passes slowly and your dream vacation becomes a reality. Located just eight miles across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is only 5 miles long and half a mile wide at its widest point. The downtown area (Centro) of Isla is just four by six blocks. The average temperature is 80 degrees with 60% humidity and the hottest months are June thru September.
Historically, Isla Mujeres is a fishing village and though it is now thoroughly discovered by tourists it still retains it's charm and tranquil atmosphere. As you stroll the streets in the evening you will see families gathered together in Caribbean styled homes, tucked between stores and restaurants, mending their fishing nets and relaxing.
BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
For exchanging US dollars to pesos, it is best to do the exchange on the island, not at the airport, as you will get a higher rate. Check with your bank before traveling to find out if you have any additional international charges when using your ATM in Mexico. Unfortunately, there has been some fraud from the ATM machines, so if you do use your ATM card, please keep a close eye on your bank account when you return. What I always do, is change my ATM pin right when I get back to the states and that seems to prevent most fraud (I do this all the time since I am constantly going back and forth between Minnesota and the island). Otherwise, you can bring US dollars in cash and exchange it on the island. You will need your passport to exchange dollars to pesos.
The main bank on the island, HSBC, is located across the street from the ferry. You cannot exchange money here, but they have ATMs that are open 24 hours.
A new banking service has opened on the island called Banco Azteca. It is actually located at the back of the electronics and appliances store called Electrica on Av. Guerrero. Their exchange rate is a bit better than the small "cambios" but less than the ATM at HSBC.
Another place to exchange money is at CIBanco. This bank is located on Av. Rueda Medina about one block north of the ferry. Make sure you bring your passport to exchange money. There is a limit of $1500 USD per month per person.
The Doctors on Isla Mujeres are good though the medical facilities are probably not what you are use to. The Hospital Integral Isla Mujeres is located mid-island by Hacienda Mundaca and the Navy Hospital is located mid-island. The phone number for the Centro de Salud is 877-0117 and the Navy Hospital's number is 877-0001.
The Red Cross of Isla Mujeres (877-0280) is located is Colonia Gloria.
Dr. Antonio Salas is a English speaking general medicine doctor on Isla with a private practice on Av. Abasolo. Feel free to write to Dr. Salas with any of your medical questions regarding your trip to Isla Mujeres.
Cellular: 998-845-2370 / 998-845-4924.
The hospitals in Cancun offer advanced medical facilities.
*Galenia Hospital at (998) 891-5200 *Hospital Americano (998) 884-6133
*AmeriMed Hospital (998) 881-3400
There are several drug stores in downtown Isla Mujeres where you can purchase toiletry items, sun products and fill your prescriptions.
*Farmacias Similares: Av. Juarez
*Farmacias Bazar: Av. Juarez
There is also small pharmacy is located in the San Francisco Express Super Market on the town square. Their selection is limited.
SHOPPING FOR FOOD AND DRINKS
The main grocery store downtown, Super Express, is located in the town square on Av. Morelos, between Hidalgo and Guerrero. Open 7 am – 9 pm. There is also a Super Express located in the La Gloria neighborhood.
Chedraui, is the biggest grocery store on the island. It is located mid-island across from the baseball field. It is similar to a Walmart. You can fine pretty much anything you need there and they have large beer/wine/liquor, organic and import sections.
WEDDINGS AND CEREMONIES
A complete list of the required documents for getting married on Isla can be found at the Office of Tourism web site.
Sunhorse Weddings can help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Visit their website at www.sunhorseservices.com . Tiffany Lanier is the owner and she is amazing!!
Your Wedding day is a day you will always remember and hold in your soul. You deserve it to be special. Sabina at is a licensed minister and offers her services in English, German and Spanish! Visit her website at www.sundreamers.com
If you are wanting family portraits or wedding photography during your vacation to record your memories, contact Susan Pacek: www.susanpacekdestinationweddings.com.
(Please check with the church for their times of services)
Inmaculada Concepcion (Catolica) Virgen de Guadalupe (Catolica)
In front of the main Plaza Colonia Salinas
Cristo Viene (Bautista) Evanangelica Presbiteriana
#14 Hidalgo Colonia Salina Grande
Police - The Police station is located on the main square. Tel: 877-0082 Emergencies dial 911
Harbor Master/Port Captain's office is located on Av. Rueda Medina next to the Navy Base and the phone number is: 877-0095
Post Office - The Post office is located near to the main Macado on Av. Guerrero at Lopez Mateos and is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The telephone number is: 877-0085.
Laundry - Isla Mujeres has several Laundromats, all located downtown with 24 hour service. One we recommend is Cienpies, located on the corner of Av. Guerrero y Av. Madero
Calling Isla Mujeres: The area code for Isla is 998 and all phone numbers are 7 digits. So, if you are calling from the United States you would dial: 011 (International code) 52 (country code) 998 (area code) and the 7 digit phone number.
Calling home from Isla Mujeres: Most US cell phones will work in Isla – it is a good idea to call your provider before you go to Mexico and tell them you will be in the Cancun Mexico area and you want to make AND receive calls while there. The country code for the USA is 001.
Calling Toll Free Numbers from Mexico: Dial 001 and then dial 880 if your toll-free number begins with 800. Dial 881 for an 888 number. Dial 882 for an 877 number and dial 883 for an 866 number. For example, if the number is 1-800-555-5555, you would dial 001-880-555-5555.