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 through 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.
Isla restaurants, taxis and most stores operate on a cash-only basis. The best way to handle this, is to convert USD to pesos. You can either exchange USD to pesos at a money exchange downtown (you may need your passport), or get pesos by using your debit card at an ATM. You will get a better exchange rate either way than if you exchange money at the airport or if you pay dollars directly at a store or restaurant.
It is best to tell your bank before you travel that you will be using your debit card in Mexico. As in the states or Canada, there has been some fraud from the ATM machines. If you use your ATM card, keep a close eye on your bank account when you return. It is recommended to change your ATM pin when you return home.
SHOPPING FOR FOOD & DRINKS
Super Aki, is located downtown in the town square on Av. Morelos, between Hidalgo and Guerrero. There is also a Super Aki located in the La Gloria neighborhood.
Chedraui, is the main grocery store on the island. It is located mid-island across from the baseball field. You can fine pretty much anything you need there and they have large beer/wine/liquor, organic, and import sections.
Besides the ocean, the best part of Isla Mujeres are the numerous restaurants. For a detailed list of restaurants, go to www.tasteofisla.com.
Swim with Whale Sharks (June-Sept)
See turtles at the Tortugranja, turtle farm
Take a day trip to Isla Contoy, the bird sanctuary
Fishing (off-shore and deep sea)
Dine at restaurants serving traditional Mexican, Caribbean, and International cuisine
Tour the island via bicycle, moped or golf cart
Golf cart rentals
WEDDINGS & CEREMONIES
A complete list of the required documents for getting married on Isla can be found at the Office of Tourism web site.
"The Barefoot Planners" owned by husband & wife team, Ben & Jana Mattox. www.thebarefootplanners.com
“Sunhorse Weddings” owned by Tiffany Lanier. www.sunhorseservices.com
Sabina, a licensed minister, offers her services in English, German and Spanish! www.sundreamers.com
If you are wanting family portraits or wedding photography during your vacation to record your memories, contact:
Sean Mezzo at Giffidy Destination & Event Photography
The doctors on Isla Mujeres are great, though the medical facilities are probably not what you are use to. The main hospital on Isla Mujeres is located mid-island by Hacienda Mundaca.
Dr. Antonio Salas is an English speaking general medicine doctor on Isla with a private practice on Av. Abasolo. He also will come to the property for an appointment and to administer Covid tests.
Cellular: +52-998-845-2370 / +52-998-845-4924.
Dr. Xhanat Tze Mora, is also an English speaking general medicine doctor on Isla at Clínica Médica Isla. She also will come to the property for an appointment and to administer Covid tests.
The Red Cross of Isla Mujeres (877-0280) is located is Colonia Gloria.
The hospitals in Cancun offer advanced medical facilities.
Galenia Hospital at (998) 891-5200
Hospital Americano (998) 884-6133
AmeriMed Hospital (998) 881-3400
Police - Telefone: 877-0082, Emergencies dial 911
Laundry - Isla Mujeres has several Laundromats with 24-hour service located both downtown and mid-island.
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 want to make and receive calls while there.