Must Try Activities On Your Next Vacation To Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres in Spanish typically means "Island of Women" in Spanish, due to its rich historical background and the original Mayan civilization that lived in the area. This little gem off the coast of Cancun lies peacefully in the Caribbean Sea, tempting the avid travelers to experience the magic. "Magic" is precisely how you will hear isleños — island residents — and visitors alike describe her. Mystical, healing and rejuvenating are the words which have been associated with the island. Until you go, you'll never know.
Isla Mujeres is a day-trip haven, with lots of incredible things to do such as snorkeling in Isla Mujeres, scuba diving, a visit to the Tortugranja Turtle Farm, exploration of the Wacky Houses, and obviously a leisurely stroll along the beaches and in the eclectic market streets. While on the island, there are plenty of great places to explore, great dining, beverage spots, and of course, shopping. There is a gorgeous beach in Isla Mujeres where you can relax with your partner or family.
Below are enlisted the must try activities on your next vacation to Isla Mujeres:
SNORKEL IN THE CRYSTALLINE WATERS – Isla Mujeres has some amazing snorkeling locales that can't be missed. Since you are on adventurous snorkeling in Isla Mujeres, a must see is the Underwater Museum which contains one of the most prolific underwater art exhibits created by man. With almost 500 cement sculptures, it is definitely worth a visit. For a controlled and safe snorkel, try Garrafon Park – famous for its coral reef, which blocks the incoming tide to make for a very calm snorkeling experience. For a more natural snorkel, you can choose from Manchones Reef, Cuevnoes Reef, and Banderas Reef, all just off the coast of the island. Another place to try your hand at snorkeling is the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks.
SCUBA DIVE TO WITNESS THE RICH MARINE LIFE – Tucked in the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres is known for its spectacular scuba diving. Isla Mujeres is known for its abundant and varied marine life, reef and wreck diving, whale shark and sailfish excursions, and snorkeling. Isla Mujeres hosts the underwater sculpture museum, called “MUSA”. The most popular dive sites are Manchones Reef – home to elkhorn, staghorn, and brain coral! The vibrant colors of the reef and abundant schools of blue tangs, wrasse, grunts, and snappers, large parrot, queen angel fish, and spotted trunkfish also make it a spectacular dive. Other famous dive sites are sleeping sharks cave, Bandera reef, and many others..
EXPLORE THE TORTUGRANJA TURTLE FARM – For as long as history has been recorded, the beaches on Isla Mujeres have been nesting grounds for marine turtles that return to the same beach every year. And in just a few months of the year, they lay hundreds of eggs and then return to the sea, leaving the babies to fend for themselves. The hatchlings are protected in the turtle farm till they are strong enough to make it into the sea, and school going children are invited to set them free on the shore. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about conservation techniques and how to help ensure the survival of this wonderful species. One can witness the entire turtle life cycle while here!!
BEACHES AND SHOPPING – Isla Mujeres boasts the rocky coastline which faces the open ocean and tranquil, protected beaches with sugary soft white sand. Calm, crystal clear waters make beaches all around Isla Mujeres ideal for sunning, swimming and snorkeling. Playa Norte is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and it deserves the honor. There is almost no current and you can wade out very far with the water still only coming to your waist. You can shop the day away or just browse the shops as the sun goes down!! You can shop from stores ranging from the ultra fancy Rochet and Romero jewelry store to t-shirts to Mexican souvenir stores.
There are many other activities that ought not to be missed while visiting Isla Mujeres. You can take off into the water at any point on the island and expect to see some marine life while snorkeling in Isla Mujeres.