Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico (municipality)

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Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico (municipality)

Isla Mujeres vacation rentals

Find Mexican magic on Isla Mujeres

Once a Mayan sanctuary to the goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun is now more a sanctuary for beach lovers. Quieter than its colorful neighbor, but equally as appealing, it attracts water babies who come to snorkel and dive in its turquoise, fish-filled waters. Begin your Mexican island adventure by booking a Isla Mujeres vacation rental. Sunbathe on the island's crushed coral beaches, visit the Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm, and swim with dolphins or whale sharks. And once the sun dips into the ocean, discover more Isla Mujeres magic as its lively beach bars and restaurants wake up.

Enjoy the life aquatic on Isla Mujeres

This tiny island is blessed with white sugary beaches, rocky coves, and endless azure blue seas. Book an Isla Mujeres vacation rental near the beach and you'll find plenty to keep you entertained for a week or even more. Nature lovers can book a whale- or dolphin-watching boat excursion, or try spotting the rare whale sharks that swim in these waters. It's also a dream location for experienced sailors. But if you just want to relax with a good book on the beach, you'll find some of the most beautiful sandy coves in Mexico - just don't forget the margarita!

Find turtles and temples in this ancient Mayan treasure

Beaches aside, there are plenty of attractions on this small island. From your Isla Mujeres vacation rental, why not book a golf cart and explore the island. Isla Mujeres is a popular hatching ground for giant sea turtles. Visit La Tortuga Granja turtle farm, which raises baby hatchlings. Time it right and witness them being released back into the sea. Punta Sur, at the southern tip of the island, is the highest point on the Yucatan Peninsula. It's also home to an ancient temple dedicated to Ixcha, the Mayan moon goddess, and a sculpture garden.

Island life is hot, hot, hot

While there are no guarantees it won't rain on your vacation to Isla Mujeres, chances are, if it does it will be over in minutes. January through to April is considered the best time to visit, with highs around 85 degrees. Book an Isla Mujeres vacation rental between May and September and you'll need one with air conditioning as it gets humid at night. Winter is the low season, especially November, when night temperatures drop to a 'chilly' mid-60s, and locals bring out the big coats. But it's still warm enough for short sleeves during the day.

For serene marine life head to Garrafon reef park

Isla Mujeres is situated 8 miles off the coast of Cancun in the Caribbean Sea. The Garrafon Natural Reef Marine Park is a real haven for snorkelers and divers. The name Garrafon means 'decanter' and its sheltered reef and slight current form a natural aquarium. Swim in the turquoise waters and spot an array of colorful sealife, including parrotfish and angelfish. Although man-made, the marine park's underwater preserve forms part of the Great Mayan Reef, the second-longest barrier reef in the world.