Once a sleepy fishing village, Isla Mujeres has been “discovered” by tourists, but still maintains much of its small-town charm and laid-back attitude. The island has plenty to offer visitors on land and in the water, whether you’re a scuba enthusiast eager to dive through the Underwater Sculpture Museum or want to watch baby sea turtles hatch on a secluded beach. The island is surrounded by reef waters, so snorkeling, diving, and kayaking are all popular outings. On land, be sure to visit El Centro, where local artisans craft handmade gifts and souvenirs.
Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Isla Mujeres. Mexico City is the only Mexican state where same-sex marriage is currently legal. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional information.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Mexico. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The peso is the currency of Mexico, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Isla Mujeres has an average temperature of 80 degrees F and the winter months are the driest. The island is generally humid, with a near constant island breeze.
The most famous beach on the island is Playa Norte, which is a great spot to pick up gear for beach activities like kayaking and snorkeling. For a more secluded outing, trying Playa Paraiso or Playa Indios on the west side of the island. These beaches are quieter and also have shark pens that you can take a dip in (if you’re brave).
Activities & Tourist Attractions
This small island lulls divers of all experience levels with its world-class sea caves and reefs. Home to the largest underwater museum on the planet, be sure to explore the Underwater Sculpture Museum, where you can swim through a portrait garden with over 400 life-sized figures. The island’s dolphin discovery is also a great family-friendly option, or you might rent a moped or golf cart to explore the island. From May to September, giant sea turtles lay their eggs on Isla Mujeres beaches, making for an unforgettable opportunity if your trip coincides with hatching season.
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