When you come to your appointment with our Dentists in Cancun you can also take this time to visit Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun. It’s a little over 4 miles in length and offers a much more relaxed atmosphere than Cancun vibrant tourists areas.
Isla Mujeres is actually way way older than the city of Cancun (which’s barely 40 years old). Isla Mujeres was originally a sacred place for Mayans, who had a small altar and temple dedicated to the goddess of childbirth and health, Ixchel. They would visit and do rituals on the site every month. This was also one of the first places the Spaniards landed and because they found several statues of women, they decided to name it Isla Mujeres or “Women Island”.
You can get to Isla Mujeres by taking the Ferry on three main docks in Cancun:
- “Puerto Juárez“, is located by a lighthouse on Ave. José Lopez Portillo.
- “El Embarcadero“, is located on Blvd. Kukulcan Km 4 on the Hotel Zone.
- “Playa Tortugas”, is located on Blvd. Kukulcan Km 7 on the Hotel Zone.
You will likely arrive to the dock on the northern side of Isla Mujeres. Right away after landing, you will find yourself on a bustling street with all kinds of restaurants: Mexican, Italian, French, Cuban, Mayan and more! Also, depending on how much time you want to spend on the island you might want to rent a small golf cart to drive around. You can arguably walk to most locations on this side of the island, but there are some interesting options on the south side for which you might prefer a taxi or the golf to get to. There are also bicycles available.
There are many activities you can enjoy on Isla Mujeres. The obvious one is Playa Norte, the most popular tourist spot. It was wide white sand beaches where you can enjoy the ocean breeze and play on calm waters. If you go south, you will find activities with dolphins, diving, snorqueling, kayaking, zip lines, bird watching. A recommended option is to buy an entrance to “Garrafón“, a small eco-park with all these activities, including all you can eat fast food and snacks. With the same ticket, you can enter the open-sky art museum at the very edge of the island, where the last foundation of the original Mayan temple stands. This is the eastern most part of Mexico and lots of people come here every year to welcome the first ray of New Year.
Whatever else you are planning on doing on Cancun, a visit to Isla Mujeres is something you shouldn’t pass up!