About Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres, Mexico (Spanish for “Island of Women”) is a sleepy little island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, located eight miles off of the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Cancun Mexico. Getting here only takes a 20 minute ferry ride away from Cancun, check out our Map. The island is about 7km(5miles) in length, but the main town area is extremely compact and very walkable. Taxis from the ferry terminal will take you anywhere in town for about 30 pesos, but for excursions to the far side of the island the best option is to rent a scooter or golf cart. Like everything in Mexico, you should be able to haggle a decent price – assume $25 a day as a starting price for a moped rental or $50 for a twenty-four hour golf cart rental. There are two main roads that run from end to end of the island. Be aware that when driving on the Caribbean side of the island, there are occasional strong gusts of wind that can really take you by surprise on a scooter, as can the many topes, or speed bumps.
The Isla Mujeres Community is an eclectic mix of foreigners from all over the world, along with many Mexicans living on Isla Mujeres from different parts of Mexico and of course the Isleños whose families have grown up on the island. Many of the foreigners living on Isla Mujeres are either retired or business owners. Moving to Mexico is fairly easy and affordable and often made easier with a reputable accountant or lawyer to help you get the appropriate VISA’s. When moving to Isla Mujeres finding an apartment isn’t always easy but there are many helpful facebook pages, including our own that can you out. Alternatively you can visit our Real Estate page if you are interested in buying land or property on the island.
A Few Tips…
- Do not stay on Isla Mujeres if you insist on a corporate, highly structured vacation. The tourists are the visitors on local time, and it truly helps to have a little Spanish language ability. Do not be afraid to eat the food, even from the very small and humble-looking restaurants. For instance, for 7 bucks American you can get a half roasted chicken (skin crispy and marinated in Achiote), beans, rice, hom
e pickled peppers and carrots, pickled onions, and a stack of tortillas – more than 3 or 4 people can eat. If you go in late spring through summer, stay on the northeast coast. Even though it’s rocky and not swimable, the refreshing and constant breezes off the ocean keep that side of the island nice and balmy in the hot summer months. If you eat on Hildalgo St. (the main drag closed from traffic), you will find many Isla Mujeres bars and restaurants, and most folks sit outside in warm weather. The whole town is very laid back, and if one goes with the flow, it works well. If you treat the local folks with respect, you will be treated in kind.
Look out for our printed tourist guide magazines while visiting the island and learn all about Isla Mujeres from our magazines, website, facebook page and pinterest page!
Some Information has been provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Mujeres and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Mujeres