Isla Mujeres is an absolute gem of an island. Just a short ferry ride from Cancun, Isla will charm you from the moment you arrive with it’s picturesque beaches, colorful and quaint shops, delicious restaurants, lively nightlife, and easy-going attitude.
Close to Cancun, But A World Apart
Isla Mujeres is conveniently close to the Cancun International Airport, Riviera Maya and the Mayan ruins. Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Bay of Cancun, this 5 mile long island is the only location on the eastern coast of Mexico that faces the sunset over the sea. You and your guests can take a 20 minute, pre-arranged transfer to the Isla Mujeres Ferry Dock then you will take a 15 ferry ride to Isla Mujeres. In 2016, Isla Mujeres came in first in NBC’s list of Top Five Island’s to Live On. It sure tops our list of the list of Best Islands to Get Married On!
Take a Tour Around Isla Mujeres
“Isla Mujeres is so down to earth and uncomplicated most folks don’t even use its full name. The four-mile-long island is simply called Isla, and its most popular attraction is a long stretch of sparkling white sand called Playa Norte.” So says The San Francisco Chronicle in their 2014 review: Isla Mujeres: Cancún’s peaceful little sister.
You’ll Find Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches
Isla Mujeres consistently receives accolades for the beauty of the islands white sand beaches and pristine, calm waters perfect for swimming. Yes, we promise it really does look like this.
“We have had so many compliments given to us by friends and family saying it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever attended and they felt like the were in a movie! Kudos to SunHorse!!”
~ Erica & Jarvis
Enjoy Walking, Dining & Shopping in Isla’s Car-Free Area
One of the most charming parts of Isla’s colorful downtown is a long stretch of car-free shopping and dining on Avenida Hildago. Laid back during the day, this area comes to life soon after the sun sets with great restaurants, live music and shopping all night long.
You’ll Find No Shortage of Amazing Cuisine
Simply put, the food on Isla Mujeres is phenomenal and there is something for everyone. From traditional Mexican fare and fresh seafood, to Italian, Cuban, Mediterranean, and so much more, the restaurants on Isla are a culinary delight. There are also plenty of places that cater to special dietary requests such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals.
Prepare to be Charmed by Isla’s Beauty & Heritage as a Fishing Village
For hundreds of years Isla Mujeres was a sleepy fishing village in the Caribbean and there are many people on Isla who still make their living on the bounty of the sea.
Enjoy Isla’s Pristine Water With A Variety of Activities
Isla Mujeres is five miles long by half a mile wide, so you either have a spectacular view of the ocean or there is one just around the corner. You and your guests can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sailing, diving, sport fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and more.
And You Can Always Just Kick It By the Pool at Your Hotel
Take a Video Tour Of Isla Mujeres
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Isla Mujeres?
We provide a direct connection to an amazing airport transfer company that will take first class care to you and your wedding guests. After an air conditioned 20 minute van ride to Puerto Juarez you will take a 15 minute ferry ride to the island. There are many beautiful hotels and accommodations on the island to choose from and plenty of great restaurants, shops, beaches, and bars to make all of your guests happy. SunHorse Weddings will help you find the best hotel / accommodation options for your group and will facilitate with the groups manager with you.
Do we need a passport?
Yes! All guests will need a passport book. Have your guests check that it will not expire within 6 months of their trip. Airlines can refuse to let you board if your passport expires within six months. If a guest does not have one, encourage them to apply early.
Is Isla Mujeres safe?
Yes! Isla Mujeres is a small island that is for the most part free of crime. There is a reasonably large navy base on the island, which is a great presence when it comes to keeping things very tranquil locally. Please visit the following websites about safety. Forbes – Safety in Isla Mujeres and Trip Advisor Forum: Safety on Isla Mujeres.
Can I drink the water?
Yes, Isla Mujeres has some of the safest water treatment systems in Mexico. It is connected to the Cancun Hotel Zone. Also, ALL of the local establishments outsource their ice to the two main ice factories here on the island which provide filtered ice. So, you can drink without concern. And when it comes to water – in the hot climates be sure to drink lots! Often health issues attributed to food or water changes are caused by dehydration more than anything else.
How do I pay for things in Isla?
The Mexican peso is the standard currency used in Mexico. Everyone in Cancun and in Isla will take US dollars or Mexico pesos. However, we recommend always paying in pesos. To get the best exchange rate, we recommend either getting pesos from your bank in the states (Bank of America has great rates) or taking your pesos from the ATMs here on the island. There are several banks on Isla with ATM machines (in English and Spanish). Remember, there will be bank fees for every transaction. We do not recommend travelers checks as many places do not accept them. Also many establishments do not accept credit cards (due to the higher transaction fees here in Mexico). Pesos are king!
How do I find out more about Isla Mujeres?
Be sure to download our Isla Insider’s Guide right here. You can check out the links at the bottom of the page for more information about the island.
Are there charities that I can contribute to?
Yes. Many of our guests bring donations for these well-deserving organizations. Please contact them for additional information. We’re also happy to answer questions about what to bring.
Centro de Apoyo Psicopedagogico, aka Yellow School House
(School for special needs children)
Amigos de los Animales
(Dog Rescue Organization)