Isla Mujeres Attractions

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Popular attractions on Isla Mujeres are certainly what one might consider to be unique.  Along with the ubiquitious beaches, there is also a cemetary, several statues, an observation deck, and a shipyard to look forward to exploring.  While some of these options appear to be odd, most people who have visited them agree that they were worth the trip.


Playa Lancheros

You'll discover a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Just click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

Playa Lancheros: Playa Lancheros has a number of attributes. The shore is fringed by palm trees, souvenir stands, and bars, while right in the thick of the rather gravely sand are lines of beach chairs.

Another place that beach-goers can consider is Playa Los Cocos. Playa Los Cocos is set at the north end of Ruenda Medina.

Playa Pancholo: Playa Pancholo enjoys blindingly white sand and emerald colored waters.

Luckily, the area is home to plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. To reach our page about beaches, read this page.


Assuming you like to learn about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation.

Museo Arqueológico de Cancún: The Archaeological Museum will give any visitor a greater understanding of the region's rich history and that of the mighty Maya Civilization. The exhibits are a great primer for anyone wanting to learn more of the ruins and temples before heading out to tour them.

The following chart enables you to learn more details regarding a museum near Isla Mujeres.

Museums Near Isla Mujeres
Name Phone Location
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún (998) 883-0305 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico

Historical Sites

Isla Mujeres Cemetery

In case you enjoy exploring the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your time on Isla Mujeres.

One popular destination is Ekab Maya Ruin. It is situated in southeastern Isla Mujeres. Dating back to a time when Isla Mujeres was called Ekab, these Maya ruins served as both a temple and a lighthouse for maritime travelers. The feature was crucial for the Maya who would travel to the island to mine for salt and other resources.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Isla Mujeres Cemetery. It is Downtown Isla Mujeres, in northwestern Isla Mujeres. While visiting a cemetery on vacation is not often on the top of to-do lists, the cemetery at Isla Mujeres does offer a unique experience for those looking for a quick cultural excursion. The colorfully decorated graves and little houses that stand in for tombstones replace the somber cemetery feelings with one that would expect when walking through a quaint sleepy village.

El Meco Mayan Ruins: Although there are 14 known structures at El Meco, only about half are consistently open to the public. Since you can't climb the pyramids, a tour of the grounds will take about an hour, though you can stay longer and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Be sure to look at the following table for information concerning sites of historical interest on and near the island.

Historic Sites On and Near Isla Mujeres
Name Phone Location
Ekab Maya Ruin -- 4.6 mi. Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
El Meco Mayan Ruins -- 4.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Iglesia de Cristo Rey (998) 881-2745 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Isla Mujeres Cemetery -- Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin -- 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Punta Sur Lighthouse

Guests can discover some other interesting landmarks on Isla Mujeres.

If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life interest you, you should think about visiting Punta Sur Lighthouse. Located in Parque Punta Sur is the Punta Sur Lighthouse, it is part of a nautical museum and demonstrates the important of lighting the night for sailors.

The chart directly below lists more details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Isla Mujeres
Name Type Location
El Farito Lighthouse 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Isla Mujeres
Fisherman's Statue Monument Downtown Isla Mujeres
Ixchel Goddess Statue Monument Downtown Isla Mujeres
Punta Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres

Natural Attractions

Garrafon Reef Park

Dolphin Discovery is one of the local attractions that's worth a visit. A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you at Dolphin Discovery, a controlled but still natural feeling environment that allows guests to get up close and personal with this majestic dolphin.

Another place worth considering is Garrafon Reef Park. Garrafon Reef Park takes advantage of the natural reefs, cliffs, and ocean by creating a haven for those who love splashing around in the water. Offering a number of water activities, a restaurant, and a bar, this is a great place to spend a day.

These examples are only a few of what's available. To reach our page about natural attractions on and around Isla Mujeres, read this article.


Looking for some action? Travelers interested in trying their luck in some gaming action can find a few alternatives within reach the island.

Dubai Palace Casino has a restaurant, which provides added convenience before or after you try your luck. At Dubai Palace Casino, the beige walls and neutral (though still with a pattern) carpet do not distract from the bright, flashing lights of the computerized game machines, which can make your palms sweat and your heart race in an instant. Dubai Palace Casio offers 350 slot machines which are manufactured in the United States.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, you might try Caliente Casino. Sports from around the world can be seen on 40 HD wide screen televisions, although the most popular here are the nightly dog races, which are broadcast life from the Caliente Track in Tijuana ever night at 7:45 p.m. You can also catch a matinee at 2:00 p.m.

The gaming choices within reach of Isla Mujeres are provided in the following table.

Gambling Near Isla Mujeres
Name Located At Phone Location
Caliente Casino -- (664) 682-3110 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Dubai Palace Casino Plaza Las Americas Mall (998) 802-1966 Downtown Cancun

Other Attractions

In addition, guests will find a pair of other attractions. The table directly below lists more details on the other miscellaneous attractions on and around Isla Mujeres.

Other Attractions On and Near Isla Mujeres
Name Type Location
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Dolphin Discovery Dolphin Encounter Service 1.8 mi. South of Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

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