If there’s one thing that all Mexican Caribbean islands have in common, it’s definitely the mind-blowing beauty. And while many like to visit the more popular islands like Isla Mujeres and Cozumel – Many overlook the small but mighty landmass of Isla de la Pasión (‘Passion Island’). Here’s everything you need to know about visiting this gem in the Mexican Caribbean.
Where is it?
Isla de la Pasión is a 0.6 km stretch of land that’s situated just north of Cozumel, less than 10 miles away from the International Airport. Surrounded by the crystalline Mexican Caribbean sea, Passion Island gives travelers a taste of luxurious tropical seclusion. This little slice of heaven is only accessible via boat. You can catch a ride from Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen.
*Note: When booking your ferry watch for combo deals that include food, drink, and activities while on the island. The on-site dining only serves pre-booked guests.
What is there to do?
If all you want to do when you get there is kick up your feet and enjoy the beach – nobody is stopping you! There are plenty of free palapas to use and a couple of spots to find shade if you so choose, lifeguards patrolling the beach for your safety, and restrooms close by. Bring your favorite book, reef-safe biodegradable sunscreen, a snorkel, and enjoy your time in peace.
*Note: They say the marine life and beauty beneath the water here is incredible & definitely worth bringing a snorkel for.
For those who want to bring a little more adventure to their day, there are plenty of activities to choose from.
4X4 Off-Road Adventure
On this 5-hour tour, your driving skills will be put to the test as you drive an all-terrain Jeep off-road through a jungle, some Cozumel dirt roads as well as board a ferry that will gently escort you to the beautiful island. There you will then have lunch and 3 hours of free time to enjoy the island.
- Valid drivers license required
- Must be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle
- Food & Drinks included
- Not reccomended for expecting mothers, people with severe neck or back issues or those recovering from surgery
- Ages 7+
This is actually a super romantic and symbolic place to “tie the knot” with your special someone. As history shows, ancient Mayan couples would come to Passion Island seeking permission and blessings from Ixchel – the goddess of love, medicine, and midwifery. They say that these blessings would bring forth a successful marriage and healthy children and that being said, many still like to get married on this island in hopes of also being blessed. The island has a specially built palapa-style chapel for ceremonies to take place and there are a few super cozy cabins that can also be booked for the newly-weds or guests.
Two words – Jungle. Kayaking.
You read that correctly – Jungle kayaking is a thing and an absolute “must-do” when visiting the island. This 5-hour tour will leave your inner nature lover over-joyed, and ready for bed! You and your small group will wander through the ‘Laguna Ciega’, paddling your kayak through the mangrove, all while experiencing the endless life around you. Above the water, and below. There is so much biodiversity and beauty in this ecosystem. Don’t be surprised by the number of birds, iguanas, and beauty that you will see – you will be in a protected area.
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