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Just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Cancun, a hidden paradise awaits travelers seeking a Mexican Caribbean vacation away from the crowds – Costa Mujeres.

If you had visited the area just a few years ago, you would have encountered an untouched land of stunning natural surroundings – and not much else.

Costa Mujeres

But Costa Mujeres has experienced exponential growth in recent years and is now quickly becoming one of the Riviera Maya’s most coveted destinations.

According to a recent report by Quintana Roo’s Secretary of Tourism (Sedetur), Costa Mujeres is taking the lead in hotel occupancy within the state, boasting an impressive 83% during the first week of July.

Costa Mujeres has earned the local nickname ‘the new Cancun’, and for good reason. Despite being a relatively new destination, Costa Mujeres boasts exclusive resorts, services, and activities that rival those of its famous neighbor.

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However, what sets Costa Mujeres apart is its distinct charm and tranquility. Unlike the bustling crowds of Cancun, Costa Mujeres offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beach and lush natural surroundings in a more private and relaxed environment.

So, let’s take a closer look at what makes this coastal paradise so alluring to travelers and explore some of its unique offerings.

Spectacular Beaches & Natural Surroundings

The beaches at Costa Mujeres are truly stunning. Not only do they rival Cancun’s legendary beaches, but they’re also much more spacious and private, making them some of the best in the wider Cancun area.

Costa Mujeres’ secluded coastline also provides the ideal escape for families and couples seeking a serene Cancun experience away from the bustling Hotel Zone.

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For a true slice of paradise, head to the nearby Isla Blanca beach, a largely untouched beach with shallow, crystal-clear waters. Locally, it’s known as the best place to kitesurf in Cancun, and kitesurfing lessons are readily available to adventurous visitors.

Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts 

The all-inclusive resorts in Costa Mujeres cater to both families and adults-only travelers, and they boast extensive stretches of fine, white sandy beaches that seem like a dream come true. 

Imagine waking up in a suite with a view of the shimmering sea, soaking in a private jacuzzi, or lounging in a hammock while indulging in VIP room service.

Atelier Playa Mujeres
Image courtesy of: Atelier Playa Mujeres

Resorts such as the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres, Excellence Playa Mujeres, and Atelier Playa Mujeres Resort truly offer a haven for relaxation, allowing you to unwind without leaving the comfort of your room.

In fact, Atelier Playa Mujeres was recently ranked in the ‘Best Hotels’ category in TripAdvisor’s ‘Best of the Best’ awards, a testament to the level of quality that these exclusive resorts offer.

A Tapestry Of Captivating Activities

Yes, enjoying countless beach days within the hotel premises is undoubtedly tempting, but there are also a myriad of captivating attractions in the surrounding area.

For an underwater adventure among tropical fish and graceful sea turtles, grab your snorkeling gear and explore the coast of Costa Mujeres.  

Woman floating in Mexican Caribbean Sea

Golfers can hone their skills at the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, an 18-hole course created by the renowned Greg Norman, where the natural beauty of sand dunes and mangroves converge with modern course architecture.

Costa Mujeres is also home to its own archaeological site, El Meco, which was once linked to the ancient city of Cobá. 

The site is relatively small, so if you’re looking for a more extensive exploration, it’s recommended to head to Tulum and discover its awe-inspiring ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Drone view of El Meco Archeological Site in Cancun, Mexico

Finally, Costa Mujeres is just a quick ferry ride away from Isla Mujeres.  Before getting on the ferry to Isla Mujeres, visit Puerto Juárez, a little fishing community that serves as one of the four ferry departure points to the island.

Here, you can indulge in the delightful flavors of fresh seafood while enjoying breathtaking seafront views at renowned seafood restaurants like Marbella (a local favorite) and Kiosco Verde Marisquería.

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So whether you’re seeking a tranquil beach getaway, a thrilling adventure, or simply a chance to unwind in luxurious surroundings – Costa Mujeres has it all!

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