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This Stunning Island Near Cancun Is More Popular Than Ever Despite Start Of Low Season

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With summer vacations coming to an end around various parts of the world, one location in the Mexican Caribbean is still seeing hotel occupancy close to capacity. 

Isla Mujeres has seen hotel occupancy still sitting around 90%, as tourists still seem to be flocking to the area known for being a popular vacation destination. 

hotel view on Isla mujeres

This can be confirmed when looking at other areas within the state, such as Cancun and Puerto Morelos, which have reportedly started to see a sharp decline in visitors as they enter the low season this fall. 

While the numbers are expected to drop in Isla Mujeres, this is still a sign that tourism authorities in the area have been successful in promoting the location for all the right reasons this summer and can already look forward to the high season in winter being just as successful. 

tourist marketplace in Isla mujeres

Tourism authorities report that Isla Mujeres and Costa Mujeres have 67 hotels, with close to 10,000 hotel rooms.

This represents 8 percent of the total rooms that exist throughout Quintana Roo, a significant number for being such a small part of the state. 

The area also has a significant number of vacation rentals that seem to be a popular choice for many visitors looking for an alternative to some of the more expensive luxury resorts within the state. 

Isla Mujeres currently has 131 vacation rentals, a number which far surpasses other areas such as Bacalar, Akumal, Chetumal, Hotbox, Mahahual, Puerto Aventuras, and Puerto Morelos, and could be another reason why numbers seem to remain high as the summer vacation period ends. 

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beachfront view on Isla mujeres

With the popularity of the area still soaring, local authorities have been working tirelessly to revamp and improve certain locations to ensure that tourists have a plethora of options when visiting the stunning island. 

Having gained the coveted “Magical Town” title in 2015, the reputation of the island has only grown from strength to strength, and just recently saw the reopening of the iconic Caribbean Malecon for the public. 

Boardwalk in Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo

Under the supervision of Atenea Rocalde, municipal president of Isla Mjueres, the area has been given a fresh lease of life, with sculptures, luminaires and new paintings to decorate the famous boardwalk.

The attraction of the island doesn’t stop there, however, with an inexhaustible list of reasons why tourists continue to return to this “magical” place. 

Isla Mujeres is an area in Mexico that is both historically, culturally, and naturally significant, hence why it was given its title. 

The Island of Isla Mujeres Near Cancun, Mexico

With a very different feel to the busy hotel zone of Cancun, this stunning island offers a far more laid-back atmosphere, perfect for any vacationer who wants a more peaceful experience. 

Playa Norte, a highlight for any visitor, has been named one of the best beaches in the world, with sugary white sands and crystal clear waters in abundance. 

On land, the Mayan Ruins at Punta Sur Park will be of particular interest to any budding archaeologist wanting to get their historical fix, or why not visit the Underwater Sculpture Museum (MUSA), a truly unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the region.


As mentioned earlier, the area has a ton of affordable options when it comes to booking hotels or vacation rentals, starting from as low as $60 a night. 

If you choose to visit Isla Mujeres, you are guaranteed to be surrounded by some of the most stunning beaches in the world and incredible nature on land and in the sea, with sunsets that are sure to make your entire trip worthwhile. 

fishing boats docked in isla mujeres

Getting to the island is easier than ever, with ferry rides from Ultramar Ferry port, located half an hour away from Cancun International Airport, taking a total of 15 minutes at a very affordable price. 

Perhaps this is why Isla Mujeres remains at a higher capacity than other locations such as Cancun and Puerto Morelos; it’s a place made for the tourist who wants the peace and quiet of a stunning island with affordable prices and boundless activities on offer, ensuring they will have an unforgettable time. 

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Monday 4th of September 2023

Be careful not to get scammed on the way. Don't take a tour boat trip, take the ferry!!