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Top 3 Tourist Attractions In Isla Mujeres Revealed As Destination Skyrockets In Popularity

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With spring break in full swing and the Easter holidays just around the corner, the Mexican Caribbean is welcoming growing numbers of travelers seeking a relaxing sun and beach getaway.

Unsurprisingly, Isla Mujeres, a stunning island located off the coast of Cancun, remains one of the hottest destinations in the region.

After closing 2023 with record-breaking tourism numbers, hotels at the popular island have been packed in 2024, reporting occupancy rates consistently above 80%.

Aerial view of Punta Sur park in Isla Mujeres

Expectations for the weeks ahead are high, as these figures are projected to skyrocket to a whopping 90% during the upcoming Easter holidays.

Moreover, tourist numbers have steadily increased during the last few days, as both domestic and international visitors flock to the island to enjoy the excellent weather and tourist attractions.

And while there are plenty of exciting things to do at this Magical Town, three attractions in particular proved to be the most popular among visitors.

Sculputre Garden In Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres

If you’re curious to find out more about these attractions and what makes them so special, keep reading!

Punta Sur Ecological Park

Renting a bike or a golf cart is a common activity among travelers visiting Isla Mujeres, as it allows you to explore the island at your own pace.

If you head to the southern tip of the island – and you should –  you’ll find the Punta Sur Ecological Park, a true paradise with majestic cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Statue of the Mayan goddess ixchel in Isla Mujeres

The area is decorated with over 20 sculptures created by renowned Mexican artists, with the centerpiece being the statue of the Mayan Goddess of fertility Ixchel.

Her presence here is no coincidence since the park is also home to the Temple of the Goddess Ixchel Mayan ruins, a small but fascinating archeological site.

Punta Sur is also famous for its amazing sunrises, as it’s actually the very first spot in Mexico to receive the rays of the sun each morning.

Sculpture Garden at Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

All of this makes Punta Sur not only a highly popular Isla Mujeres attraction but also arguably the most Instagrammable spot on the island.

Gorgeous Caribbean Beaches

While you’ll find dozens of spectacular beaches basically anywhere you go in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres’ beaches are truly something else.

Don’t just take our word for it – the iconic Playa Norte, located on the northern tip of the island, has been recognized as one of the best beaches worldwide time and time again in various outlets, including TripAdvisor.

Playa Norte

Not to mention that four of the island’s beaches, including Playa Norte and Playa Centro, have earned the prestigious Blue Flag certification, which honors exceptional cleanliness, safety, and environmental conditions.

Isla Mujeres beaches are also less prone to be affected by the presence of sargassum seaweed, and they’re typically much less crowded than Cancun’s beaches.

When you consider the extensive amenities available, including beach clubs, restaurants, and bars, it’s easy to see why these beaches remain one of the island’s top attractions.

isla mujeres beach from the air

The Caribbean Malecon

Known for its warm breezes and gorgeous ocean vistas, the Caribbean Malecon boardwalk has been a favorite spot in Isla Mujeres for years.

Yet the beloved attraction had long been showing signs of neglect, with visitors often voicing complaints regarding the poor sanitary conditions and overall lack of maintenance.

In response, the municipality set out to thoroughly revamp the boardwalk, installing railings, lighting, and a parking lot. It was reopened to the public in August last year.

Boardwalk in Isla Mujeres

Beyond these upgrades, a collection of 25 picturesque sculptures of various marine animals local to the island – such as sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and sharks – was also installed.

Thanks to these efforts, the Caribbean Malecon now looks better than ever and is safer for tourists, making it a must-visit for any Isla Mujeres itinerary. 

So, if you’re planning to visit this gorgeous island soon, make sure to stop by at these iconic attractions – you won’t regret it!

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