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Why This Stunning Island Near Cancun Has The Best Beaches In The Mexican Caribbean 

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Isla Mujeres is set to have some of its beaches awarded with the iconic Blue Flag certification this week after the island’s popularity seems to be growing exponentially among tourists. 

Just a short ferry ride away from the bustling city of Cancun lies an upcoming tourist hotspot that is complete with some of the most picturesque natural beauty in all of the Mexican Caribbean. 

beautiful turqouise beach in isla mujeres

While some areas specifically are already certified with protections and awards, the local authorities are pushing for more of the island to be covered by the Blue Flag certification, which will inevitably drive more tourism and in turn, bring prosperity to the local economy. 

In order to achieve Blue Flag status, beaches must meet strict environmental, safety, and accessibility standards and are not just awarded to any old area; they have to be able to stand out particularly, which is why they are so popular among tourists and locals. 

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The blue flag certification will also bring the expectation of hotels in surrounding areas to meet the same high standard, therefore leading to mass tourism on the island, with the convenience of the location to Cancun being another huge draw. 

Don’t just take our word for it: here is why Isla Mujeres has some of the best beaches in the Mexican Caribbean and why you need to check them out!

Magical Town Status 

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Not too long ago, Isla Mujeres was only a small fishing village, and tourism in the area was practically non-existent. 

In recent years, after being awarded the coveted “Magical Town” status, given to any area that is believed to be of historical, cultural, or environmental significance, Isla Mujeres has seen an uptick in tourist arrivals, and it shows no sign of slowing down. 

World Famous Beaches 

When you think of beach paradise on those long days at the office, the image that surely comes to mind is that of sugary-white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and palm trees as far as the eye can see. 

Well, look no further, because Isla Mujeres has exactly that.

fishing boats docked on a beach in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte is definitely the most well-known beach and has already been awarded one of the “Best Beach” spots in TripAdvisor’s “Best of the Best” this year. 

What is special about this beach and the other ones we will go on to mention is that they don’t even come close to the busyness of the beaches in Cancun, so if the more laid-back, relaxing vibe is what you’re looking for, then you won’t be disappointed. 

Playa Centro and Playa Albatros offer an even more secluded and serene experience and are perfect if you want to lose track of time by sunbathing all day and swimming in crystal clear water that stretches for miles. 

playa norte with boats docked in the shore

Incredible Underwater Activities 

If you are a bit more of the adventurous type and want a little more from your picture-perfect vacation to Isla Mujeres, you could explore the famous underwater museum, known as the MUSA, which offers incredible art installations among the coral reefs.

There is also an abundance of biodiversity in these waters, and it is perfect for any budding diver or snorkeler looking to see an array of colorful fish, healthy coral, and beautiful landscapes. 

You can also easily stay above water and explore the coastline with the many boat trips on offer to take tourists around the island and show you just how beautiful this stunning landscape is. 

MUSA underwater museum with statues

Everything Else 

Isla Mujeres is considered to be one of the safest destinations for tourists coming to the Mexican Caribbean, with security becoming a massive focus for local authorities this year.

Beaches and busy tourist areas are regularly patrolled by police and the military to ensure that everyone can enjoy this paradise in peace. 

Hotels and infrastructure are also expanding to meet the demands of the tourism boom, as well as the awards it expects to receive in the coming days, meaning it will truly be the perfect place to experience your perfect beach vacation beyond the popularity of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.


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