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Why This Stunning Island Near Cancun Is More Than Just A Day Trip

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Tours to the super-safe and stunningly beautiful Isla Mujeres have increased massively this past week despite it currently being the low season for the Mexican Caribbean.

Despite being an island destination boasting a super-relaxed vibe, Isla Mujeres is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun and serviced by a huge fleet of licensed and regulated operators that ferry over 20,000 people to the island each day in the high season.

Why This Stunning Island Near Cancun Is More Than Just A Day Trip

And while its on-the-doorstep location has always served it well, with travelers in Cancun being able to see the oasis-like paradise from the beach, there are better reasons than just pure convenience to visit this small but enchanting island.

This is why Isla Mujeres is more than just a day trip.

Exploration Without Worry

Isla Mujeres is relatively small, just 1.7 square miles, but don’t let its small size fool you as there is a wealth of things to see and do on the island.

Travelers can easily explore the island on rental golf carts or even a bike for those wanting to fit in a little distracted exercise, but more than just the availability of personal transport, the true gift of Isla Mujeres is its fantastically safe climate.

Being so small has a big effect on the island’s attractiveness to criminals, simply put, it doesn’t work for them. The island is well protected by local police as well as naval military units stationed on the island base.

On top of this, the few roadways that form Isla Mujeres infrastructure are well patrolled and even sport 24/7 police installations at busy throughways.

Add to this the fact the only way off the island is by boat, and you start to get a picture of why it doesn’t exactly lend itself to both organized crime and crimes of opportunity like pickpocketing.

Whether traveling solo, as a couple, or as a whole family, there really isn’t a safer place in the Caribbean to explore freely without the need for a guide.

Small Town Charm, Big Town Tourism

As hard to believe as it might be, Isla Mujeres has its own miniature hotel zone to rival Cancun. It doesn’t have the same huge number of rooms available, but travelers can 100% find the same luxury, service, and value available over the water at its bigger neighbor.

But one thing travelers will find during an extended stay here that they can’t in Cancun is small-town Mexican charm.

The locals on Isla Mujeres have a fantastic reputation with travelers, near endless reviews are available online that highlight the friendly and happy nature across the island.

There is no better place to have a Caribbean beach vacation with this standard of accommodation and amenities while also experiencing a super-relaxed and super-safe atmosphere at the same time than Isla Mujeres.

Far From Boring

The math is normally pretty easy when it comes to deciding where to stay on vacation. Maybe travelers are trying to decide between the tried and tested all-inclusives of Cancun that come with beautiful beaches and top-tier accommodations, or the laid-back and bohemian vibe of Tulum.

Isla Mujeres gives travelers all this and more. In fact, the island is also full of adventurous activities, cultural experiences, and some of the best seafood on offer in the whole of Mexico.

One big example is the MUSA museum (Museo Subacuático de Arte), which is an otherworldly underwater museum just off the southwest coast of Isla Mujeres.

With carefully curated underwater sculptures, some of which have become miniature coral reefs, it is a truly wonderous sight to behold in the turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres.

Travelers can take a snorkel tour to explore the artwork up close and in person, an experience not soon forgotten. Or, for those who prefer a more comfortable and dry trip, there are special glass-bottom boat tours that allow travelers to get the full experience, minus the tight-fitting swimming goggles.

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