Imagine sitting on the beach and gazing off into the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. I can’t think of anything more relaxing and tranquil than doing just that.
While visiting Isla Mujeres, an island across the the Bay of Mujeres from Cancun, I was fortunate to have several days of relaxing on the beach and soaking in the incredible soft hues of the amazingly clear and tranquil waters.
Not only is the water an amazing color of blue, the beaches are as pristine and white as you could hope to find.
There are a wide variety of beaches to visit around the island, all beautiful. We spent most of our time at Playa Norte, near downtown. It was easy access for us, just a short five minute drive in our golf cart from our little casita. It is also just a brief walk from the ferry if you are visiting the island for just the day.
We found during the week, if you go over on the side near Mia Reef Resort, you get less traffic from day visitors. However, we did not cross the bridge to the Mia Reef Resort. Although it appears to be a lovely all inclusive resort, it is rather costly for a day visit to their private beach.
We chose to stay at the lovely Villa San Miguel. After several years of resort vacations, we wanted to experience a more authentic feel for staying on the island. So often when you are in a resort, it is so lovely and relaxing you just stay in the resort. Not that there is anything wrong with that! However, our goal for this trip was to get out and experience what it might be like if we were to purchase property on the island.
We enjoyed zooming around the island in our rented golf cart, and we actually visited the local grocery stores and made our own breakfast each day! ( My husband is a fabulous cook!) We had hoped to try grilling some fresh fish at our little casita, however, we found the grounds did not provide a grill for us to use.
Renting our golf cart allowed us to explore the island extensively. The lee side of the island, facing a view of Cancun, has numerous beautiful, sandy beaches. The east side of the island, facing the Caribbean, is more rocky, but beautiful to gaze upon. Many gorgeous private homes are on this side of the island.
Breathtaking views can be found at the southern tip of the island. Here lies the home of Punta Sur and Garrafon Reef Park. To get there, you must take a taxi or rent a golf cart, but it is well worth the brief journey! Punta Sur hosts beautiful and unique rocky cliff formations. For a small fee you may enter the sculpture garden which entry to this allows you a closer views of the rocky cliffs and Cancun across the bay.
If you do make the drive to visit Punta Sur, I highly recommend taking the easterly road back to town. You get to see the many beautiful villas and the views are amazing!
If you are seeking natural beauty in a peaceful, casual, slower paced island setting, Isla Mujeres should be on your list! Whether you choose one of the fabulous all-inclusive hotels or choose a quaint villa for your stay, I do not think the Island of Women will disappoint!
Wishing you safe travels wherever you go – xxoo- Gerri
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