Isla Mujeres Attractions and Activities
Garrafon Natural Reef Eco Park
Beautiful cliffs and a shallow reef are just a couple of the natural wonders located within this park. The shallow reef is a perfect location to observe sea life and coral during a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. It is also a safe location for young kids to swim and snorkel. Although there is a fee to enter the park, guests are provided with binoculars, kites, hammocks, and life vests. In addition, guests will have access to showering facilities and lockers.
Mayan Lighthouse and Temple
It is believed that the ruins sitting on Isla Mujeres’ southern coast are the remains of an ancient lighthouse and temple where the Mayan goddess of fertility Ixchel was worshiped. Tourists visiting this site will also have terrific views of the sea.
Cave of the Sleeping Sharks
The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks is one of the most unique ecological wonders in the world. In order to keep oxygen flowing throughout their bodies, sharks must continually move. However, at this location, the sharks remain motionless since oxygen emanating from the bottom of the sea provides them with oxygen. Experienced divers can visit this unique site following a short boat ride and a 60 foot dive.
Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm
The Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm is a nature preserve designed to protect the native sea turtles of the region. At one time, the sea turtles were overhunted. Today, to protect the turtles, their eggs are placed in protected regions. Once the turtles hatch, they are placed in the sea and ponds throughout the island. Tourists are permitted to visit the farm to catch a glimpse of these unique creatures.
Playa Norte Beach
Playa Norte, the beautiful white sand beach sprawling across the island’s northern shore, is one of the most popular spots for tourists visiting Isla Mujeres. The shore’s shallow water makes it a great spot for swimming and snorkeling. There are numerous hotels and restaurants located directly on the beach. Since the beach is frequented by tourists, it is usually full of people during the tourist season. Playa Norte is often referred to as the North Beach.