The Isla Mujeres, off the east coast of Mexico, offers visitors their own little piece of paradise - a chance to forget about the stresses of their everyday lives and enjoy a much more relaxed pace of life. There are enough activities on Isla Mujeres to occupy families, while couples will enjoy the privacy and tranquillity available on the island. Most self-catering villas on the Isla Mujeres have their own pools where guests can while away their days, and an Isla Mujeres villa is the perfect place from which to enjoy a spectacular Caribbean sunset.
The invitingly warm Caribbean waters around the Isla Mujeres are excellent for swimming, and snorkelling on the private reef within the Garrafon Ecopark is the ideal place to catch a glimpse of the many colourful marine creatures living in the area. Scuba diving is also available for those who want to explore the area more thoroughly, and beginners are well-catered to. Sailing, fishing and kayaking are all also available on Isla Mujeres, and the more adventurous will even be able to swim with either dolphins or sharks.
The laid back lifestyle of the Isla Mujeres means that a car is not really a necessity – instead, visitors are able to hire a moped, bicycle or golf buggy to get around the island from place to place. There are many places of interest dotted around the island, including a turtle sanctuary, lighthouse, Mayan temple and several haciendas.
Alternatively, the Isla Mujeres is the ideal place to simply relax and soak up the sun with a cocktail on the beautiful white sand beaches around the island. There is also a spa on the island and several mobile masseurs who will help visitors struggling to unwind.
Cancun, on mainland Mexico, is definitely worth a daytrip from Isla Mujeres, and most visitors will pass through on their way to and from the island. Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular resorts, and so there is plenty to see and do for visitors at any time of year, including shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
Isla Mujeres benefits from a fantastic Caribbean climate, which makes it an ideal destination for sun-seekers year-round. Summers in Isla Mujeres are long, hot and dry, with daytime temperatures often soaring beyond 30C - a villa with a pool is definitely a good choice for cooling down in the summer months. Winters too remain hot, with temperatures of up to 24C, guaranteeing you will return home with a tan.
Isla Mujeres is best reached via Cancun Airport (CUN) on the mainland, which receives several flights from the UK and mainland Europe on a daily basis. Visitors may then take a short ferry ride to reach their Isla Mujeres self-catering accommodation, and shuttles are available to take guests to the further reaches of the island.