So for the past two weeks I have been on the tropical Island of Isla Mujeres a little island off the coast of Cancun Mexico. This has been my fourth time visiting this beautiful little gem of tropical paradise and I can honestly say that it won't be my last. We (my best girl friend and I) arrived after an eleven hour long flight from the UK, this was my friend's first time to Mexico and the first time to the Island so I was very excited to show her around. It takes around 15 minutes from the main airport in Cancun to Puerto Juarez which is the ferry that you take to the beautiful Island of Isla Mujeres. The ferry itself takes approximately 18 minutes from Cancun to the Island. once on the Island we were keen to check into our hotel, Hotel Isleno as we had arrived in the sweltering heat. As soon as we had settled into our rooms , we decided to go on a little exploratory trip and get some dinner on the main strip which was a stones throw from our hotel. We decided to go to a great restaurant called Asia Caribe which has some of the best asian food on the island, now I know what you must be thinking, we went to Mexico to eat asian food?! but such is the diversity on the island. We had some drinks and drunken noodles and called it a night soon afterwards.
Isla Mujeres, roughly translates to the Island of Women in Spanish and back in the day was a bonafide pirate island and there are still ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. To the north of the island is the downtown area, beaches, beach clubs and multiple restaurants and shops selling local items, souvenirs and keepsakes. To the south of the Island you have more of a feel for local life with where most of the local population live. Also on this part of the island you have the turtle farm and sanctuary, beach clubs and rental properties and villas. there is also Garrafon park at which you can experience some of the southern coastline and sculptures from local artists as well as the statue of goddess Ixchel.
The Island is full of lovely and varied cuisine, which caters to all tastes from plant based to those who eat meat. The locals are a very friendly mix of Mexicans and expats that have settled here to open businesses and restaurants. The beaches on this island are absolutely stunning, miles of powdery white sand and turquoise clear water. There are sometimes no words to describe the beauty of this special place. It is definitely my favourite destination to go for a very chilled and relaxing holiday where doing nothing is not a problem!
What is your favourite tropical destination?