Family Activities on the Isla Mujeres on the Mexican Isle
Isla Mujeres, “Island of the women”. Only by reading this sentence, you start dreaming already about this paradise on earth, which is often forgotten by travelers in Cancun and this makes it appealing for family vacations. The island is in the Caribbean sea, around 13 kilometers off to the Yucatán Peninsula. The island is known for his authenticity and diversity in the community. From his incredible calm and crystal clear turquoise water to his endless white sand beaches, this is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation.When visiting the island, there are plenty of activities on the island and we have picked the top three to try when vacationing. You can visit the Turtle Farm, swim with Whale Sharks or embrace the Great Beach Walks.
Visit Turtle Farm
The Farm is located on Sac Bajo. The aquarium is a half privately funded sea turtle sanctuary and it houses a different piece of sea life from unbelievable and colorful tropical fish to seahorses and of course manta rays. This Farm shows once again how the islanders care about their island and how they want to preserve their heritage. From May to September, the giant turtles lay their eggs on the beach. The eggs are collected and placed in the Farm where they are safe and away from the predators. Somewhere in August and October, the turtles are released into the sea by the islanders and tourists. The turtles housed in the aquarium are the turtle that are sick and need medical attention. They are kept there until they are recovered to be released into the sea where they can start a new journey. This incredible project shows the Mayan beliefs and approach in life. Because the aquarium is popular among the animal lovers, please keep in mind that the Farm opens from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee is 3$ per person and it is worth a visit.
Swim with Whale Sharks
The world second largest coral reef is just a few minutes away when you are on Isla Mujeres. The riviera Maya has won many hearts across the world for those in love with snorkeling, diving or just swimming in this crystal water with Whale sharks. This coral reef is a 1.5 away on a speedboat and this area is the spot to be in the summer from June to September as the Whale Sharks come to enjoy themselves here and the density is really incredible. But please remember not to touch them when swimming and this is even prohibited by law. Seeing these creatures up-close is a lifetime experience. The tour can be booked by different agencies on the Island and the official price according to the law is 125$. This tour includes pick-up from the hotel, the boat, life jacket, lunch, swimming with the Whale Sharks, snorkeling on your way back. It is advisable to book your tour two days prior. If you are traveling with children under 12 years old, we will recommend you to book a private tour which is around 1000$. This underwater attraction is by far the biggest one in the Mexican Caribbean.
Great Beach Walks
One of the pleasures of traveling to Isla Mujeres are the beach walks on the different beaches. Here is the list of different beaches: Playa Norte, Playa Posada, Playa Media Luna, Playa Paraiso, Playa Lancheros and Playa Indios. You can already plan your walks across the different beaches where the endless white sandy and the turquoise water are incredible. According to many travelers, Playa Norte is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean because the water is crystal blue, the sand is crazy soft, the sky is pale and the palm trees gives the beach a feeling of serenity and it allows you to forget about life and any other difficulties. Life is beautiful and you are allowed to enjoy it.
As you can see, the Isla Mujeres gives families the opportunity to enjoy a different side of Cancun and it offers amazing activities to choose from. Beside the three activities tested for you, remember to visit the underwater Museo (Musa Subacuatico De Arte), the ancient ruins (Punta Sur), Hacienda Mundaca (home to crocodiles), the natural park of Garrison and the picturesque setting of the Captain’s Dulce. End your vacation by going shopping to El Centro. This is what vacation is all about.
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