After a beautiful stay at the Hard Rock Cancun, we were ready to go a little off the beaten path and explore Isla Mujeres. It was a popular destination, although whenever we asked people how to get from the Cancun Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres, we got so many different answers that I got a little confused. After doing research, we realized that what we kept getting recommended to us was more expensive for no reason. So I decided to share the top three ways people can get to Isla Mujeres from the Cancun Hotel Zone (Hint: It’s pretty easy!)
How to Get to Isla Mujeres: What I recommend
Take a taxi from the hotel to Puerto Jaurez. From Puerto Jaurez, take the UltraMar Ferry (300 Pesos- $15 round trip if purchased online. More expensive if purchased in person) to Isla Mujeres. Departs every 30 minutes.
What the Hotels Will Recommend (And What I Do Not)
The hotels will recomend that you take a taxi from the hotel to Playa Tortugas or El Embarcadeo. From there you take the Ultramar ferry to Isla Mujeres ($26 round trip if purchased online. More expensive if purchased in person.)
Why I don’t like this option: While technically these ports are a little closer than Puerto Jaurez (about 10 minutes), the taxi fair is not that much more. Since there were two of us we saved about $20 going the other route. Also this one departs only every hour while the ferry at Puerto Juarez departs every 30 minutes.
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The Cheapest Route
If you’re trying to save every dollar possible and you don’t have too much luggage, the bus system is a great option. It looks complicated at first, but the Cancun hotel zone is pretty straight forward. For about 8.5 pesos or $1 you can take the R1 or R2 to Puerto Juarez and take the ferry from there. I’ve included a map to see how straightforward it is.
Once You Get to Isla Mujeres
Once you get to Isla Mujeres you have a couple of options. The island is small but not necessarily walkable. Most people get around by golf cart about $60ish a day. If you plan on using a golf cart every day (we decided to only rent one for a day), go ahead and rent a golf cart from the beginning to prevent having to drive into town twice.
We decided to spend our first day relaxing at our hotel, so opted for a taxi (about $7 to Izla Hotel). After you leave the ferry port, you immediately take a left and they actually have a little taxi station where they help people get into taxis in an orderly manner. It tends to be a little packed right after the ferry lets everyone off, so try to get there fast if you can.
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Things to do in Isla Mujeres
Now that you’ve actually made it to Isla Mujeres, it’s time for all of the fun to begin! While some people go for a day, I’d say 2-3 days in Isla Mujeres is the perfect number. You can read about the top things to do in Isla Mujeres here!