When people think of Cancun, Mexico, they often think Spring Break and “party”. Cancun and the surrounding areas have so much more to offer than just a party away from home. Cancun is a fabulous destination in Mexico for anyone of any age.
The resorts in Cancun vary from moderately priced hotels to luxury resorts with a little bit of everything in between. Whether staying at a beach or lagoon resort in the hotel zone or the charming hotels within Cancun proper, the day trips offered will certainly give you plenty to do. I would like to share with you some of the fun day trips that can make your vacation extraordinarily memorable.
Our first day trip is to Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women). Isla Mujeres is a short ferry ride from the Hotel Zone in Cancun. The ferry service runs from the Embarcadaro Dock, Playa Linda pier, five times a day beginning at 9:00 am and ending about 4:00 pm. I would recommend going as early as possible to be able to enjoy all the island has to offer.
Once arriving on Isla Mujeres you will want to rent a moped. This is by far the easiest and quickest way to navigate around the island. You will find moped rentals available just beyond the docks. If you are hungry when you arrive, you will find restaurants offering everything from Asian, International, Cuban and authentic Mexican cuisine. If you are there before lunch, try Elements of the Island for a fantastic breakfast or brunch to get your day started. Another favorite of mine is La Cazuela M & J where both tourists and locals go to enjoy the atmosphere of the island and enjoy the fresh Mexican fare.
By moped you can travel around the entire island allowing you to stop at various destinations along the way. You will come upon Tortugranja (Turtle Farm). It is a nice little departure from the beautiful scenery along the coast and a real treat to see the different breeds of turtles of varying ages. We were able to observe babies that were less than a week old. They are doing a fantastic job of preserving the great turtle population.
As you travel along the island you will see signs for all types of diversions. Frankly, some are worth stopping for and some are not. We came upon a sign that said “Swim with a Shark”. We stopped to check it out and it was a man in about 4 feet of water with a nurse shark that barely seemed to move. Needless to say, we didn’t pay up to swim but we did step over to the cantina next door. On a long open, wood fired grill, two men were cooking fish that had just been caught. The price of a meal was very inexpensive and the opportunity to watch how they cooked was very entertaining. While enjoying a Cerveza and relaxing to the jovial attitudes of the men cooking we were able to enjoy the scenery and look forward to our next find.
Garrafon Park is a must see if you have the time. This could easily be an all day adventure in itself. The park hosts an amazing reef formation which is one of the longest in the hemisphere. There are several dive shops to choose from as well as restaurant, snack bars and bathrooms with showers. From the park you can choose guided tours to Punta Sur and the “Blue Eye Cave”. They also offer zip line flights and Caribbean bungee jumping.
If you are a diver or snorkeler, you must visit the Underwater Museum. The museum was created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. There are an amazing 400 life size sculptures. The underwater museum will help to create a man-made reef to aid the abundant marine life. It’s just an exceptional outing.
The Isla Mujeres downtown area (Centro) is a mere 4 blocks by 6 blocks but has some great little shopping spots. Everything from handcrafted Mexican items to jewelry, dive and tobacco shops. The assortment of beach wear and cover ups is worth a stroll through the markets.
Isla Mujeres is a great day trip from Cancun. You may even consider two days there to enjoy all that the island has to offer. There are also hotels on the island and it is a very quaint area to stay.
I have information on all the excursions above as well as lodging. If you are interested in more, please contact me.
Follow us next as we head south from Cancun for another day trip.
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