Lotus Beach Hotel

Isla Mujeres

Just 25 minutes from the mainland of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a small island of seven kilometers (4.3 miles) long. of and about 500 meters wide (0.31 miles) and was discovered by the Spanish in the year 1517.

Just 600 meters from Hidalgo Avenue, the central pedestrian street and heart of Isla Mujeres where you will find variety of international cuisine restaurants, bars, shops and where night life happens. In addition to the typical local stalls where you can enjoy a “bola cheese and nutela marquesita” typical of the region or some “corns esquite” among a variety of other interesting proposals.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the island was consecrated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, love and fertility, who received offerings in female forms that believers deposited on her beaches for her worship. When the Spanish conquerors arrived and observed all these offerings, they baptized the island as Isla Mujeres. In Punta Sur you can see the remains of the Mayan Temple of Ixchel.

This quaint former fishing village is now home to mostly small boutique hotels and tourist-oriented businesses.

Recommendations and tips

In the morning, there are usually not many people on the beach, so we recommend a morning walk and a swim in the sea, which will be calmer and more transparent.

In the early hours of the day, the heat is usually not very strong and since we are very close to the center you can take the opportunity to take a look.

Just 3 blocks away and during the mornings you can visit the municipal market, where you can find the Mayan dishes, unique to the culture that predominated in the previously called “Yucatan Peninsula”.

A fun way to get to know the island is to tour it in a golf cart or on a scooter that we will gladly help you rent. The ride will take you through the colorful houses and streets of the island on one side and on the other side you will be able to appreciate the cliffs by the sea. At the other end of the island, the southern tip known as Punta Sur, is the first place in Mexico that the sun’s rays touch each morning. There you will find a boulder surrounded on both sides by the beautiful turquoise sea, the ruins of the Mayan temple of the goddess Ixchel and a walking path with a small cave and cliffs where the waves crash, ideal for taking photos.

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