When you’re ready for a more laid-back day of exploration and relaxation, spend a day at Isla Mujeres. Located just 20 minutes by ferry from Cancún, this small island is a lush tropical paradise. It is said that the island was once the sanctuary for Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility, reason, medicine, happiness and the moon. Since then, it has served as a haven for pirates who legends say used its shores to keep their women safe and treasure buried. It was also a thriving fishing village with an abundance of marine life.
At Isla Mujeres you can spend hours exploring the water swimming, diving and snorkeling. Learn about the history of the island and the heritage of its ancient Mayan civilization. Or take to the land and explore the turtle refuge before enjoying lunch and frozen concoctions at one of the oceanfront restaurants.