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 amenities of Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Take a kayak out to explore the open sea, snorkel in the calm waters, take a dip in the freshwater infinity pool overlooking Cancún Bay, or take a deserved siesta at the water’s edge in the Hammock Garden.