Isla Mujeres (Isla) is by far one of Allan and my favorite spots to escape Playa del Carmen for a short weekend trip. Besides having one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen, Isla posses this wonderful island charm that is hard to come by. After having spent the past weekend exploring the island for the first time, both Allan and I are positive we’ll be coming back again this summer. taxi to woking

Isla is only a 20 minute luxury, high speed ferry ride off the coast of Cancun at Puerto Juarez and only costs roughly $15 USD round trip per person. The ferries leave every half hour during the day providing a lot of flexibility for Allan and I, who tend to try to cramp a lot into one day are are usually running late for something.

Once in Isla the four of us crammed into a small taxi cab with luggage and within 4 minutes we had arrived at Cabanas del Maria del Mar on the north coast of the island. Isla is only about 5 miles long and 1 mile wide, which make tranversing the island very easy. Most people travel by golf cart!

The cabanas provided a no frills, comfortable option at an unbeatable price (roughly $40 USD for a double room per night). The price is usually twice that but since we asked for a locals’ discount we were able to secure the discount. The hotel sits right on the beach and includes a small pool and free continental breakfast. The rooms are nothing special but given the price and location, we will definitely be booking again!

Our arrival in Isla was greeted with heavy downpours and amazing thunderstorms which provided a wonderful light show. The weather did not deter us from veturing out for a stroll and some dinner. Low season (May – October) is a perfect time to visit since no one is around. For dinner we enjoyed some Asian cuisine and great people watching. The restaurant was located on what I call restaurant alley. The street is charming yet a bit cramped with a myriad of ethnic restaurants from Argentian and Italian. Between the outdoor dining, the pedestrians and the restaurant employees eagerly trying to solicit our business, I would think the street in high season would become quite crowded.