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Isla Mujeres has long been a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. With beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, magnificent reefs near by and challenging deep-sea fishing, Isla has something for everyone. Explore the natural wonders of the Mexican Caribbean.

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Isla Mujeres Beaches
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Garrafón Park  & Dolphin Discovery
Whale Shark Tours
Boat Charters
Fishing and Tournaments

The Beaches of Isla Mujeres

There are beaches all around Isla Mujeres. The major beaches are on the north and west sides of Isla. Calm, turquoise waters and soft white sand make them ideal for sunning, swimming and snorkeling.  The spectacular and rocky eastern shore is too dangerous for swimming, the currents are very strong on the Caribbean side. There are posted warnings, but accidents can happen so please be careful. Even on Playa Norte there are areas where the undertow is quite strong. CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND UNDER MAY NOT SWIM UNLESS SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT!  Playa Norte (North Beach)

Considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Playa Norte (once known as Nautibeach and Playa Cocos) is the most popular, therefore crowded beach on Isla Mujeres. You can rent water toys, kayaks and snorkeling gear as well as lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. There are several palapa restaurant/bars that will also bring drinks and snacks to your towel or beach chair. Just wave at a passing waiter.

Playa Paraiso, Playa Lancheros and Playa Indios

These more secluded beaches are located on the west side of Isla Mujeres, mid-island near Hacienda Mundaca. There are open air palapa restaurants, gift shops, bathrooms, chairs and umbrellas. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and even beach toys for the kids. One of the biggest attractions of these beaches are the shark pens where you can take a swim with the sharks. Don't forget to tip the trainer.

Garrafón de Castilla

Located next to Garrafón Isla Mujeres at the south end of the island. The $50 peso admission includes use of lounge and beach chairs with beach umbrellas, restrooms and shower facilities. Snorkel gear, lockers and towels are available for an additional fee. There is a restaurant, snack bar and a small gift shop. Playa Garrafón de Castilla features a Nurse Shark pen where you can swim with the sharks and snorkeling areas that rival Garrafón Isla Mujeres.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Buzos de Mexico
Carey Dive Center
Ceviche Tours
Cruise Divers
Delfin Diving

Enrique's Unique Dives
Guadalupana Tours
Mundaca Divers
Sea Hawk Divers


Visit Isla Dive Guide for information about scuba diving and snorkeling the waters around Isla Mujeres! The scuba diving and snorkeling around Isla Mujeres is unforgettable. The Manchones Reef begins just off of Isla's shore and the Cuevones and Banderas Reefs are close by. The waters are calm and clear - perfect for the beginner as well as the advanced diver. The Cruz de la Bahia (Bay Cross) was planted into the Manchones Reef in 1994 to pay tribute to the men and women of the sea. Divers celebrate the founding of Isla Mujeres in 1854 with a mass dive here on August 17.

Almost 50 years ago, a young lobster diver from Isla Mujeres named Carlos García Castilla, discovered a deep sea cave where sharks went in... but didn't come out. Out of curiosity he free dove some twenty meters (about 65 feet) and found that the sharks were asleep with their eyes wide open. The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks. 

Not to be missed is the Underwater Sculpture Museum

The crystal clear waters surrounding Isla Mujeres is home to the largest underwater museum on the planet. The artist, Jason deCaires Taylor is also the founder and artistic director of MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte/Underwater Museum of Art). In collaboration with marine biologists and other experts, the sculptures are all designed to become artificial reefs and are constructed from special materials which promote marine life. The sculptures will be changed in their appearance over time, as coral grows and marine life establishes itself. It is hoped that the underwater museum will lure tourist away from the area’s natural coral reefs which has been damaged over the years.

The sculptures - Dream Collector, Man on Fire and The Gardener of Hope were installed last year. Silent Evolution was completed in November 2010. All were submerged to a variety of different depths throughout the national park and can be visited either by snorkeling or scuba diving. Silent Evolution can also be seen from a boat on the surface where the 400 pieces form the silhouette of an eye.

Dream Collector features dozens of bottles containing messages of encouragement sent from around the world. One of the messages reads: “May our hearts, never become as hard as our heads,” by Roberto Diaz, President of MUSA.


Man on Fire has 75 holes planted with fire coral. A lonely and imposing figure stands 8 meters deep. Dream Collector and Man on Fire are both located just off the south end of Isla.


The Gardener of Hope, only 4 meters below the surface, depicts a young girl lying on a garden patio surrounded by vivid coral-filled vessels and is located off of Punta Nizuc, Cancun.


Silent Evolution is a breath-taking site with over 400 life-size sculptures.
“Casts for The Silent Evolution were taken from a broad cross-section of society, predominantly Mexican, and from all walks of life. Sculptures range from Rosario, an 85-year old nun, to Santiago, a 3-year boy, with various occupations represented from around the globe, including an accountant, yoga instructor, fisherman, student, acrobat, carpenter and park ranger. The installation portrays a gathering of people, illustrating how we are all facing serious questions concerning our environment and our impact on the natural world. The work is optimistic and forward looking, expressing hope that there
will be unity in dealing with this problem.”
  From www.underwatersculpture.com


Truly one of the most amazing sites you will ever see.


Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Dolphin Discovery

Garrafón Natural Reef Park is named for an incredible reef formation, part of the longest reef in the hemisphere. The shallow waters of Garrafón make swimming and snorkeling child's play, so gentle are the currents. There are gift shops, restaurant and snack bars, bathrooms with showers and dive shops. The entrance fee gives you full use of the facilities (pool, sea platforms, deck chairs and palapas) as well as life vests, inner tubes, kayaks. Lockers, towels and snorkel gear are additional charges. The park also offers guided tours to Punta Sur and the "Blue Eye Cave", Zip line flights and Caribbean. A great way to spend the day and well worth the entrance fee! Garrafón Park is located on the south end of the island facing Cancun. Take the opportunity, come swim with the dolphins and have amazing moments through any of our package deals ! Visit www.garrafon.com for more information.

Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery at Isla Mujeres. An experience of a lifetime! Swimming with the dolphins is everything you have imagined and more. Everybody will delight in this hands-on experience, listening to the dolphins sing, watching them "tail walk", and even hugging and kissing these people-loving creatures. Choose from Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Swim Adventure or Dolphin Royal Swim. 


 Whale Shark Tours

These gentle giants are the largest fish in the sea reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or more. Whale sharks are filter-feed, swimming with their wide mouths open, collecting plankton and small fish. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and you can safely snorkel with them,

The best months to observe and snorkel with these fantastic animals are June, July, August and September. The Annual Whale Shark Festival takes place in June or July.

There are many Whale Shark tours available on Isla, be sure your go with a licensed operator.

Carey Dive Center
Delfin Diving

Keen M International Blue Water Encounters
On Isla Mujeres Water Tours
Sport Fishing Center


Boat Charters

At the ferry dock there are some young men representing many of the small launches that will take you on a water tour of the island including snorkeling and lunch. Lorenzo speaks fluent English and can help you decide which "tour" appeals to you most. 

Captain Tony Garcia on the "Guadalupana" offers tours around the island. Located at #7A Matamoros, Tel: 877-0229 E-mail: capitantony@latinmail.com 

On Isla Mujeres Water Tours offers a sunset cruise, tours and charters.

The Cooperative located on Ave. Rueda Medina, just half a block north from the ferry dock, offers fishing and snorkel trips. You can also charter a small boat just to cruise around the island.

www.islamujeresboats.com offers fishing, snorkeling, whale shark tours and island cruises.


Fishing and Tournaments

The fishing around Isla Mujeres is great! From large tournaments to off-shore and deep sea fishing. Isla Mujeres is a fishing village and many families still catch their dinner every day. During the height of the season you'll see many fishing yachts docked at the marinas. There are several international fishing tournaments held yearly; In February the Island Time Fishing Tournament, and in May the Isla Mujeres Annual Fishing Tournament.

Sport Fishing with Captain Anthony Mendillo.  Full and half days fishing aboard the KEEN M, a 29 ft US build custom diesel powered sport fishing boat and the Lilly M is a 36 foot Vernese Express. Both are fully equipped with the finest fishing gear and ready for the most exciting deep sea fishing and light tackle angling adventure in the waters of the Mexican Caribbean!

Sport Fishing Center offers deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, inshore and spear fishing. 26, 29 and 33 foot boats.

Sea Hawk Fishing offers some of the best off-shore and deep-sea fishing trips.

On Isla Mujeres Water Tours offers custom fishing trips.

Guadalupana Boat Tours with Captain Tony Garcia offers trolling and bottom fishing at a very reasonable price.

At the Cooperative you can charter a boat for a few hours or day.

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