Day Trip to Isla Mujeres

We drove one hour North of Acamaya Reef campground, through Cancun & Puerto Juarez to MecoLoco campground. The campground is not on the beach but is only 1-1/2 miles from the Punta Beta ferry dock, so we decided a fun day trip would be to bike down to the ferry & load our bikes on board.

The one hour ferry ride including our bikes was $6 per person each way. We loaded our bikes along with the big trucks and enjoyed the views from the top deck.

Once we reached the island, it was about a 10 mile bike ride to circumnavigate the small island. The West shore was a little hilly with some light traffic.

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When we reached the end of the island near Garrafon Park the traffic disappeared and the views were spectacular along the Panoramic Highway.

 

There was a private residence along the drive that was built in the shape of a shell. It was really cool.

After the Panoramic Highway we ended up back in the downtown area with lots of hotels, restaurants, beautiful beaches and the typical souvenir shops.

I liked the large statue in the middle of the glorietta (Traffic Circle) of a fisherman and women (Mujeres) with child.

When we were here 23 years ago I only remember a few stores and tiny hotels. It now has 15,000 residents and would be a nice place to stay for a while.

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  1. Wow, things have changed! I visited the Isla Mujeres in about 1982. Very modest, if beautiful, place. Your pictures show more of a resort than the “untouched” island I remember. Seems to me I snorkeled at a national marine park with “shark” in the name. There wasn’t even a car ferry. Made the crossing in a simple motorboat back then.

    Merry Christmas to you and Peggy and the family. Safe travels.

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