Explore Enchanting Isla Mujeres in Mexico

North America - Editor - 30 July 2008

Explore Enchanting Isla Mujeres in Mexico

The beautiful Isla Mujeres is situated in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The colorful village of Isla Mujeres, with its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, is a popular destination for holiday makers who want to spend some time relaxing, but are also looking for exciting activities during their break from everyday routine.

The stunning white beaches of Mexico’s Isla Mujeres are ideal for soaking up the sun, long walks and a lively game of beach volleyball. The warm Caribbean Sea beckons fun-seekers to enjoy the many water-sports available. Scuba diving or snorkeling is a great way to explore the under-water wonderland of colorful fish, coral, anemones and a host of unusual sea creatures. Be sure to explore the amazing Garrafon Park and swim with the dolphins. You may have seen television programs about dolphins and marveled at their intelligence, but swimming with these gentle creatures is guaranteed to make you see them in a whole new light and will be an unforgettable experience. The more daring diver might want to explore the “Cave of the Sleeping Sharks”.

The Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres is a protected area for giant sea turtles to lay their eggs in the soft sand between May and September each year. The number of sea turtles was declining rapidly due to predators, both human and animal. Now the turtle eggs are placed in pens to protect them and the hatchlings are placed in tanks until local school children release them into the sea.

The Mayan Temple, which is situated at the tip of the south end of the island, is dedicated to the Mayan Goddess of Fertility, Ixhel. This fascinating temple has for centuries been a pilgrimage site for barren Mayan women to call on the help of Ixhel. The view from the top of the nearby lighthouse is breath-taking.

Built in 1858, the home of former pirate and slave trader Fermin Mundaca is surrounded by exquisite gardens including a solar clock garden. A small zoo is situated in the grounds of Hacienda Mundaca, where visitors can see monkeys, crocodiles, pythons and a variety of colorful birds. Mundaca’s empty tomb has a headstone featuring the pirate skull and crossbones which he personally carved. The words “As you are, I was. As I am, you will be” are carved on the tombstone, apparently addressed to a much younger woman who spurned his romantic advances and married a man closer to her age. Legend has it that heartbroken Mundaca went insane and died alone in Merida where he was buried.

Certainly, with so much to see and do, holiday makers who are looking for a truly memorable experience are sure to find it on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres.


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