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Just 8 kilometres off the Yucatan peninsula, close to Cancun, is the lovely Isla Mujeres, or "Island of Women". A slender stretch of sand just 1 kilometre wide and 7 long, the island is laid back and beach fringed. Although small enough to walk around in reasonable time, it is probably a little more fun to hire a scooter or a golf cart to get around to the various beaches, bars and sites. Some never stray far from the North Beach, Playa Norte, a strip of dazzling white sand between warm shallow waters and a stretch of bars, restaurants and hotels that act as life support between swims and trips to the beach.
If you feel like a little exploring, there is a turtle farm, a hacienda built by a genuine pirate of the Caribbean, a Mayn lighthouse and temple and even an art gallery. The nightlife tends to be a bit more tame than can be found in Cancun, although plenty still stay open until late. The water is not only lovely to swim in but is home to a great variety of fish who will keep you company while snorkelling at Garafon Park or you can take a dip with the dolphins on the north west of the island at the "Dolphin Discovery". You can arrange a spot of sports fishing by just asking your local hotel operator who will help set you up with a local. Many of the restaurants will be happy to cook your catch for you on your return as well.
Those a little more serious about diving and snorkelling can explore the Manchones Reef just offshore or travel by boat to Cuevones and Banderas Reefs which are close by.
The Isla Mujeres is a relaxed and beautiful place, after only a little while you will feel yourself slip into a slower pace and start to unwind and enjoy a little Mexico time.