Isla Mujeres is home to the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, the goddess of childbirth and medicine. Also, Mayan goddess of the Moon, love, and fertility. She would received offerings (images of goddesses) that believers would leave on her beaches. When the Spanish conquerors arrived and discovered the offerings, they named it Isla Mujeres.
Mayan women had to make a pilgrimage to the island as part of their passage from girl to woman. Today, the pilgrimage is carried out by lovers of marine animals and the beauty of its tropical nature.
The island has warm, transparent waters which are perfect for dolphins and turtles. Swimming with them is one of the most popular activities in the island.
To get to the island, you have to take a ferry from Cancuns’ Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, or a ferry from Punta Sam (cars). Enjoy the incredible scenery during the 15 minutes ferry ride from Cancun or 45 minutes from Punta Sam. Ferry cost is $20 USD per person.
Isla’s diversity from the fisherman, local artists and musicians to divers, chefs and ex-pats, make up a community unlike any other. Isla Mujeres has become a haven for people from all over the world.