Sun-drenched, quaint and just the right size, Isla is the perfect day trip. If you’re staying in Playa del Carmen, you have more than enough time to visit the island, have a great time all day long and return by nightfall. If you’re staying in Cancun, the ferry is a short taxi drive away.
Since the town itself is not large, you can leisurely walk the breadth of it in a couple hours. Like the island of Holbox, the locals get around on golf-carts, scooters, and small bore motorcycles. You’ll see only a few cars and trucks.
When you get off the ferry, you are right downtown, on Avenue Rueda Medina. Down the road heading south (right) is the military zone [you must stay on the road or sidewalk]. To the north (left), are restaurants, shops and the best beaches [this is the tourist zone].
The most popular streets [calles] run east-west, parallel with the shoreline. However, the intersecting streets also contain shops and restaurants. The main “tourist” street [Miguel Hidalgo Ave.] is a cobblestone pedestrian walkway filled with interesting boutique hotels and restaurants. It’s reminiscent of a charming, small-scale version of Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue.
For Ferry information Cancun – Isla Mujeres see: Isla Mujeres Ferry