- Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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To escape the frantic beat of Cancún's nightlife and beaches, head to Isla Mujeres (or the Island of Women). There is little to do on this small island just eight miles off the Yucatán Peninsula, but travelers want it that way.
Despite the island's sleepy reputation, there are a few sites worth checking out. One is the Hacienda Mundaca, the ruined mansion of a 19th-century slave trader named Mundaca. The mysterious death of the house's owner adds to the colonial estate's haunting charm. Isla Mujeres also remains popular for its sea turtles, and you can glimpse the creatures at the local tortugranja, or turtle farm. The farm contains several hundred turtles and an aquarium, with tours in both Spanish and English. You can reach the aquarium by taxi from Isla Mujeres' downtown. If you're looking for the right beach on Isla Mujeres, head to Playa del Norte, regarded among travelers as an excellent, beautiful and pristine beach.
You can reach Isla Mujeres by ferry from three different Cancún ports: Punta Sam, Puerto Juarez and Gran Puerto. You can learn more about ferry service by in our Getting Around Cancún section.