To say I was stoked when Kari and Jeff booked me for their island wedding would be an understatement, but I had no idea how much fun this area would be. I'm so glad Nick and I got the chance to travel to a place we probably wouldn't have picked on our own.
To start, we planned all of our adventures through Pinterest searches. It's so much easier to navigate (probably because I'm a visual person) and the results seem to be more in tune with exactly what I'm looking for.
I speak a minimal amount of Spanish and had no problem getting around and communicating.
We stayed on Isla Mujeres, which is a gorgeous little island about a 30 minute ferry ride from Cancun. We spent the majority of our time there and one day exploring the rest of the peninsula. Looking back on it I'd recommend more time than that, maybe a week even. We ended up renting a car for the day so were in charge of our schedule and didn't have to rely on a shuttle. This was also a lot cheaper than the tour bus options and it was a really simple process to do from the airport.
Here's my picks for favorite things to do-
- Rent a moped! It's the best way to see the island and so much fun. We did it twice.
- Garrafon de Castilla. Buy fish food and rent the snorkel gear there.
- Tortugranja sea turtle sanctuary
- Punta Sur at sunset can't be missed.
- Spend a day snorkeling or scuba diving off the coast. Try to make sure MUSA is on the list of places the boat will take you.
- Capitan Dulche restaurant
- Visit a Cenote; an underground pool formed from an old sinkhole. There are thousands of them. Above is a photo of Cenote Samula, the best in my opinion because at one point we were the only people there. The bigger tour guides and buses will most likely take you to Cenote Ik Kil, which is gorgeous, but packed. It's basically a public swimming pool. Check out this list (found on Pinterest!) for other great ones.
- Chichen Itza. Don't miss the show in the planetarium.
- Town of Valladolid for lunch or dinner.
- I'm sad we missed out on the Mayan ruins of Tulum. I'm sure that area would be worth a couple days as well.
All in all, Mexico is filled with fun things to do, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. Check it out sometime!