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Day Trip to Isla Mujeres
(Last Updated On: June 1, 2018)

Day Trip to Isla Mujeres


With the standard work week being 6 days, the “normal” day off here is Sunday and we try to make the best of it.

We decided to head over to Isla Mujeres for the day. Isla Mujeres, translated as the Island of Women, is a tiny island located across from Cancun.

How to get to Isla Mujeres

You can access the island either via ferry or in an organized trip such as a catamaran.

The island is only 13 kilometers long (8.1 miles) and about 650 meters (2130 feet) at its widest point. It has lovely white sand beaches, turquoise waters and a quaint but colorful downtown area where you can shop, grab a drink or enjoy some fresh seafood.

isla mujeres aerial view

The Ferry

From Playa del Carmen to the ferry is about 1 hour’s drive. You can opt to get the ferry either from Puerto Juarez or in the Cancun hotel zone. The ferries come frequently and are inexpensive.

We chose to take the ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres which was a quick 20 minutes. We sat in the outside section to feel the breeze and the sunshine and were even treated to live music on the way.


Getting Around

Once we arrived to Isla, we decided to rent a golf cart. You do have quite a few taxis around as well as scooters, but the majority of the traffic (if you can even call it that!) on this little island is due to golf carts.

Directly across the street from the ferry port is Rentadora del Caribe and I cannot say enough good things about them.

rentadora del caribe

Golf Cart Rentals

You do have people at the exit of the ferry port waiting to “help” you and if they bring you to the rental area, they claim a commission. Just walk across the street yourselves.

There were 2 options for golf carts. The smaller ones had one bench facing forward and the other one facing back and

  1. The Smaller ones had one bench facing forward and the other one facing back and was 180 pesos for one hour (roughly $14US).
  2. The Bigger one. We decided to “splurge” on the bigger golf cart where all the seats face forward for 200 pesos for an hour ($16US). They also had options for daily rentals.

They did require me to leave my license so make sure you have it with you.

People on cart at isla mujeres

Touring the Island (& Cell Phone Disasters)

Now it was time to tour the island. I drove the golf cart and it is a pretty simple loop around the island that takes less than 1 hour if you only make a few stops for photos.

The views are spectacular, and I really enjoyed the golf cart cart aspect with the ocean breeze and slower pace.

Our first picture stop was right near Garrafon park, where you can zip line over the ocean and enjoy other activities like kayaks and snorkeling.

We stopped to by some “Cocos Frios” by the side of the road – and this is also where I realized that I had lost my cell phone OOPS. Major OOPS. But, on the up side, the view was stunning!

garrafon park

I really didn’t want to ruin the day for everyone else, so I sort of bit my tongue and floored that golf cart as fast as I could back to town – I think it went as fast as 15mph… living on the wild side people.

Seriously though, anyone who has lost their phone has that moment of panic.

Yes, for the actual phone, but mostly for the contacts, the pictures, and all the information in it. Despite the stressful situation, the surroundings were so pretty!

Here is one of the sights from the golf cart….

Boats at isla mujeres

Lovely & Helpful Locals

We arrived back to the rental place and I first checked to see if I had forgotten it there. The staff were more than helpful and lent me their phone to ring mine.

Eventually, after several attempts, someone did answer and claimed to have found it on the side of the road. Again, the staff at the car rental place came to help me as this man gave them a point in the village where I could go pick it up. The agency manager even gave me written directions and sent me to a taxi.

I left my party behind and set off in search of my cell phone. Luckily, as we approached the random landmark I had been given as a meeting point, a man must have seen the stressed out gringa (disparaging slang for a foreign female) in the taxi and approached me. I did offer him a “reward” and was then handed my cell, which now had a totally smashed glass top. The taxi driver then drove me back into town where I joined the rest of my group on the beach for a well deserved, extra-strong margarita and a delicious shrimp cocktail.

margarita isla

Now, onto a more relaxing part of the day.

We wandered on the main road and stopped in an authentic gelato shop for some dessert. The mint chocolate chip was dreamy, I think I would have married it. And, let’s face it, ice cream makes everything better.

Ice cream flavours at isla mujeres

On to a few other shops to check out souvenirs. The “downtown” area in Isla Mujeres is really quite charming and easy to navigate.

Boutiques and shops at Isla mujeres

We finished the day with a stop on Playa Norte beach.

This beach is open to the public and absolutely gorgeous. I even treated my nerves to a quick massage, not to best I’ve had in my life, but well worth the $20 that I paid for half an hour.

playa del norte

The ferry back was rocky but I loved the sea breeze and that particular turquoise hue the ocean has between Isla Mujeres and Cancun is stunning.

Overall, a great day – until our car broke down on the way home…. Ooops (again)!

Vehicle towing

Despite the hiccups in the day – overall – we loved our day trip to Isla Mujeres.

Well worth the visit!

See ferry schedules and pricing.

If you prefer an organized tour to Isla Mujeres, get Get 10% off Garrafon Park here.

Have any experienced to share? Comment below.


Sarah Sarah is a travel enthusiast from England, who swapped the rainy clouds of Manchester for beachside bliss in Playa Del Carmen. If she’s not salsa dancing by the shore, you’ll find her soaking up the sun in one of her favorite rooftop party pools. Sarah is the content and social media manager here at PlayaDelCarmen.com


  1. At the isla mejeres we rented 3 golf carts for 10 people. Was awesome big smiles on our faces then all heck broke loose. One of them kept shutting off two blocks down the road so we turned around took it back. Another one the steering broke trying to do a u turn and the drive belt fell off. We couldn’t take that one back so they came and found us. They wanted to keep our license and blamed the damage on us and wanted $200 American for repaires. Theyre are newer golf carts that can be rented out on the island and i suggest those.

  2. I’m planning on visiting Playa Del Carmen in August and I really want to visit Isla Mujeres. We will not have a rental car, what is the best way to get to the ferry? And the cheapest way.

    1. Hi Jennifer – Thanks for reaching out!
      Where will you be staying in Playa? If you are not renting a car, you will have to take a taxi to the bus station to ger the bus to Cancun, and then take another bus to the ferry…. It would be a lengthy process but would probably cost $25 per person for bus / ferry + whatever the cost would be to get you from your resort in the Riviera Maya to the bus station.
      You can also choose the Catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres which picks you up and also includes the tour, snorkeling, lunch and open bar. Let us know if you have any other questions at all 🙂

      1. Hi Lisa
        Going to b staying in riviera royalton hideaway and want a trip to Isla mugures, don’t know if we should go on an organised trip or make our own
        Could you advise on the pros and cons
        I like the idea of the freedom of doing it yourself but will it work out more expensive , and how viable getting to cancun from royalton riviera ?
        And a few stories of problems with golf buggies breaking down and them being funny with the money and keeping your ID etc

        1. Hi Rebecca,
          Thanks for reaching out. Well, taxis from the Royalton can be pricey, so it will depend how many of you will be sharing the fare. The hotel is too far away from the highway to consider other public transport options. I estimate that a taxi from there to the ferry port would be at least $50US one way. Then factor in the ferry cost, which is 300 pesos per person (roughly $15US) per round-trip ticket. The golf cart fees range from 200 pesos for an hour to 600 pesos for a day. I have not had any issues with them keeping deposit or trying to charge more, but I know that it has happened :-S
          If you opt for a tour, one of the better ones is this catamaran from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Regular price is $100, but after our discount works out to $90 per person including round-trip transport, open bar on board, buffet lunch, and a fabulous catamaran trip which stops for snorkeling (versus the ferry). You do have enough time to rent a cart for an hour and tour the island.
          Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions. Have a GREAT vacation 🙂

  3. Jennifer…Also, you can take the little van type public buses, call Playa Express or the local ones, if you can walk out to the highway from your hotel. It costs like 25 cents per person and runs Playa to Cancun. From there you can take a taxi to the ferry.

    1. Yes, Playa Express and the Colectivo vans are a very inexpensive way to travel, and immerse yourself in some local culture as well. 🙂

    1. Hey Jeff,
      Sure is. There is a multi-level parking lot right outside the terminal where you can leave the car. Enjoy!

  4. Do you suggest booking a tour from PDC to Isla de Mujeres or would it be great to go on our own? Problem with viator tours and their “buffet” lunches which I just experienced in Puerto Rico is that it consisted of cold cuts. Wasn’t worth the cost of the trip.

    Also, is it safe to drive around Mexico? My other thought was to meet a local who would be willing to drive us around – probably cheaper but just curious to know if it’s safe.

    1. Hi Hope,
      Thanks for reaching out.
      Honestly, this really comes down to what you want and your personality. Some are more adventurous and want to be more independent – and in the case of Isla Mujeres, it is an easy day trip from Playa del Carmen and fairly inexpensive. However, sometimes when on vacation, you don’t want to think or plan, in which case, the catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres would be a great option. The buffet is much more varied than what you decribe, and value for money, the tour is worthwhile.

      As for driving, I would say it is safe. Learn how things work when driving in Mexico versus your home country (you can find a few tips on driving in Playa del Carmen here). Make sure you take insurance and use common sense. We can also help arrange a driver service if you are interested.

      Hope this helps! Have a great trip


  5. Hello there! We are a family of 7 and traveling to and staying in PDC for 8 days in December. We really want to do the best snorkeling possible at multiple locations on a day trip. Our kids range in age from 5 to 17. What is your opinion on the best and most reputable company for achieving this? We are staying at La Esmerelda Paradisus. Thanks

    1. Hey Rachael,
      Thanks for reaching out! A few options for multiple snorkelling spots are the following tours. We have Turtles & Cenotes, with Ocean Tours which is a great company with fabulous guides. They not only visit and snorkel in cenotes, but in the ocean on the reef and with the turtles. Another option is the Mayan Adventure snorkel with Aventuras Mayas. Again, very reputable company with fantastic guides. This tour has you visit and snorkel in 3 different places. Both companies provide pick up at the Paradisus La Esmeralda. Hope this helps, please feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have.

  6. Hi Lisa
    I’m traveling to puerto Morelos, Mexico & staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort for a wedding next week. I was wondering would it be a far commute to try and visit Isla de Mujeres via the ferry for a day trip. And what would be the best way to go?

    1. Hi Tara,
      You will love the Dreams Riviera Cancun! You have a couple of options if you want to get to Isla Mujeres. From the Dreams, you can take a taxi to the ferry port in Puerto Juarez (approximately 30-35 minutes) and then take the ferry across. The taxi will run you at least $40 each way. You can also opt to rent a car and drive to the ferry port. Another option is with a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres. Sea Passion catamaran is a great choice and the pricing is fair considering it includes lunch, open bar etc.
      Hope this helps! Have an excellent trip!

  7. Hi Lisa,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and very thankful I did. Great information – thank you! We are arriving in Playa this Saturday staying at Excellence Riviera Cancun and would like to take a day trip to Isla and rent a golf cart to visit friends who will be in Isla during that time. Where do we catch the ferry close by? Last year we stayed in Cancun at the Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach and the ferry terminal was next door so it was very easy to get to Isla. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give – this is our first trip to Playa!

    1. Hi Tocaya!

      Here in Mexico when someone has the same name, we call them our tocaya (tocayo). Thanks for reaching out!

      The Excellence Riviera Cancun is a STUNNING resort and I am sure you will love it! From the Excellence to the ferry, you have a couple of options. If you want to make your life easier, you can grab a taxi. There are two ferry ports in Cancun where you can grab the ferry: the one in the hotel zone (that you likely took the last time) but the ferry cost here is much higher as it is in the ‘tourist’ area; AND the one in Puerto Juarez, which is a little further south than Cancun but the ferry prices are lower. So feel out what the cost of the taxi will be for both and decide which one works better for you. I would expect the cost of the taxi to be about $40US one way…. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can grab a collectivo from the main highway, but you will have to transfer at some point which may just make it too long and complicated if you want an easy, lazy day. We also have a tour (which may work out to the same since the taxi will be a chunk of money) that will include transport, a catamaran to the island, lunch, drinks etc and you still get a little free time for the golf cart rental.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions and ENJOY!

  8. Thanks for the great info! We traveled from PDC today via taxi to Puerto Juarez, boarded the ferry, arrived at Isla Mujeres, rented a golf cart for the day (600 pesos) and we were off! What a wonderful day exploring the island!

    1. Cindy, can you tell me how much the taxi from PDC to Puerto Juarez cost you? We are planning a trip in February 2017 and will be taking the taxi from Playacar to Puerto Juarez. Thanks, Susan

    2. Hi Cindy,
      Can you please tell me the cost of the taxi from Playa to the Puerto Juarez ferry, cost of the ferry and name of the place where you rented the golf cart?

  9. Lisa,

    my wife and I are staying at Grand Bliss the week of Dec 4th-11th and was wandering if you could pick us up there and then do the catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres and then we will spend the night there and then could we get picked up on the catamaran the next day and taken to our resort?

    1. Hi Kirk,
      I am so sorry for the delay – I can’t believe your comment slipped through the cracks! The Grand Bliss is wonderful, I am sure you will enjoy it.
      I will have one of our travel gurus contact you (maybe too late, so sorry!!) to provide you with the best option to plan your overnight adventure to Isla Mujeres.

  10. HI Lisa,
    I’m hoping you can give me some advice. We will be staying at the Royalton Riviera Cancun the first part of January for my daughters wedding. She will have approximately 45-50 guests and would like to plan a catamaran day trip to Isla Murjeres. I have a few concerns – transportation for that many people, which tour group to use and cost. I basically am looking for your recommendation for the easiest, most cost effective option. I also know she would prefer private tour with just her group. Any assistance you could provide would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Carmen,
      Thanks for reaching out and I am happy to help. I will have one of our travel gurus contact you today with some options. With a group that size, we can help you charter the boat and provide private transport to keep the costs down for you and your guests.
      Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Royalton and I am sure the wedding group will enjoy it too. Here is my review of the Royalton in case you want more details on the resort before you arrive.

      Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

  11. Hi my family and I will be going to Rivera Maya in June would like to visit Cancun is there any tours for Cancun and isla mujeras? There will be 16 of us. Or can we hire someone to take us into Cancun to site see

    1. Hi Dinah,

      Thanks for reaching out! Yes, there are tours to Isla Mujeres from Riviera Maya. With 16, we can offer additional discounts. There are not really any Cancun sightseeing tours, but we can help you get this organized or at the very least, help you organize transportation. I will have one of our travel gurus reach out.
      Enjoy your holiday and let me know if you have any other questions.

  12. Hello Lisa,

    I and my wife will be travelling to PDC from 10th – 16th and will be staying at Real Playa Del Carmen.

    We both are non-swimmer but absolutely would like to do snorkeling in Lagoon, Cenote and may be in akumal (turtle)

    Is this possible for non-swimmer like me to enjoy snorkeling with life vest on ? If so, would you recommend a group who offers this ( with off course a small group, so little more personal attention ) ?

    1. Hi!
      Thanks for reaching out!
      YES – this tour would be suitable…. Turtles and Cenotes. They are small groups (about 12 people) so the guide is much more available to assist than a larger group tour. They have life jackets available (they are mandatory for everyone participating) and in Akumal you actually walk in from the beach, so you can always stop if you feel uncomfortable.
      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  13. Hi Lisa!

    My husband and I will be traveling to PDC March 10-18,and staying at the The Royal PDC. My question is between Cozumel and Isla de Muerjes, which do you prefer? Isla looks like it is has more beautiful beaches.

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for getting in touch. You will LOVE The Royal. It is a fabulous hotel.

      Cozumel has multiple cruise ships every day so it is often very busy and you have to rent a vehicle to get to the more remote beaches. If you are willing to pay a taxi or rent a car, there are some stunning beaches on the east side of the island. The ferry to Cozumel is walking distance from The Royal and the fare is $12USD one way per person.

      In order to get to the ferry port for Isla Mujeres, it is quite a bit further, however, I love Isla Mujeres and you really have the feeling of ‘getting away’. Easy and cheap to rent a golf cart and get around the entire island. You also have the option of booking a tour that can pick you up at the hotel and back again to make life easier…. Here is one option – Cancun Catamaran to Isla Mujeres.

      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions and have a fabulous vacation!


  14. Hi Lisa, we have a group heading to PDC end of the month (march) and we would like to take a catamaran (18 of us) to Isla mujeres one day… is there a catamaran that would take us ?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Yes, there are a few options for catamarans to Isla Mujeres and they pick up in Playa del Carmen. I will have one of our travel gurus reach out with some options and discounts for your group.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions

      1. Hi Lisa,
        We also have a group of 18 that will be heading back to PDC in December. Last December we took an organized catamaran tour from Cancun, but had limited time on Isla Mujeres. We are looking for some options out of PDC (to avoid the hour long trip to CUN) that will also allow for a day trip to the island. Any suggestions?

        1. Hi Katrin!
          Thanks for getting in touch.

          There are no options from Playa del Carmen that go to Isla Mujeres without heading first to Cancun. There are a few catamaran / yacht options from Puerto Aventuras, just 20 minutes south of Playa, but they will take you out for snorkeling, swimming, drinks etc. There is no beach stop or island visit.

          If you would like more information or have any other questions, please feel free to reach out.

          We can also offer some great group discounts on any other tours you may be interested in while here.
          Have a fabulous trip!

  15. hello Lisa,
    we are coming to Mexico in 3 weeks. We will be staying in Mayan Palace/Vidanta in Riviera Maya. how to get to Isla Mujeres by our own? any bus outside our resort in highway 307 that we can ride round trip?

    1. Hello Lalaine!

      Thanks for reaching out. Great to hear you are soon in paradise!

      Getting to Isla Mujeres on your own requires a few steps:
      1) Catch a colectivo (white vans with a green stripe) on 307 heading to Cancun (around $30 MXN pp each way).
      2) Once in Cancun, take a cab to Gran Puerto (Puerto Juarez) (around $50 pesos).
      3) Get on the next ferry to Isla! (they go every 30 minutes).

      For the return, just head to the ADO bus station (you can do colectivo just outside the ferry station or taxi) to hop on the Playa Express vans that will leave as soon as they are full back to Playa; tell your driver to stop at Vidanta and you are all set!

      I would highly recommend renting a golf cart in Isla Mujeres and go around the island to finish up with a dip in stunning Playa Norte!


  16. We are a group of 8 and we will be staying in a villa in Playa Secreto. We are interested in doing a day trip to Isla Mujeres. We can get there on our own. My question is, when we get there, if we just want to hang out on Playa Norte, are there public restrooms/facilities there? If not, can we pay to join a beach club for the day? Some of the group may also rent golf carts and tour around the island. This is a great blog filled with really good info! Thanks.

    1. Hi Kathy
      So sorry for the delay – your comment somehow slipped through the cracks!
      You can hang out on Playa Norte, no problem, although there are no public bathrooms (try a restaurant and buy a drink). There are a lot of golf cart rental places, mostly located around the ferry terminal.
      Hope you enjoy!

  17. I’m taking 3 kids and two seniors with me to playa del carmen in June 2017. We staying in ocean Rivera paradise. Please tell me how to get Isla mujeres and how much would it cost per person? Thank you!

    1. Hi Livian,

      You have a few options for trips to Isla Mujeres from your hotel. There is a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres which includes round-trip transportation. The cost is $100 per adult and $80 per child aged 6-11. We can offer a 10% discount. If you opt to do it yourself, you are looking at about $80USD per taxi ride plus the cost of the ferry which is $300 pesos per adult and $250 per child, but the child fare is based on their height, not on their age (my 8 year old had to pay adult fare!). You will also have to factor in food and drinks once on the island. Hope this helps! Have a great vacation.


  18. So glad I found your blog as we used it yesterday to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. However, I would NEVER recommend that golf rental place to anyone as the staff was over the top rude and unwilling to provide zero assistance to anyone. There was a line of about 5 of us and they literally ignored us for over 10 minutes as we waited baking in the sun. We found a random golf cart place around the corner that charged us 500 pesos for 2 hours. We got lost and arrived 20 minutes late and they didn’t try to charge us extra or even mention our tardiness.

    1. Hi!
      Thank you for your feedback! Any idea what the name of your rental place was? Really happy you enjoyed your day and that everything went well 🙂

  19. We are staying at the Iberostar Grand Hotel – how easy is it to book a day trip. Arriving Monday, July 18, 2017

  20. Your blog is so helpful!!! Me and my husband will be staying at the Royal, and I was wondering if the prices from the ferry that you shared are listed in pesos or US dollars? We are debating going to Cozumel (isla de la Pasion)or Isla Mujeres, but it would be nice to save some money at the same time since it is only the two of us. Is it a tour that can take us to Isla de la Pasion once we get to Cozumel from the ferry? or do we have to book it with time in advance ? On my list was also visiting Rio Secreto, Parque Garrafon or Xcaret Park and visiting las ruinas. Also, how much does a taxi usually charge from the airport to PDC

    1. Hola!
      Thank you for the kind comments…. The ferry is about 300 pesos per person. If you are staying at The Royal, you can easily walk to the ferry port that brings you to Cozumel (ferry is about $12USD per person one way) but the ferry for Isla Mujeres is located in Cancun, so it would be a little more difficult to get there based on your hotel. Once you are in Cozumel, you can find and book tours for Isla de la Pasion.
      We can help with tickets for Rio Secreto, Xcaret and all the ruins in the local area. I will have a travel guru reach out to see how we can help and get you a discount for booking multiple tours.
      A taxi from the airport to the hotel is roughly $80USD. Taxis are in a different zone at the airport and can charge a lot more than in other areas. We can also help you with an airport transfer and it works out to less than taking a taxi.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions and have a fabulous trip!

  21. Hi Lisa! I am so happy to have found your blog. I’m staying the Privilege Aluxes in Isla Mujeres. Even though I booked a week long vacation there, I want to explore one more town while I’m there. I heard really nice things about Playa del Carmen. Is there a way I can do a day trip to PDC? If so, how would I get from Isla to PDC? What could I do there for the day? I don’t mind taking buses, whatever is more affordable so I can spend money on whats important…. FOOD!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for reaching out. The least expensive way is to take the ferry to the Puerto Juarez port. You will then need to take a bus to the main bus terminal called ADO in Cancun (downtown area) and then the bus or colectivo to Playa (they run right outside of the bus station). The buses run regularly as do the colectivos but they are more like mini-vans. If you prefer to arrange a transport van for pick up at the ferry port, please contact us

    1. Hola Chris,
      Driving can be tricky in the actual city as the drivers here tend to drive a little differently than we would be accustomed to in North America. If you are planning on using the highway (to visit ruins for example) it is fairly simple, there are lots of signs and the road is very well maintained. We do not work with any rental agencies in Cancun at the moment.
      Enjoy your vacation.

  22. Hi Lisa

    We are planning on staying at the El Dorado Seaside suites and wondering what would be the best way to get to isla mujeres? P.s. have you or anyone you know ever stayed at the hotel?

    1. Hello Diana! Thanks for reaching out! I have been to the hotel but not stayed yet, I love it! I am sure you will have a lot of fun 🙂 To get to Isla Mujeres, you have a couple of options. 1) Take a cab to Puerto Juarez in Cancun (which will be probably be very costly, around 100USD). 2) Take a “colectivo” van from the main highway to Playa del Carmen, switch to another van to Cancun; and once in Cancun take a cab to Puerto Juarez. For the return, same thing, you would need to go first to Playa Del Carmen either by van or bus (ADO) and once in Playa, catch a van that goes to Tulum . You just need to ask the driver to stop at your hotel (this option should be around 12 USD per person – round). Let me know if that helps and have a great time!

    1. Hi Tara,
      Thanks for reaching out. We don’t have a dock in Playa that supports boats to Isla Mujeres (we only have the ferry that runs to Cozumel). We can, however, provide transport to Cancun for your group and charter a catamaran from there. I will have one of our travel gurus reach out to give you the options 🙂
      Hope this helps.

  23. Hi Lisa, do you think is it possible to reach the ferry to Isla MujereS from a Playa del Carmen resort with a bus colectivo? It seems to be a struggle on the internet! Thank you

    1. Hi Julia,

      Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 I would take the collectivo from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun centro and than take a cab to the Isla Mujeres Ferry. Or, I would take the ADO bus from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun centro, and again take a cab to the Punta Sam/Isla Mujeres pier.

  24. Hi we are staying at gran bahia principe.. What is the best way to get to isla mujeres with a group of say 10 people and what time would be best to make the journey giving us a full day there.. We have been to the island before but while staying in cancun x

    1. Hi Carl, I will have one of our agents reach out to give you more information and a quote for transfers. It is better to go as early as possible and get the ferry over from Cancun. It isn’t far from Playa just around 40 mins on the highway. 🙂 If there’s 10 of you transport will be fairly cheap. If you need any help with any tours or anything for your trip please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

  25. Going to be staying at Now Jade in October. Do you know what options we have for traveling to Isle Mujeres and approx. cost?

    1. Hey Lori, yes of course! You have come to the right place. I recently wrote this article which I think you’re going to find useful. https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/guide-to-isla-mujeres/ to get to the ferry dock you can either take a taxi (inexpensive) or public transport, or even private transfer if you wished. We can help you with all of these options. Have any further questions, just ask, we would be happy to help. 🙂

  26. HI Lisa,
    Great blog.!! The exact thing I’m looking for. I’m heading to PDC around thanks giving and have a 5 day stay at XCaret . I think I saw a package option with UltraMar which provides ground transportation and the ferry from PDC to Isla. The issue I find is we want to stay for the sunset at Isla and the last gorund transportation go back to PDC is around 6.30 and I guess I’m gonna miss that if I stay at the island for sunset. Is there other traveling options from Ultramar terminal (from Isla last ferry is around 21.40) to PDC after 7.30 8 PM? Is hiring a taxi is a viable option and is that safe? Please share me your thoughts! Thanks

    1. Hi Denny, Sarah here. This is a blog I wrote recently on the subject, you might find it handy. https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/ultramar-tulum/ I’m not sure where you have got those times from but to my knowledge and experience…ferries from Isla Mujeres to Cancun run pretty late. FROM ISLA MUJERES:
      Every half-hour (on the half-hour) from 5:30AM to 9:00PM, then ferries at 8:30PM, 10:00PM, 11:00PM and 12:00AM. I hope that helps. 🙂

      1. Hi Sarah, Thanks for that blog. I think I confused by putting the time . I’m going to stay in Playa and trying to go to Isla from there. Like you said I’m trying to take the island Express package, so that I can get the ground transportation from Playa to Cancun ferry and then take the service to Isla. But while returning their last van leaves for Playa from the Cancun ferry around 6.30 and if I stay at Isla for sunset, I’m afraid that I wont be able to reach Cancun back by 6.30. Do i have other options to travel from . Cancun to Playa back after 8 PM? Is it safe to hire a cab or using alternate service. Appreciate your tips

        1. Hi Denny, I completely understand your question now. 🙂 Yes, the ado bus service runs into the night you can check schedules and buy tickets here…https://www.ado.com.mx/#/ this is a very cheap, comfortable and convenient option as it drops you off right in the center of downtown Playa on 5th avenue. If you have the money the quickest option would be to take a taxi this is roughly 500-600 pesos = $30 roughly. It’s perfectly safe I’m a 25 year old Brit and I’ve had no issues. The only thing you may struggle with is the language barrier. Make sure you agree to the price before you get in so you don’t get ripped off. Also if you prefer to book a private transfer with us I can also arrange this for you. If you would prefer this options contact us via [email protected], tell them you spoke to Sarah and you would like a quote from Puerto Juarez to Playa. We will see what we can do for you. 😉 I hope this helped. Let me know if there’s anything else.


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