4 Islands Near Cancun That You MUST Visit

It has happened to all of us, planted in front of the monitor answering one of thirty pending work emails, while the soul embarks on a beautiful journey to that promised land of pina coladas, soft white sand, refreshing sea breeze, swimsuits, hammocks and wooden lounge chairs.

The office phone and your cell phone ring as well, and even your boss looks at your cubicle to see what’s happening with you and find out the reason for your relaxed smile, but you’re resting on a tropical island in your mind. Something is certain after this episode: you can not postpone your vacation to one of the islands of the Mexican Caribbean anymore!

While you decide to turn your dream into reality, let us take you on a mental journey to four incredible tropical destinations, join us to discover the most beautiful islands of the Mexican Caribbean!

Cozumel

Cozumel is an island located across from Playa del Carmen; a journey of just 45 minutes by ferry will take you to this beautiful and traditional island that was an important religious and commercial center in the days of the ancient Maya.

Visit the archaeological site of San Gervasio, where you will find the Temple of the Goddess Ixchel, deity dedicated to the fertility of the land and of women.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Cozumel

As you may already know, the main attraction of Isla Cozumel is its proximity to the Mesoamerican barrier reef, the dream of every diving enthusiast and of all those who love to wear a mask to see what is under the surface of the deep blue sea, a Cozumel snorkeling tour is not to be missed!

Be sure to visit Punta Sur Park in Cozumel, snorkel in El Cielo to see dozens of beautiful starfish up close and enjoy a traditional marquesita as you tour the colonial center of Cozumel.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Isla Cozumel

Take a drive on the wild side, rent a car or a scooter to explore the eastern coast of Cozumel, where you will find kilometers and kilometers of beautiful and isolated beaches, with no more nearby construction than the occasional ceviche and fish restaurant, some palapas with handicrafts and several wooden lookouts.

Isla Mujeres

The charming little sister of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, is a traditional corner of the Mexican Caribbean that is barely 30 minutes away by boat. Isla Mujeres is a must-see tourist stop for travelers who want to get away from the big resorts of Cancun and the hustle and bustle of big cities.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Isla Mujeres

Inhabited since the times of the ancient Mayans, contemporary Isla Mujeres was founded by fishermen and a large number of inhabitants of the island still dedicate themselves to this noble activity, both for self-consumption and for sale to the various restaurants on the small island.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres can be reached by ferry or a modern catamaran, to visit the beautiful Garrafón Park and then snorkel, zipline, kayak and visit a turtle farm. You can also swim with dolphins on Isla Mujeres, sunbathe on the world famous Playa Norte, or scoot around the island on a golf cart. An Isla Mujeres tour from Cancun never disappoints! 

Isla Holbox

Holbox Island is perhaps much less famous than Cozumel or Isla Mujeres, but it definitely has a lot to offer travelers who like beaches, natural scenery and the typical Mexican towns.

Located in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Holbox is the meeting point for hundreds of huge whale sharks which congregate every summer in the warm waters of this area of ​​the country.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Isla Holbox

Bird fanatics love coming to Holbox, as nearly 300 species of marine birds inhabit this island. It is common to see complete flocks of beautiful flamingos flying over the incredible beaches of Holbox like a pink cloud!

Take a walk through the center of Holbox at dusk and sample what is sold in all the stalls of the local vendors. Try the famous lobster pizza at Edelyn and rent a bicycle or a golf cart to explore the island! An exciting adventure awaits in every Holbox tour from Cancun

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Holbox

Isla Contoy

If you want to seriously disconnect, Isla Contoy is the place that you are looking for. This island is a natural reserve uninhabited by man and used as a scientific research center for marine wildlife. This little paradise is only populated by birds, reptiles and insects.

Only 200 people are allowed to make a tour to Isla Contoy every day (and with a captain, crew and vessel strictly regulated), this is in order to take care of the environmental impact of tourism on the island.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Isla Contoy

On a tour to Isla Contoy you will enjoy a lovely beach with gentle waves and you will find a vibrant ecosystem that shelters about 150 different species of birds.

Islas del Caribe Mexicano | Contoy

As you can see, your vacation can include much more than just Cancun. So we recommend that you dare to leave your hotel in Cancun, explore the islands of the Mexican Caribbean! Tell us what is your opinion of these spectacular destinations, which is your fave?

Miguel Hernández

Fotógrafo y escritor 2.0. Hablo de turismo en México y viajes hacia mi interior. Si siembro en ti las ganas de conocer más, esto valdrá la pena.

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