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One Day In Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

You love walking tours, beaches, and street art. You want peaceful beaches, easy ways to travel healthy, and new experiences when you travel. Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel to Isla Mujeres. Maybe, you want to travel solo, with family, or with a group? You want to transform and travel to Isla Mujeres aka Island of the Women.

It's easy to see why the picturesque island speaks to your soul with the beauty, culture, and beaches, and food. The island has a sort of vibrancy and rhythm to it you may feel everywhere. Isla Mujeres has a lot to offer ranging from walking tours, water activities, ocean view Guadalupe Church, and Playa Norte Beach.

There's more than enough to experience in one day in Isla Mujeres, Mexico to transform and travel whether you come solo, with a transformational retreat, or with family. After you read this, you may want to make sure you stay longer in Mexico.

Follow this One Day in Isla Mujeres, Mexico Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in Isla Mujeres. My intention for you is that you choose joy.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

My Experiences With Isla Mujeres

If you are connecting with me and us for the first time with FIT Life Creation, I traveled to Cancun, Mexico for the second time in 2019 since college creating content, as well as being hosted on an adventure with Airbnb.

When I visited Mexico the last 3 times, I didn't get a chance to visit Isla Mujeres so this time it was high on my list. Isla Mujeres appealed to me because of the island's size, walking tour and beaches, and ease of visiting from Cancun!

It was interesting visiting Mexico 20+ years later with all the changes in my life. I reflected on how my health, wealth, business have transformed since then. If you are loving this guide, you will want to check out my In a Day Guide on Cancun!

I thought it would be great to share my adventures with you and do a one day guide on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Getting to Isla Mujeres is easy via the Ultra Mar Ferry. It takes about 15 min on the Ferry to reach the island from the hotel zone in Cancun.

Ultra Mar Ferry Isla Mujeres
Ultra Mar Ferry Isla Mujeres

Shot on my Canon EOS M100

Fun Facts About Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Travel makes my soul sing. My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.)

I loved Isla Mujeres because of the size, vibe, and closeness to Cancun. Did you know the island is5 miles long and 400 yards at its widest point. Perfect for a wellness activity like a 5K! Speaking of wellness, you may rent a bike or golf cart to get around the island.

In March of the year 1517, Francisco Hernandez Cordova discovered the island. When the Spanish expedition landed, they found many female shaped idols representing the goddess Ixchel, thus Isla Mujeres got its name, the Isle of Women. I learned a lot about the island, its influence and festivals via my Airbnb Walking tour with Liliana.

One Day In Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

So let's explore the experiences I recommend for one day in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!

I'm sharing here a full 24 hours for your one day in Cancun. I'll be sharing Holbox Island, Pink Lakes, Valladolid and a Week In Mexico! I'm giving you many reasons you will want to stay longer in Mexico..

Even when I travel, I stay healthy, bring Herbalife Nutrition and workout daily in different ways.

Airbnb Walking Tour

Once I decided I was going to visit Isla Mujeres for a day, I thought of ways to experience the most in the least amount of time. I found an incredible Airbnb walking tour: Isla Mujeres with Liliana for $2! She is incredible and shares so much value every step of the way in the tour. Please tip her at the end!

We experienced multiple parts of the island from the views, history, culture, church, museum, beach and a stop at a juice shop! I experienced my favorite juice Chaya yet again, and tried some new ones like passion fruit.

I met incredible people like Yvette and Caroline! Liliana has incredible insight on the island. I highly recommend doing this activity first thing as it will give you more ideas on what you want to do.

For example, I would not have known about Guadalupe Church if it wasn't for the Airbnb Walking tour with Liliana! Caroline, who I met on the tour, came with me to the church!

The activity includes:

+ Malecon

+ La Trigueña sculpture

+ Main square and Inmaculada Concepcion church

+ Isla Mujeres museum

+ Mercado

+ North Beach

+ Mexican cementary

+ Mundaca's thomb

+ Fishermen monument

+ Centro beach

Isla Mujeres Walking tour with Airbnb
Isla Mujeres Walking tour

Isla Mujeres Punta Sur
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres street art
Isla Mujeres street art

Shot on my Canon EOS M100 Art Bold

Playa Norte
Playa Norte

With Liliana - Airbnb Walking tour guide Isla Mujeres
Liliana and I in Isla Mujeres (Walking tour guide)

Guadalupe Church

By simply hearing the description of the Guadalupe Church, my mind was made up that I had to make time to visit. A church with a sheer glass backdrop at the altar, oceanside view, and ability to hear the ocean inside the church? Yes, please.

It is just as amazing as it sounds. I ended up going with Caroline, who I met on the tour. We grabbed some ceviche and of course Chaya juice at the Luncheria on the island to go before we headed out this way. We walked part of the way and grabbed a taxi part of the way.

I would have walked the whole way oceanside, but had an appointment to do media at the Little Yellow School House after the church visit. I wanted to have more than enough time to experience the church, school and sunset at Playa Norte.

Guadalupe Church Isla Mujeres
Guadalupe Church Isla Mujeres

Inside Guadalupe Church
Inside Guadalupe Church

Guadalupe Church
Guadalupe Church

Little Yellow School House

I love to give back whether in time, money or both. If you are tuning in for the first time with us, we give 10% of all proceeds to help end homelessness, end cancer, vets and battered women.

In addition to this, anytime I travel whether alone or in one of our retreats, I always look for ways to give back. Some previous examples have included scholarships and speaking at a Cuban photography school set up with our Airbnb Host, Jose who used to be a student there. animal sanctuaries in Costa Rica and more.

Before I left for Mexico, I googled ways to give back, schools, and volunteering. I found the Little Yellow School House and emailed them. I offered doing a wellness workshop with smoothies with the kids in Spanish, media and interviews and both. I received a reply right away

When I arrived though, the local owners weren't aware. However, I was still able to interview them and capture their hearts and service of 20+ years giving back with children at this incredible school.

Little Yellow School House
Little Yellow School House

Playa Norte

Last, but definitely not least, is Playa Norte. Playa Norte is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is easy to see why. I got a sneak peek on our walking tour and knew I wanted to return here for sunset.

I grabbed a ceviche - yes again - and a fresh Coconut Juice and watched the sunset at Playa Norte. Before heading back to Cancun, I stopped and got two dream catchers as souvenir gifts and a turtle for my nephew, Leo and elephant for one of my best friends, Angela.

Playa Norte
Playa Norte

Reasons to Stay in Mexico Longer than One Day

There are many reasons to stay longer whether in Isla Mujeres or in Mexico. I've been three times to Mexico now, and continue to experience new things each time. I decided next time I come to Mexico I will definitely spend a few days at Isla Mujeres.

Many more reasons to stay in Mexico longer than a day.

Holbox Island

Holbox Island is another one of Mexico's best kept secret. It is accessible only by ferry as well and is a carless island. Holbox has an incredible laid back vibe and everywhere you look you feel like you are in the middle of a National Geographic episode. Even less people are on Holbox Island.

I spent about two days during our adventures in our Airbnb Adventure. I could easily stay here a week, or three. Whether you stroll the streets, take a kayak through the Mangroves, or chill on the beach, Holbox has numerous once in a lifetime experiences.

Holbox Island on my Canon EOS M100 auto timer

Pink Lakes

Pink Lakes is another bucket list worthy adventure on my list. It wouldn't surprise me if it is on yours too, or will be after this post. If you didn't know already my favorite colors are pink, blue and green. If you are curious how and why the Pink Lakes are so pink, blame the red-colored algae, plankton and shrimp that thrive on the salty environment near the plant.

As the water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated, creating the breathtaking pink you see in the sunlight. We made it just in time for sunset after we left Holbox Island.

If you don't travel with an organized group or adventure like I did, you will definitely need to get a car to reach Pink Lakes.


Shot by Christy with Authentic Photo designs at Pink Lakes

Valladolid, Mexico

Mexico has no shortage of places to get lost in exploring. Valladolid is no exception. I knew of Cenote Zaci in town - sinkhole - which is absolutely amazing. I didn't know it was such a welcoming, bright colonial town. It reminded me in several ways of Havana, Cuba and brought back memories of my time in Cuba with our retreats.

At every turn, Valladolid is breathtaking with beautiful colonial homes, coffee shops, and colorful streets you may get lost for hours. We explored the town square, coffee shops and Cenote Zaci.

Isla Mujeres Visit

Isla Mujeres, island of the women, is a must for you to visit in Mexico for many reasons from beauty, culture, and beaches. Whether you love beaches, street art, history, or all of the above, you will love Isla Mujeres.

Have you visited Isla Mujeres before? Is it on your bucket list to visit soon?

What are some of your favorite experiences?

If you haven't, what activity here interests you the most to do in One Day in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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