Discover the latest must-visit destination in the Mexican Caribbean
Costa Mujeres sits across the bay on the mainland, just north of Cancun.
Costa Mujeres sits across the bay on the mainland, just north of Cancun. The beauty of Costa Mujeres is its location. This area feels calm and secluded but is just 30 minutes away from Cancun’s bustling restaurants and nightlife and a quick boat ride from the magical island of Isla Mujeres.
Where to Stay
All-inclusive resorts catering to adults and families line the region’s practically untouched white sandy shores. Costa Mujeres’ hotels sit on prime real estate with sweeping views of the turquoise-hued water.
Here visitors can indulge in the cuisine of quality restaurants and a wide variety of amenities like spas, pools, water parks, and watersports.
Travelers don’t have to go too far to find an unobstructed view of the stunning sunrise or sunset—especially for those staying in suites sporting oceanfront terraces with personal jacuzzis and hammocks. Of course, many of these places still offer VIP room service for those days when you’re ready to relax.
What to Do
Spend the day basking on the beach at your resort, or visit one of the local spots like pet-friendly Isla Blanca beach. Explore the beautiful Chacmuchuch lagoon practicing kitesurfing, or throw on a pair of flippers and snorkel right off Costa Mujeres’ shore. Golfers can spend the morning playing a round at the 18-hole Playa Mujeres Golf Club, designed by legend Greg Norman, who weaved elements of the natural surroundings like sand dunes and mangroves into the waterfront golf course.
Costa Mujeres boasts one of its own archeological treasures, the Mayan site of El Meco, upon which Coba exerted a strong influence. From here, travelers can also make the trek to Tulum and tour the centuries-old temples hovering on cliffs over the Caribbean Sea. It’s easy to take a day trip from Costa Mujeres to go swimming and snorkeling in one of the cenotes (sacred waterholes) that are scattered throughout the jungle of Riviera Maya.
If you truly want to get your adrenaline pumping, go swim with whale sharks in the water surrounding Isla Mujeres (From May to September). But before hopping on the ferry to Isla Mujeres, spend some time enjoying the quiet area of Puerto Juárez, the departing point for boat excursions, where you can dine on freshly caught seafood at one of the charming, thatched-roof beachfront restaurants.