NileGuide Expert Says:
The Turtle Farm is a great place to visit. They care for sick sea turtles and protect turtle eggs until they hatch. Then, they help the babies into the sea. They do great things there and it's worth a visit.
Minino's Restaurant (just a few doors down from the ferry dock) has delicious, fresh, seafood (and other dishes, of course) at low prices and you can dine on the beach. You can't beat it!
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
Unless you love organized tours, save your money and visit Isla Mujeres on your own. You can easily make your way to the ferry dock on you own. Once on the island, rent a golf cart to get around.
Isla Mujeres (means Women Island) is a small island, approximately 8 miles from Cancun. When the Spanish arrived on the island, around the 16th century, they named the island after finding numerous images of Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of love and fertility. Isla Mujeres was never a Mayan village where people lived. Instead, it was a religious center and a sacred area dedicated to Ixchel.
Nowadays, it's a very popular tourist destination, for vacations, or just day-trips. The laid-back, island vibe makes Isla Mujeres world's apart from Cancun, even though the two places are so close. There are the typical tourist shops in the downtown area, but the amazing scenery and abundance of beach bars make it bearable.
To get to the island, you can take a ferry on your own, or book a day-trip through one of the many local tour operators in Cancun.
On the island, you'll find beautiful white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, of course, but you can also visit Mayan ruins, tour the Turtle farm, which is breeds sea turtles and protects the turtle eggs until they hatch, search for the grave stone of a notorious pirate, or just eat some freshly-caught fish & have a cold beer in one of the seaside restaurants in the Playa Norte (North Beach) area.
There are cars and taxis on Isla Mujeres, but the most fun way to get around is by renting a golf cart. (There are golf cart rental places near the ferry dock.) The island is tiny, so you can definitely see the whole place while zipping around on a golf cart.
Photo by Mike McHolm