TIPS FOR YOUR ISLA MUJERES STAY
◗ Isla Mujeres is primarily a cash destination so make sure you have enough to get through your holiday. Only one ATM worked during my visit.
◗ Air-conditioning is a lifesaver at night when the beach is not at your beck and call so check your accommodation is equipped.
◗ The first ferry to Isla Mujeres leaves about 6.15am (depending on the terminal) and the last ferry usually leaves about 11.30pm, so make sure you book accommodation in Cancun if you have a late flight.
There are three ferry terminals but they all run frequently so take your pick.
◗ Golf carts should cost about 1000 pesos for the day or 600 pesos for three hours. Shop around if you are pitched a much dearer price. ◗ Whale shark tours are snorkelling only, not diving, and you are not allowed to touch the animals. If you see a tour that advertises otherwise, you could be fined if marine police catch you.
◗ Tour operators advise against wearing sunscreen to help the environment so take a long-sleeved rashie and long lycra pants (I went with running pants) if you can.
◗ There were so many deals that come with securing a deck chair and umbrella by the shore that it’s worth checking a few.
Some offer 300–400 pesos for the chair that can be claimed back as food and drinks.
Another offered 450 pesos for a buffet and open bar. Ignore the people trying to charge $US25 just for the privilege of sitting in a chair.