Isla Mujeres - which directly translates into Island of Women - is an enchanting island located off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The island stretches across a distance of about 7 kilometres in length and over 600 metres in width, and is home to a population of over 12,000 inhabitants. Most of the tourism scene is located towards the north while the south is mostly home to residences and private houses.
Isla Mujeres features a warm tropical climate, with temperatures during summer rising up to 32 °C. Summer lasts during the months of mid-May to September and the peak time for tourism on the island is during the months of winter, when the climate is relatively cooler.
The history of the island dates back to the pre-Columbian times when it was considered to be a sacred location for the Mayans. It was later discovered by Spanish explorers in the 16th century and subsequently named Ilsa Mujeres. Due to its rich history, Ilsa Mujeres offers an abundance of attractions and places-of-interest. Key highlights include the turtle farm at the North of Playa Paraiso, the 19th century Hacienda Mundaca, the North Beach, Playa Sol beach area and the ruins of Punta Sur.
The main airport serving the island of Isla Mujeres is the Cancún International Airport. Being the second busiest airport in the country, it is located about 16 miles away from Isla Mujeres and is considered to be amongst the most prominent airports in the country. It serves numerous airlines and millions of passengers every year. The Cozumel International Airport is also located about 114 kilometres away.
Finding Halal food in Isla Mujeres will be quite difficult since there are no known Halal restaurants in Isla Mujeres. Though vegetarian cuisine is available at some restaurants, Muslim travellers should be aware that animal fat is used in the preparation of most dishes and it is recommended that you inquire with restaurant owners about the preparation of food prior to dining.
Availability of prayer facilities in Isla Mujeres will be limited since there are no known mosques in Isla Mujeres. The best option for Muslim travellers is to make use of the privacy of their hotel room or accommodation option during prayer times or to enquire with locals for a private place that can be used when travelling outdoors.