What is the allure to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women)? Is it the warm, white sands, the captivating turquoise Caribbean waters or the inviting, friendly native people? It’s all of that and more!
Isla is a small island, approximately 7 kms by 1 km at it’s widest point. It is located off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo. Isla has the tranquillity of a small island, with plenty of activities, entertainment and food establishments to meet everyone’s needs. Take in the sights, sounds and smells, and enjoy your vacation!
Sol 2 Soul Casitas is mid-island and within walking distance to everything. Depending on one’s pace it is about a 45 minute walk to downtown or the south point. There are golf cart rentals, bike rental, moped rentals and taxi’s are inexpensive and plentiful for those who prefer alternate modes of transportation.
As Cancun is only a short ferry ride away, there are many other activities/attractions that are easily accessible but generally require a day away from the island. We encourage our guests to ask us about off island activities/attractions if they are interested.
After many years of travelling to Mexico and owning property, it seems there is always something new to learn. Below you will find a list of helpful hints specific to Isla Mujeres that we hope will assist you and make your stay at Sol 2 Soul Casitas and Isla Mujeres that much more enjoyable.
Although you will find that many of the local people speak English, Spanish is their native language. It is helpful for travellers and appreciated by locals when foreigners know some basic Spanish.
Tipping is customary on the island. Many have very minimal or no pay and rely on tips i.e. Servers, house keepers and those who bag your groceries. Tips are generally 10-20%. Tips are best in pesos, but if using Foreign money, never leave coin as the locals cannot exchange this.
Always review your bill at restaurants, although it should not be done, some restaurants will automatically add a tip. Tax should also not be added to a bill. If it is a printed receipt, sometimes it will show the tax broken down, but the tax plus the cost should be the total that was displayed on the menu.
Pay in the local currency and carry smaller bills.
When renting a golf cart, stay as far to the right as possible to allow other vehicles to safely pass. Use arm signals to turn. Most of the roads in Centro are one ways, so make sure you are going in the correct direction before turning. Use extra caution at any crossroad, as they are not always marked with stop/yield signs. Slow down for the topes (speed bumps/humps).
When taking a taxi, always confirm the price. There is a list of taxi fares at the main taxi station to the left of the ferry (when exiting the terminal). Always get in/out of the taxi on the passenger side. Don’t be surprised if the taxi picks up other passengers. If you want a private taxi be sure to tell them. It is not out of the ordinary for a taxi to charge a bit more if there is luggage.
Haggling when shopping is okay, but not in restaurants.
Although you should not drink the water from the taps, the ice on the island is made from purified water and is safe to have in your drinks.
Due to the infrastructure of Isla Mujeres, there are very few places that you can flush your toilet paper. Even if there are no signs saying not to flush the “papel” (paper), it is always best to use the waste can beside the toilet.
Most importantly…do not underestimate the chiles!!