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by , SmarterTravel Staff - February 21, 2010
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Located just a short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of hip and happening Cancun, Isla Mujeres couldn't feel farther away. The small island is a favorite among readers for its historic charm and laid-back atmosphere. Plus, there are plenty of places to shop, eat, drink, or take a siesta.

Reader chipladylamb said, "My favorite spot would be Isla Mujeres, a small island off Cancun Mexico. It's called 'the isle of women' and has a romantic tale about a pirate who fell in love with a local woman and loved her [for] his entire life. The island has few cars, and carts, scooters, or bikes are the mode of transport. The fishermen teach their family ... their art, and as they grow old [they] cook wonderful fresh meals (at a great price) while the younger sons go out and fish. It's a wonderful place and reminds me of Mexico 50 years ago. The motels are family run and a great way to relax and enjoy true Mexico. The moped rentals are very inexpensive as are the meals. There is snorkel diving and many fun activities."

Reader RainhaMom said, "Isla Mujeres equals paradise found! Perfect for those wanting a more peaceful alternative to the 'spring-breakiness' of Cancun. Our hotel, the Roca Mar, gave us an expansive view of the ocean. We enjoyed the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks so much that we left our balcony sliding glass doors open at night. We sipped coffee on the balcony and watched the sun rise and the ships passing by in the distance. We feasted on barbecued fish or fish stew every day. We spent days and evenings on the beach and developed a perfect cycle of beach activity: swim, read, nap, eat, swim, read, nap, and eat. On day three, I felt my shoulders release, as I finally relaxed into the warmth of the island. This is definitely a spot for those who truly want to relax. Bring a book."

(Photo: iStockphoto/Hubert Inabinet)

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