Isla Mujeres,Mexico,has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Islands in the World” according to TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards,which are solely based on the opinions of millions of international travelers.
Coming in at number six, Isla Mujeres offers a variety of options for those who crave sand and surf. Graced with some of the world’s best beaches and situated close to a number of ancient Mayan ruins, this tropical Caribbean paradise is tough to beat.
“Isla Mujeres… is a relative bargain,” writes TripAdvisor. “Snorkel with tropical fish amid coral reefs, skim the blue waters by kayak or boat, or windsurf along the shores of soft, sandy beaches. On land, you can sunbathe, dine on seafood, dance to Latin rhythms, tour on a moped or belly up to the bar for fresh, delicious drinks.”
This prestigious annual award reportedly recognizes more than 100 islands around the globe, making this year’s top-ranking designation even more important for Isla Mujeres. According to a press release, the awards are given out based on the consistent quality and quantity of the island’s most highly rated hotels, restaurants and attractions that are listed on TripAdvisor and gathered throughout the previous year.
Situated just north of Cancun and about 4.3 miles in length, this often-overlooked gem is generally described as more laid-back and tranquil than some of the Riviera Maya’s larger cities, but there is still plenty to keep even the most seasoned traveler occupied.
Here, you can explore the largest underwater sculpture museum in the world, which was created by artist Jason de Caires Taylor, or you can opt to take a day trip to the nearby ruins at Tulum or Chichen Itza. Finally, if you happen to visit between mid-May and late September, be sure to check out the region’s many enormous whale sharks, which gather in groups of up to 400 strong in nearby waters during their annual migration.