May 9-11 brought spectators,anglers and sport fishing crews from around the world to Isla Mujeres for the International Sport Fishing Tournament 2014. Located along Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coast just a short ferry ride from Cancun and the Riviera Maya,Isla Mujeres is home to some of the world’s most incredible white sand beaches and clear turquoise blue waters.
This year,the world-class sportfishing tournament awarded more than $77,000 in cash and prizes,including boats,vehicles,motorcycles,trips and a substantial cash prize for first place. This year’s winners were a crew aboard a U.S. vessel dubbed “Generation” and led by Brad Whirt,who also received a motorcycle for being chosen as the competition’s best captain. Second place went to a boat named “Little Devil,” captained by Joseph Pelfini Batiz,who was awarded a Ford F-150 pick up truck,while third place was awarded to Juan de Dios Garcia Povedano,captain of “Washian,” who received a new golf cart.
In total,local officials say that 52 blue marlin,21 white marlin and 21 sailfish were caught. The event brought a new level of excitement to the sleepy shores of Isla Mujeres,with more than 120 vessels participating,and an average number of at least five crew members aboard each one.
“Featuring the new practice of ‘catch and release,’ the tournament contributes to the conservation of Mexico’s Caribbean coast’s ecosystem,returning species such as marlin and sailfish back to the sea,” writes Cancun.com. “This rule change was designed to attract conservationist anglers and to promote the destination as a host of major international fishing tournaments.”
Not surprisingly,Isla Mujeres was named among the “Top 10 Islands in the World,” in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards,citing its wide variety of options for travelers who are looking for the ultimate sun,sand and surf destination. Here,visitors get to experience the tropical Caribbean lifestyle at its best,with fabulous cuisine,entertainment and mile after mile of pristine white sand beaches. At just 4.3 miles from Cancun,Isla offers a more laid-back,tranquil vibe than some of the Riviera Maya’s larger cities,but is still close enough to the action and sights of the region.
“Vacationers in the area can now enjoy a guided tour of the island,swimming with dolphins,or even snorkeling at the MUSA Underwater Museum,” writes Cancun.com. “Every year there are more and more places to go and attractions to see during your visit to this beautiful destination.”
And if you love deep sea fishing but can’t make it to an official tournament,don’t despair! Anyone can enjoy sport fishing while visiting Isla Mujeres; simply speak to your hotel’s concierge and explore the local fishing companies until you find a deal that suits your needs,budget and time frame. Prices can be as low as $40 per person for up to four hours of fishing. An added bonus? You can often take the day’s catch directly to a local restaurant and have the fish prepared to taste!
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On Isla,the main town area lies on the island’s northern end and is very walkable. At just over four miles in length,Isla Mujeres is easy to get around and taxis are readily available to take you from the ferry terminal to your destination of choice. Many visitors and locals also opt to get around by scooter,bicycle and golf cart,since the roads are nicely paved.