My husband and I decided to take a trip across Isla Mujeres and play it by ear since the weather from the reports was unpredictable and didn't want to book a snorkel trip if it was going to rain on us.
Thank God we did that. We took the ferry from Puerto Juarez from our hotel from the hotel zone and this in itself was a trip. We took the R1 and the bus driver dropped us off at a location to connect with another small van full of locals going towards that direction and they dropped us off at Puerto Juarez. If you are up for a little adventure this sure saves you at least 10.00 each for the taxi ride over to Puerto Juarez.
A 30 minute ride on the yellow ferry boat or so and you are there. Do rent a golf cart to tour the island. The island is about 7 miles total and you can venture on your own to see the island on your own pace. Even if you get lost it will be an adventure in itself. Golf carts cost around 500 pesos but if you rent one once you get there they give deals for 430 pesos for daily rate which is until 5:00. Workers at Puerto Juarez that for the ferry boat seem to have a deal with Gomar II Company (golf cart rental place) where they get 100 pesos from them. Don't fall for it, just get a cart once you get to the island.
North Beach is a hop, skip and a jump away from the port and is beautiful with calm waters. Lots of people there, but worth a trip.
On the south side you should go see the light house and pay 3.00 per person to go a further to see the art structures, the small ruins and walk along the cliffs of the beach and back to see the beauty of the island and the turquoise waters. There is a restaurant here overlooking the waters....absolutely beautiful and the food is good and so is the price. Grab a drink and a bite to eat enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Playa de Garrafon de Castillo is a small property but great for relaxing on lounge chairs, snorkeling, and grabbing a light snack and drinks here for reasonable price. My husband and I decided to go snorkeling here, which is right next to Garrafon Discovery and is a fraction of the price. Entrance was 50 pesos or a little less than 5 dollars and we rented two snorkel gears with fins for 14.00 total. We had a blast here...the highlight of our trip.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose here. Just remember to deal/ barter with the shop owners and never settle for the first price....shop around and get the best deal. Do change your dollars for pesos before coming to the island. Pesos will get you further.