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Isla Mujeres is an island located about eight miles off the coast of Cancun, and although it’s already a breathtaking paradise, it’s about to get a facelift to start attracting even more visitors. The island and its community are a bit different from what you’ll find in Cancun, quieter but still with plenty to do. While you won’t find the vibrant nightlife on Isla Mujeres like you will in Cancun, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.
However, the main attraction in this unique and beautiful Mexican Caribbean destination is the island itself. Isla Mujeres is well known for its crystal clear turquoise waters that surround its breathtaking sparkling white sand beaches. And beneath the glass-like sea is a world of its own worth exploring on a trip to the island.
Isla Mujeres has been given the coveted distinction of being the Pueblo Magico, or Magic Village, also referred to as the Magic City or Magic City. These are cities and towns in Mexico that are considered by the Mexican government to have special or “magical” qualities. These qualities could be having a rich history, being stunningly beautiful, having an interesting story or legend about the area, or simply being a small, lesser-known town that has something unique to offer.
When it comes to Isla Mujeres, the island received this status in 2015 due to its charm and beauty. At only five miles long and about half a mile wide, it is one of the smallest magical towns in Mexico, but with as much to offer as some of the larger ones. In addition to enjoying the beaches, many visitors go snorkeling to see the reefs, explore the ancient Mayan ruins on the island, visit the underwater sculpture museum, tour the sea turtle sanctuary, or climb the cliffs at Garrafon Park to watch the sunrise.
The village of Isla Mujeres is full of charm, with small colorful buildings that include shops and restaurants alongside houses. This is where the beautification project of the Federal Ministry of Tourism will be focused. The plan is to improve the appearance of many of the buildings across the island by applying an “extreme makeover”.
The project, which is similar to the one recently completed in the magical city of Bacalar, revolves around painting the faces of numerous buildings. Both homes and businesses will get this special treatment to make the city more vibrant and welcoming. A total of 140 buildings and houses will be painted and 20 unique murals will also be added across the island.
The project, which is part of the “Mexico of Colors” program, is designed to save the identity, both social and cultural, of the different Magical Cities. So far, 11 of these projects have been completed this year. Now, with the continuation of the program in Isla Mujeres, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, emphasized that this project “will help to give another life to the destination”.
To get to Isla Mujeres, visitors will need to take a ferry ride from Cancun. The ride takes about 20 minutes and comes with spectacular views of the island, Cancun and the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Whether you plan a short visit while on vacation in Cancun or decide to make Isla Mujeres your main destination, it is an island worth seeing and will soon become even more beautiful and charming.
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