Know all the activities that you can do in the Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc National Park.
If you are looking for what to do on your trip to Isla Mujeres, we recommend you visit the Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres and admire this incredible natural reserve full of reefs and mangroves. Keep reading and discover everything it has to offer us:
What is the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres National Park?
As its name indicates, is a natural park established 25 years ago, which is located on the coasts of Mexico, specifically between Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Punta Nizuc, where you will find crystal clear turquoise blue waters and almost all the reefs, fish and mangroves in the region. An unique experience that you will not find in another country!
5 activities to do on the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres
1. Ferry or boat ride
Nothing more relaxing than starting the day with a tour feeling the sea breeze! This is how the adventure begins to reach the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres. The first thing you have to do to get to this natural park is to take a ferry, boat ride or a specialized tour, which generally go from Cancun to Isla Mujeres or vice versa.
These tours are usually very cheap and generally offer food and drinks service during the journey, so while you enjoy a pleasant tour overlooking the sea, which will last approximately 30 minutes, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or typical dishes.
Among the activities to do in the National Park, there is diving, because the warm waters of the region allow greater visibility under the sea, which makes the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres one of the best destinations in the world for diving, in addition, within this area we can find a lot of attractions that make diving wonderful, such as the Museum of Underwater Art and the famous “Cave of the sleeping sharks”.
Another of the activities that you can not miss in the Isla Mujeres National Park is snorkeling in the second largest coral barrier in the world. This activity is ideal for the whole family, because the reefs are shallow and colorful.
In addition, when snorkeling in this natural area, you will be able to admire the beauty of the coral reef and the biodiversity of more than 600 species of corals, fish and mollusks that take refuge in the Park, such as: sea turtles, snails, starfish. sea, etc.
4. Visit the Mayan ruins
You cannot leave the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres without visiting the various Mayan ruins found in this area. Some of those that you can find are: San Miguel, the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel and El Meco; and as the reefs of the National Park have many years of history.
5. Relax in “El Garrafón”
And the best way to end the day on your tour of Isla Mujeres National Park is by relaxing with your family in the Natural Park of “El Garrafón”, which is also part of the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres.
In this area you can rest after diving and snorkeling, but if you still have energy, you can participate in various activities carried out on the shore of the beach, kayak or jump on the tirolesa above the natural park.
Do not forget that the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres is a National Park protected by the Government of Mexico, and if you visit it, you must take account certain precautions:
Do not use sunscreen if you go into the sea: This is because the chemicals in sunscreen damage coral reefs.
Hire authorized guides: When you book a tour, you must make sure that you have an authorization to operate, since this way you will know that the person responsible for the tour is following all the precautionary measures to avoid damaging the marine reefs.
Do not throw garbage: During the journey and the stay at the reserve you should avoid throwing garbage into the sea, since the animals can eat them or have an accident due to this.
And to make this experience more wonderful, don’t forget to book a room at Hotel Beló, one of the most popular hotels near the Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres National Park.