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Playa Mujures is the newest vacation destination available to the Cancun Airport. Many people think that this complex is in the Riviera Maya but it is not. The Riviera Maya starts where the Cancun Hotel Zone ends and extends 60 miles south to Tulum. Playa Mujures is a complex located about 20 minutes north of the Cancun Hotel Zone. It currently (as of 18 April 2008) contains a golf course, one resort and a resort/marina that is under construction.

This destination is very different from the Cancun Hotel Zone. You are not going to walk off this resort be able to go shopping and have night life at your finger tips. You will have to take a cab through downtown and to the hotel zone. Another way of getting into downtown or the hotel zone is to take a $5 cab ride to Puerto Juarez and take the Route 1 bus. It costs 6.5 pesos a person which is about 63 cents. Along that bus route and near the areas it runs along in downtown there is a lot of shopping and night life nearby. If you plan on going into downtown please let me know what you are looking to do and I will tell you where to go, how to get there, and how much you should spend doing it. Remember I live here, I know the area pretty well.

Tours at this destination are the same ones that are available from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. It just may take you a bit longer to get to some of them.

They do have their own attractions that it unique to them. For example on the way to the area from Puerto Juarez there is a small grouping of Mayan Ruins. The area is called Meca. It is nothing huge like Tulum or Chichen-Itza but they are Mayan Ruins none the less. There are no guided tours there are just explanations of the history of the area and what it was used for. There is an entrance fee (less than $5 if I remember correctly). That might be something you may want to check out.

The most common thing to do when staying in Playa Mujures is to go to Isla Mujures. That is the little island that is visible from the beach. I suggest bringing pesos with you on this day trip. You will have to take a ferry to get there and that lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. From Puerto Juarez it is $7 or $70 pesos per person each way. It's not a bad ride. Usually it is not that bumpy but on a day with really high winds it may feel a little bit like a roller coaster. Having been there about 20 times (as I write this) I have only had that feeling once. If you go from Puerto Juarez take the ferry at Gran Puerto (Ultra Mar). They have double-deckers where you can see all the beautiful shades of blue and green that makes up the water. Bring your camera for that. It is a sight you will not want to forget!!! Isla Mujures has a lot to do. As soon as you get off the boat there will be people trying to sell you tours and golf cart rentals. I highly recommend the golf cart rentals. It takes about an hour to go around the island, 2 if you want to go down every road and get out to take pictures. It is a very enjoyable ride. For those who would rather a moped or bicycle those are available for rent as well. Isla Mujures has its own dolphin program. If you are interested in this let me know and I can add it to your itinerary. There is also some good snorkeling, scuba diving, shopping, and sea food restaurants. Playa Norte (North Beach) is a place I like to go to at least once every 2 months. The sand is so fine that you can take a ball of it from the water, roll it around in dry sand and you will have a sand ball. I have not seen this done in many other places. The way to get this beach is once you get off the ferry walk to the left, after all the shops on the left side of the street you will see the beach. Keep walking until you see a store on the right side of the street that has a little light house next to it. Go to the beach and set up for the day. Two beach chairs and an umbrella will set you back $15 or $150 pesos for the entire day. Beach waiters will bring you drinks and food from a restaurant if you would like. If you just want beer, sodas or snacks go to the little shop next to the light house. You will have to pay a deposit (small deposit) for each beer but they are cheaper this way than having the waiter bring them to you. You will get your deposit back as long as your bring your bottles back and the receipt for how much you paid.

For information on tours and transfers for this destination please read my Rivera Maya page.

 

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