Playa Norte (North beach, Isla Mujeres)
Located on Isla Mujeres is the beach of Playa Norte, a tropical island getaway that seems worlds apart from the resort town of Cancun just 20 minute boat ride away. Here the crystal clear aquamarine waters meet the soft white sands and lush palm trees sway gently in the breeze. Playa Norte really does offer its tranquil, relaxing atmosphere that you won’t find on most Mexican beaches.
Despite being located eight miles (12km) off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the beaches of Isla Mujeres are still popular and Playa Norte, being the best, can get quite busy.
The main holiday season on the Isla Mujeres is during the winter / Christmas break and this is because it tends to get a bit hot here in the summer. However, those visiting in the summer will have a chance to go on a whale shark spotting tour. These enormous fish gather here in there hundreds at this time of year. For those looking for sealife on a smaller scale, the clear shallow water at Playa Norte makes for some great snorkeling and swimming.
Out of the water there are plenty of lively restaurants and bars where you can sip your drink from a sun-lounger or laze in a hammock.
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