Dear Travels: Isla Mujeres

My boyfriend and I had been debating where to take a vacation for awhile. We discussed Portland, Seattle, and Northern California for some great options in the U.S., but I think deep down we both wanted a true vacation. Warm, beautiful beaches, no sense of time, and pure relaxation were on my mind as I talked to Chanel, Dear Society co-owner, about travel ideas. Luckily, she had previously taken a vacation to a small island in Mexico called Isla Mujeres, and it didn’t take more than a few moments of her describing it for me to know this would be the spot for my boyfriend and me.

We went to Isla in early May, and it was the perfect time to go, as it was a bit of a slow time for the already relaxed island. The northern end of the 4-mile island is where the main beach is, as well as the majority of bars and restaurants,  but we stayed in the middle of the island to be a bit more tucked away and private. Our ocean-front hotel was small but so beautiful; it felt like we had the place to ourselves. For our days on the island, we spent time between exploring the streets and neighborhoods near our hotel, driving up and down the coastline & side streets on our golf cart (by far the best way to get around Isla), hitting North Beach (ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), and soaking up so much sun, margaritas, and fresh seafood. We spent a lot of time on the southern end of the island as well, where the views were unbeatable. While this could easily sound like a typical beach/island vacation, I can assure you that there is something different about Isla Mujeres.

The food, the people, and the overall lifestyle in Isla were even better than I’d hoped for. We are not the type to stay in a large, all-inclusive resort, but rather the type that desires a more authentic experience, and Isla absolutely delivered that. That said, though, you can truly have any experience you’re looking for on the island. It caters to people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and lifestyles. It is a very special island for many, and we met so many people who have been visiting for years, as well as many that packed up and moved there because of its contagious spirit. I certainly know that my first time to Isla Mujeres will not be my last.

Watching the sun go down was my favorite.



Beautiful views at North Beach.


The yummiest tuna & mojito. Food is the best part of any vacation.


Enjoying my fresh coconut and a breezy ride in the golf cart.


The Isla sunsets are unforgettable.

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