Isla Mujeres is an island that bewitches both young and old. Even though here at Privilege Aluxes we’re beginning to transition over to an adults-only resort, we’re still welcoming kids for the time being. Here are some of the family-friendliest activities our Caribbean paradise offers!
Set on the gorgeous south end of Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur), Garrafon Natural Reef Park is perhaps the island’s preeminent family destinations. That’s on account of the sheer variety of activities the park hosts: everything from ziplining over turquoise waters to kayaking and snorkeling. Here you’ll also find Dolphin Discovery-Isla Mujeres, where you and the gang can take a dip with some friendly sea creatures—bottlenose dolphins, yes, but also sea lions, manatees, even stingrays.
Garrafon Natural Reef Park isn’t the only snorkeling destination on Isla Mujeres; there’s also El Farito (the Lighthouse), the one-of-a-kind submarine sculpture garden of the Cancun Underwater Museum (Museo Subaquático de Arte), and other fish-sculled waters. Older kids will thrill at the opportunity to dive with whale sharks during the summer, when the huge and gentle beasts gather in local waters in globally significant numbers. Isla Mujeres also offers prime opportunities to dive with another placid ocean giant: manta rays.
Isla Mujeres Beaches
What kid can resist a day at the beach, what with the sand-castle-building, swimming, and games to be pursued? Privilege Aluxes provides fabulous beach access, including to the island’s best-known strand: Playa Norte.
Children of all ages will delight at the up-close looks they’ll get at dignified, wizened sea turtles at the Tortugranja, which serves as a rehabilitation center for injured or ailing turtles as well as a retirement home of sorts for those that can’t be released back into the wild.
Older kids with a passion for casting a line are sure to enjoy the opportunity to do so out over Isla Mujeres’s Caribbean depths, cruised as they are by such highly regarded saltwater quarry as wahoo, mahi-mahi, sailfish, bonito, and dorado. A number of local companies offer charter fishing cruises.
Seek Out Mundaca’s Tomb
Introduce the younger crowd to a bit of Isla Mujeres history spiced up with some swashbuckling intrigue by visiting the island’s cemetery and the skull-and-crossbones tomb of the Spanish pirate Mundaca. He lorded over his own hacienda on the island back in the 19thcentury and was smitten with a local lady named La Triguena—but despite these connections and the ornate tomb he himself made, Mundaca’s bones don’t actually lie here.