The former fishing village of Isla Mujeres (whose name translates to “Island of Women”) lies just eight miles off the coast of Cancun, making it a popular day trip option.

One of Mexico’s “Magic Towns,” Isla Mujeres is known for its relaxing atmosphere and slow island pace, where travelers come to shut off and tune out.

You won’t find many cars on the tiny island, which stretches less than 5 miles long and a third of a mile wide.

Golf carts make it easy to cruise around Isla Mujeres and explore the island’s beaches, natural parks, and the temple that is located on Punta Sur, the southern tip, which is fittingly dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of love and also the moon, fertility, and health.

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