Isla Mujeres, meaning 'Island of Women,' is the site of an ancient Mayan temple dedicated to Ixchel, the Goddess of fertility, medicine, and the moon. It was given its current name by the Spanish, who found many female shaped idols of the Goddess when they colonized the island, so it seemed fitting that my first visit to Isla Mujeres would be on a girls' trip.
Situated just off the coast of Playa del Carmen is Mexico's third largest Island, Cozumel. We decided to experience Island life for a day and headed over on one of the fast ferries which depart regularly from the port at the southern end of town. Tickets are around $12 per person, one way, and can be purchased at the ticket counter at the port. Ferries
The wonderful thing about Playa del Carmen, aside from the sparkling Caribbean Sea and laid-back atmosphere, is its location to many wonderful sights and attractions. From ancient ruins to cenotes and deserted beaches, there is a wide variety of experiences to be had along the Riviera Maya. Venture inland, however, and you will discover a different side of Mexico, the colonial heart of the country;