How Safe Is Isla Mujeres for Travel?

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Isla Mujeres is a very small island is located 13 kilometers from the coast of Cancun.

Travelers come here to see crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches.

Some tourists go there to see the whale sharks.

In July and August is a season for swimming with the whale sharks on Isla Mujeres.

For travelers also will be is interesting to visit turtle farm, Zipline at Garaffon Park for snorkeling and kayak swimming and dip with dolphins at Isla Mujeres Dolphin Discovery.

The farm releases the turtles into the sea from August to October. At that time tourists can see hundreds of baby turtles in open aqua systems.

Warnings & Dangers in Isla Mujeres

Overall Risk


Isla Mujeres' area is quite safe. A number of crimes not so high here compared to other parts of Mexico. Any crime showdowns are rarely direct at tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk


The Island is a fairly safe place, usually, there are no showdowns of cartels and drug crimes. However, as in all of Mexico, you should be alert, studying the latest news of the area.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets risk isn't high here. Keep values in a safe place in the hotel, don't show up on the streets with lots of money in pockets.

Natural Disasters Risk


The risk of hurricane floods and tornadoes is high enough in this region. Before traveling, you should familiarize yourself with the situation on the island. Hurricane season runs from June until November.

Mugging Risk


Cancun area with Isla Mujeres has a very corrupt police force as they all work with cartels. Robbery can occur in tourists area and crowded places. Just be cautioned and keep an eye on your valuables.

Terrorism Risk


The Island is a fairly safe place, usually, there are no showdowns of cartels and drug crimes. However, as in all of Mexico, you should be alert, studying the latest news of the area.

Scams Risk


The level of fraud is not particularly high on the island. Remain the usual level of awareness and avoid unsolicited conversations with strangers on the streets.

Women Travelers Risk


Isla is popular with single travelers. Female travelers can feel safe here. Using the same normal level of awareness: do not talk to strangers, not flashing money or jewelry, don't walk by the street late at night.

So... How Safe Is Isla Mujeres Really?

Travelers come to Isla Mujeres for beaches and serene relaxation.

Nature here is stunning and the nightlife is fest full.

However, the Cancun area is far from what we’d consider a completely “safe” region.

Scamming and petty theft became normal along those beautiful beaches.

The main part of the violence in Mexico is straight against other Mexicans or drug cartels.

The rise of crime in this area makes travelers think before visiting the island and the outflow of tourists is gradually observed.

The Mexican government, however, making the effort to protect tourist destinations and there’s an increased police presence in the touristic islands as far and on Isla Mujeres.

Isla is popular with single travelers. Women travelers can be safe here if they do not show up drunk or show too many valuables.

Pickpockets and thieves can be spotted on the island, but if you remain vigilant, most likely you will not be the victim of bandits.

The level of risks associated with the robbery is quite low here.

Isla Mujeres is safe if you use habitual common sense precautions as you do anywhere.

Violent crime on the island is very rare.

For news updates read U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and you’ll be safe.

How Does Isla Mujeres Compare?

CitySafety Index
Isla Mujeres80
Playa del Carmen69
Cabo San Lucas68
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - No visas required for tourist proposals to enter Mexico for many countries of Europe, US citizens and so on. You should have a valid passport and a tourist permit. The maximum possible of stay is 180 days. For a longer stay or other options, you should visit the Mexican embassy.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso - is the official currency in Mexico. There are one hundred Mexican centavos to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $, so you can see MX$ or MN$ in banks and exchange points.
  • Weather - The Best time to visit the island from January through April - with no rain and with a comfortable temperature. The rainy season lasts from May to September. Also, there exists an official hurricane season that runs from June until November.
  • Airports - Isla Mujeres has National Airport which is currently not offered any commercial services. The nearest airport with commercial service is Cancún International Airport.
  • Travel Insurance - The medical travel insurance should be done before the trip to any country as well as Mexico. A custom officer can ask travelers to show insurance on the border.
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Isla Mujeres Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 24° C
Feb 24° C
Mar 25° C
Apr 26° C
May 28° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 25° C
Dec 24° C
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6 Reviews on Isla Mujeres

  1. S
    Susan mckennan says:

    Isla Mujeres. Mexico is beautiful.. Ive always felt safe.. Great people..A must to go vist

  2. Safety is now an issue

    Isla Mujeres is a great island and usually safe however there have been 4 murders this month (November). Two of these were in broad daylight. The latest was just yesterday afternoon.

    1. Concerned

      We’re they tourist involved?

  3. Not Safe Right Now

    Beautiful place and usually very safe. They have multiple murder this month (November 2020). Two of them were in the daytime.

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      Tommy M. says:

      This was an issue with locals, not visitors. Your chances of actually being murdered as a guest are extremely slim. I have been here several times in the last 10 years. Yes, there is gang activity and issues but they mostly leave tourists alone because they know it will draw too much attention to do anything to them.

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