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Isla Mujeres ("Women Island") is in Gulf of Mexico (Eastern Caribbean), located approx 13 km (8 ml) to the east of mainland Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula). The isle is a separate municipality and part of Mexico's Quintana Roo state. The nearest city is Cancun (straight line distance 14 km / 8,5 ml). Mujeres Island has length 7 km (4 ml), max width 650 m (2130 ft) and population around 13,000.
On-island transportation is via taxis, golf carts and mopeds. Bus service runs from El Centro (downtown) to the colonias (neighborhoods). Regularly scheduled daily ferries connect Mujeres Island with Puerto Juarez and Gran Puerto. The ferry service is provided by two companies (UltraMar, Marinesa). Pleasure boats offer day trips to Isla Mujeres from Playa Del Carmen (near Cozumel).
As tourist destination, the island is popular for the fresh seafood (traditionally cooked and with local recipes), numerous restaurants serving local and international cousine specialties (Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, French, Thai, Caribbean), numerous cheap hotels and luxury resorts, Playa Norte (island's most famous beach).
Isla Mujeres is also popular as scuba diving and snorkeling destination, being close to the coral reefs of Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Off island's western coast is the worldwide-famous MUSA (Cancun Underwater Museum of Art) with 500 life-size sculptures submerged in 3 different galleries.
Before the Spaniards (arriving in the 16th century), the island was dedicated to Ixchel - Mayan goddess of medicine and childbirth. The Spanish named the island "Mujeres" because of the numerous images of Mayan goddesses. Here, the Mayans also exploited salt (also accepted as currency) which was produced in the small lagoons.
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