This small community is the antithesis of its noisy neighbor Cancun thirty-five miles to the south. The island is a 3 hour drive and 25 minute boat ride from Cancun and entirely free of automobiles. The white sand beaches that ring the seven-mile island are undeveloped, the buildings are all low rise, and the mood is mellow. This is an island to recharge while eating fresh fish and drinking cold cervecas. During whale shark season (June-October) hundreds of the school bus sized behemoths congregate in the waters off the islands filter feeding on plankton rising from the Gulf of Mexico. The docile fish allow swimmers to snorkel next to them. Stay on the beach in the La Palapa Ethno Boutique Hotel only a three-minute walk from town.
Getting There: Fly into Cancun and catch bus to Cancun bus station (one every 30 minutes). Catch bus to Chiquila (the town where you catch ferry). Or arrange with hotel for car service.