9 Things To Do on Isla Mujeres with Kids (Family Activities)

Isla Mujeres is quickly becoming a popular vacation destination for families owing to its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture.

By
David Araya | Updated February 4, 2023

Whether you’re traveling with young children or teenagers, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. 

From snorkeling to visiting Mayan ruins, we have compiled a list of our 9 favorite things to do in Isla Mujeres with kids that are sure to make for an unforgettable vacation.

1. Visit the Tortugranja turtle farm

Sea Turtle

Tortugranja Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres is a conservation center that is dedicated to the protection and preservation of sea turtles.

  • Visitors can observe the turtles in their various life stages, from eggs to fully grown adults, and learn about the care and rehabilitation efforts being made for injured or sick turtles.
  • There is also a museum and educational center that provides information on the history and biology of sea turtles, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect them.

This can be a fun and educational experience for children as it teaches them the importance of sea turtle conservation and the environment while giving them the opportunity to connect with these fascinating creatures.

2. Explore the MUSA Underwater Museum

Museo Subacuático de Arte is one of the world’s largest underwater museums, making it a unique and educational experience for all ages.

  • It is home to over 500 life-size sculptures that were submerged in the ocean in an attempt to restore the local coral reefs and attract marine life. 
  • Visitors can snorkel or scuba dive to explore the sculptures and observe the diverse sea life that has made the museum its home. 

The sculptures were created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and range in size and subject matter, including human figures, bicycles, and even a VW Beetle. 

The museum offers a fun and educational way for kids to learn about ocean conservation and the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the environment.

It’s an excellent opportunity for families to admire the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants while learning about the impact of human activity on the marine environment.

3. Snorkel with the Whale Sharks

Whale Sharks

Snorkeling with whale sharks on Isla Mujeres is an unforgettable experience for families with kids. 

  • Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean and are known for their gentle nature, making them a safe and exciting option for kids to observe. 
  • The snorkeling tours take visitors to a designated area where they can swim and snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures. 

The tours are guided by experienced professionals who ensure the participants’ safety and preserve the whale shark’s habitat. 

You can book a snorkeling tour with whale sharks through a local tour operator or travel agency.

Keep in mind that whale shark sightings are more likely between June and September when the water is warmer and the whale sharks come to the area to feed.

Kids get to learn about these fascinating animals and their importance in the ocean ecosystem. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience that kids will cherish for a lifetime.

4. Play at Playa Norte

Playa Norte

Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres is a beautiful and shallow beach perfect for families with young children. 

  • The beach features clear turquoise waters and soft white sand, ideal for playing and building sandcastles. 
  • The water is calm and shallow, making it a safe and enjoyable option for families with young children. 
  • There are also several beachside restaurants and bars offering refreshments and shade for families to relax and enjoy. 

Playa Norte is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports, making it a fun and active option for families to enjoy the island.

The beach’s natural beauty and family-friendly atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for families with kids.

However, when visiting the beach with children, it’s always important to be careful and stay aware of certain safety precautions to ensure a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

5. Visit the Isla Mujeres Dolphin Discovery

Dolphin Discovery

The Isla Mujeres Dolphin Discovery is a popular attraction for families with kids. The center offers a variety of interactive programs, including swimming with dolphins and riding on their dorsal fins. 

  • The dolphins are well-trained and friendly, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for kids. 
  • There are educational tours and presentations, allowing visitors to learn about dolphins’ behavior, anatomy, and habitat. 

The Dolphin Discovery is an excellent way for families to bond and create unforgettable memories while learning about these fantastic animals. The center’s focus on animal welfare and conservation makes it an ethical and responsible option for families interacting with dolphins.

6. Go on a Pirate Ship Tour

PIrate Ship Tour

Taking a pirate ship tour is a fun and unique way for kids to explore the waters around Isla Mujeres. These tours are designed to be a pirate-themed adventure, complete with costumes, decorations, and pirate-style games. 

Kids will love feeling like they are on a real pirate ship as they set sail to discover hidden coves and beaches.

You can find pirate ship tours in Isla Mujeres by searching online or by asking at your hotel or local tourist information center. Many tour operators in the area offer pirate ship tours, so you can compare prices and choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. 

Popular tour operators include Pirate Ship Isla Mujeres, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship Adventure. You can also book the tour directly through a travel agency or tour operator’s website. It’s a good idea to book in advance, primarily during peak travel season, to ensure availability.

The specific tour offerings will depend on the company you choose but look out for these popular offerings:

  • Stops for snorkeling, where kids can explore the vibrant underwater world and see a variety of tropical fish and other sea creatures. 
  • Opportunities to swim with dolphins, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids.
  • Include a show or performance complete with pirate-themed songs and dances.

Whether you’re looking for a fun family-friendly outing or a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, a pirate ship tour is one of the most popular things to do in Isla Mujeres with family. With its kid-friendly atmosphere and exciting activities, it’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. 

So grab your eye patches, hoist the Jolly Roger, and set sail on a pirate adventure in Isla Mujeres!

7. Visit the Mayan Temple of Ixchel

Mayan Temple of Ixchel

These temple ruins were built by the Mayans over 1,000 years ago in honor of the goddess Ixchel and is one of the few remaining examples of Mayan architecture in Mexico.

There are also several other ruins and artifacts are on the site, including a sacred cenote (sinkhole) and a carved stone staircase. These features provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and make the visit to Ixchel a genuinely immersive experience. 

The path leading up to the temple has some of the most incredible views of the coast as it’s at the highest point on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Afterwards, be sure to visit the onsite museum that explains the temple’s history, significance, and the Mayan culture in general. 

This can be a good opportunity for kids to learn about ancient civilizations and gain a greater understanding of Mexican history.

Whether you are interested in history, archaeology, or just want to explore something different, visiting the Mayan temple ruins of Ixchel is a must-do for families in Isla Mujeres.

8. Visit Garrafón Park and Natural Reef

Garrafón Natural Park offers a range of recreational activities for kids of all ages:

  • One of the main attractions is snorkeling, where you can explore the clear waters and see a variety of tropical fish and marine life. 
  • The park also has a zipline, which provides an adrenaline rush for kids who love excitement and adventure. 
  • On the beach, kids can play in the sand and swim in the warm waters.

Garrafón Natural Park also has cultural and historical aspects, which include:

  • A museum that showcases the history and culture of the island
  • A scenic path that leads to the lighthouse, providing panoramic views of the surrounding area
  • The park has restaurants, bars, and shops where you can grab a bite to eat or buy souvenirs

Overall, Garrafón Natural Park is an excellent place for families to spend a fun-filled day in Isla Mujeres.

9. Take a Sunset Catamaran Tour

Catamaran Tour

Going on a sunset sail or catamaran tour is a relaxing way to spend an evening with kids in Isla Mujeres.

During the tour, you will sail on a catamaran, a spacious and stable sailboat, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea as the sun sets over the horizon. 

The tour usually includes snorkeling, where you can see colorful tropical fish and other marine life, and possibly a visit to a nearby reef or island.

The calm waters of the Caribbean make it an ideal place for sailing and the sunset provides a stunning backdrop to the experience. 

You can relax on the boat, soak up the sun, and watch the sky turn orange and red as the sun dips below the horizon. Some tours also offer food and drinks, such as dinner or cocktails.

Overall, a sunset catamaran tour in Isla Mujeres is a nice way to end the day in Isla Mujeres and create lasting memories with your family while enjoying breathtaking views, fun activities, and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Written by David Araya

David Araya

David Araya is an Isla Mujeres resident of many years. He is a husband and Co-founder of the "Cooks for an Island Cause" and "Toys + 'Tings" non-profit organizations. He is also the host of ShakerSation. Follow David on Instagram @araya_bartekniks