The island can be easily reached in just 15 minutes by ferry or boat to Isla Mujeres from the mainland. Visiting Isla Mujeres is one of the best things to do in Cancun and can still be easily reached while visiting Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya. From Playa del Carmen to the ferry it is approximately 1 hour by car. You can choose to take the ferry from Puerto Juárez or in the Cancun hotel zone.
Ferries arrive frequently and are inexpensive. The distance between Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen is 48 miles. Ultramar offers passenger ferry service to the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres.
Start your 35-minute ferry trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen and head to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, depending on your starting point. The island is only 13 kilometers long (8.1 miles) and about 650 meters (2130 feet) at its widest point.