Everything you wanted to know about the ferry to Isla Mujeres but, were afraid to ask…..

ultramar-ferry

One of the things we receive a ton of questions about is the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. It can be a little daunting for a first time visitor to travel to a foreign country where they may not speak the language and have to take a flight, a transfer, and then a boat to their destination. So, we started offering the service of pre-purchasing your ferry tickets when you make your transfer reservation with us. And it has been incredibly popular.

Why is this service so popular? Other than the fact that it’s one less thing to worry about on your arrival, with the increased tourism to Isla Mujeres, we have seen that the lines to buy tickets are often longer than the line to board the ferry! It can be incredibly frustrating to arrive at the ferry loaded down with luggage after a long travel day and then watch the boat leave without you because you had to wait in the ticket line for ten minutes. And now you have another 30 minutes to wait for the next boat (and if after 8:30 PM, an hour to wait). After all, you’re on vacation, who wants to waste any precious time standing in line? Hopefully, we can answer a lot of questions here about the Gran Puerto Juarez Ultramar ferry dock/Isla Mujeres route!

So, the Ultramar ferry is the main ferry transport to the island. It leaves from Gran Puerto Juarez Ultramar ferry dock in Cancun. Also referred to as simply “Gran Puerto”, “Ultramar”, or “Puerto Juarez”. In fact we have two ways to book this on our site under “Isla Mujeres” or “Puerto Juarez”-They are the same exact route.

ULTRAMAR WEBSITE

They have a web page here (that is often down if being honest!): https://www.ultramarferry.com/en

HOURS OF OPERATION

It’s important to note that the ferry does NOT operate 24 hours a day. Here is the time table for the Cancun/Isla Mujeres route. These times remain the same even on holidays:

Gran Puerto Juarez (Cancun) TO Isla Mujeres: Departures every half hour between 5:00 AM-8:30 PM. And then 9:30 PM, 10:30 PM, 11:30 PM

Isla Mujeres TO Gran Puerto Juarez (Cancun): Departures every half hour between 5:30 AM-9:00 PM. And then 10:00 PM, 11:00 PM & 12:00 AM

It’s good to keep these schedules in mind when booking your flights. We do not recommend [Read more…]

Tips for First-timers from Seasoned Cancun Travelers

Travel TipsAfter my mom’s first trip to Cancun to visit me here in Cancun, she told me there were many things that she would do differently on her next trip. I thought, WOW, I should really have these things on my website as tips for first-time travelers!

So what are the things everyone should remember when packing, planning and traveling to Cancun or the Riviera Maya? Well, I’ve lived here too long and I am not really “on vacation” here, so I wondered who would know best about these things? Former vacationers to Cancun of course! So to my customers that have been to Cancun AND bought the t-shirt, I asked for their advice on these topics and any other things they thought first-timers might find helpful:
• Things to bring on the plane with you
• What to pack
• Do I need pesos?
• Getting around Cancun and the Riviera Maya
• Whether to go All Inclusive or not
• Is Cancun safe?
• Can you drink the water?

These are some of the responses I received.

  • Plan at least one day-trip out of the hotel to see a historical site.
  • Try one of the downtown Cancun restaurants one evening.
  • Try scuba diving or snorkeling. The underwater world is amazing.
  • Bring less than you think as far as clothing.
  • The public buses are safe and an affordable mode of transportation.
  • If you are drinking, take a taxi (barter taxi price before you get in).
  • Don’t buy souvenirs at the airport (they are over-priced).
  • It’s always good to have some pesos just in case, but make sure you spend them before you leave. You can use pesos for tips.
  • Use sunscreen even if you think you don’t need any.
  • If you buy liquor at the duty free shop at the airport be prepared to transfer it into your luggage if you do not have a direct flight.
  • Be patient at the customs area..don’t get overwhelmed.
  • Pack cotton clothing, its cooler.
  • Sunglasses are a must. If you forget yours there are lots of people selling them cheap.
  • If traveling with kids, bring them something to snack on and toys to play with on the plane.
  • Bring a book, cross-word puzzle or ear buds to plug into the planes TV system.
  • Bring chewing gum to help with ear pressure during take-off & landing.
  • USD are fine to spend in Cancun, you don’t need a lot of pesos.
  • Don’t bring anything larger than $50 dollar bills as they are harder to spend / break.
  • Pack one nice outfit because some restaurants have a dress code.
  • Ride the bus anywhere in the Hotel Zone for less than $1 USD.
  • Cancun is safer than most cities in the United States.
  • Drink bottled water, it is available everywhere. Almost all restaurants serve bottle water.
  • Turn off your data roaming! If you forget the charges you incur will be astronomical. Even if you don’t use it, your phone will still retrieve data and charge you for it.

Also, check out my Packing Checklist for more info.

Do you have a travel tip to add to our list? Email me!