The Best Time to Go to Isla Mujeres

By Michele Samal Kinnon

Are you planning a trip to Isla Mujeres? Are you trying to decide the best time to go to Isla Mujeres? The good news is, there is really no wrong time to visit Mexico´s idyllic island of women.

But…. depending on what you want to do during your stay, your vacation style, your budget and your must-do activities you may want to be more selective about your travel dates.

Timing is everything when it comes to planning your visit to Isla Mujeres. Our family has traveled to Isla Mujeres about a dozen times over the past 20 years and we keep coming back for more. It´s a great place for a romantic getaway for a couple and the perfect place for families traveling with kids.

Before you pack your bags and head off on your Mexican Caribbean getaway, let´s determine the best time to visit based on YOUR optimal vacation experience.

The Best Time to Go to Isla Mujeres: A Reason for Every Season

Whether you’re a sun-seeking beach lover, an adventure enthusiast, or a culture connoisseur, Isla Mujeres has something to offer everyone during every season.

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Statistically, there are more visitors to the island during the winter months and most people feel the best time to go to Isla Mujeres is between the months of January and March when the air temperature is moderate, the shallow water surrounding the island is pleasantly cool and there is little chance of rainfall.

Having been to Isla at all times of the year, there are seasons we prefer and times we definitely avoid. But each season has its own advantages and disadvantages to be considered.

Isla Mujeres: High Season vs. Low Season

Although Isla Mujeres is a popular vacation destination year-round, there are some seasonal fluctuations to consider when deciding the best time to visit this small island.

High season on Isla Mujeres runs from November through April with the bulk of the tourism happening between Christmas and the end of March. As you can imagine, Isla Mujeres is one of the best places to spend spring break so be prepared for those crowds in March. There is another surge again in April as throngs of Mexican families race to the beaches to spend their semana santa break. 

You can expect the cost for accommodations to be at its highest during high season. It may also be more difficult to get golf cart rentals, tour bookings and reservations in Isla Mujeres´ top restaurants.

An aerial view of the mia reef resort in isla mujeres.

Low season on Isla Mujeres runs from the end of April until the end of October. This coincides with the rainy season (June through October) which brings increased cloud cover and precipitation and a chance of hurricane activity. 

For the most part, you will find reduced crowds during these months which means options for airfare and accommodations at considerably lower prices.

Seasonal Impact on Accommodation Prices, Flight Fares, and Activities

Flights to Cancun

Flight fares also tend to vary depending on the time of year you choose to visit. During high season, airline ticket prices may increase due to the demand for flights to the island.

See our guide on how to get to Isla Mujeres

Conversely, low season often brings cheaper airfares and discounted vacation packages. Keep an eye out for deals and compare prices across different airlines to find the most affordable options.

Hotels and Resorts

As with any travel destination, accommodation prices on Isla Mujeres fluctuate depending on the season. During high season when demand is at its peak, hotel rates tend to be higher than usual. 

We recommend booking your accommodations well in advance if you plan to visit during high season. Availability can become limited as popular resorts and hotels fill up quickly. 

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Traveling to Isla Mujeres during the low season presents an opportunity for budget-conscious travelers as many hotels offer significant discounts or special promotions.

You can often find great deals on accommodations that might otherwise be out of reach during peak times. Take advantage of these lower prices while enjoying a more serene atmosphere.

Activities and Excursions

When it comes to activities, both high and low seasons offer a range of options. However, during high season, it’s a good idea to book popular tours and activities in advance as they can fill up quickly.

In contrast, during low season, you may have more flexibility in choosing excursions since there are fewer tourists competing for limited spots. The key is to plan ahead and make reservations accordingly.

When to Go to Isla Mujeres: The Best Things About High Season 

Ah, high season – the time when hordes of visitors flock to Isla Mujeres, eagerly seeking an escape from their daily grind. Winter on Isla brings clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and minimal rainfall. It’s pure bliss! 

If your ideal Isla Mujeres vacation includes yacht parties, bar hopping and dancing til dawn with throngs of other like-minded travelers, the best time to go to Isla Mujeres is definitely high season. 

Isla mujeres private boat tours

Between December and April the island springs to life and buzzes with activity as hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way across the channel to enjoy the fantastic beach clubs, bars and nightlife that Isla has to offer.

These are some of the reasons we think that high season may be the best time to go to Isla Mujeres.

The Best Weather

The best weather on Isla Mujeres is undoubtedly during the winter months between December and March. During these months, the weather patterns are the most stable. You can expect the coolest temperatures (especially in the early morning and in the evening) and lower humidity during this season.

Statistically, the winter months also have minimal cloud cover and rainfall, the perfect recipe for the perfect island vacation.

If you are planning a trip to Isla Mujeres and great weather is important to you, the high season may be the best time to travel.

The Party Scene

If you enjoy vibrant atmospheres and meeting new people from all over the world, high season might be the best time to go to Isla Mujeres.

High season attracts a larger number of tourists, especially during the winter months when people escape the chilly climate in search of warm tropical paradise. 

Pool party at a beach club on isla mujeres

During high season, Isla Mujeres becomes a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. The island’s pristine beaches are in high demand, and you’ll find the island´s resorts and hotels buzzing with activity. 

The beach clubs and bars are pulsating with music and gyrating bodies of all shapes and sizes. The vibe is very part-friendly. If you are looking for a good time, you will surely find it on Isla during high season.

Travel Times You May Want to Avoid

If you’re someone who cherishes tranquility and prefers fewer crowds, high season may not align with your visions of a serene tropical escape.

As with any sought-after vacation destination, high season comes with its fair share of drawbacks. Brace yourself for inflated prices for accommodations and airfare as demand spikes exponentially.

On the island, golf cart rentals may be scarce and expensive. Popular tourist attractions will undoubtedly be teeming with fellow travelers vying for that perfect sunset photo or trying to secure limited spots on must-do excursions.

Isla mujeres golf cart rentals

If you are planning to travel to isla Mujeres during the high season and you have a bit of flexibility with your travel dates, try to avoid the week following Christmas and the weeks leading up to and after Easter. These are the peak travel times during the year and demand the very highest rates.

If you are planning a quick getaway to Isla and only have a few days, try to avoid Sundays if possible. 

Sunday is the day when most people have the day off. Isla Mujeres is the most popular Sunday destination for people who work and live on the mainland. As Isla Mujeres is an easy day trip from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the ferries will be overrun and the beaches will be packed with Mexican families enjoying time together.

If you are looking for a peaceful day on this beautiful island, you may want to avoid Sundays.

Embracing the Joys of Low Season on Isla Mujeres

As temperatures rise outside, so does the allure of low season in Isla Mujeres. From May to October, this quieter period presents unique advantages worth considering for travelers who aren’t afraid of swimming against the tide.

While rainfall becomes more frequent during these months, fear not! It’s mostly in the form of brief afternoon showers that provide a refreshing break from the heat. 

Exploring Isla Mujeres Without the Crowds

Picture this: you’re strolling along the pristine shores of Playa Norte, the sun gently warming your skin and a light breeze carrying the scent of saltwater. You have the beach almost entirely to yourself, with only a handful of other visitors scattered across the sand. This is one of the many advantages of visiting Isla Mujeres during its off-season.

Luxury hotels in isla mujeres

During low season, which falls between May and October, Isla Mujeres becomes a tranquil oasis. With fewer tourists flocking to the island, you can truly revel in its natural beauty without feeling overwhelmed by crowds. This is the best time to take in the famously stunning sunrises and sunsets at punta sur, Mexico´s most eastern point.

Traveling during the off-season, you will have more space to unwind and enjoy everything this charming island has to offer. Whether it’s exploring hidden coves, snorkeling the coral reef or meandering through the vibrant local markets, you’ll find that navigating lesser-known attractions is much easier with fewer people to compete with.

Best Bet for Budget Travelers

Another enticing benefit of traveling to Isla Mujeres during low season is that you can experience it at a fraction of the cost compared to high season. From accommodations to dining options, golf cart rentals and excursions, prices tend to be lower during this period.

With fewer tourists vying for bookings and services, you may also find more availability and therefore more flexibility in your itinerary. You won’t have to worry about crowded restaurants or fully booked excursions – there’s less competition for those sought-after experiences. The best beaches on the island, usually packed during the winter months will be wide open to you if you choose to travel during the summer.

Jim walking on playa norte

With lower demand comes an opportunity for better deals and discounts from local businesses eager to attract visitors during these quieter months. If you are looking for a great rate at your favorite hotel or all inclusive resort, low season is the time to find it.

Enjoy A More Authentic Travel Experience

When visiting popular destinations like Isla Mujeres during high season, it’s no surprise that tourist-oriented establishments thrive. While these businesses cater to the needs of travelers, they may sometimes deviate from the island’s authentic essence.

However, during low season, you have a better chance of connecting with the local culture and experiencing the genuine hospitality that defines Isla Mujeres. With fewer tourists around and a more relaxed pace of life, you can engage with locals on a deeper level.

Womens´ beading cooperative in isla mujeres

Visit family-owned restaurants where flavors burst in every bite, strike up conversations with artisans at local markets, or simply wander through the vibrant streets and absorb the authentic atmosphere.

 It’s during these quieter periods that you may stumble upon hidden gems and forge meaningful connections that add an extra layer of richness to your Isla Mujeres adventure.

More Reasons to Travel to Isla Mujeres During Low Season

Aside from reduced crowds and lower prices, there are some very good reasons why you might want to plan your Isla Mujeres vacation during the low season.

As a matter of fact, there are several things to do on Isla Mujeres that can ONLY be done during the low season. Here are just a few: 

Sport Fishing for BillFish

Fishing is great any time of the year on Isla Mujeres but if you are a dedicated sport fisherman the peak season for billfishing is April to August. This is the best time to catch (and release) sailfish and marlin as they migrate through the warm waters off the coast of Cancun.

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Isla Mujeres is home to some of the best fishing charter boats and the most experienced captains in the region. Don´t pass up an opportunity to land the fish of your dreams while you are here on the island. 

Here are a few of the deep-sea fishing boats we recommend. All are licensed, registered and insured to ensure that your day on the water is safe as well as enjoyable!

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Swim with the Whale Sharks

If you are hoping to swim with whale sharks the best time to go to Isla Mujeres is July and August. The official whale shark season runs from June through the beginning of September. However, July and August are really the best months to see these gentle giants when the warm waters around the island draw the pods in to feed.

A fantastic shot of a whale shark to the north of isla mujeres

To keep the whale sharks coming back year after year, whale shark excursions are strictly monitored by Mexico environmental officials so be sure to book your tour with a reputable and registered company who knows the rules and follows them.

We have brought the kids to Isla Mujeres to swim with the whale sharks several times and these are the tours we recommend.

Marine Turtle Nesting Season 

If you want to be on the island at the ideal time to see the marine turtles, the best time to go to Isla Mujeres is between the months of May and August.

A couple snorkeling with a sea turtle off isla mujeres

One of the most fun things to do on Isla Mujeres is to swim with the sea turtles that come to the island to mate and build their nests year after year. One of the best ways to see the turtles and all of the colorful marine life on the coral reef is to book a snorkeling tour. 

The best option we could find  also includes a tour of MUSA, the underwater museum and can be booked here:-

Conservation efforts on the island include marking the nests and monitoring them daily. Baby turtles that hatch during the day are collected and then released safely at night when their chance for survival is greater. 

If you are planning a trip to Isla Mujeres during the turtle season, try to participate in a sea turtle release. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Day Trip to Isla Contoy

If you are a nature lover, you will want to plan a day trip to the Isla Contoy National Park. This pristine island, dotted with palm trees and surrounded by the turquoise-blue Caribbean Sea, is a wildlife sanctuary and one of Mexico´s most unique islands. Isla Contoy is home to over 150 species of birds and four types of endangered sea turtles. These animals and a handful of scientists are the only full-time inhabitants on this uniquely protected island.

Boat docked on isla contoy

In an effort to protect the flora and fauna on Isla Contoy, only 200 visitors are allowed on the island daily and excursions can only be done with a registered tour guide. The tours generally leave from the shore near the Isla Mujeres ferry terminal. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes and will bring you to  Ixlache Reef for an opportunity to see the wide variety of marine life on this section of the Mesoamerican reef and then on to the island to explore its shores and meet its inhabitants.

 The island is open to visitors year-round but if you want to have the very best experience and avoid the crowds, low season is the best season to visit Isla Contoy. 

Important Festivals on Isla Mujeres

Many people, plan their trip to Isla Mujeres to coincide with one of the annual festivals on the island. Here are a few to consider:

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

One of the most fun times to go to Isla Mujeres is during Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This is actually three days of celebration that occur at the end of October and the beginning of November. 

This Mexican tradition honors deceased loved ones while embracing life with reverence and festivity. The streets come alive with vibrant altars adorned with marigolds, photographs, favorite foods, and other offerings believed to guide spirits back for a brief reunion with their families.

During this time, families gather at cemeteries to pay homage to their ancestors by sharing stories and memories while indulging in delicious food such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead) or sugar skulls intricately decorated with colorful icing. It’s truly an awe-inspiring experience witnessing how death can be transformed into a celebration of life, uniting people in love and remembrance.

This festival falls during the very lowest season for tourism and at the time when we generally have the most rain. But don´t let the threat of a little rain stop you from coming to Isla Mujeres to enjoy this colorful and joyous celebration.

If your Isla Mujeres itinerary includes celebrating Day of the Dead, plan to be on the island October 31, November 1 and November 2.

Island Time Music Fest and Fishing Tournament

Since 2010 the Island Time Fishing Tournament has been calling boats down to Isla Mujeres. This is a catch-and-release tournament and awards are given to boats, anglers and junior anglers with the most releases.

Hosted by Help a Special Child, Inc., (a 501 US Tax-exempt Charity established in 2010) with all the proceeds of this annual event benefiting the children of the Little Yellow School House and its service to local, special needs children.

This fishing tournament and the accompanying music fest is one of the most popular events on the island and one that draws fishermen, musicians and music lovers from around the globe. 

The Island Time Music Fest and Fishing Tournament is held every year in February. You will want to consult their website for the exact dates and details.

Carnival: A Colorful Tapestry of Celebration

One of the most exciting festivals on Isla Mujeres is undoubtedly Carnival, an extravaganza that paints Isla Mujeres in a riot of colors and infectious energy. Held in February or March, this week-long fiesta brings locals and tourists together to revel in lively parades, dazzling costumes, and contagious rhythms filling the air.

The streets transform into a kaleidoscope as performers clad in extravagant attire dance joyously to traditional tunes. Joining in this spectacle is an invitation to embrace the spirit of unity and merriment that prevails during Carnival.

When to Visit Isla Mujeres for the Best Weather

Average Temperatures, Cloud Cover and Rainfall by Month

 Isla Mujeres offers a pleasant escape from colder climates year-round. There is little fluctuation in temperature from season to season although the most pleasant months are January through March when the weather patterns are stable and the air is moderately cool, especially in the morning and evening.

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January and February are generally considered the coolest months, with average temperatures ranging between 68°F and 80°F.

As spring arrives in March and April, temperatures climb a few degrees higher, providing ideal beach weather. 

The summer months of May through August bring warmer temperatures to Isla Mujeres. Expect averages around 78°F to 90°F. This increase in air temperature paired with a rise in humidity can be oppressive. Fortunately, Isla enjoys cooling breezes off the Caribbean to help beat the heat.

September and October see a slight decrease in temperature as autumn approaches with averages from 76°F to 85°F. These are also statistically the rainiest months of the year and the average humidity is till quite high.

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The chances of rainfall during your stay on Isla Mujeres is another aspect worth considering when planning your trip. The rainy season typically runs from June to October when brief afternoon showers are common. 

However, don’t let this dissuade you; rain showers are often short-lived and provide a bit of relief from the humidity while still leaving plenty of time for the beach!

It´s Not the Heat. It´s the Humidity.

Some of the old cliches hang around because they are absolutely true! While air temperatures on Isla Mujeres rarely rise above 33°C, the humidity can make the heat feel oppressive.

Humidity levels on the island range from 70% to 90%, with higher levels during the summer months. If you prefer a drier climate, consider visiting during the winter months when the humidity tends to be slightly lower.

It is very important to monitor your exposure to the sun and stay well-hydrated. Those frozen margaritas maybe feel refreshing but the alcohol will just compound the effects of the sun and make you more susceptible to heatstroke and travelers’ diarrhea.

Hurricane Season – To Travel or Not to Travel

Oh, the Mexican Caribbean!! The warm sun, white sand, and turquoise-blue waters of Isla Mujeres can make you forget about all the not-so-glamorous aspects of paradise.

A hurricane can wreak havoc on your Isla Mujeres vacation should one come our way. The good news is, historically, hurricanes are actually quite rare in this region. We can expect a few gusty tropical storms throughout the rainy season but the chances of a hurricane are really quite low. 

I would not write off the months of June through November just to avoid the possibility of a hurricane.

All that being said…..

Having survived two significant storms,  Emily (Category 4) and Wilma (Category 5) both in 2005, I can tell you without hesitation that hurricanes on the Mexican Caribbean should be taken very seriously. 

Areal view of a large hurricane approaching the yucatan from the caribbean

If you have a trip planned to Cancun, Isla Mujeres or anywhere on the Riviera Maya and a hurricane is imminent, I would recommend canceling or postponing your trip. There is nothing fun about spending your precious vacation penned up in an evacuation center with thousands of strangers.

This is why travel insurance is so important. It´s essential that you secure a plan that covers you in the event that you need to cancel or postpone due to hurricanes and other acts of God.

If you are already here on Isla Mujeres and a hurricane warning is called, these are the things you can do to prepare yourself and ride out the storm safely. 


While each season has its advantages and considerations, there really is no wrong time to visit this tiny Mexican Caribbean island. We have visited Isla in all of the seasons and always had a great time.

However, as you can see, the timing of your visit can greatly impact various aspects such as crowd levels, prices, weather conditions, and even access to certain activities or attractions.

By carefully considering these factors and choosing wisely when to go, you can tailor your trip planning to find the very best time to go to Isla Mujeres. 

About the author

Michele Samal Kinnon

Despite the strong reservations of family and friends, in 2004 I moved from the United States to Mexico with my young family. Since then, I have made the Riviera Maya my home. I have raised two remarkable children here. I have celebrated amazing successes, made countless mistakes, and in the process, fallen in love with this beautiful country.