Private Beach Resort on Island Accessible Only by Ferry
Though it lies just 6 miles offshore from Cancún, Isla Mujeres feels like an ocean away. It's a strip of sand and palms less than 2 square miles in area, and it's accessible only by ferry. Avalon Reef Isla Mujeres occupies its own islet that is connected to the main island by a narrow bridge. It gives the resort a private feeling, even for the already-secluded Isla Mujeres.
A sugar-sand beach encircles the resort; within that, you can find a natural tidal pool. It's shallow and has warm water, making it a nice spot to go snorkeling or take a bubble bath. While you're at the beach, it's worth it to head to the resort's beach bar area, which features live music on Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Or feel free to lounge at the pool, which has a swim-up bar that prepares frozen daiquiris. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant that serves seafood, and this Getaway includes a complimentary American breakfast for two. You can get sweeping views of the Caribbean from ocean-view rooms, which are located in the resort’s main tower.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Mayan Ruins and Lively Markets
Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women, was named for the female-shaped idols that were found scattered around the island by a 1517 Spanish expedition. There's also a temple to the Mayan fertility goddess Ixchel on the island. The ancient ruins were partially damaged by a hurricane in 1988, but some of the temple and most of its foundation are still visible and remain a major tourist draw.
The island’s charming, four-block-by-six-block downtown is known as El Centro. It's worth visiting El Centro for its outdoor market, El Macado, where vendors sell fresh flowers, exotic fruits, tacos, and vegetables. Stop by any of the open-air restaurants in town and you can get a front-row view of the bustling little downtown area as you dine on fresh Mexican fare.
Option 2: $453 for 5 nights (up to a $1,210 value)
Option 3: $406 for 4 nights (up to a $1,084 value)
Option 4: $507 for 5 nights (up to a $1,355 value)
Included in all options:
Daily American breakfast
Policies and Fees
Book by: 7/19/13
Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to fee of 10% Groupon price. 15-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 2 night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies; 3-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Promotional value expires Jul 19, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
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Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
Limit 3 per visit
Reservation required, subject to availability
All cancellations subject to fee of 10% Groupon price
15-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 2-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies; 3-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Daily breakfast not valid for room service
All resort taxes and fees are included
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Standard Ocean-View Room
One queen bed or two single beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $28.50 per day for each additional guest 12 or older, including daily breakfast; no charge for additional guests 11 or younger. An additional $9.50 for daily breakfast applies for guests 6–11; no charge for breakfast for guests 5 or younger.
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Parking: not available
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: available for an additional fee
By plane: about 12 miles (19 km) from Cancún International Airport (CUN); transfer by shared van (about US$18) to Puerto Juárez; transfer to express ferry to Isla Mujeres (about US$7)
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