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Close to downtown Isla Mujeres and the ferry terminal
Isla Mujeres is a small island located eight miles east of Cancun. Meaning "Island of Women," Isla Mujeres got its name from Spanish conquistadors who discovered numerous idols in honor of Ix Chel, the Mayan goddess of childbirth and fertility. Only five miles long and half a mile wide, it has historically been a quiet, secluded fishing village. But as vacationers have flocked to the Riviera Maya section of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres has experienced a boom in tourism. For travelers in search of a more tranquil, relaxing experience far from the rowdiness and endless bustle of Cancun, the island is an ideal getaway spot.
Here guests can revel in the island's quaint charm, marvel at the beautiful Caribbean Sea, walk amongst the locals carrying their fishnets, purchase handcrafted trinkets, and taste native fruits and vegetables in the downtown area. In addition to swimming, snorkeling, and shopping, there are also a number of sights to see on Isla Mujeres such as the old mansion and gardens of Hacienda Mundaca, the amazing Turtle Farm, the reefs of Garrafon Park, the lovely soft sands of Playa Norte, and the easternmost part of Mexico and the highest elevation in the Yucatan, Punta Sur.
Located along Mujeres Bay, Hotel Bahia Chac Chic is close to the lively downtown area and ferry terminal. All 25 rooms are basic and free of frills. Despite being sparsely decorated, they are clean and comfortable and offer flat-screen TVs, work desks, and in-room safes. There are a few other pleasant surprises here including free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, and some rooms with fantastic ocean-view balconies. The hotel also has a sleek facade, chic open-air entrance and lobby, and cozy bar/cafe where breakfast is served. The one disappointment is a tiny swimming pool with an interior, shaded courtyard location. Simplicity at this hotel adds up to great value for budget travelers.