Where is Playa Mujeres?

Are you wondering about the difference between Playa Mujeres and Isla Mujeres? Keep on reading to discover what and where is Playa Mujeres, the newest and hottest destination for all-inclusive destination weddings.

This area is a gated community located a few miles north of the famous Cancun hotel zone. This exclusive area is comprised of luxurious all-inclusive hotels, a golf course, a marina, and a few private residences.

The entrance into the area has a 24-hour security gate so only residents, guests of the hotels or golf course, and their employees are allowed access.

Contrary to the high rise and proximity of the hotels in Cancun, the hotels in Playa Mujeres and Costa Mujeres, and tend to be spread out. As a result, you have a more intimate and secluded feel.

Where is Playa Mujeres? This is the  the entry gate to the Playa Mujeres and Costa Mujeres area.
One of the gates to enter the Playa Mujeres complex

Where is Playa Mujeres located on a map?

You’ll find the gated area, just north of Cancun and the Cancun hotel zone, built around the golf course, but also bordered by the beach. It is a peninsula that extends into Costa Mujeres and then ends with Isla Blanca.

What is the Airport for Playa Mujeres?

The main airport used to arrive at the area is Cancun International airport. Therefore, you will then need to take an airport shuttle, private transfer, or rent a car to arrive at your hotel.

How can I get there?

You need to get an airport transfer or rent a vehicle as there is no public transportation into the gated community.

What is the beach like in Playa Mujeres?

The beach is long, and white and the water is turquoise and clear right off the shore. There are no rocks and swimming access is easy. From most areas of the beach, you can see an island across the way and that is Isla Mujeres.

The beach in front of The Finest in Playa Mujeres (real unedited cell phone pic)

Is there seaweed on the beaches in the area?

Well, that is a hard one to answer. To be honest, it depends on a lot of factors and nature is hard to predict. We can say that the seaweed problem has been a lot less prevalent in Playa Mujeres than in the Riviera Maya with little to none.

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What does it mean?

Firstly, Mujeres (moo-hair-ez) means Women. And, secondly, playa means Beach. The island you see from the beach is, in fact, Isla Mujeres, which was named for its multiple statues of women found throughout the island. So, since it has a view of the island, it developed this name.

Are Isla Mujeres and Playa Mujeres the same thing?

No, Isla Mujeres is the island, only accessible via ferry. The area Playa Mujeres is driveable, and from the shores, you can see the island.

What are the best activities to do in the area?

If you are staying at a hotel in the area, most tours will pick up from your hotel lobby. The closest activities, if you don’t want to stray too far from your home base are catamaran trips, which leave from the Amada Marina or you can golf at the Playa Mujeres Golf Course.

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Do the hotels include golf at the Golf Club?

Well, yes and no. Some hotels, like Atelier, do have special packages which will include golf. The AMR Collection resorts (Dreams and Secrets) do include green fees, but there are certain extras to be paid on top of that, so although the green fee is free, you have to pay for your cart.

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What hotels are located in Playa Mujeres and Costa Mujeres?

Most hotels are luxurious and relatively new as this is a new area in Cancun. Here are a few quick ideas for hotels in the area. However, if you want more information, don’t hesitate to check out our top hotels in Playa Mujeres Blog.

Family Friendly Hotels

Catalonia – opening February 2020
Dreams Playa Mujeres
Estudio by Atelier
The Finest by Excellence Collection
Grand Palladium Resort & Spa
Majestic Elegance – opening Nov 2019
Paradisus Playa Mujeres – opening 2020 TBD
Planet Hollywood Cancun – opening March 2020
Riu Dunamar
Riu Palace Costa Mujeres

The splash pad is located in the kids club at the Finest Playa Mujeres
(real unedited cell phone pic)

Adults Only Hotels

TRS Coral
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Secrets Playa Mujeres
Majestic Elegance Adults Only area- opening Nov 2019
Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun- opening March 2020

One part of the lazy river (and the swim-out rooms to the right) at the Excellence Playa Mujeres (real unedited cell phone pic)

If you ever asked yourself: where is Playa Mujeres? Now you know! We hope we’ve covered all the bases and this is everything you need to know about the area. Did we miss anything? If you have questions or comments, let us know!

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