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.

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About Playa Mujeres Area

Playa Mujeres 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.

You can play a little bit with the map to search for specific locations around Playa Mujeres.

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 to Playa Mujeres?

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

Does Playa Mujeres have a nice beach?

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.

Expansive clear beach with a small boat and a windsurfing board
The beach in front of The Finest in Playa Mujeres (real unedited cell phone pic)

Is there seaweed in Playa Mujeres?

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.

If you want more accurate information, you can visit Zargazo Quintana Roo website for daily updates of the beaches and seaweed conditions. The website is in Spanish, but it is very user friendly, so you will surely find what you are looking for.

Information about seaweed in the riviera maya and seaweed in cancun
Blue is no seaweed, red is excessive seaweed!

What does Playa Mujeres 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.

Playa Mujeres VS Isla Mujeres

No, they are not the same thing. Isla Mujeres is the island, only accessible via ferry. The area of Playa Mujeres is driveable from Cancun, and from the shores, you can see the island.

Do the hotels include golf at the Playa Mujeres Golf Club?

Well, yes and no. Some hotels, like Atelier, do have special packages which will include golf. 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.

More information directly on their website.

What are the best activities to do in Playa Mujeres?

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.

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 in Playa Mujeres

Dreams Playa Mujeres
The Finest by Excellence Collection
Grand Palladium Resort & Spa
Majestic Elegance
Paradisus Playa Mujeres
Planet Hollywood Cancun
Riu Dunamar
Riu Palace Costa Mujeres

Dinosaur team water park at a beach resort in cancun
This incredible themed water park is located in the kids club at Planet Hollywood Cancun

Adults Only Hotels in Playa Mujeres

TRS Coral
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Secrets Playa Mujeres
Majestic Elegance Adults Only area
Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun

One part of the lazy river (and the swim-out rooms to the right) at the Excellence Playa Mujeres


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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