Isla Blanca

About 25 km north of Cancun is the beautiful peninsula Isla Blanca. While not technically an island, it might as well be. It’s got the white sand and crystal blue waters that Cancun is known for, but without the tourists or commercialism.
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Once you get past Punta Sam and the few resorts located in the north end, the population drops off and the natural beauty takes over. The road becomes dusty and full of potholes, but the journey is worth it. Isla Blanca is unique- it’s bordered by the ocean on one side and Chacmuchuc Lagoon on the other. Besides the odd restaurant or small family run establishment, you wont find much up there. Tourists rarely visit, making it the perfect quiet spot to relax. On Sundays bring a picnic and join local Mexican families on the beach, or try your luck at kitesurfing on the lagoon side.

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Isla Blanca can be reached by car, taxi, or colectivo (approximately 4 trips a day). We’ve biked up there as well, but it’s not for the faint of heart!  The beaches are not maintained like the beaches in the hotel zone, but it’s not as noticeable as you might think. The weirdest thing for us is all the lost single shoes. Who are all these people who are missing one shoe?
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Unless you have a powerful vehicle, stop about a kilometre before the end of the peninsula and walk the rest of the way. The last thing you need is to get stuck in the sand! On Jay’s first visit to Isla Blanca he joined in the effort to free a police truck; if they can get stuck anyone can!
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The beauty of Mexico really shines through at Isla Blanca. It’s teeming with wildlife and offers warm shallow lagoon waters as well as cooler ocean waves. If you visit in the middle of the week you’re likely to find yourself your own private oasis. It’s an absolute must see.
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