Capitan Dulche Museum and Beach Club – Pirate Ship Bar and Private Beach on Isla Mujeres

Capitan Dulche Museum and Beach Club – Pirate Ship Bar and Private Beach on Isla Mujeres

Following on from my previous post about Isla Mujeres, I wanted to go into more detail about the afternoon I spent at Capitan Dulche. This is a unique beach club which mixes relaxation with culture, as it also has a sculpture garden and hosts the only museum on the island.

Like all other attractions from the island, Capitan Dulche can easily be reached by fixed rate taxi or by renting a golf cart for the day. If you order food and drink at the bar the entrance fee is waved and you are welcome to spend all day on the private beach which includes loungers and a volleyball net.

Beach ClubCapitan Dulche Beach ClubBy far my favourite thing about Capitan Dulche is the extremely unique boat bar – you can see the ship’s mast rising up from the surrounding landscape. The style evokes imagery of pirates sailing the Caribbean and the barrels of rum they’d consume.

captain-dulche-isla-mujeresboat bar in isla mujeresThe beach has a small dock that expands out into the bay, providing a scenic walkway or place to sit and watch the local wildlife.

Capitan Dulche Pierwater birdsThe grounds of Capitan Dulche also act as a sculpture garden, with maritime pieces and musical figurines dotted on the dock, grass and hillside. 

isla mujeres Sculpture Garden Isla MujeresThe main building hosts a formal dining veranda that can be rented for events and weddings, while the downstairs is the island’s Maritime Museum. The museum collection includes model ships and items from throughout the local naval history, including details about Mexico’s most famous diver and oceanographer, Ramon Bravo, along with his even more famous contemporary, Jacques Cousteau.

Capitan Dulche MuseumMaritime Museum MexicoI found Capitan Dulche to be a real treat while on Isla Mujeres as it managed to mix the two things I love most while travelling; beautiful beaches and cultural history.

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Isla Mujeres – A Guide to the Beaches and Sights of the Island of Women

Isla Mujeres – A Guide to the Beaches and Sights of the Island of Women

Isla Mujeres is a small island situated closely off the coast from Cancun. While it’s only 6.8k away in distance, in terms of atmosphere it’s a world away. While I was only on the island for around 24 hours I was able to see many of the sights and get a great feel for the atmosphere.

Getting There

Isla Mujeres is a short ferry ride from Puerto Juárez, just north of Cancun. The port is easy to reach either by bus or taxi from Downtown Cancun or Zona Hotelera, and a return ticket should be $146.00M.N. (as of December 2014).

isla mujeres boats

The Beaches

The best beach on the island is Playa Norte (North Beach), which curves round the tip of the island by the town centre.

You can walk along Rueda Medina from the port with the white sands of the beach to you left or enjoy the local restaurants and shops on the right side of the road.

isla mujeres promenadePlaya Norte is the best place to watch the sunset on the island, as you can see it dip below the skyline of Cancun across the water. Walking along the tip of the island towards the easts gives you the best area to see the golden hour of dusk and how the beach sand turns into soft honey hues. This area is where most of the hotels are, but access to the sand is free and easy, with much smaller crowds than on the mainland.

isla mujeres sunsetisla mujeres sunset

Walking Through Town

The town centre is the best place to stay and has a personality all of it’s own. Most of the buildings are brightly painted, cantinas open up onto the sidewalk and cheap local food can be found everywhere. One thing I really loved about the island were the massive murals found on the sides of buildings adding even more character.

isla mujeres buildingsisla mujeres muralfish mural mexicomexican murals

Things To Do in Isla Mujeres

If you want to more than just enjoy the perfect sand and sun of the beach and atmosphere of the town, Isla Mujeres has plenty other things to offer. To get around either rent a golf cart for the day (Yes, a GOLF CART!) or use one of the many relaxed taxi drivers. Rates are fixed and can be found on the wall by the taxi bank by the port.The buggies are the funner option, but you still need a valid driver’s licence in order to rent one.

golf buggy isla mujeres

Where to Stay

  • Poc Na is a great party hostel, best for long term travellers who want somewhere cheap to meet others and dance the night away. The dorms are pretty basic relying on fans to keep cool, and some of the bunks are precariously high – but the atmosphere is worth it.
  • For high end luxury give the amazingly highly rated Hotel Secreto a go.
  • For those looking for an affordable family holiday, Hotel Chac Chi is a good option.

Isla Mujeres is an adorable island I hope to spend more time on in the future, hopefully as part of a long term trip through Central America. However, it’s also a great option for those looking for a beach holiday with a bit of character, away from the crowds of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

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