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Why You Should Visit The Hidden Gem of Passion Island in the Mexican Caribbean

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Fall in love with the most romantic place in the Caribbean: Passion Island. Isla de la Pasión is an exclusive island space in Mexico of incredible beauty and an excellent tourist destination. Here’s a complete guide with everything you need to know about this dream island near Cozumel, in the Caribbean of Quintana Roo.

How to get to Passion Island

The only way to get to Isla de la Pasión is by boat and departing from the main towns of the Mexican Caribbean, such as Cozumel, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen. The most practical way is to travel to Cozumel, which is the closest. This jewel of crystal-clear waters with almost virgin spaces of 1 km (0.6 miles) of extension is located north of Cozumel.


The History of Passion Island

The Mayans made a pilgrimage to Mukyaj Peten, the indigenous name of Passion Island, during pre-Hispanic times to venerate Ixchel, the goddess of love. Passion Island is long and very narrow on its north side and somewhat wider on the south. After a hurricane hit, a Mexican businessman bought the island to turn it into an exclusive destination for weddings, social, sporting, and ecological events.  Its beach, cabins, and other attractions are only accessible by paying for the corresponding tours and rentals.

Enjoy an Almost Virgin Beach

Isla de la Pasion has a warm and beautiful beach with crystal clear waters and fine white sand. It’s perfect for sunbathing and lounging in a hammock with a rich tropical cocktail, splashing and swimming in its enticing waters.

Get Married on Passion Island

Mayan couples visited Passion Island to ask Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of love, gestation, the moon, and medicine, for a good marriage and many healthy children. This pre-Hispanic custom is maintained because many Mexican and foreign couples use the island to get married.  The bride and groom, families, and guests can book the cozy cabins offered on the island. The religious ceremony is held in a picturesque Palapa-style Catholic chapel surrounded by coconut trees, built especially for wedding ceremonies.

Kayak Through the Blind Lagoon

The Laguna Ciega or Blind Lagoon separates Isla de la Pasion from Cozumel Island, a space with dense mangrove forests used by pirates and buccaneers to rest and hide their boats.  In the company of a guide, you can kayak through these mangroves and observe exotic birds, iguanas, and endemic species.

A Jeep Adventure

Jeep Adventure is a fun excursion that takes place in Cozumel and Isla de la Pasion. The exciting experience begins in Cozumel driving an SUV through the Dwarf Jungle, crossing a path with obstacles until you reach the Blind Lagoon. There you will board a boat that will take you to Isla de la Pasión and its exotic beach.

Speed up the Excitement on a Twister Boat

With this frantic and crazy ride in a speedboat, you will get the most intense experience on your trip to Cozumel and Isla de la Pasión. The madness begins at the pier of Cozumel and ends at the dock of Isla de la Pasión. On the way, you will be jumping, sharp braking, skidding, and doing spectacular 360 degrees turns, which will give you live a memorable experience. Then you will enjoy a delicious buffet of dishes prepared by the island’s chef, accompanied by the drinks created by the bartender.

Drinks at cancun restaurant

Take a Catamaran Ride

This tour starts at the Cozumel pier on a catamaran to tour the Cozumel coast and the north coast of Isla de la Pasión. On the 30-minute walk, you can admire the majesty of the island until you reach its picturesque pier. You will spend some time on the beautiful beach enjoying entertainment activities on the sand, as well as an open bar and a delicious buffet prepared by the chef.

Have Fun with Beach Sports and Games

The beach of Isla de la Pasión is a perfect space to enjoy with the family. You can spend a fun day sunbathing, throwing frisbees, or playing beach volleyball. You can also rent a water tricycle or do some paddleboarding on the calm waters of Passion Island.

Tips to Better Enjoy Passion Island

-If you’re not going to book the island’s facilities to get married or celebrate a special event, you can explore it by booking one of the tours.

-The best season is from November to March when the weather is more pleasant.

-The greatest risk of hurricanes in the Mexican Caribbean is between August and October.

-The use of biodegradable sunscreen creams and lotions helps to preserve the environment.

-The restaurant at Isla de la Pasion only prepares and serves food to visitors who hire tours and guests who rent their facilities for weddings and events.

Are you ready to book one of the exciting tours on Passion Island? Then expect to have a fun and memorable adventure on this magical island with gorgeous landscapes in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Keith Keenan

Monday 1st of November 2021

Great article about one of our favorite places here in Cozumel. What you missed was the fantastic year around bonefishing and Tarpon fishing on the way to Passion Island.