Island Mujeres, Q.R. — The island of Isla Mujeres, just off the shores of Cancun, has been rated as one of the best islands in the world by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
According to the travel magazine, More than 300,000 travelers took part in our 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—setting yet another new record—submitting millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments to help us create a list of winning favorites.
The breadth of your top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti. You chose tiny private islands in the tropics, small culture rich cities in Europe, and intimate river cruises.
Most notably, you declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected—finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world. Here are all the results of the Reader’s Choice Awards for the Best Islands in the World.
The popular tourist island of Isla Mujeres was voted the 18th best out of 30 islands in the world by readers, noting, Located only seven miles off the Yucatán coast and a 20-minute ferry trip from Cancún, Isla Mujeres attracts beach-loving travelers looking for a respite from the area’s high rises. The island is home to a sea turtle hatchery and an underwater “museum” of sunken sculptures, and is known for dive sites friendly to scuba divers of all levels.
Pro tip: Whale sharks frequent the waters of Isla Mujeres from mid-May through September, although peak season is July and August. Research the operators of whale shark tours before booking to ensure your experience is with one that adheres to safety and sustainability standards.
Getting there: Ferries depart nearly every half-hour from Cancún’s hotel zone for Isla Mujeres.
This year, readers ranked Boracay, Philippines first as being the best and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands ranked last.
In between, readers ranked Mallorca, Spain, Mykonos, Greece, and Bermuda among top choices.