An International Women’s Day Conference, Retreat & Celebration on Isla Mujeres

Travel & Accommodations

The Place: Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women – Mexico is a quaint Caribbean island, just a short 17 minute ferry ride from Cancun across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women). “Isla” is 8 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide. Historically, Isla Mujeres is a fishing village, and although it has been discovered by tourists it still retains its charming atmosphere. The colorful downtown area, known as ‘Centro’ is four by six blocks – perfect for exploring by foot. The town square, vibrant homes, and many shops and restaurants add to its appeal. The climate in March is perfect with the average temperatures ranging between 23 and 28 celsius.

Available on Isla

  • ATM Machines are located at 2 banks HSBC & Banamex in Centro.
  • Pharmacies are well stocked with many located in Centro and outlying neighborhoods.
  • Grocery Stores are located in Centro and outlying neighborhoods.
  • Hospitals with English speaking staff are located in Centro and at the Navy Base.
  • Internet and wifi at the conference venue and at many hotels, restaurants and cafes


Getting to Isla Mujeres – It’s Fun & Easy!

Travel Overview

WMF participants book return flights to and from Cancun, Mexico. There are plenty of flights to choose from daily. Once in Cancun, it is a short shuttle ride to the ferry dock, a quick ferry ride over the brilliant turquoise Caribbean waters, and then you’re on Isla.

Flights

Book a return flight to and from Cancun, Mexico. We encourage you to comparison shop for flights via different online travel services such as Travelocity, Expedia, etc.

Shuttle Service to Puerto Juarez (where you catch ferry to Isla)

Arrange a shuttle to the “Ultramar Ferry Terminal, Puerto Juarez” online, in advance:
WMF highly recommends pre-booking a shuttle service through Rhino Transfers, one of the more economical shuttle services in Cancun. The staff speak English and will meet you at the airport with your name on a placard. Here is the link to Rhino Transportation: www.rhinotransfers.com

When you arrive at the Cancun Airport…

Once in the Cancun Airport you will go through immigration & get your passport stamped, retrieve your luggage, go through customs, and should walk past all vendors inside the airport who will try to get your attention for tours and transit – it is best to not engage with them. All shuttle drivers are outside, just outside the exit doors, waiting for passengers. When you get outside it will be hectic, but look around and you will find a driver holding up a card with your name on it 🙂

At the Ultramar Puerto Juarez Ferry Terminal…

You will purchase a ticket at the ferry terminal, inside the building to your right. It is well marked with English signs. Once you get your ticket, get in line and wait for the ferry to arrive, which is every 30 minutes from very early in the morning until late in the evening.  The cost is approximately $10 USD one-way.

For the schedule see: www.granpuerto.com.mx Once you have boarded you are sure to enjoy the scenic ride on the modern ferry.

When you arrive on Isla, walk to or take a short & inexpensive taxi ride (between $2 & $5 USD) to the hotel you are staying at, check-in and enjoy the sun, ocean and warm breeze.

Accommodations

We Move Forward Hub – Hotel Berny

Visit www.hotelesberny.com (click on the “translate” button at top of website home page to read in English)

20% Discount for We Move Forward Participants!

We Move Forward is VERY HAPPY to be partnering with business woman, Adriana Castrejon, of Hotel Berny. The hotel is charming, quaint, authentic and centrally located. It is a very short walk from Hotel Berny to the Casa de La Cultura, where WMF will be held. Hotel Berny was recently renovated, blending authentic Mexican with modern flare. It has a lovely pool area and dining area. All WMF participants regardless of where they stay will enjoy their daily breakfast at Hotel Berny. The March 8 Pre-registration, Meet and Mingle will also be held here.

20% WMF Discount – WMF participants are receiving a 20% discount at Hotel Berny. The room rates are VERY REASONABLE, as noted in the prices below. The prices noted are the cost per room, per night. Where more than one person is staying in a room, the cost of the room is shared among the number of roommates. To assist with budgeting for accommodation, we are noting the approximate cost in USD – this amount is approximate because the foreign currency conversion rates alter slightly from day to day. The intent is to provide WMF registrants with a solid approximate price in USD, as well as the fixed peso amount.

HOTEL BERNY RATES:
1 room for 1 person = $ 1,247.12 pesos, which is approximately $72 USD
1 room for 2 people = $ 1,247.12 pesos, which is approximately $72 USD total, and $36 USD per person
1 room for 3 people = $ 1,508.92 pesos, which is approximately $86 USD total, and $29 USD per person
1 room for 4 people = $ 1,770.72 pesos, which is approximately $102 USD total, and $26 USD per person

IMPORTANT: Hotel Berny is a small hotel with a limited number of rooms, and March is high season on Isla. If you wish to reserve a room at Hotel Berny, do so NOW or VERY SOON.

To book your room at Hotel Berny:

  • Visit hotelesberny.com to get a feel for the hotel
  • Contact the manager Adriana Castrejon by email: adriana.castrejon@gsberny.com
  • Inform Adriana of your name, and the dates you would like a room, number of people staying in the room. Be sure to request the We Move Forward 20% discount.
  • Let Adriana know if you are open to sharing your room with another conference registrant looking to stay at the hotel, as this can be arranged to accommodate more women at the hotel, and to lessen your cost of a room.
  • If you would like further assistance with arranging a room at Hotel Berny, email: penny@wemoveforward and Penny will gladly help you.
Other Accommodation Options

Isla Mujeres has a wide range of accommodations from simple and economical, to luxurious elegance. Isla Mujeres has become a popular tourist destination – hotels fill fast and prices increase as time goes by.  We highly recommend getting your travel and accommodation arranged sooner than later.  If you have questions, reach out to WMF via email penny@wemoveforward.com

Isla Beckons Vacation Property Rentals is once again working with We Move Forward to assist conference participants in finding the perfect place for their stay on beautiful Isla Mujeres.  Meaghan St. Louis, a Canadian business woman whose family has operated Isla Beckons for many years is happy to assist you in in finding accommodation that best suits your needs and fits your budget. Isla Beckons represents a wide range of properties from cozy, economical standard rooms and studios to luxury villas. Meaghan has arranged for discounts for We Move Forward participants at some of the Island’s best hotels. Here is the link to Isla Beckons website, and Meaghan’s email:

Website: www.islabeckons.com
Email: Meaghan@islabeckons.com

More Options:

As promised, there are many accommodation options to choose from on Isla Mujeres.  Here are additional vacation accommodation services and websites that will have you smiling at the wide range of choices available to you.

www.lostoasis.net
www.islamujeresbudgetrentals.com
www.islamujeresvacationrentals.com
www.islamujeresluxuryrentals.com
www.islamujeres.info
www.isla-mujeres.net

Register for We Move Forward & Reserve your accommodation soon, as March is a busy month on Isla and hotels are filling up! 

Isla – It’s Easy & Safe to Get Around

By foot, golf cart, taxi, bicycle or motor scooter, Isla is very accessible, safe and easy to navigate. The conference venue, the MIA Reef Isla Mujeres Resort, is in Centro and a short walk to a wide assortment of wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants. Taxi fare is very reasonable on Isla, with most destinations costing between $2 – $5 usd.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit
  • White Clothing – We will wear white on our last night. If you don’t own summer whites, no worries, this gives you a good reason to shop at the many clothing shops on Isla.
  • Personal Water Bottle – There will be large bottles of purified water available at the conference, and participants are responsible for having their own refillable bottle.
  • Yoga Mat – There will be a limited number of yoga mats at the movement sessions, so we suggest you bring your own.

Questions?  

Send us an email, we’ll be happy to help you out: info@wemoveforward.com