Isla Mujeres is located off the eastem shore of the Yucatán Peninsula, across the bay of Cancún. A mere 7.5 km long and 500 meters wide, its beaches were littered with female-gender statues: hence the name, which in Spnish means ‘isle of women.’ The locals are fishermen and divers who have lived here for generations; isleños who want the island to remain the paradise they know and love. Sunsets are spectacular, a ball of fire going down over the water, setting behind the cityscape of not-so-distant Cancun. Island attractions are many and varied: Garrafon National Park, the Mayan temple, a turtle farm. For dive enthusiasts, there are the offshore reefs of El Farito, Punta Norte and the incomparable Manchones, as well as the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks.