Cancun’s Pirate History

Pirates and Booze
Were Pirates Just Petty Thieves?

Just like like the islands of the Caribbean, Cancun’s Pirate history is undoubtedly interlaced with the dark deeds of pirates and the arrival of Spanish colonizers. Although Cancun itself was not yet a thriving city during the pirates’ heyday in the 17th and 18th century, the coastline of the Mayan Riviera is peppered with shipwrecks and tales of pirates and their love affairs with local Mexican girls.

Along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, pirates took shelter within the low jungle vegetation and were known to hide their loot on shore before heading out to find more booty. According to Cancun360, the last known traditional pirates to have a hideout in Cancun were Pierre and Jean Lafitt, brothers who were said to have been based in Punta Cancun.

Isla Mujeres is perhaps the best known place for pirates. The island that sits just off the coast of Cancun was reported to be a hub of activity for pirates who would leave their women on the island while they went off in search of treasure. Many even suggest that is how the island got its name, Isla Mujeres (Women Island).