Isla Mujeres, Mexico
On April 28, 2016, Mayor Rick Kriseman signed an agreement with the city of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to become St. Petersburg’s second Sister City. Since 2015, both cities shared a Friendship City relationship after serving as host cities for the annual spring Regata del Sol al Sol yacht race for more than 50 years.
The resort island of Isla Mujeres is located approximately eight miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and is home to 10 municipalities, including the city of Isla Mujeres, located in the state of Quintana Roo. The city of Isla Mujeres has a population of approximately 12,600.
Spanish for Island of the Women, Isla Mujeres is a popular tourist destination, whose beaches offer snorkeling, scuba diving, and a history rich in Mayan culture. The island also offers visitors a glimpse of its strong commitment to marine and aquatic life with the Cancun Underwater Museum and a sea turtle rehabilitation and breeding facility.
The Sister City agreement with St. Petersburg will allow both cities to further explore similar economic and cultural opportunities, including trade, urban planning, marine preservation, tourism and the arts.