Isla Mujeres, Mexico has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula. Not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and superb sunsets. However, it isn’t resting on its lofty laurels. The Island community also offers excellent food, handicraft shopping, vibrant streetscapes and an impressive exhibition of urban art. Wall decoration at every turn highlights the Mayan history and culture of the region, along with its natural beauty.
In 2014 urban art on the Island was used to draw attention to the surrounding oceans and the effort needed to protect them from environmental degradation. In a pioneering project, PangeaSeed coordinated “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans“, a festival of street art that invited artists from around the world to contribute murals in the ocean conservation theme. Here are some of my favourite pieces alongside images of the exquisite oceans, beaches and sea life they represent.
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If you are planning a trip to Cancun, I encourage you to check out Isla Mujeres as a fantastic alternative. For more street art on the Yucatan Peninsula, see these Tulum beauties or check out these other inspiring things to do in the region.
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