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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
May 17, 2018
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Art on the Street - Isla Mujeres - Tristan Eaton

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 a 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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Manta ray mural by Australian street artist Meggs for Sea Walls
Manta ray mural by Australian street artist Meggs for Sea Walls
Norte Beach, Isla Mujeres
Turquoise waters right outside our hotel room on Norte Beach
Tatiana Suarez painted this mermaid with her whale shark friend for Sea Walls
Tatiana Suarez painted this mermaid with her whale shark friend for Sea Walls
Whale Shark
Swimming with majestic whale sharks
Art on the Street - Isla Mujeres - Tristan Eaton
Tristan Eaton creation for the Sea Walls project
Sea walls mural by Pelucas of Spain
Sea walls mural by Pelucas of Spain

Find flights to Cancun, the closest airport to Isla Mujeres, with Skyscanner.

Getting to Isla Mujeres requires a 15min ferry ride from Gran Puerto. Find more information on ground transportation and the ferry here.

Search for accommodation using Tripadvisor.

Don’t forget travel insurance, I recommend Seven Corners or World Nomads.

Seawalls mural by Aaron Glasson and Yoh Nagao
Seawalls mural by Aaron Glasson and Yoh Nagao
Sculpture La Triguena, Isla Mujeres
Sculpture La Triguena, Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres street art - unknown artist
Isla Mujeres street art - unknown artist
Afternoon storm clouds pass by Isla Mujeres
Afternoon storm clouds pass by Isla Mujeres
Street artist: Saner
Mexican local Saner contributed this piece to Sea Walls
Sunset from Norte Beach, Isla Mujeres
Sunset from Norte Beach

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.

Peace, love and inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Saving the oceans with street art | Art on the Street - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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