Over the holidays my family and I visited the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Cancun, Isla gives you the feel of authentic Mexican culture. Some parts of the five-mile long island are more for tourists than others, which gave me a chance to put things into perspective. While in Isla I got the chance to visit Isla Animals, the local animal shelter, and I got to speak with a few workers and their passion for the injured and abandoned animals, mostly dogs, showed me that there are more to beautiful destinations than just the impressive resorts. Giving back to the local community by providing a loving family with a furry friend while also taking the animal off the street is something to acknowledge and appreciate.
Due to all of the vacationers and frequent snorkeling/scuba trips in Isla Mujeres the coral reefs can erode, obviously effecting life under the sea. Because of this artist Jason DeCaires Taylor created underwater sculptures for snorkelers to see whilst swimming along with the fish. Not only are these amazing sculptures, they are helping the environment. Reflecting on this I now see fun vacation activities differently. I appreciate all of the efforts being made to better Isla Mujeres, and I look forward to giving back to Columbus as much as I can.