Sculpture of a male traveler holding a suitcase standing on sand

Take a stroll through this amazing and free sculpture garden in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Sculpture of a bearded male traveler holding a suitcase
Best free things to do in Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Sculpture garden

Mexico is the best place to visit – or at least that’s the opinion from a travel blogger who has visited the country 27 times over the past 30 years. It’s me. I’m the travel blogger. But I started going to this beautiful country long before blogging, social media and cell phones even existed. I didn’t make it to Isla Mujeres, Mexico (a short ferry ride from Cancun) until 2019.

It was during this trip to Isla Mujeres that my husband and I wandered upon some amazing street art, building murals and sculptures in an accidental kind of way. And it’s free! Located near North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, I highly recommend taking a brief detour to check out some of the most unusual sculptures.

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Sculpture of a man holding a suitcase
Off-the-beaten path: Fun things to do in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I’m totally intrigued to learn more about the story behind the amazing sculptures we came across while walking by Hotel Paradise Suites near Isla Mujeres, Mexico’s North Beach. Initially, we were told an owner of the property was the sculptor.

Update: I’ve learned these intriguing sculptures on Isla Mujeres were most likely sculpted by or at least inspired by French sculptor Bruno Catalano – “symbolizing the emptiness that’s created when forced to leave your home, your life, your land, your roots for any reason. I’m planning to reach out to the sculpture to validate that claim and for more information.” Meanwhile…enjoy this beautiful open-air outdoor sculpture garden on Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Photo tour: Isla Mujeres sculpture garden near North Beach

Even if you’re not staying on Isla Mujeres, this sculpture garden is just one of the fun things to do that’s near Cancun, Mexico. You can take a short ferry trip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres for a day trip to this beautiful and intriguing island.

Male sculpture holding a suitcase
Which of these sculptures do you find the most intriguing?

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Female sculpture holding a hobo bag
Another intriguing work of art in this Isla Mujeres, Mexico sculpture garden.

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A fun outdoor gallery – open-air museum – near North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Sculpture garden featuring a man and woman carrying bags
You don’t want to miss this unique and fun thing to do in Isla Mujeres, Mexico: A free sculpture garden.

Sculpture of a man holding a case
Works of art that will stop you in your tracks as you head to North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Free sculpture garden just steps away

Sculpture of a man's face and fists coming out of a wall
Unique sculpture coming out of the wall in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Sculpture of a man face's and hand coming out of a wall
Another interesting sculpture emerging form the wall in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

What to know about Isla Mujeres, Mexico before you visit

I hope you liked this brief tour of one of the best (and free!) things to do on Isla Mujeres. Please see related posts: Street art: free things to do in Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Is Mexico safe? How to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun and The best place to stay on Isla Mujeres near North Beach – Hotel Secreto.

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Sculpture of a man holding a suitcase

Sculpture of a man holding a suitcase


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  1. I was literally sitting here trying to figure out what I was looking at! these are amazing. I look forward to you validating what the artist was thinking when creating these!

  2. Those sculptures freaked me out a little when I first saw them! I definitely want to see this in person. Thank you!

  3. Oh, my Goodness! I have wanted to go to Isla Mujeres forever, and this sculpture garden is just amazing! Another reason to plan a trip there! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love this! It certainly does give you something to think about. I’ve never been to Isla Mujeres although I’ve been to Mexico plenty of times. I’ll have to add it to my list.

  5. This looks like such a unique and interesting sculpture garden to visit! I would love to take a stroll around here, and I like that it’s free as well!

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