The lifestyle which Cancun real estate offers Americans and Canadians had evolved incredibly over the past 40 years since the creation of this beachfront resort community. While the lure of the wide, soft beaches and the turquoise Caribbean remains, many new activities have appeared. Besides the excellent golf courses, marinas and eco-parks which have come to define tourism in the area, Cancun has begun taking creative step above and beyond the standard vacation items; the most recent example of this is the Cancun Underwater National Park.
Late in October, 2010 one Wednesday morning the last sculpture of 400 was submerged in the area of the reef. These 400 sculptures make up the Museum Cancun Underwater National Park, which lies between the east coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.
"Buddha", the sculpture of 1.2 meters in height and 330 pounds in weights, was lowered in a ceremony which included the mayor of Isla Mujeres, the director of the park and the British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, who works with concrete.
The mayor pointed out the historic significance of the event; in addition to a new tourist attraction in the region, the museum is also an excellent place for residents to enjoy, and symbolic of the area's ever growing culture and the growing global significance of Cancun.
Features such as this provide a double benefit for Cancun real estate owners. One is another attraction for them to enjoy and appreciate. The other is an ongoing development and diversification of the area's tourism. This development helps ensure ongoing growth, and increased investment into urban infrastructure, services and activities, supporting and improving the comfortable lifestyle to which Cancun residents are accustomed.
During the ceremony, the mayor mentioned another very important benefit for all; the museum represents a major reduction in the amount of demand on natural wonders such as the Mesoamerican barrier reef, which is the second largest in the world, starting just north east of Isla Mujeres.
Now, instead of having only the reef for their diving outings, tourists also have the very attractive option of the underwater museum, blending eco-tourism with a cultural activity. While many tourists will, of course, still want to dive in the reef, one of the area's main attractions, this museum will provide a second option which is expected to help lessen the impact of large numbers of tourists on the reef.
For Cancun residents, this again presents the benefit of further preservation of one of their most valuable natural wonders and tourist attractions.