Private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler and Travel Weekly have both reported on the success of the Annual Isla Mujeres real estate Whale Shark Week celebration, which takes place at the end of June each year at this stunning Mexico beach destination. |
Isla Mujeres real estate is conveniently located just over eight miles north of the major hotspot Cancun, which can be found along Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coast on the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is small, at a mere 4.3 miles long and 2,130 feet wide, and it is a popular destination for day-trippers who come to enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood and wide variety of seaside activities, such as Whale Shark Week.
In fact, over the recent years those activities have included a front row seat to the annual whale shark migration, when more than 1,500 of these majestic giants travel through the waters of the Mexican Caribbean near Isla Mujeres. If you aren’t familiar with these amazing creatures, despite their ominous sounding name, whale sharks are not sharks at all and are actually just the world’s largest species of fish. As such, they pose virtually no real threat to humans.
The annual whale shark festival at Isla Mujeres exposes visitors to the region’s local dance, cuisine and art, and it also provides an excellent opportunity to snorkel with these amazing creatures and to meet them on an up close and personal basis. In addition, the festivities are dedicated to educating all visitors about the rise and importance of supporting sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation and protecting the world’s oceans. Some of the festival’s proceeds will also go to support environmentally focused non-profit organizations in the region, as well as a variety of ecologically focused activities for children to enjoy.
“Sustainable ecotourism engages guests in the effort to preserve the culture of Isla Mujeres, their way of life and the marine environment,” John Winter, co-founder of Ceviche Tours, which organizes the event, told Elite Traveler news.
For visitors who are interested in the scientific angle of whale sharks, the festival also offers a variety of discussions featuring marine biologists, as well as experts in Mayan culture and the local ecosystem. Whale shark season in Mexico’s Caribbean actually runs from May through September, while the animals enjoy the warm waters of the region, which are rich in plankton, a major food source for these captivating giants.
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