The newly installed Museo Subacuático de Arte is an underwater collection of 400 life-size concrete “villagers” by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The last of the figures were submerged in October in the crystalline Caribbean waters north of Cancún, all of it explorable by both snorkelers and scuba divers. Aside from the obvious thrill of inventing a whole new ecosystem (the sculptures are already being claimed by colorful marine life), the artist is hoping to alleviate some of the heavy diving traffic on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Mesoamerican Reef. Aquanauts Dive Adventures runs two-tank afternoon tours from Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancún, to the museum’s four dive sites ($120 per person; aquanautsdiveadventures.com). Stay nearby at the year-old Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, also in Puerto Morelos (from $255; dreamsresorts.com).
This is an excerpt from a story I wrote for New York magazine’s Winter Travel 2010 feature. Read the whole package at nymag.com.