The Island of Dolls – La Isla de las Munecas, Mexico

“When you travel, observe the beauty of the place.” – Lailah Gifty Akita (Author of )

Is it possible to observe beauty on this tiny island covered with hordes of hanging dolls? Decapitated dolls, eye-less dolls, limb-less dolls. South of Mexico City is an island smothered by dilapidated dolls. Dolls hanging from trees, abandoned houses, and every structure in sight.

I do not profess to having Pediophobia (the fear of dolls). However, I do profess to being creeped out just by the site of this place. But like most things that send a subtle shiver up the spine this island is nothing short of intriguing.

Why dolls?

Who started this? 

Are people still hanging new dolls?

Is there some deeper, hidden meaning to this disturbing display?

The island “is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances.”


Well, that explains it. You can read the rest of the story on the website, but these types of stories always leave me with doubts. As if  we never really know the full truth. Or perhaps that’s my mystery-sci-fi-conspiracy-theory loving self. On a side note, I did a little digging into the subject of Pediophobia. I’ve always heard about people being afraid of dolls and this fascinates me. I found an article by the BBC detailing some of the psychology behind the phobia. The title of the article is actually Why Are Dolls So Creepy? Check it out.

Here are some more pics of the island for your viewing pleasure :)

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Photos by Kevin

Have you been to La Isla de las Munecas (the island of dolls)? Would you go?