National Park Isla Contoy, one of the beauties of nature, has been preserved as a huge ecological reserve. It is surrounded by mangroves, where the flora and fauna are zealously protected. Its beaches are shallow, clear, and calm, with an abundance of underwater life that will thrill any snorkeler, and is internationally famous for its flora and fauna.
There are many tours to Isla Contoy from Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Holbox.
An expedition to this island is a must for nature lovers or adventurous spirits. You will be surrounded by monkeys, birds, small mammals and fish.
With only 200 people allowed to visit per day for ecological reasons, there are few tourists who have a true privilege to discover this fantastic wildlife hidden paradise.
Inhabited only by wardens and biologists who conduct isolated researches, it is the wildlife that rule here. There are more than 100 recorded species of birds (including egrets, terns, spoonbills, pelicans, flamingos and frigate birds); plus reptiles, marine life and exotic plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world, but here.
This virgin island is barely 5.2 miles long and only 70 ft. at its narrowest point. It is about 45 minutes north of Isla Mujeres and over a 2 hours boat ride from Cancun. It is situated at the beginning of the second largest coral reef chain in the world.Snorkeling at the reef is amazing, as the sea is full of a variety of fish (barracuda included) and turtles.
Once on the island, you can to enjoy the Mayan food – delicious mayan style fish lunch and venture on the paths throughout the island.
Where to stay in Isla Contoy? There are no hotels in the island. It is recommended as a one day tour from Isla Mujeres, Cancun or Holbox.
Isla Contoy is, by far, one of the most charming places in Yucatan. Nature at its best! Don’t miss this trip!!!