Mexico is such a beautiful country that it draws hundreds of thousands of tourists every single year, and Cancun is one of its most popular and best loved cities! Therefore, it will come as no surprise when we tell you that it is full of a huge variety of activities, attractions and landmarks. Isla Contoy is perhaps one of its lesser known hidden gems but one that is well worth making the effort to visit.
So, what is so special about Isla Contoy near Cancun?
One of the things that makes Isla Contoy so special is that it is a stunning conservation area and National Park located just off the coast of Cancun. You can only get there by boat, and only through licensed companies. In order to keep the island as beautiful as it is today for decades to come, the local authorities have also placed a daily limit of 200 visitors. This means that this little haven is as exclusive as it is stunning; book in advance (well in advance) to avoid disappointment!
A Birder’s Haven
Nature lovers who want to get away from the bright lights and party scene of Cancun for a while will want to make a visit to Isla Contoy a priority. The island’s bird sanctuary is home to over 150 species of both resident and migratory birds who make full use of the great climate. Plus, being so quiet, bird spotters can hunker down and wait to see some brown pelicans, frigates and double-crested cormorants safe in the knowledge that they are unlikely to be disturbed. Despite being only five miles long, this sanctuary is undoubtedly the most important in the Mexican Caribbean!
Diving and Snorkeling
If you’re really more of a marine wildlife person that a bird lover you can take full advantage of the crystalline and lively waters that are filled with all kinds of marine life. From tropical fish to stingray and even the odd sea turtle (if you’re lucky), the waters here are teeming with life. This is a perfect place to indulge in a spot of snorkelling or diving, or even just for a swim.
The journey from Villa del Palmar Cancun to Isla Contoy is not such a long trip and you can book tours through the onsite tour agency. You won’t regret that you did!