Isla Contoy is a must for nature lovers: an absolutely breathtaking island of pristine beauty with an abundant wildlife. Daily, only a few visitors are allowed access. Don’t miss your chance to be one of them!
Its pristine landscape, secluded sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make you feel like you are a part of nature yourself. The side facing the open sea is formed by dramatic rocks, while the opposite side has heavenly white beaches. To minimize the impact of tourism on the islands natural resources, access is restricted to only 200 visitors per day. But with an actual daily average of less than 100 visitors, it makes the tour a very exclusive experience.
The island is a true gem, located 30 km north of Isla Mujeres, measuring about 8,5 km in length and only 500 m in width. It is protected by the Mexican Government since 1961, and 1998 it was declared a National Park.
Over 150 bird species inhabit Isla Contoy and it’s an important nesting place for turtles. The reef is home to many animals, which are easy to observe in the clear and shallow waters. The manta rays living there are curious and approach arriving boats and even swimmers without fear. Apart from its rich flora and fauna, only a handful of biologists live temporarily on Isla Contoy, to monitor and study the island’s ecosystem and guide the visitors.
The easiest way to visit Isla Contoy is to book a tour. Only a few companies are permitted to bring tours to the island, and they only sail out 2 or 3 times per week, usually every Wednesday and Sunday from Isla Mujeres or Cancun. It takes about one to two hours to get there, and it can be a rough boat ride, so make sure to bring some medicine for travel sickness if you have a sensitive stomach. If you rented a boat and want to get there on your own, you need to apply for permission in the park offices in Cancun or Isla Mujeres.
On the island is a visitor’s center with a pier, a museum and a souvenir store, a resting area where you will be served freshly caught fish, a watch tower that offers stunning views over the island and two walking paths to discover the area. You will see lots of animals and lie at the most beautiful beaches you’ve probably been to.
Make sure you bring (biodegradable) sunscreen and repellent when you visit the island, binoculars if you wish to observe its wildlife and your camera of course!
For more information or to book a tour, ask our Concierge Carlos or our staff at the front desk.