Contoy Island a Paradise to be!
Contoy Island, is what all want to see about paradise.
If you are a nature lover and you are visiting the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, this is just the place to enjoy a nice day in an Island where only 200 people per day are allowed to be on it.
Paradise is calling and this is the closest of a virgin Island that you can get.
Contoy Island beach
I have traveled for a long, long time, from Argentina all the way to Rusia, Alaska and all the Caribbean Islands. I also worked on cruiseships, which allowed me to know places around the world, take private tours and all, but honestly one of my bucket list places to go was this, Contoy Island.
On this excursion, Ocean Tours Mexico will take you to two of the most beautiful and best-known islands in the Yucatan Peninsula:
Contoy Island is a National Park and a protected natural reserve since it is a very important shelter and nesting area for maritime birds.
It’s a beautiful Caribbean island north of Cancun with spectacular beaches. Because of it’s natural reserve status, the only building on the island is a small museum dedicated to the beauty of it’s flora and fauna. For it’s fantastic biodiversity Contoy Island is a magnificent spotting place for pelicans, storks, sparrows, cormorants, and many other bird species.
The Crew of Contoy Tour
The trip is made in a large and comfortable speedboat, it just take 40 minutes into this wonderful island of the Mexican Caribbean.
Before reaching the island, they will make a stop at the reef just south of it for an optional 40-minute snorkeling session at the tip of the largest second coral reef barrier in the world, the “Mesoamerican Reef Barrier“. Lots of fish, stingrays are there and it´s a place that only who has permission from the Mexican government can go. So your adventure to an exotic place will start here.
Snorkeling in the Second Largest Reef in the World
After snorkeling, the island is just 10 minutes away. While you enjoy the breath-taking view, you will disembark on the pier next to one of the beaches where a small tranquil bay is formed, resembling a natural pool with crystal-clear waters!
The guides will lead a 30-minute walk around the island to visit the museum (optional). An internal lagoon where many bird species nest, a set of trails that lead to the other side of the island. Finally the tower, where you can appreciate the magnificent view of the entire island.
Clearest Water in the Caribbean
After all that, people can taste the local food prepared for locals of Isla mujeres. Normally is our local crew or even your capitan, so you will go for a nice lunch. They prepare a delicious “Tikin Xic” fish (a traditional recipe from Yucatan), grilled chicken, guacamole, salad, bread, and seasonal fruits.
The most nicest thing is that the fish and the chicken are spicy but never hot. They prepare a salsa that will totally satisfy the hot salsa lovers.
Water and sodas are available on the boats at all times, and after snorkeling, so is beer.
After lunch, we will rest on the beaches of the island for 90 minutes.
You will get a chance to get a nice tan, swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and see mantas.
Relax in Clear Waters
You will then leave towards “Isla Mujeres”, a delightful island with tons of history. For one hour, you can walk (and maybe shop), around the small streets in the central part of the island.
We take the boat back to the Punta Sam pier in Cancun around 4 PM.
Come and enjoy an awesome and peaceful day in Contoy.
Its certainly something to show off when you get back home after your vacation.