Isla Contoy – Image courtesy of Peter Maas/Wikimdea Commons
Introducing Isla Contoy National Park
Join a guided tour of this protected reserve to see more than 150 migrating and resident birds, including flocks of pelicans, frigates, double-crested cormorants and boobies.
The small island – around 3sq km – is a pristine wildlife habitat of mangroves, lagoons and corals. It’s secluded white-sand beaches offer four species of turtle a safe haven for nesting, namely the loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle and the leatherback turtle.
Explore the island's two interpretive trails, climb the 27m-high observation tower and join a park biologist for a tour of Laguna Puerto Viejo, a prime-nesting site. Look out for red flamingos, snowy egrets and white herons.
Located about 30 km north of Isla Mujeres, the reserve is only open to 200 visitors daily. Ask your hotel tour desk for a selection of boat tours to Isla Contoy.
Location: 30km north of Isla Mujeres
Cost: US$50-90, depending on the length of the trip, which usually includes drinks and snorkelling equipment. Tour of Laguna Puerto Viejo – US$100