Close to Cancun Paradise Found: Contoy Island

Contoy is a small island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located approximately 18 miles north of Isla Mujeres.

Bathed in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the island is renowned as a bird-lover’s paradise, featuring an uninhabited national park and sanctuary that makes for an easy day trip from Cancun. It has dense foliage, a famous cenote, and mangrove lagoons that provides ideal shelter for more than 170 bird species, including brown pelicans, olive cormorants, turkey birds and frigates, and is also a good place to see red flamingos, snowy egrets and white herons.

While the surrounding waters and prime location make it a perfect spot for shallow water snorkeling, the occasional sea turtle sighting, and even some in-season whale shark encounters, it is not possible to experience any wild dolphin swimming here. Divers and snorkelers however are fortunate as they are able to explore a wealth of sites to discover off the island’s coastline, that easily rivals any water park or underwater museum found in the region.

A favorite among nature lovers, the island’s real attraction lies in its unspoiled beauty. Sand dunes rise as high as 70 feet along the east coast, which is edged by black rocks and coral reefs, while the western side is fringed with sand, shrubs, and coconut palms.

On Contoy island, serenity, a slower pace of life, and unspoilt natural surroundings make for an experience you’ll never forget.

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