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Contoy Island

Surely you have heard about some islands on Riviera Maya such as Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, but did you know that there is an uninhabited island? Have you ever heard about an island that is also a national wildlife refuge? In this article, we are going to tell you about Contoy Island, keep reading!

Contoy Island

Contoy Island: a National Wildlife Refuge.

This island is located 30 km away from Isla Mujeres, is considered a natural protected area and also a national wildlife refuge, because of this it has no population, the only ones that live in there are the caretakers who look for the wellness of all the species that inhabit Contoy Island.

This incredible place has about 230 hectares in which you can find a lagoon, mangroves, also the island hosts 152 bird species such as frigates, brown pelicans, terns and other endemic animal species like hawksbill, white and loggerhead turtles, 98 plant species and more than 234 kinds of fish such as the whale shark.

Turtle in Contoy Island

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Fortunately, Contoy Island is open for tourists to visit, and the only way to get there is by taking a tour with an agency certified by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), an authority that is always making sure that this island stays virgin and preserved.

In fact, Contoy Island can only receive 200 visitors per day and it is not permitted to use any kind of sunblock or suntan to avoid water contamination.

Even though visitors can not stay the night, it is the perfect place for nature lovers, so if you are the kind of tourist that loves to relax on crystal-clear waters and also loves and respects animals and plants then Contoy Island is one of the first places you have to visit.

Beach of Contoy Island

You need to know that to get to Contoy Island, first, you have to go to Isla Mujeres, the reason why is because almost every tour to this incredible island departs from here, so now that we have told you about this preserved paradise we can assure you that you will be delighted. Don’t forget to book your room at Casa de Los Sueños Boutique Hotel where you will be pampered ad much as you deserve to.

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