Contoy Island is a small Mexican island, which belongs to the municipality of Isla Mujeres, is located in the state of Quintana Roo.
A National park
In 1961 the island was protected by the Mexican government, and it was declared a national park in 1998, many also know it as “The island of birds“. To the south of the island you can visit the Ixlaché reef, which is part of the second barrier reef called the Mesoamerican reef or the Mayan reef.
Origins of the Island
Based on the studies that have been carried out, shells, worked snails and ceramics have been found, an occupation prior to 300-200 BC has been calculated. C., before the apogee of the Mayan culture in the period known as late pre-classic. It was part of the Mayan shipping route, which linked Laguna de Terminos with the Caribbean islands. During the Colony, the surrounding waters of the island were the scene of many battles between Spanish galleons and pirate ships. Other sources report that, in the middle of the last century, the island was inhabited by turtle camps. This activity lasted a long time, and even about 20 years ago there was still a significant activity. During the Porfiriato the island’s lighthouse was built. Since then, the island was called The Island of the Birds.
Paradisiac Contoy Island
Today Contoy Island is a place where thousands of tourists come to enjoy this paradisiacal place that is one of the best tours to do from Cancun or Riviera Maya, located a few kilometers (30) from Isla Mujeres. The green and blue of the sea in this area is beautiful. It is almost incredible and if, regularly before reaching Isla Contoy, you can jump into the water and enjoy swimming and cooling off a bit. Completely crystal clear water.
Have you ever felt relieved of all stress, as well as that you have taken all the weight off your shoulders and feel alive and happy? Well, that’s how you will be when you get to the island and touch the water. The temperature of the sea is ideal, and the fauna does not mention it. Everything is perfect.