Isla Contoy National Park
Natural Areas > Quintana Roo
Isla Contoy is located 30 km north of Isla Mujeres, at the meeting point between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The second longest barrier reef in the world begins in the south of this island, the Great Mesoamerican Reef. It is an uninhabited island, considered as one of the most important shelters for seabirds in the Mexican Caribbean. Its forests, mangroves and lagoons are home to around 152 species of birds. During the winter, there are more than 10,000 different types of birds here such as the tern, brown pelican, blue-footed booby, frigate and cormorant. There is also chance to observe hawksbill turtles, green turtles and loggerhead turtles nest on the shores of the island during the summer.
70% of the island is covered by mangroves. Wildlife studies to date have classified 98 species of plants that contribute to the coexistence of many species of fish, birds, reptiles and crustaceans. Huge whale sharks and manta rays feed close to the shore, they come here because its waters are rich in nutrients. To the south of the island you can see many species of corals, lobsters, fish and snails.
The rich diversity in Isla Contoy make it a must visit area for any nature lover.