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Isla Contoy Visitors Guide

How to Get There, What to Do & More

Updated April 2021

Isla Contoy, Mexico. Things to do in isla contoy
Isla Contoy, Mexico. Things to do in isla contoy

Welcome to Isla Contoy

Isla Contoy is one of the most enchanting day trips you can take when you visit the Mexican Caribbean. The island is home to over 150 tropical bird species and four types of endangered sea turtles. These animals and a handful of scientists are the only full time inhabitants on this heavily protected island.

Since the island has strict regulations, there are a few logistical things you need to plan ahead of time. Here is everything you should know before visiting Isla Contoy!

Isla Contoy is one of the most enchanting day trips you can take when you visit the Mexican Caribbean. The island is home to over 150 tropical bird species and four types of endangered sea turtles. These animals and a handful of scientists are the only full time inhabitants on this heavily protected island.

Since the island has strict regulations, there are a few logistical things you need to plan ahead of time. Here is everything you should know before visiting Isla Contoy!

Isla Contoy

Where Is Isla Contoy?

Island Life Mexico

Isla Contoy is a small island in the northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This untouched natural wonder is just a few miles off the coast of Cancun and nearby to Isla Mujeres. Contoy is widely considered one of the best and most unique of Yucatan’s islands.

Located on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (the second-longest coral reef system in the world), Isla Contoy is in a perfect spot for turquoise Caribbean waters, white sand beaches, and world-class diving and snorkeling. This is DEFINITELY the island life!

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

When To Visit Isla Contoy

The tropical climate in Isla Contoy is quite predictable and easy to make plans around. Without much of a temperature difference throughout the year, (the average temperature lingers around 83 degrees F) it’s the rainy hurricane season that most travelers need to pay attention to.

  October – December

The autumn-winter months, are generally speaking the best times to visit Isla Contoy. The hurricane season has passed by this time and the humidity is lower.

  January – April

Lovely weather-wise, but see the highest influx of tourists. If you are not a people person, plan around this.

  May – November

The hottest and most humid months of the year. Moderate numbers of tourists scatter about at this time. One advantage is you can expect lower rates at hotels, resorts and tour companies during this time.

A Sunny Day In Isla Contoy
A Sunny Day At Isla Contoy

Visiting Isla Contoy

You can only visit Isla Contoy through a boat tour company as there is no way of reaching the island on your own. To preserve the island’s lush natural habitat, it has a limit of 200 guests per day. Most tours offer roughly the same package, so you can choose the one that is most convenient for you.

Generally, a tour to Isla Contoy will:

  • Cost between $100-150 USD and often includes Isla Mujeres as well.
  • Include a light breakfast, drinks and snacks on the boat, and a buffet lunch.
  • Pick you up at your hotel in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Riviera Maya.
  • Take you to Ixlache Reef to snorkel.
  • Last from 9 am – 5 pm (not including pickup time).
  • Not include a $10 national park fee (payable in cash at the island).
Snorkeling at Isla Contoy
Snorkeling at Isla Contoy

What You Need To Know

Before going on the trip, you should review your tour’s information and guidelines.

Some important general information that you should know includes:

  • Sunscreen and bug repellent are not allowed on the island to protect the fragile reefs. You need to apply both (reef-safe biodegradable) before going on the boat.
  • There is no smoking on the island or the boat.
  • You should bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, comfy shoes, sunglasses, a towel, a hat, binoculars, and $10 for the park entrance fee with you. Check out our What To Pack Guide for great tips and recommendations.
  • If you get seasick, bring some Dramamine in case.

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