An uninhabited preserve since 1961 and a national park since 1998, Isla Contoy is 5.2 miles long and as narrow as 70 feet wide in spots. It’s about 45 minutes north of Isla Mujeres by boat, and only 200 people are allowed to visit per day. It’s ideal for diving, snorkeling and bird watching, and it’s the northernmost point of the world’s second-largest barrier reef. From April to October, four species of sea turtles can be found in the waters, and approximately 150 species of birds can be seen year-round, including the Caribbean’s largest population of brown pelicans. Frigate birds are also plentiful. Iguanas also have found their way to the island, and stingrays skim along the shallow waters by the beaches. You can arrange trips from Isla Mujeres.
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