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Contoy Island, a hidden secret

The island of Contoy has been a protected area since 1961 and is Mexico’s best kept secret found off the coast of Cancun. The island lies in the transition zone between the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and the cold, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

If you’re planning a trip to Cancun, and looking to get away from the crowds for a day, Contoy Island is for you. Boats arrive at the shallow coastline where the waters are calm and perfect for swimming. Contoy Island is a place where you can just close your eyes, and the only thing you’ll hear is the sound of the birds. This tropical oasis boasts pristine beaches, dense vegetation and a rich biodiversity.

Here, all your worries will have been left behind.

How to get to Contoy Island

Only 200 persons can visit Contoy Island per day, and during his season we recommend you book way in advance to ensure you have a spot. Several tour companies offer all inclusive ferry service to Cantoy Island from Cancun. The all inclusive packages tend to include hotel pick-up and drop off, as well as a visit to Isla Mujeres, and snorkeling on the Mesoamerican Reef.

Where to stay before going to Contoy Island

If you’re counting your coins and on a budget, check out the Bahia Tolok on Isla Mujeres. This property is ideal for independent travelers not very keen on an all inclusive resort experience. Located central in Isla Mujeres, Bahia Tolok is the perfect spot to enjoy the nightlife and beaches the island has to offer. It’s super easy to hop on the ferry here for the tours that stop at Isla Mujeres before reaching Contoy Island.

For a more upscale stay, have a look at the all inclusive Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun adults only resort, located just 38 miles south of the Cancun marina. The property has a view of Cozumel island in the distance. Searching for an exclusive stay, then the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is definitely for you! It’s one of the best all inclusive resorts in all of Mexico with the largest spa in Latin America and five-star restaurants.

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