Isla Contoy is a small uninhabited island off the coast of Yucatan. It is located about 30 km north of Cancun. The island is about 8 km long, but only a maximum of 500 m wide. Isla Contoy is a small paradise in the Mexican Caribbean, as you can see in the pictures and videos.
You take a boat from Puerto Juarez north of Cancun or from Isla Mujeres, to get to the island in about an hour. Isla Contoy is a National Park since 1998. On the island only supervised ecotourism is permitted. For this reason the number of daily visitors is limited to 200. The island is a retreat and breeding ground of various species of birds and other animals. So here you can observe frigate birds, pelicans and cormorants, as well as iguanas, hermit crabs, sea turtles and stingrays. Especially the frigate birds are represented here very numerous. They are known for the inflatable red throat pouch of the male, which can be well observed in the mating season. They also attack other birds and chase them from their prey. Therefore the naming frigate bird.