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Do's and don'ts in Isla Contoy | Isla Contoy Experience

Do's and don'ts in Isla Contoy | Isla Contoy Experience

Isla Contoy is a natural sanctuary full of beauty, incredible species, and ecotourism activities that captivate anyone who visits. With its pristine surroundings, white sand beaches, and rich and diverse marine life, Isla Contoy is a dream destination for those seeking a tranquil escape and a unique wildlife experience. Isla Contoy is a natural sanctuary full of beauty, incredible species, and ecotourism activities that captivate anyone who visits. With its pristine surroundings, white sand beaches, and rich and diverse marine life, Isla Contoy is a dream destination for those seeking a tranquil escape and a unique wildlife experience.

Find in this post all about the dos and don'ts of Isla Contoy. From bird watching to reef diving, learn how to enjoy Isla Contoy responsibly and sustainably while contributing to its conservation and preservation. Welcome to a journey towards harmony with nature in Isla Contoy!

 

What to do (What is allowed in Isla Contoy) 👀

 

Bird watching 🐦

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In addition to being home to diverse bird species, Isla Contoy is also a lodging site for migratory and resident species. Visitors can enjoy activities such as bird watching and ornithology lessons of the region.

 

Snorkel 🤿

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The island has crystal clear waters and coral reefs nearby, making it an ideal place to snorkel and explore marine life, including tropical fish and corals.

Snorkeling at this site is an experience you can't miss. You may even have the chance to spot a whale shark, a giant turtle, or vibrantly colored fish on one of the dives.

 

Did you know?

Isla Contoy is the area with the highest concentration of whale sharks globally.

Although it is difficult to encounter these giants, in migration season, you can take a Whale Shark Tour, during which the probability of swimming with the whale shark increases dramatically.

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Swimming 🏊

The beaches of Isla Contoy are beautiful and safe for swimming. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean while admiring the beautiful aquatic species of the area. We recommend wearing a comfortable bathing suit. Some tour agencies offer fins and snorkeling equipment.

During the water activities try not to use sunscreen of any kind, until you leave the sea, once on land, you can apply sunscreen to avoid the sun's rays.

 

Hiking 👣

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Nature trails on the island allow visitors to explore its flora and fauna. Be sure to follow the designated routes to avoid disturbing the environment.

There are two trails on Isla Contoy to reach different destinations. The first one leads to the central lagoon and has a path of approximately 180 meters, which can be covered in about 10 minutes.

The second trail leads to the dunes of Isla Contoy, which has a path of approximately 280 meters, and the travel time to get there is approximately 20 minutes.

 

Guided Tours

Many visitors join guided tours where expert island rangers or tour guides provide information about the island, its ecology, and its history.

Guided tours of Isla Contoy National Park are usually short. The island is approximately 9 km long and 700 meters wide in the largest area of the island (that's right, very small).

Guided tours usually include visiting the Isla Contoy museum, located in a beautiful sanctuary with shells of turtles that lived a long life on Isla Contoy.

The rest of the island, except the mangrove swamp and the inner lake, is closed to the public, so it is not possible to enter the areas of Isla Contoy that are not permitted by the authorities.

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Map of Isla Contoy

Photography 📷

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Want to find sites for amazing nature photos? 😎

The most Instagrammable sites are found in Isla Contoy, from the exit at Punta Norte to landscapes, mangroves, vegetation, birds, and marine life. If you want to take amazing pictures of marine life, it is advisable to bring a GoPro camera, a waterproof cell phone protector, or any waterproof device to capture the beauty of this majestic island. 

One of the most photographed areas in Isla Contoy is the beach with palm trees, crystal clear waters, and fine white sand.

 

Environmental education talks 🌎

Isla Contoy Museum

The island focuses on conservation and environmental education. Visitors can learn about preservation efforts and the importance of protecting marine ecosystems.

It is important to note that regulations may change over time and vary according to season and environmental conditions. It is always advisable to consult with local authorities or an authorized tour operator before engaging in activities on Isla Contoy to ensure you comply with current regulations.

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PLUS: 

Use biodegradable sunscreen; this way, the impact on nature is less in every visit to this beautiful preserved Caribbean Island.

 

What not to do (Not allowed on Isla Contoy)🙅

 

 

🚫 Do not collect or damage flora and fauna.

It is forbidden to collect plants, corals, shells, or damage wildlife on the island in any way.

🚭 Don't smoke

In many areas of Isla Contoy, smoking is prohibited to prevent forest fires and protect the environment.

🚯 Do not leave trash

Do not leave any garbage on the island. Take everything with you and dispose of it properly on the mainland.

🚫 Do not use motorized vehicles

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island to prevent pollution and noise that could disturb the peace of the wildlife.

🚫 Do not fish without permission

If you wish to fish in Isla Contoy, you generally need a specific permit and must follow local regulations.

🚫 Do not feed birds or endemic species on the island.

Being a protected natural area, the other species of Isla Contoy are also protected. Therefore, feeding any species, whether terrestrial or marine, is strictly forbidden.

🚫 There's no way to stay at Isla contoy.

Do not make plans to stay on Contoy; there is no lodging, no inhabitants on the island, and the only people allowed to stay on the island are the researchers and the guardians of the site. All visits to Isla Contoy are controlled, and there is no way for any guest to stay overnight.

 

Things you should know about Isla Contoy

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📵 There is no cell phone signal in Isla Contoy.

Unlike other places like Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, or Holbox, Isla Contoy has no antennas for telephone networks. So, you cannot get or find a signal anywhere on the island.

🪑 There are no places with beds to sit.

One of the things that many people don't tell you about Isla Contoy is that there are no lounge chairs or places to sit freely anywhere on the island, so you should be prepared with tennis shoes or comfortable walking and standing shoes.

🏪 There are no stores inside the island

Inside Isla Contoy, it is forbidden to sell and buy things and take anything from the island; therefore, there are no physical stores or stores where you can buy items, food, or any souvenir of the island.

🛅 There is no possibility to stay at Isla Contoy

Do not make plans to stay on Contoy. There is no lodging or inhabitants on the island, and the only people allowed to stay there are the researchers and the guardians of the site. All visits to Isla Contoy are controlled, and there is no way for any guest to stay overnight.

Check out this 👉 Complete guide to Isla Contoy National Park

📗 Also read the SIMEC fact sheet about Isla Contoy

⚠️ IMPORTANT

Book your trips to Isla Contoy in advance, since the number of people allowed on the island is limited to 200 people per day.

 


 

Dare you visit Isla Contoy? If you have already done so, leave us in the comments what other tips we can give travelers planning to visit this beautiful Caribbean island 🌴.

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