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Hotels... And other questions about Isla Contoy

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Are there hotels in Isla Contoy? In this traveler's guide, we will answer this and other questions asked by those who want to spend an incredible vacation on this island. Are you ready?

Isla Contoy is a natural paradise that every traveler wants to visit. But there is not enough information to help travelers who come from far away and are planning their vacations to this beautiful destination.

Family hiking the trails of Isla Contoy

As the adventurers that we are, we have created this blog post in which we will give answers to the most sought-after questions by tourists about Isla Contoy. 👇 Keep reading and learn all about this destination.

Is Isla Contoy open to the public? 👋

Isla Contoy is open to the public. However, since it is a Natural Protected Area by the Mexican Government, access is limited to 200 visitors per day.


Is Contoy Island safe? 🏴‍☠️

Isla Contoy is not inhabited by humans (except for a few park rangers and researchers), so you are not exposed to crime. On the other hand, being a protected island, you will likely encounter animals in their natural habitat that, if disturbed, may respond. Isla Contoy's fauna is small and usually far away from the areas most frequented by humans, so it does not represent any danger to visitors. We recommend that you follow the guide's instructions to avoid any accidents.

Isla Contoy entrance


Can you go to Isla Contoy on your own? 🙋

This one is a question many people ask us. The answer is that as a tourist, you cannot go to Isla Contoy on your own. The only way to get to the island is to buy a tour. There are a few ways to visit Isla Contoy, for example, as a researcher, scientist, or volunteer. For this, you must obtain a permit from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP in Spanish).

Boat at Isla Contoy dock


Can you stay at Isla Contoy? 🛏️

As a tourist, it is not possible to stay on Isla Contoy. Only park rangers, scientists, volunteers, and researchers can spend the night on Contoy.


What to do in Isla Contoy? 🦅

Isla Contoy is a small destination, recommended for a one-day trip. Tours to Isla Contoy usually include entrance to the park and access to areas such as the museum, the lagoon point view, the trails, and the beach.

There are tours from Cancun to Isla Contoy that include navigation, stop at Isla Mujeres, food, and activities, ideal for traveling as a couple, with friends or family.

In addition to relaxing on the beach, bird watching is a popular activity in Isla Contoy National Park. Here is a map of the areas that Isla Contoy's birds frequent.

Isla Contoy Bird Map

*Remember that there are areas of the island restricted to tourists. For more information ask your guide.



Are there hotels in Isla Contoy? 🏨

No, there are no hotels in Isla Contoy. If you plan to visit this destination during your Caribbean vacation, we suggest staying in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, or the Riviera Maya. Please note that most tours depart from Cancun.


How to get to Isla Contoy? 🏝️

As a tourist, you can get to Isla Contoy through a tour sold by authorized agencies. Usually, these packages depart from Cancun and include food and a visit to Isla Mujeres.

Contoy Island tour and reef snorkeling


You can hire a tour with an authorized agency that will take you to Isla Contoy. Most of these tours include food, snorkel, and a stop at Isla Mujeres.


On Isla Mujeres, there are agencies with small boats that have permission to go to Isla Contoy. Usually, these tours depart near the ferry or near Punta Norte. You can find the sales modules in the maritime terminal of Isla Mujeres, for example.


There is no direct way to get from Holbox to Isla Contoy. Since both are islands that are considerably far from each other, it is necessary to get to Cancun to purchase an authorized tour.

From Tulum to Isla Contoy

There are no boats that sail from Tulum's port to Isla Contoy. If you are in Tulum, you will have to take transportation to Cancun, then take an authorized tour to Contoy.

From Playa del Carmen to Isla Contoy

There are no boats that sail from Playa del Carmen to Isla Contoy. If you are in Playa, you will have to take transportation to Cancun (ADO or private transportation, for example) and then take an authorized tour to Isla Contoy.

How to get to Isla Contoy?

We recommend you to book a tour to Isla Contoy with transportation

🚐💨This way, the transportation will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the marina. At the end of your tour, the transportation will be waiting for you outside the marina to take you to your hotel.


Is Isla Contoy expensive? 💸

Isla Contoy tour prices vary depending on the activities or inclusions. Here is a table with some examples.





Contoy Island Tour by Isla Mujeres Trip

Isla Mujeres
  • Navigation
  • Light refreshments
  • Certified guide
  • Snorkel in Arrecife
  • Lunch at Contoy Island
  • 1 hour of free time in Contoy
  • Guided tour of Contoy

Adults: USD$100

Kids: USD$85

Isla Contoy Experience

  • Round trip transportation
  • Navigation
  • Light breakfast
  • 1 hour free on Isla Mujeres
  • National open bar on board
  • Snorkel in Ixlaché reef
  • Ecological tour of Contoy
  • Buffet on the island
  • Free time in Contoy

Adulto: USD $139

Niños: USD $109

Infantes: Gratis

Excursión a las islas Paraíso: Isla Contoy e Isla Mujeres by Cancun Shuttle Travel


  • Bottled water and soft drink
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel
  • Free time in Contoy
  • Free time in Isla Mujeres

Adults: USD $143

Children: USD $112

Infants: FREE

Ecoadventure in Contoy by Contoy Adventures

Riviera Maya

  • Round trip transportation
  • Navigation
  • Light breakfast
  • Visit to Isla Mujeres
  • National open bar
  • Snorkel
  • Ecological tour
  • Buffet on the island
  • Free time at the beach

Adults: USD $125


Infants: FREE


How much is the entrance fee to Isla Contoy?🎟️

Usually, the entrance fee to Isla Contoy is already included in the tour price as well as the dock tax and the reef tax, so you will not have to pay anything when you arrive at the island.

View of Isla Contoy from the lighthouse

Isla Contoy is a favorite of nature lovers, not only for being a bird sanctuary of great importance for the Caribbean but also for its beauty. Do you have more questions? Write them in the comments, and we will be happy to answer them!


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