Isla Contoy offers rich and varied landscapes. While silky white beaches, dotted with tall palm trees and other exotic plants border its western coast, the eastern side, facing the open sea, is formed by calcareous rocks. Exposed to strong winds , a small range of sand dunes blanketed by low vegetation rise up. Here grow, among other plants, sea lavender that emits a sweet aroma, the sea grape and the orange cordia. Inland, the lagoons, mangroves and low jungles are the refuge of 152 registered bird species that total more than 10,000 birds, an impressive amount for a such small area.


So far, 98 species of plants have been identified, the most important are the four species of mangrove that cover more than 50% of the of the island’s surface. These trees grow around the lagoons in the interior of the island because they are able to deal with the high degree of salinity and excess water present in this environment. 


Amigos de Isla Contoy AC
Biol. Catalina Galindo de Prince
Executive Director
Cancun Information Center
Plaza Bonita Mall, Sm. 28, Loc. E-1
Cancun, Q. Roo, Mexico 77500
+52 (998) 884-7483

Parque Nacional Isla Contoy
M.V.Z. José Francisco Gregorio Remolina Suárez
Director: Parque Nacional Isla Contoy &
Reserva de la Biósfera Tiburón Ballena
Ed. Capitanía Regional de Puerto Juárez,
Región 86, Manzana 2, Lote 4, Mpio Benito Juárez,
Cancún, Q.Roo, 77520
+52 (988) 234-9905


Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas