"A REFUGE FOR THE SEABIRDS." Isla Contoy by Mairo21

Isla Contoy Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 18 photos

A national park and sanctuary, Isla Contoy is 6 miles long, and is considered the most important island for nesting marine birds in the Carribean Sea. There is no freshwater here. Only salt water. Birds here have a special gland in their bill that separates salt from water. The only predators birds have here would be the falcons and snakes. By boat, it is about 2-2.5 hour ride from Cancun. CONTOY is a Mayan word and when translated into English, it means Pelican. This type of error happened a lot. When the Spaniards discovered this island, because of the language barrier, it is believed, that the Spanish asked the Mayans, "What is the name of this island?" Perhaps at the moment the question was asked, they were pointing towards some Pelicans. So the Mayan's responded by saying "CONTOY." Hence the island was stuck with the name.

I mainly came to the island to see birds, but because weather was not permitting, there was not much to see or do, while on the island for the past 3 hours. I saw a lot of frigate birds, a few pelicans, some plovers, some iguanas,and a lot of hermit crabs while on tour. The plants surrounding the island were also interesting. There was a subtle, yet sweet scent of the sea lavender, that is quite commonly found throughout the island.

Perhaps I will come back to the island on another trip when the sun is out. THUNDER and LIGHTNING, the whole time I was there. Not bad weather, just a different kind of good weather! Here comes the rain!

  • Last visit to Isla Contoy: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 12, 2005
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  • shikokuzen's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 12:30 AM

    Hi Christina I had forgotten how much I like your comments....about the rain and lightening...not bad weather just a different kind of good weather.........just loved that thought..keep them coming....bob

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2006 at 9:20 PM

    Haven't seen this part of Mexico yet, but maybe when I go back.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2005 at 1:57 AM

    very nice photos from a very nice looking place. i thought i got around quite a bit when i was in mexico, ut i didn't realise this island excisted.

  • tosse's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2005 at 2:08 AM

    Lovely pics as always

  • ginte's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2005 at 1:26 AM

    Looks like a small peace of paradise and have lots of unique fauna. Perfect destination!


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