A key component and an essential part of what makes Cancun a magical place are the islands that surround it: Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy and Isla Holbox.
Isla Mujeres is a magical community, a place for romance and relaxation. The island lives close to nature and is a fine example of undiluted Caribbean culture. It is located offshore from Cancun, just 6 kilometers/3.7 miles to the northeast.
Its geographic location makes Isla Mujeres a kind of paradise; the island receives the first rays of the sun to touch Mexican soil each morning, a sight to see.
Isla Contoy is uninhabited and famous for its flora and wildlife. It’s the most important bird sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean and a major draw for nature lovers. Scientists have logged 210 species of bird in the island’s mangroves, lagoons and areas of low jungle including significant nesting colonies of cormorant and frigate. Isla Contoy is the major nesting ground for the Brown Pelican along the Atlantic seaboard from Texas to Belize.
Isla Holbox is a spit of island located o the northern coast of the State of Quintana Roo. It is filled with the wonders of nature, forms part of the Yum Balam Ecological Reserve and is a declared Protected Area for Flora and Fauna.
The waters around Holbox are shallow and the island itself has streets of sand and those colorful clapboard houses so traditional to Caribbean culture. You can tour the island on foot, bicycle or golf cart. It’s a veritable heaven of tranquility where living close to nature is as normal as breathing. In addition to just relaxing in the presence of unadulterated nature, the island offers some unique experiences such as seeing flocks of flamingo in their natural habitat (April-October) and the chance to actually swim with whale sharks (May to September), the world’s largest fish. At night there’s the startling phenomenon of bioluminescence, when the sea comes alive with phosphorescent sparks of light.