Top 7 islands in Mexico you shouldn’t miss
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Among the many islands of Mexico, you will discover those that are still wild or with little human intervention, where the beauty of nature is the first attraction. There are plenty of them, and here’s a list of the seven best islands in Mexico you can’t miss.
The Mexican island of Cozumel has heavenly beaches and all its Mayan and Caribbean charm. The underwater beauty of Cozumel is unmatched with splendid coral reefs like El Cielo, Dzul Ha, Palancar, Paraíso, Colombia, Santa Rosa, Villa Blanca and Chankanaab which are fantastic for diving and snorkeling. In these underwater spaces, you will observe the most remarkable diversity of marine fauna in the whole of the Mexican Caribbean, from lobsters, starfish, sea cucumbers and seahorses, to larger species such as rays, turtles, sharks and other fish.
Holbox has positioned itself as an international tourist destination despite being a small island. In addition to its beautiful landscapes, it offers activities and tours for all tastes and budgets. Take a night kayaking excursion, swim with whale sharks, visit the Three Islands, where you will discover Bird Island, Passion Island and Yalahau. Observe the beautiful bioluminescence of the beaches at night. It is also a perfect place for cycling, kitesurfing, snorkeling and admiring its unique murals. If you prefer to relax, you can enjoy a delicious drink in the hammocks on the water by the beach.
Isla Contoy National Park is located 32 km west of Isla Mujeres, near the meeting point of the Caribbean and Gulf waters. It is formed by the 230 hectare Contoy Island, which includes five saltwater lagoons. More than 150 species of birds find refuge in this reserve, including the gray pelican, the peregrine falcon, the giant heron, the white-bellied bobo and the magnificent frigate. The only access to Isla Contoy The national park is located by the sea from Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Depending on the type of transport and the place of departure, the boats take between 1 and 2 hours to arrive.
Isla de Mujeres is a quintessential seaside destination with beautiful places to relax in the sun, swim, play sports, observe nature, rest and eat exquisitely. The shortlist of places to visit includes Playa Norte, Playa Lancheros and Garrafón, a charming natural park where the temple of Ixchel, the main female deity of Mayan mythology, is located. Other wonderful natural areas are the Isla Contoy National Park, Cabo Catoche with its history and its lighthouse, the mangroves of Santa Paula and the turtle preservation site. Tortugranja. Outside the beaches, you can stroll through the picturesque Caribbean town, its promenade, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Hacienda Mundaca.
The Marietas Islands are a fragile and wonderful archipelago of Nayarit which is a global biodiversity sanctuary. It should be noted that ecotourism activities are somewhat restricted as it is not allowed to visit the national park, and visitors must stay in the authorized beach sectors of the archipelago. You can bird watch and see all marine life, such as dolphins, humpback whales (late November to late March) and other marine life. There are diving areas on the reefs where you can admire the extraordinary aquatic biodiversity of the Marietas, with specimens such as the blue yellow-tailed damselfly and the giant manta ray. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also popular in Islas Marietas.
Todos Santos Islands
The Todos Santos Islands, which are two (North and South) and not one as is commonly believed, are only 12 miles from Ensenada. Their only access is by sea, with departures from Ensenada and La Bufadora. The islands stand out for two reasons: their magnificent waves for surfing and their rich biodiversity. The waves on the island of Todos Santos Norte are among the highest in the Americas. Among the species of local fauna that stand out for their beauty and rarity, you will find the Rat Combalachera of Todos Santos and the Viper of Todos Santos.
Espiritu Santo Island
On the island of Espiritu Santo, located 45 minutes from the city of La Paz, you will find one of the most beautiful and protected reefs on the Mexican coast. Espiritu Santo Island is one of Baja California Sur’s natural wonders and can only be reached by boat. It is 12 miles long and 3 miles wide and is protected by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. A sanctuary made up of several natural islands and bays, home to around 40% of the species of marine mammals that exist on the planet. There are over 180 species of birds, and around 900 species of fish, also known as “The Aquarium of the World”, besides being the only place where there are underwater waterfalls of sand.
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