Visiting the Riviera Maya? How about an island-like vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a stress-free life with a pineapple poured in your hand? Are you ready for homework? Here we have listed ours The 5 best islands to visit on the Riviera Maya you don’t want to miss it …
1. Isla Blanca
Isla Blanca is the only one on this list that is not really an island, we think it deserves a place on our top 5 islands to visit on the Riviera Maya. It’s called “Isla” because it’s so secluded from the city that it looks like you’re on any other island in the Yucatan Peninsula, but it’s actually a beach. Isla Blanca is located in the municipality of Isla Mujeres in the state of Quintana Roo, one hour away downtown Cancun.
It is one of the few islands that is perfectly preserved in Mexico. The name “Isla Blanca” comes from its large white sandy shore that divides the Chacmuchuc lagoon from the Caribbean Sea. The cost is about 20 km long and the shore is 500 to 850 m wide. and its widest part is 850 mts. Mostly, the island is so named because the water can cross the coast from side to side in the narrowest part.
One of the most common things to do in Isla Blanca is fishing, cycling and kitesurfing. On the other hand, the site allows you to see the clearest waters and the mangrove, which has beautiful orchids. The beach is still so pure that you can appreciate the fauna such as pelicans, turtles, monkeys, toucans, iguanas, etc.
As we said, you can reach Isla Blanca by car and park in the public car parks just before the beach. But if you want to take the car to the beach, you will have to pay 30 USD per vehicle.
You can visit the beach from 9 am to 4 pm.
If you do not have your own car you can choose to take public transport, which you will find on Av. López Portillo with Tulum at the following times: 7:00 am, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Location: Isla Blanca
2. Contoy Island
Without a doubt, this is a movie-like island, the perfect place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. Contoy Island It has been a National Nature Reserve and Wildlife Refuge since 1961. Located north of Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy is an islet without human habitats and is home to the largest number of birds, which is why it is also known as “Bird Island”.
The islet is 8 km long and 800 m wide. It is surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna, in which there is also a large reef, where there are a large number of marine species and birds.
You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters of Isla Contoy and even snorkel and discover what lies beneath the turquoise waters. Ixlaché Reef is the second largest reef in the world and is home to manta rays, fish, crustaceans, turtles and others.
Explore Contoy Island following the trails that run along the island. You will be amazed by more than 70 different species of birds.
You can take a ferry from cancún, Puerto Morelos, o Isla Mujeres, and take a day trip to Isla Contoy. We recommend that you book in advance, as there are a limited number of people per day.
Location: Contoy Island
3. Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres one of the most visited islands on the Yucatan Peninsula is a beautiful, quiet paradise on the other side of the Bahia de Mujeres from Cancun, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is the way to go if you are looking for a more relaxed time in the Caribbean. Still, there are so many things to do! snorkelwater sports, exploration and more …
Do not want to miss going to Punta Norte, Isla Mujeres to go to the beach, located just north of the island, is where the water is clearer and with treasures hidden inside.
The island is the place where everyone goes if they are looking for calm and crystal clear waters. Walking along the shores of Isla Mujeres beaches, you will find many options for lunch or a drink. Enjoy exploring them all! There is no way to go wrong here!
You can catch a ferry from Puerto Juares to Cancun between 5:30 and 23:00, and the return time is from 06:00 to 12:00.
Location: Isla Mujeres
4. Cozumel Island
As one of our top 5 islands to visit on the Riviera Maya, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean and the third largest in the country, Cozumel Island is located at the tip of the peninsula, very close to Playa del Carmen.
Measuring about 30 miles long and 9 miles wide, the island of Cozumel, whose Mayan name translates as “Swallow Island,” has become a favorite of cruise ships, as well as a point of interest for divers as it is one of the best dive sites in the world, with reef walls that sink to incredible depths.
Home to a great diversity of birds and vegetation. The east side is lined with steep limestone cliffs and a wide ocean, meaning a lot of waves more suitable for surfing than swimming.
For those who want to go exploring, rent a car and cross the nature parks, mangroves and the jungle. If you do, we encourage you to start your visit in Punta Sur, where you will find a park and an ecological reserve. Look at the Faro Celarain, a modern lighthouse that contrasts with the Templo Caracol, a pre-Hispanic building. To visit the archaeological area you must make a prior reservation at the National Center for Anthropology and History. The park is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Finally, take a tour of the island’s museum, admire the Reloj Publico, built in 1910 in the town of San Miguel, and then stroll through the Monumento al Mestizaje, an ode to the Mexican mestizo race.
5. Holbox Island
Is there a paradise on earth? Yes, there are, and it’s called Holbox. Enjoy the sun on your skin as you walk through a small and beautiful village with amazing views and a relaxing lifestyle. There is no rush when in Holbox, the island is full of things to do, but relaxing is at the top of the list. Enjoy kitesurfing, kayaking, whale shark excursions and more.
You read correctly, every year Holbox hosts whale shark migration, an activity you can immerse yourself in. Shark diving is not allowed, so you will need to book a snorkel excursion with an operator who will take you to find the beautiful creatures. Keep in mind that the whale shark season is between mid-May and mid-September.
In addition, Holbox has become quite famous in recent years because it is one of the few places where bioluminescent waters can be seen at night. Caused by microscopic phytoplankton, water glows blue when agitated by waves or splashes. The best ways to experience bioluminescence are night snorkeling or night kayaking.
As we said when we’re on vacation, doing nothing is really doing something! Explore the city and take some interesting photos of the painted buildings and eat their signature dishes like the famous lobster pizza and marquises! Savor a tropical cocktail. Living room in a sea hammock. This island should be treasured for its slow pleasure.
Holbox beaches are beautiful and a great way to spend the day relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.
Location: Holbox Island