Mexican National Park: Arrecife Alacranes, Yucatán

by Cie McCullough Buschle on May 1, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids, Travel Ideas

In the Southern Gulf of Mexico there are five islands that make up the Arrecife Alacranes, or Scorpion Reef. It is one of the most important sites on the Atlantic coast for nesting seabirds tropical birds.

Isla Perez dock in Alacranes Alacranes

Isla Perez dock in Alacranes Alacranes

Although these islands, Isla Pérez, Isla Desertora, Isla Pájaros, Isla Chica and Isla Desterrada, have been dedicated not only a Mexican National Park but also a United Nations “Reserve of the Biosphere“, they are not well known by the general public. Isla Pérez is the only island with inhabitants and also boasts a lighthouse which dates back to the late 1800s. It is approximately 80 miles north of Progresso, on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula.

The reef complex is about 17 miles long and 13 miles wide, with an area of 153 square miles. There is no regular transportation or ferries, so if you don’t have your own boat your best bet to see these islands is through a service. The best in the area is Eco Tours, they will handle all permits and regulations, as well as making sure there is enough water and food for your stay.

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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