Located north of the Yucatan continental shelf, 130 km from Progreso, in the Gulf of Mexico, the Alacranes Coral Reef National Park has a long history of naval journey.
According to the official website of the CONANP, the reef of Alacranes was used as a shelter during storms by pirates, Spanish ships and Politic officials that were coming to the New World to explore or perform any administrative position. However, the dangerous waters, which gave the name to these islands caused for many ships to go around them or to dock for protection.
In fact, the maps suggested that the colonizers were the ones who discovered these tiny islands, as there´s no evidence or signs that Mesoamerican civilizations that could´ve inhabited the area.
Due to the remain of Spanish ships, a lighthouse that was donated by Queen Victoria in the late 19th century and the beautiful marine biodiversity that calls these reefs home, the Mexican government declared it a national park and thus protected by the navy.
The reef occupies 326 square kilometers and consists of five islands:
- Desterrada Island
- Desertora Island
- Pérez Island
- Chica Island
- Pájaros Island
The islands are home to hundreds of different species, as it is a place where they can proliferate naturally because they can find adequate space to develop, feed and reproduce. Some of the fish species that can be found in Alacranes are grouper, parrotfish, harlequin, cardinal, butterfly, clown, angelfish, the damsel fish, goatfish, etc., making a total of 136 species of marine life.
Thanks to the great marine biodiversity and the beauty of it, diving is an activity that tourists greatly enjoy as they can explore, observe and photograph underwater species and their behavior in their natural habitat.
Once you’ve made the decision to visit the Arrecife Alacranes, it is necessary to take into account some important points.
For example, be sure to bring light clothing, as the weather is generally hot so don’t forget sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
The best time to go are between the months of June to September, as the weather will be more convenient for various activities.
For more information to visit Alacranes go to http://www.reelblessedadventures.com/en/trips/alacranes-trips/ to check for prices, accommodation and transportation.
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