Cabo Catoche

Cabo Catoche was the landing site of the first European settlers in the current mass of the Mexican territory, during the expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in early March 1517 and officially marking the date of discovery of Yucatan by Spanish. Its name comes from the story says lived on landing the Spanish first came to Yucatan land, arriving approached watched the locals, looking happy and peace signs, and so invited the coast, saying "conescotoch" , "conescotoch" meaning "welcome to my home."

Cabo Catoche is a point on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, which is located approximately 53 km north of Cancun. Its location belongs to mainland Holbox Island and is within the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Cabo Catoche determines the continental division between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and marks the southwestern edge of the Yucatan Channel. In the vicinity of Cabo Catoche, and during colonial times, was built a Catholic church, which is known as Boca Church. There are no passable roads to get to Cabo Catoche by land, by sea is only accessible to visit the ruins of Boca Ekab and Church.

This is an excellent area for whale shark sighting. Outer Cabo catoche you cross an area in which there are opportunities to see dolphins. North of Cabo Catoche is possible to catch a few fish of moderate size, just enough to make a ceviche.

The area of Cuevones is about 2 feet deep. There you can see all kinds of fish and soft corals. Under stones nurse sharks lurk background and sometimes you can see Carey turtles , octopus and lobsters. Then you can go down to the pristine beach for walking, eating ceviche and collect shells. If the tide is high, you may go through a mangrove Holbox to return to the other side of the island.