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Located 60 miles southwest of Merida, Celestún is a quaint fishing village where the beaches are lovely and there are no crowds. There are several hotels: Xixim, Hotel Manglares and Casa Celeste VidaGuesthouse, several very good seafood restaurants, a few small shops and a harbor. There is also a long stretch of beach with lots of shells to explore. If you only have time for a day trip, theround-trip can be done in one day; however, it is highly recommended to spend a few nights in this peaceful, beautiful part of Yucatán.

Celestún is famous not only for its seafood restaurants, such asLa Palapa and Casa Peon, but also for its river or ría, beautiful flamingo colonies, fresh water springs, and calm beaches. You will also find a 36 foot tall lighthouse and salt fields near the town.The most popular thing to do here is contract a boat to travel the ría and see the flamingos. These boats are located at the entrance to Celestún, where you can easily contract with a guide. For upto 6 passengers, the cost is 720 pesos for one hour, 1320 pesos for 2 hours.

The flamingos of Celestún are a beautiful part of a fragile ecosystem. When you go to see them, we encourage you totreat the birds and their surroundings with respect so that they will be able to continue breeding and living there. Sometimes a guide, in order to show the tourist a good time, will attempt to get tooclose to the flamingos. This has a very negative effect on these exotic birds and you should encourage your guide to stay at a healthy distance. And, please don't ask them to get closer if they arestaying away. Refrain from abrupt moves or noises which might scare the birds. If we don't protect this fragile ecosystem, the birds will not be able to survive. Needless to say, there is absolutely nohunting or shooting of anykind permitted in Celestún or Ría Lagartos.

Celestún is the main courtship area for the greater pink flamingo, during the fall and winter months, in the mangroves....
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