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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

Address: Mexico
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and reproductive cycle of pink flamingoes, and other coastal birds.
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Champaign, Illinois
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103 reviews 103 reviews
36 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The way to the reserve could be confusing since there is no real address to the visitor center and it's easy to miss the sign. Following another review we took the organized boat tour and loved it. You can get up to 8 people in a boat for a set price. So we were lucky to bump into a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Fantastic experience ... a great day trip from Mérida if you do it right! The keys I found are: 1. Leave Mérida early so that you can be one of the first tourists and enjoy the pristine nature of the reserve. 2. It is worth it to pay extra to get a boat to yourself or simply a couple. 3.... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you have a car I would strongly suggest a day long trip to Celestun. The drive is safe....going through many towns....and constantly watching for TOPES and DOGS. We drove down to the beach and picked up a boat there. It is possible to get a boat just over the bridge.....as you enter the town.... but because we wanted lunch... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We drove to Celestun and arrived about 9am. As we drove into town (just over the bridge) we passed a sign for boat rides to see the Flamingoes - silly us - we didn't stop there! Our ride was from the beach in Celestun - from there it took 45 minutes to reach the area where the flamingoes are &... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Easy to get to from Merida on the Oriente bus; equally easy to hop on a boat for a set price with a group of 6 - 8 people. The tour is standard and well-trafficked, don't expect a "secret" route or anything. The birds are really great -- lots of pelicans, cormorants, and of course flamingos. The otherwordly mangrove swamp... More 

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Rhinebeck, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

we went even though the guides said the best season for the flamingos was summer and we arrived around noon though the guides said the best time was early morning. We took the hour and a half boat tour (the shorter one), AND WE WERE BLOWN AWAY. the estuary is so peaceful, it is lined with the birds you only... More 

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Stockport
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I decided to add a day trip to Celustun (from the excellent Regional centre of Merida) after reading about it in Lonely Planet. My wife and I enjoy a bit of wildlife and nature viewing. It's quite a long and boring drive, and Celustun town itself is a bit run down, with a slightly scruffy beach - although we were... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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52 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a pleasant day trip from Merida. Saw lots of birds and the mangroves were nice. Disappointing not being able to get close to flamingoes, just pink dots in the distance, the water was too shallow for the boats. Did see a very small alligator though. The lunch at the restaurant which was fish was very good also.

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Durham, North Carolina
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We booked the tour at the docks right when you come over the bridge into Celestun. Pros: beautiful wildlife, including various birds and mangrove forest, easy tours, and where else can you see this many flamingos? Cons: pricey if you don't come in a big group or piggy-back with other travelers (and still not cheap when you do), I also... More 

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Winnipeg
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I took a day trip excursion from Merida in the end of December to the biosphere, and was very impressed with the tour as we saw a fair bit of wildlife on comfortable boat ride and short nature walk, with the flocks of flamingos we saw being by far my favorite

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