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Celestun Wildlife Refuge

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Phone Number: +52 999 924 8284

This preserve is important as a main area in the migratory and reproductive...

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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Great Experience with Some Warning

I came to Celestún as a guide of a small incentive group and overall we enjoyed a great day at the beach with fine food and bird warching with local fisherman cooperative's boats... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to Celestún as a guide of a small incentive group and overall we enjoyed a great day at the beach with fine food and bird warching with local fisherman cooperative's boats. As it was just a beginning of December there were not so many flamingoes but still the flocks were quite decently sized and we saw mangroves and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a drive from Merida to go to Celestun to see the flamingos. Just letting everyone know that it took close to 2 hours to get there. We read that it would be cheaper to hire a boat from the beach instead of the dock so we headed to the beach. The going rate to hire a boat for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With flamingos into natural habitat, clean white beach, a few restaurants front of the sea , as part of the places . Add as part of time visiting metida

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

I was blown away by the amount of Flamingos within the wildlife refuge. When taking a boat trip into the lagoon you see a LOT of Flamingos close !!. Awesome !! the other thing I liked a lot is when the boat goes into the Mangoves, into the tunnels. Whow. Magic !! Love it. After the boat trip go to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

About 1,5 drive from Merida, we parked next to the bridge. Neat and clean tourist office including restaurant where you buy the tickets. It was 1265 pesos for a boat. The prices are fixed so no possibility to bargain. We knew we were in the wrong season but decided to go anyway. Our tour guide didn't speak English so exchange... More 

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Pella, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

There is more here than meets the eye. Freedom divers Jeff Shaw arranged a tour for our family. We explored the mangroves by boat, found a few flocks of flamingos, visited a seas although production area and had a wonderful lunch at restaurants Los pompanos on the beach. Sampled some local fruit from a street vendor, Mexican lychee.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Celestun is gorgeous but the overpriced tour is just not worth the money. We took the tour in April and got to see around 20 flamingos, a tour into the mangroves to see the clear water pools and we did not get to the Island of the Birds. The tour was around an hour and not particularly impressive, the driver... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

If you love birds, it is worth the trip to Celestun national reserve park from Merida. We had an amazing day to visit Celestun national park. We saw many flamingoes who were actively feeding. There are a lot of actions of nature to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely trip here with Lawsons yucatan. We were keen to see the flamingos. While it would be nice to get closer naturally you cant. While it was the off season we saw plenty of flamingos. Had a nice mangrove trip through an area fit for an anaconda movie! Just lovely!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

Although a visit to Celestun is quite a long round trip seeing the Flamingos (even a fraction of the birds that must be there in the height of the season) made it well worth it.

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