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Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve
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Owner description: Faro Celarain (Punta Sur) is an Ecological Reserve,which encloses a variety of natural wonders. It covers an area of one thousand hectares and it is destined for the conservation and preservation of the 5 ecosystems that conform it. Faro Celarain is rich in coastal dunes, mangroves, reefs,lagoons systems, the Island's most beautiful beaches and reefs. Faro Celarain light house is a museum dedicated to the navigation
Reviewed October 8, 2012

If you've ever wanted to be 10' from a wild crocodile with no American-lawyer fences in the way, this is the place to go. The historic lighthouse is pretty neat.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We visited Punta Sur last week with a good friend who has been to the area several times before. From her former visit, she had pretty explicit directions as to what to do. Since people here seem to have had such mixed experiences, I will try to describe what she was told to do. When you get to the beach, look out and see the Mexican flag that is quite a ways out. Halfway to the flag, you will see a small resting raft. Swim out to the raft, get your bearings and then head to the flag. At the flag, you will go to the right and begin heading along the beginnings of the reef. At first, you don't see a whole lot but it is still pretty. But don't give up! After a ways, you come to some of the best snorkeling EVER, even compared to boat excursions. Beautiful coral reefs teeming with fish. Gorgeous purple fans swaying in the water. Shallow enough to really be able to see, yet not feel like you are going to bump into the reef. We saw 2 turtles. One seemed to enjoy swimming along with us making for a very magical experience. When you get to the white buoy, you need to head back to shore and angle to your right (toward the concessions and where you started) as the current will naturally be pulling you slightly the other direction. When you get out, walk down the beach to your starting point.
We brought our own snorkeling equipment and lunch with drinks, so I can't comment too much about that. My husband did buy one beer for us to share and our 20 was just slightly torn. The guys made a big deal about it but finally accepted it. There was a large area covered with solar screen over a California deck top. Being able to get out of the blaring sun made this a very pleasant place to have lunch and take a snooze. Big area and lots of chairs. After our lunch, we laid back in the chairs. I had never used this type of on the ground chair, but they were very comfortable and relaxing. The 3 of us were all in our own drifty state of bliss when suddenly there was this apparition of a handsome guy saying "it is time to go". Really? Oh shoot! We knew the park closed at 3:30 but weren't ready to leave the ball. Our dreamlike bliss turned back to reality.
Next time we would get to the beach earlier because we would probably rest and then do the snorkel again. I don't know why they close so early. But they did make a point of telling us at the entrance so we knew the rules. Time just did not seem to matter on this jewel of a white sand beach.
Before we went to the beach, we went to the lighthouse and looked through the museum which was interesting. We also climbed to the top-the stairs are steep, curvy and narrow with no hand rails. They have you sign a waiver at the bottom. I do not like heights and stairs, but I did it and the view was great! We wanted to do the boat that left at 12, so we had a Chevy Chase at the Grand Canyon moment up there and it would be fun to spend a little more time looking. The boat tour of the lagoon was ok. Our guide started by telling us he had a problem in that he didn't speak English (I would say the problem was really ours for not speaking Spanish) and then proceeded to do a pretty good job of communicating quite a bit of information. Sadly, Hurricane Wilma really destroyed a lot in 2005 and the mangroves are just trying to come back. We saw one sleepy croc in the bushes and a few small fish. I am sure at other times and on other days, the experience could be much different. Our friend had seen many more crocodiles on their last visit 4 years ago. Such is nature- it is not a Disney ride, after all.
Next time, we would get moving earlier and would head right to the beach . I don't know the price they were charging for the equipment there, but given the other reviews, it sounds like it might be wise to rent somewhere in town. They did have a concession, which my friend said was not there 4 years ago. Take your own lunch though-no one seemed to care. We were staying at the Coral Princess and had a small kitchen. Bring a purse like soft lunch tote. That worked great for daily outings like this one.
The road is bumpy but certainly driveable in a regular car. They were grading it as we were there and that was definitely making it better. I'm sure it is a constant work in progress. Bathrooms were ok and there was an outdoor shower that had minimal water pressure. We didn't try the hammocks but they looked fun. Oh well, next time!
Bottom line, if you go out far enough and head down the coast to the right, you will have a dreamlike snorkeling adventure.
And take a friend if you can.

4  Thank HGH
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

So there weren't any lions, tigers or bears but there were alligators, turtles and beautiful beaches. Half way through the park there was even a place to grab a beer!

Thank Jusshl
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were trying to get in there for few times, and sometimes we couldn't make it, sometimes it was too late or they were closed. Finally we made it, paid 156 pesos (although they have tried to sell their guide for another 100 pesos per person) for each person in the car and they didn't give us even map. First stop was the crocodile place and there were two sleepy small crocodiles just lying in the water. Nothing else. When we asked about turtles they said we need a private night tour for a additional price. There is a turtle nesting beach along the dirty road, but it was empty and there were a lot of water plants. The view from lighthouse is great, but it's only a few minutes, and they will be selling more services on the parking lot. The beach on the end of the road was okay, but with overpriced drinks and snorkel equipment. Didn't see anything underwater and it's quite far. We should have been read reviews and walk down a bit before going into water, but I was expecting much more. We have missed the boat tour, maybe that worth the entrance fee... Anyway, snorkeling in the next door hotel is much better and for free.

Thank frankazoid
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

rough road getting there (3-4 miles of gravel rough road) but so nice at the end. The towers where the crok viewing are a nice pit stop. Private beach's are available beside the road . Didnt take advantage of the lighthouse , hopefully next time. IMO this place had the BEST shore snorkeling we saw all week . Saw a sea turtle, huge bed of purple sea fans, lots of fish . But it's a long long swim , and the floating rest area is not available, at least not when we were there . My tip is dont start by the north buoy, go about 1/3 of the way down towards the south buoy and concentrate on the southern 1/2 of the reef . Not much on the north end.
Didnt eat any lunch here . Come early they close at 3-4pm.

1  Thank ManitouDan
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