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“Get there early, there's plenty to do”

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
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“Get there early, there's plenty to do”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The admission price of 12 US buys you access to a lighthouse, museum, boat ride on a mangrove lagoon, access to a beach with hammocks and beach chairs.

The beach is peaceful, the same awesome mix of light blue water and non-burning white sand you can expect in the Mayan Riviera. The day we went, the sea was calm enough for a toddler to wade in, with only tiny waves.

There's a small reef you can swim to with not much effort. I cannot SCUBA dive, so I am limited to snorkeling and it was nice to find such a convenient spot. On a rough day, I can see swimming this reef as a challenge, but it was quite alright the day we went. Unfortunately I only had about an hour to swim out and snorkel, but it was worth the $10 US I paid for the rental gear. Triggerfish, french angels, parrotfishes and other small fishes galore.

The ride through the mangrove was sad - as of 2013 it has not recovered from hurricane Wilma, the crocodiles hide very well and all I saw for birds was a crow.

The lighthouse was interesting, as was the museum. A few semi-wild coatis roamed around. Walking around the cool-textured coral rocks with a child was a delight. Many, many treasures to be found (and leave behind, if you have a smidgeon of environmental consciousness).

On the way out, we stopped by the small Maya observatory. Interesting, particularly if you like late post-classic Mayan buildings (i.e. are a nerd like me) but not spectacular.

Visited May 2013
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“Best shore snorkeling”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Beautiful beach in pristine national park setting with the best shore snorkeling we found in Cozumel. Reef was amazing with numerous fish. Need to swim out to reef (takes ten to fifteen minutes to swim out ) but route is swallow and there are two floating docks to rest on. Beach has food, drinks, lockers and hammocks/beach chairs. Not to be missed!

Visited April 2013
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“Loved the crocs”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We really like the park there are two option here to do tour or to swim if you want to do both its more. But the lighthouse and the crocks were awesome. There are ruins visible from the road you travel on. The lighthouse is a bit tight and not recommended for kids as it is a steep trek up and down. As with all spots you will find vendors take a peek in the museum it was well done and interesting. My only wish was they had a guide for that part.

Visited April 2013
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Pittsburgh PA
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“Faro Celerain”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We loved the light house. The tour guide loved his job and his beautiful outdoor "office" looking over the beautiful blue blue waters. The view from the light house was magnificent. We also saw the crocodiles in the marsh area and went to the beach for a little while. The drive in to the light house is worth the trip alone, but the light house is definitely a main attraction.

Visited April 2013
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Williamsville, New York
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“Beautiful Park..”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

A beautiful park with an amazing view from the top of the lighthouse! Even though there were a lot of vehicles around things were spaced out enough so you didn't feel crowded. We rode in on two wheels and had no problems on the terrain... got to see a crocodile and Mayan ruin too.. can only imagine what it was like communicating back then!

Visited April 2013
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