7 Reasons Why You Should See The Flamingos In Celestun Mexico

One of the day trips we took, while staying in Merida was to see the flamingos in Celestun. Celestun is an easy drive 2 hours away from Merida.

While traveling the world, there always seems to be the dilemma of what excursions we should spend money on and which ones will be duds. There’s nothing worse for us then spending money on an excursion, and having it end and asking ourselves why did we blow $70 on that?

Was The Excursion Worth It?

This boat tour to see the flamingos in Celestun was NOT one of those times. It was AWESOME!!! We will get into the reasons why in a bit, but first, how to get there and what you can expect to pay.

How Do I Get There?

It’s pretty simple, there’s only one road or one option, and it takes you right there. Before you hit Celestun Beach you’re going to go over a large bridge, turn left into the parking lot immediately after the bridge. Parking is free and google maps are correct to Celestun, just remember to turn left after the bridge.

How Much Does It Cost?

Go to the area where you buy the tickets. The boat costs 1500 pesos whether you go by yourself or with others. For the sake of this blog post let’s say you’re going with your significant other. It breaks down to around $13 a person. The best $26 we have spent in a long time. If you have a group of fewer than six people, there will be other people standing around the area looking for people to join their group, this way it’s easy to split up the boat cost.

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7 Reasons Why???

7 Reasons Why You Should See The Flamingos In Celestun Mexico

1. The boat ride along the river. Seeing the mangroves was worth $13 per person alone. It was cool to go through the mangroves by boat, with the bonus of a cenote at the end of the mangroves. The video on this blog post gives you an idea.

2. If you’re used to sailing or boating on the ocean this is an absolute delight, comparably speaking — no need for Dramamine, seat cushions, Xanax. There are no waves, the boat is comfortable, and no bench seats. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.

3. Now, the obvious reason, to see the flamingos. We won’t get into it much here and spoil it, but our favorite part was watching them fly. Check out the video on this post to see how amazing watching the flamingos truly is.

4. Seeing the other wildlife was pretty awesome. We saw pelicans, egrets, vultures, and many other birds. It’s unbelievably amazing to us how much life is on the river (we are going to call it a river, that’s what it feels like) or in the mangroves.

5. Our tour guide raced down the shore made a sharp left turn, right into the mangroves. One of the people on our boat yelled out, “I feel like I’m in Disneyland.” To be honest, he wasn’t far off. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen on a boat. The video does not give it justice.

6. Listening to all the details from your captain. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. If nobody on your boat speaks Spanish, it’s going to be hard to get all the details. I’ll give you a few right now that we found fascinating. The flamingos lay one egg a year, in the mangroves. Their predators are monkeys, jaguars, and crocodiles. The monkeys eat the eggs (I’m guessing), and the jaguars eat both the eggs and the flamingos. That’s my synopsis if nobody understands Spanish on your boat.

7. You get to swim in a cenote after passing through the mangroves. All the boats will stop, and you’ll get a chance to get out walk along the dock, jump in and enjoy the warm, salty, sulfur smells of the beautiful cenote.

A Day with the Flamingos!

One of the best experiences we had in the Yucatan was a day trip to see the Flamingos. This video will give you a great idea of what to expect

Sisal Beach

So there you have it folks, one of the best things we did in our month in Mexico. On a side note, don’t plan to spend much time at Celestun beach… it’s terrible (in our opinion).

What To Do After The Flamingo Tour?

What we did after watching the flamingos was drive over to Sisal Beach. It doesn’t have the crystal blue, green waters that Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, or Tulum have but it’s nice to see and visit. What we liked about Sisal Beach was how it was a ghost town. It was a fun afternoon; we learned to fish with a net, we sat at the bar near the pier and had a beer. Then we drove around Sisal to look at the town. In our opinion, it was the most deserted quiet town we’ve seen since we’ve been in the Yucatan. We only saw one person walking around with his surfboard.

Our day trip to Celestun and Sisal Beach was a lot of fun, and we would recommend the drive if you are staying in Merida. We personally would not stay in Sisal or Celestun because there wouldn’t be enough for us to do, but for a day excursion, it was great.

More 2 Traveling Lovers Article & Video links from the Yucatan peninsula:

We spent a month traveling throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.  If you’re interested in visiting the area, we hope you will find our articles and videos helpful.  All of our posts have a video included, and we have new videos on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too so you won’t miss a video.

Below are a few articles and videos from our stay in the Yucatan:

15 Things You Should Know Before You Visit The Yucatan

Best Cenotes Near Valladolid

Best Things To See & Eat In Valladolid

Should You Visit The Mayan Ruins In Tulum?

Best Ruins & Cenote Near Merida

The Ultimate 4-Day Itinerary In Merida

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Closing Words

I hope you found our tips of the 7 Reasons Why You Should See The Flamingos In Celestun Mexico to be useful and you are excited to visit the area and enjoy the boat tour.

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