Celestun, a fishing village located along the Yucatan coast, is home to a wildlife refuge within Celestun Biosphere Reserve. The lush landscape of the reserve is full of mangroves and covers over 146,000 acres, making it the ideal place for animals and especially birds to inhabit. The refuge is home to over 300 bird species, including the popular flamingo.
The best way to get to the Celestun Bisophere Reserve and see the wildlife refuge is via boat. You can hire a guide with one in the town of Celestun and then depart for the reserve. You'll travel along the Ria Celestun, from which it’s easy to spot wildlife, and boats can also stop at swimming spots for a refreshing dip.
Celestun Wildlife Refuge is an easy day trip from the city of Merida. You’ll be hard pressed to do it in a day from Cancun or other parts of the Mexican Riviera, though it is possible if you get up super early; just be prepared for spending a large portion of your day on the road. There are places to stay overnight in Celestun, which is a viable option to make sure you don’t feel too rushed in this lovely part of Mexico.