Celestun (the upgraded spelling is Celestun ) processes ‘painted stone’ in Mayan and earns over 25,000 guests a year. It is a minor fishing suburb with a modest harbor, superb seafood joints, and a local coast.
Celestun is dealt with more of a ‘back to nature’ tourist interest with the flamingos as the ‘star’ appeal. Lonely Planet describes Celestún as “a sleepy sun-scorched fishing village that moves at a turtle’s pace…” That’s about right.
The city is hemmed in by water – the Caribbean shores on one side and the wild marshy forest of the Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún on the other. If you were considering to Celestún for a whole-functioning big-hotel resort operation, this isn’t it. It’s often more easy, narrow town. Most locals use bikes, mopeds or lease the ubiquitous moto-taxis to get around. Dining is extremely informal.
There are many reasons to stop at Celestún – the waterfronts, the seafood in the joints, the salt flats and of course, the flamingos. What graceful elegant birds they are! They reside to the waterfowl meet and are the biggest birds in this group.
Merida is the nearest airfield, 91km away. Alternatives are flying into Cancun or Mexico City with bus networks.
I suggest a stay at to Celestun and the pink flamingos as part of your touring in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a remarkable day out. Apart from Celestun Merida should be on our list as well, the colonial houses, the bars and the midnight time music festivals that pop up around town.