Here are a few more photos to complete our Celestún series, documenting our trip in December 2015. If you missed the previous posts and are interested, here are the links:
We had such a relaxing time visiting this laid-back fishing village on Mexico's Yucatan coast, and it was a nice break from tourists and traffic, as we visited in what is considered the off-season. You sure don't see sights like this in busy Playa del Carmen, where we were living in Centro at the time. I guess you could say there was traffic, just not the usual type!
Even the zocalo (town square) was sparsely populated when we visited.
Here is the Catholic church on the zocalo. You can see it on the right in the photo above.
Restaurants don't open early for breakfast in town (8:30 or 9 am is the norm!), and on our last morning, our favorite spot for breakfast wasn't open at all on Tuesdays, so we tried the Restaurant El Lobo. It wasn't open when we first went by, so we walked on the beach for a bit, then returned. We were the only ones there, and the owner had to run to the grocery store to get some yogurt for our breakfast. Yes, this is small-town Mexico! He was very friendly, though, and the breakfast was tasty.
You can see from the street above that it has rained overnight. However, the clouds were breaking up over the beach, promising a beautiful day ahead.
This old leaning tower may have been an early, abandoned lighthouse. The current white lighthouse sits, tall and straight, close by.
At this hour, we had the beach all to ourselves, other than these two cute beach dogs. I tried to make friends, but they were very shy. The puppy was adorable, but just too scared to come over to be pet.
Here's the beach side of the restaurant where we ate all three of our seafood dinners. It gets the best reviews on Tripadvisor, so we just kept coming back; why mess with a good thing?
We had our backpacks with us as we were going straight to the bus terminal after breakfast. A good reason to pack light!
After breakfast, it was time to buy our bus tickets back to Merida (where we'd then catch a first-class ADO bus back to Playa). Although this is a second-class bus line, it is still very nice (better than any bus we took in Belize!) The ADO bus does not come to Celestún.
Being a second-class bus, the Oriente has a few more stops than an ADO bus. One of the towns we stopped in featured this gorgeous egg-yolk yellow church. I don't recall which town now, but we had to get a couple of photos of this beauty.
Also on our return trip, it was getting close to December 12, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, so we saw many of the faithful pilgrims making their trips to distant cities for the celebration. This is a big deal in Mexico, and we'd experienced it when visiting Mexico from Belize in 2012 so knew what it was all about this time around!
Thanks for coming along on our trip to Celestún!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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