If you’re looking for sunshineendless empty beaches, a small & safe place with a friendly atmosphere plus good value accommodation of all types, read on…

El Cuyo is a beach and nature paradise, only 2.5 hours from Cancun airport. It’s separated from the mainland by a salt water lagoon, teeming with wildlife and although a causeway now connects El Cuyo to the mainland, the town still retains its ‘island life’ vibe.

The village is virtually untouched by tourism. Up to now, it has escaped the attentions of developers and the traditional wooden houses originally built over 40 years ago remain practically unchanged.

traditional beach front houses

El Cuyo is located in the national park of Ria Lagartos between Isla Holbox and the pink lakes of Las Coloradas. The park is best known for being home to 40,000 wild flamingos that come to nest every year between June and September (plus there’s a small resident population that are here year-round). There are also 250 other species of birds in Ria Lagartos and the beaches are frequented by turtles who lay their eggs in June, July and August.

All this makes El Cuyo the perfect holiday destination for anyone looking for a different type of vacation, where you get to interact with locals, enjoy empty beaches and experience a real bit of Mexico.

For those wanting a bit more action, the north-easterly winds and shallow waters make it perfect for kiteboarding and when the wind drops you can paddleboard or kayak in the calm turquoise waters.

If you’re looking for a bit of culture, there’s also a whole host of places to visit in the region. Click here for ‘What to do’.

For information on the town, its facilities and what you NEED TO KNOW click here

For information on how to get here click here

And if you’re still not convinced – please don’t take our word for it – see what ‘Yucatan Today’ had to say on the subject! – please click here