Area Attractions
 
The village of Telchac Puerto is about 2-3 km from the villa. You can walk to the center plaza along the beach, or walk or drive the main road into town. There are small markets with fruits and veggies, a bakery, a high-speed internet cafe, liquor stores, a hardware store, restaurants and other small markets.
 
 
We hope you spend your time relaxing, swimming, strolling the beach, enjoying the birds and shell collecting. The beaches are wide and inviting and the water is warm and safe. The Mayan culture is everywhere from X-Cambo ( a 10 minute drive) or Dzibilchaltun (30 minutes) to Chichen Itza ( about 2 hours) or Uxmal (1-1/2 hours). Another popular destination is Rio Lagartos State Park (2-1/2 hrs).
 
 
Rio Lagartos, within the Biosphere Special Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico, just east of the state of Quintana Roo, is famous for its enormous flamingo colony and large variety of other species. It is also a picturesque fishing village with colorfully painted wooden and cement homes. Protected by the SEMARNAP to preserve the diverse flora and fauna of the area, it was registered in the United Nations in 1986 as an area of important international wetlands.
 
 
Our property manager, who is fluent in English and Spanish, may arrange fishing trips or lazy rides through the nearby lagoons to visit the cenotes (underground springs) where you can view flamingos and many other birds and wildlife
 
 
You may choose to spend a day in the lovely city of Merida (45 minutes), especially the historic center on Sundays when local artisans display on the Gran Plaza. Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan (Pop. 1 million), offers beautiful colonial architecture, parks, art galleries and museums, restaurants and shopping. Merida also has colleges and universities, a symphony orchestra, a professional baseball team and a variety of music clubs. There is a golf course in North Merida and one near Dzibalchaltun. Also in North Merida is Dzitya, where there are stoneworkers and woodworkers who produce and sell their goods there.
 
 
The port city of Progreso (25 minutes) is where the cruise ships dock, with a mile-long pier. Along the Gulf in Progreso, you may walk the Malecon and enjoy a variety of shops and restaurants. Progreso also has a huge, new modern supermarket that offers food, baked goods, and a pharmacy, as well as clothing, hardware and other amenities.
 
 
Motul, about 20 minutes south of Telchac Puerto, offers an interesting marketplace with food and some clothing, and also has a substantial supermarket. You might also find it interesting to explore some of the smaller colonial towns in the area, like Chicxulub, Telchac Pueblo, Sinanche, Chabihau, Dzilam de Bravo, Dzilam Gonzales, Dzidzantun, San Crisanto, Santa Clara, Izamal and Dzemul. If you are ambitious, you might take a ride to Ticul known for its pottery and shoes or Oxkutzcab, the primary produce town of the area. Celestun is also a beautiful town known for its ecotourism and flamingos.
 
  Wow! A beautiful house in a beautiful place, with a beautiful view. The beach is so inviting, clean and practically uninhabited. The whole environment is so safe, quiet, relaxing and serene. We took day trips to ruins, cenotes and wildlife reserves, as well as visiting local towns for dinner and culture. The house has great spaces for privacy or communal eating and hanging out. Everyone associated with the rental was helpful and friendly. It's really the perfect place to do nothing, or explore this part of Mexico.  
-- Dan R.,  Los Angeles, CA