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The extraordinary marine life around El Cuyo presents a mysterious world of adventures. This is the reason why fishing is one of the activities most exciting and relaxing here. El Cuyo has a great diversity of fish.  At depths up to 20 to 25 feet (6 meters) you will find Mero (Grouper), Canane, Pargo, colored and white Corvina, red Snaper, Chac Chi, Robalo (Snook), Sabalo (Tarpon), Jurel, Cojinuda, Ronco, Macabi, Bagre (Catfish) and Barracuda among others... In only 20 minutes your boat can be at fishing depth, easily in sight of the nearby shore.The fish you catch varyes from 1 to 4 pounds.
If you're looking for something more exciting, you can go out to a depth of 90 feet, approximately an hour by boat. At this depth you'll be able to catch fish from 2 to 20 pounds or more. Here you'll find Meros (Grouper), Pargos, Mojarras, Negrillos, Esmedregal, Carito, Bonito, Barrilito and Jurel among others.


When not able to go out by boat, you are able to fish from the town dock or at the town boat landing. The best time to fish at this latter site is 4 in the morning. You'll be able to catch Corvina, Pargo, Ronco, Robalo (Snook), Macabi and Bagre (Catfish), just to mention a few. If you want to fish in even deeper water you can travel to Isla Holbox where you will catch Blue Marlin, Barracuda, Jurel, Wahoo and Dorado. The trip by launch takes less than an hour.



We highly recommend that you visit the nearby lighthouse. From the top you can appreciate and take photos of the gorgeous views from the wide open sea to the estuary that borders this town of fishermen. If you go early enough, between 5 and 6 in the morning, you'll be able to see groups of Flamencos and other migratory birds flying over. To climb to the top of the lighthouse you'll need to ask for the keys from the Port Captain, whose offices are in front. He is very accommodating. Just be sure to lock up and return the keys when you are through. And don't forget your photographic equipment as you certainly will want to carry with you the memories of this place and its magnificent natural beauty.



Walking over water seems to be possible in El Cuyo beaches. Try gathering seashells in the morning between 8 AM and 9 AM when the sun is not as strong. Many different kinds of all colors, shapes, and sizes can be found beyond the town pier and boat landing. Here you'll often be the only ones on the beach.
At night you can stroll the beach and admire the stars. With luck you may spot a turtle laying eggs. Always carry a flashlight to capture these moments. Do not touch, only observe. Don't be surprised if at night you see a four-wheeler on the beach. Personnel drive it from SEMARNAT (Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico) who are watching for turtle nests and protecting the environment. Fires on the beach are not permitted at night as they disorient the turtles when they come to lay their eggs. Respect this magic moment of the nature and alone observe being grateful for the opportunity of this meeting with a real miracle of the life....



The best option in order to travel around El Cuyo is to rent golf carts. They rent by the hour and provide a pleasant way to tour this picturesque town and to admire the unique and extraordinary scenery with its beaches and other places along the Yucatan coast. You can rent them at the "Michos" store, in front of the Main Plaza (see map). El Cuyo is also an ideal place to rent motorcycles. You will be able to explore the surroundings of the village, to realize an excursion guided to the salinera of "Las Coloradas" and will be able to see many marine birds, iguanas and with luck some lizard between the swamps of the Ria Lagartos Lagoon.....
We recommend you to take binoculars and water to enjoy fullly the excursion.



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