As you arrive in El Cuyo, you will cross the Ria Lagartos causeway over a red lagoon whose color is the result of a high concentration of salt. This lagoon separates El Cuyo from the mainland of Yucatán.
The lighthouse that is built on the remains of old Maya ruins welcomes you as you drive into town.
The village is home to 1500 permanent residents that are dedicated fishermen and live in colorful wooden houses.
While strolling along the beach you will find an abundance of seashells that follow the ocean current to shore. El Cuyo’s special location provides breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the beach. And at night, you can enjoy a romantic campfire on the beach and gaze into an infinite sky filled with stars.
How to get there
Driving: To get to El Cuyo, go north from Valladolid to Tizimín, go east to Colonia Yucatán, and then north to El Cuyo. You can refer to our map of the Yucatan peninsula for more information.
By bus: Go to Autobuses del Noreste (Tel. (999) 924 6355) located on Calle 67 between 50 and 52, Centro. The bus to Tizimín takes 2 hours and then you take a second bus to El Cuyo, which takes 1 hour 45 min.
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