Things to do

As part of the Ria Lagartos National Reserve, the region is designated as a marine preserve and permanently protected from commercial netting and fishing. Its protected status has allowed for the protection of fish nurseries that have resulted in a uniquely rich fishery. Tarpon, Snook, Barracuda and other species are abundant in the region and reside in turtle grass flats, bays, and mangrove lagoons and creeks.


San Felipe is one of the top locations in the Yucatan for Fly and Light Tackle Tarpon fishing. Local guides provide complete packages to angling for baby Tarpon (up to 30 lbs) and Its unique year-round fishery also offers (during the summer months) the opportunity to catch adult Tarpon (40 to 100+ lbs).

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43,000 Flamingos  have been recorded in the Yucatan, the  majority of which nest and feed in the Rio Lagartos area. Experienced bird guides can take you on a one in an lifetime boat ride to the flamingoes feeding grounds where you will also spot along the way many other species such as the Great Blue Heron,Tiger heron, Snowy Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills,Anhingas, Frigates, Common Black Hawks,Osprey, Woodstorks,

Kingfishers and White Ibis. Crocodiles are also normally spotted on each trip.


On the way back, enjoy a stop at the salinera(salt ponds) in Los Colorados, followed by a “Baño Maya¨with white clay mud and the choice of a swim at a nearby beach or in a fresh water spring.



Over 388 bird species have been recorded in the 150,000 acre wildlife reserve contained within the Ria Lagartos Reserve.Whether you are an experienced birder,a novice, or are interested in a class for beginners, experienced guides can arrange outings that match your experience and knowledge level.


Spend a day laying down in a hamac on a cabana at one of the most pristine and virgin beaches in the Yucatan. The public beach in San Felipe provides free cabanas (there are about 30 of them) for anyone to use at anytime.  In high season (April-August) you can rent hamacs, beach beds and buy an assortment of seafood and other “antojitos.”


Take a day trip to one of the world’s seven wonders located just about 2.5 hours from San Felipe. Leave early in the morning after catching breakfast at Alvaro’s kitchen and spend a day full of adventure at the largest and most powerful Mayan kingdom in the Yucatan. n your way back, make a stop in Valladolid, one o Yucatan’s most beautiful colonial cities to visit some of the finest Cenotes in the region, and finish your day by shopping till your drop at the local market.