As more and more places in the Yucatan Peninsula are discovered and developed as tourist hubs, those special hidden gems become more rare and valuable. This is the case for El Cuyo, a sleepy and charming fishermen town in the so-called Emerald Coast of Yucatan.
If you want to get off the beaten path during your trip around the peninsula, this is exactly the place you’re looking for. Here’s a quick guide to El Cuyo, with information on how to get there, what to expect, and more!
How to get to El Cuyo
If you are driving on the 180D highway (the toll road that goes from Cancun to Merida), you must exit at the town of Xcan and get on the 20th street, headed north. This street turns into a narrow road that will take you all the way to El Cuyo, 60 miles later. If you don’t have a car, you can catch a bus to El Cuyo from Tizimin and Colonia Yucatan.
What to do in El Cuyo
El Cuyo is located at a long cay, separated from the continent by a salt water lagoon. Despite the recently built road that connects it to the mainland, it still has that laid-back island vibe that will make you forget what day of the week it is.
Unlike so many other beach destinations in the region, at El Cuyo you can easily find yourself surrounded by nothing and no one when walking in the sand or the shallow water. Sunsets are another thing to watch out for, they are usually spectacular!
If your idea of a vacation at the sea is to be active or try new activities, we have some good news for you. El Cuyo is a kiteboarding spot with a school, equipment for rent and everything you need to try out this exciting water sport that will allow you to soar above the sea. Too extreme for you? How about a paddleboarding session in the early morning? With the wind on your side, it will be like gliding through the sunrise! You can also go on a sport fishing tour.
Another fun thing to do is to bike through El Cuyo, getting a feel for the town as you pass by the murals and the colorful wooden houses. While you do this, you might want to make a few stops to mingle with the street vendors and the rest of the friendly locals.
If you feel like venturing into the surrounding areas, you can take a day trip to Holbox Island or Las Coloradas, the site with stunning pink lakes that everyone has been talking and writing about.
What to eat in El Cuyo
Like most beach towns in Mexico, there’s no shortage of amazing seafood at El Cuyo. Valerio’s is a great alternative if you enjoy some good old breaded shrimp. El Tiburon has no menu, because everything they serve is fresh caught that very same day –they usually have killer fish and octopus. La Conchita is the most established seafood restaurant in town and Miramar is a nice option near the beach.
Not in the mood for seafood? Don’t worry, there are other alternatives, albeit not too many. La Pizzeria, as you would expect, serves classic varieties of pizza with a homemade feel. El Chile Gordo is great for some delicious, traditional Mexican food. Naia Cafe is a place for healthy food lovers with a relaxed, beach vibe. Don’t miss out on the many loncherias and food stalls that serve typical Yucatan style snacks and tasty sandwiches and tacos.
Other than that, there’s not a lot to El Cuyo, but that’s exactly the beauty of it. Only a couple of hours from Cancun’s airport, this is the best option if you just want to get away from all the touristy, saturated sites in the region. If you need a place to stay near the airport, look no further than City Express Plus, we have everything that matters to you for a perfect night’s rest. Book a room with us now!