We decided we needed another quick break from Merida to explore more of what the Yucatan offered. A friend recommended we visit Celestun to see hoards of flamingoes and the vacant beaches of this part of the Yucatan.
There are few options for where to stay in Celestun and I was in despair as one of the options listed on Booking.com and Hotels.com was $200+ per night, didn't include breakfast and got some not so great reviews. I was getting ready to scrap the idea of heading to the coast at all when I stumbled upon a listing for Casa de Celeste Vida.
When I first saw their site I felt like I was saved. Sure, the decor isn't my style but they offered studio apartments on the water for a very reasonable price. I immediately sent them a message to check on availability and I was totally relieved to find out they would be able to accommodate us.
From the first moment of communication Kenn and Karen were absolutely delightful. We decided to indulge ourselves and ordered the breakfast basket that was more than enough food for breakfast for two and snacks for later. The granola is homemade, the bread is mighty tasty and the fruit was a welcome treat.
The house is immaculate and you will see Kenn working on maintenance all day long. Our apartment/room provided everything we needed and it was so great to have hot water in the kitchen (our place in Merida did not)!
The best part of Case de Celeste Vida? The beach is right outside the backdoor. We could see the water from our room and could hear it with the windows open. We pulled lounge chairs out back and sat under the palapa for a few hours just reading, resting and enjoying the beautiful afternoon. Note: The beach is a bit full of sea shells but just keep your sandals on and you'll be just fine.
Do note, Kenn and Karen have a few (5 or 6 maybe) dogs that stay upstairs but will greet you when you come in. They are all super friendly and on the small to medium size but it's always good to know in case you are afraid of dogs. Also, there are a couple of cats around too and we were greeted each morning by one lovely lady in particular.
We loved our stay at Casa de Celeste Vida and actually even considered staying on an extra day. Ultimately we decided to just head back to the city. If you decide to head to Celestun I srongly encourage you to stay at Casa de Celeste Vida. I think you will love it.