Yucatan’s Fishing Villages Are Making Money

9 Aug

Set on the Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan’s northern coast is filled with small towns and fishing villages, each with their own charm and natural beauty. In this region, you’ll find brightly-colored salt lagoons, refreshing cenotes, palm tree forests, small Mayan ruins, tiny restaurants serving freshly caught seafood, relaxing beaches and even migrating herds of flamingos in the summertime. Several of Mexico’s most popular celebrities have even built luxurious homes in this secluded and tranquil area.

The local villages are home to hard-working fishermen as well as vacation homes owned mostly by tourists from the nearby colonial city of Merida. In the past couple of years, however, this breathtaking area has fallen under the eye of home buyers and tourists from other parts of Mexico and the world.

The town of San Crisanto has begun to take full advantage of its stunning natural attractions, opening a new tourist center where guests can explore the salt lagoon and purchase tickets for a fascinating mangrove and cenote tour.

San Crisanto's new tourist center

Dzonot Tzik cenote in San Crisanto

In the neighboring village of Chabihau, foreign travelers have begun to use local builders to construct immense vacation homes right by the beach, drawn to the area by the charming, friendly and quiet atmosphere. These homes also help to create permanent jobs, as most owners hire locals from Chabihau as caretakers for the property while they’re gone.

This beautiful compound-style home has been recently built, with several buildings set around a sand-filled courtyard.

A new beachside vacation home under construction

This multi-level beach home caught my eye, with several open-air terraces, palapas and pergolas.

As a frequent visitor to this area, I’m excited to see that others are finally beginning to discover it and help the economy grow. The Gulf coast of the state of Yucatan is filled with fascinating attractions that the locals are thrilled to share with anyone passing through.

Where would you build your dream vacation home?

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16 Responses to “Yucatan’s Fishing Villages Are Making Money”

  1. Laura August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    These photos are beautiful! I would build my dream vacation home here for sure! 😉

    • gringation August 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Me too! Jorge and I are actually considering something similar for the future.

  2. KfromMichigan August 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Why I think that last picture is my dream home! It’s beautiful .. when can I move in!

    • gringation August 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      I should have posted other angles… from the back of the house, you can see more of its terraces and rooftop palapas.

  3. Libby August 10, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    The homes are beautiful, but I do love my United States just not the Goverment so much at the moment, I would build in Virginia. I know, I’m the odd ball. I do have a question, I didn’t think us ‘gringos’ could build on the water, has that changed.

    • Gringation Cancun August 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      I grew up in VA, so I can agree that it’s a beautiful place to build!

      Gringos CAN own property on the water… sort of. Technically we can’t own property within (I think) 50 km of the shoreline. However, we can purchase coastal property through a “fideicomiso” with the bank, meaning we have all the rights to the property, but it’s in the name of the bank. (If I’m wrong on this, somebody please tell me.) In practice, it’s basically the same as owning the property, just with the bank’s name on it.

  4. Kristan August 10, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    i love san crisanto. glad to se it highlighted. i have not been for about 6 years. it’s grown a lot!

    • gringation August 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Kristan! It has grown in certain ways, but it still has the same charm as always.

  5. Krysten August 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    I’d love to build somewhere in Jamaica as Jamaica is near and dear to both Dustin’s and my hearts. But there is something to be said for Mexico for sure…

    • gringation August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      never been to Jamaica! Someday…

  6. Harri August 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, I’d definitely build a home here if I could 🙂 xx

    • gringation August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      I dunno, Malta’s looking pretty nice, too 🙂

  7. Nikki August 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I would love to live in Akumal!

    • gringation August 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      Oh my gosh, me too! Let’s buy a condo together 😉

  8. Kathryn August 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Oh wow- if ONLY! I think I would build my dream house in Barcelona- have you ever been there? It is such an amazing and unique place, although the weather isn’t as nice as Mexico’s!

  9. GRRRL TRAVELER September 21, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    I’m not sure if I’d choose a fishing village. Some of the ones I’ve seen in Korea are interesting but so remote w/ only seafood restaurants avail for food. My dream house might be either in Thailand, Bali (by the ocean or on a cliff)… or something like a French countryside.

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