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Our flights are already booked for Prague for June 23, 2015 to July 14, 2015 but our exchange partner has had to cancel. We desperately need a new home exchange in Prague, or we are open to looking at any other European location, for June 23, 2015 to July 14, 2015. These are the dates we need in Europe but you can stay in our home on other non-simultaneous dates if you prefer. We can offer either our home in Mexico or our 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo at Sunpeaks, BC, Canada, exchange CA1005304. Our condo is also offered for rent through this website http://topofthemountain.ca/sc14
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Our ocean-front home, Casa Piedra, is in the quiet fishing village of Celestun, a Mayan word meaning "painted stone". Celestun is just over a one-hour drive from the airport in Merida or 5 hours from Cancun. Taxis, buses or car rentals are available to come to Celestun.
Our house is built of local stone with three bedrooms upstairs, each with it's own large bathroom with walk-in showers and door to the huge open terrace for private sunbathing. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the other two bedrooms each have a double bed. All windows and doors in the house are secure with protectores allowing you to leave everything wide open at night to enjoy the ocean breezes with total security. Every room in the house also has a ceiling fan. We have a large, private yard with coconut palm trees, flower gardens, a swimming pool next to a huge covered terrace and an outdoor kitchen, pool house, shower and bar.
Celestun is within a 21 km long biosphere reserve with 234 mammal species including ocelot, jaguar, spider monkey and three species of sea turtles and two of crocodile.
The beach is right out front of our home and shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions are within a short walk. Celestun is most well known for having the largest pink flamingo nesting grounds in North America. Local guides will take you down the river in a boat to view them or to search for crocodiles or out into the Gulf of Mexico for fishing expeditions. The population of Celestun is around 2,500 with a number of beach-front restaurants and some basic shopping for food and souvenirs.
Merida, the capitol of the Yucatan, is about 90 km from Celstun. Merida, is a 470 year old colonial city with a population of approximately one million and has a huge selection of services, shopping and entertainment.
We also have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on the golf course at Sunpeaks Ski Resort (with year-round activities) at Sunpeaks, BC, Canada for rent http://topofthemountain.ca/sc14 or exchange CA1005304 .
Celestun Special Biosphere reserve is a 146,000 acre park located at the north-western tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Celestun is a combination of coastal scrub, estuary, and mangrove, which together provides an excellent habitat for wildlife of many sorts. Celestun means "painted stone" in the Mayan language.
Celestun is probably best known for its Flamingos, but is also host to over 300 other species of birds, including the endemic Yucatan Wren, Mexican Sheartail, and Black-throated Bobwhite. In addition to birds, Celestun houses many species of reptiles, including 2 crocodile species: Morelet's and American, 4 sea turtles: Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead, and Leatherback, iguanas, land turtles, and Boa Constrictors.
Celestun is a peaceful, quiet fishing village with an approximate population of 2,500. The beach on the Gulf Coast is sandy, with no strong currents and deepens very gradually so you can walk out about 100 metres, making it very safe and great for swimming.
There are numerous beach restaurants within three blocks of our home as well as local produce markets, small grocery stores and souvenir shops. You will find many people at least understand a little English but knowing some Spanish would definately be helpful. Only Mexican pesos are used and the little businesses can seldom accept anything larger than a 100 peso note (worth about $8 Canadian).
Bottled water is cheap and readily available everywhere. The streets are sometimes crowded more with people walking than cars although scooters and motorcycles are more common every year as well as small motorcycle taxis.
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