ⓘ Boca del Cielo. Boca de Cielo is a small fishing town and beach in the municipality of Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico. It and Puerto Arista, fifteen km away, are the t ..


ⓘ Boca del Cielo

Boca de Cielo is a small fishing town and beach in the municipality of Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico. It and Puerto Arista, fifteen km away, are the two best known beaches on the Chiapas coast. Boca de Cielo is part of Chiapas’ Istmus-Costa Region on the north coast. it is one of many beaches in the region that stretch uninterrupted by anything except estuaries and lagoons formed by the small rivers that run from the nearby Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The climate is semi moist with rain mostly in the summer and an average annual temperature of 27C, with weather is hottest in the spring and summer. The area around Boca del Cielo is filled with pastures for cattle as this is the main economic activity of the northern coast region.

The community of Boca del Cielo is located on the mainland and was exclusively dedicated to fishing historically, but along with Puerto Arista, it became a beach in the 20th century. Most residents are now engaged in fishing and tourism. House in the city was partially hidden from the main pier of different palms and flowing trees and surrounded by water and pastures. In the city, on the pier, from which boat leave to fish and take tourists to the area of the Shoal called San Marcos.

The main difference between the Boca del Cielo is a long lagoon called La Joya, which is separated from the open ocean, a piece of land or shoal broken in the middle. Name which means" the mouth of heaven,” refers to this opening which looks into the open ocean where the sun sets in the evening. The water of the lagoon is usually small and is a mixture of fresh water from the mouth of a small river and sea water from the ocean. The opening in the shoal allows for this mixture and also causing the ocean levels to rise and fall depending on the tide. The water is quite shallow, especially at low tide, for people to cross it without a boat, with water up to the knees or waist. In areas with sand bars with pool water and Islands appear. With the exception of the shallowness of the opening close to the sea, where the water is deeper with strong currents. Here, the water can be as deep as ten meters with the opening width of fifty meters, depending on the tide. The lagoon extends for kilometers on either side of Boca del Cielo, with many banks away from the tourist areas covered with mangroves. In the lagoon a lot of fish and shrimp.

The shoals keep the ocean with its sharp waves and undertow separate from lagoon waters which are safe for even children to swim. The tourist section of these shoals is called San Marcos, on the Eastern side overlooking the sea on a narrow strip of land, which is about 200 meters in diameter. The distance between this area and the main docks of Boca del Cielo is about half a kilometer. Other schools La Joya lagoon vary from fifty and three hundred meters in length. There is no road access to the shoals with tourists reaching them by boat. In the San Marcos Shoal colloquially called" island” has fine grey sand on the ocean and is full of primitive and improvised bungalows and pavilions, serving as restaurant and hotel. There are areas that allow camping and hammocks. In restaurants all of the menus on seafood, especially mojarra, a Fish called" Lisa” and shrimp.

While Boca del Cielo attracts significant numbers of national and international tourists, the majority of its visitors are from Chiapas, especially the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, which means its crowded on weekends and prices are higher than further South on the coast of the state. For the Mexican holidays of the Holy Week in 2008, 30.697 visited the beach. Despite this, he remains less popular than Puerto Arista, has less vessels, fewer vendors and less litter. Tourist attractions include boat tours, sport fishing, kayaking, jet boating, jet skiing, scuba diving and inflatable" banana” is towed boat. However, the side the ocean is not enough signals to indicate the status of water security. The ocean is safer at low tide when the waves are less rough.

The sanctuary Boca del Cielo turtle is one of four such installations on the coast of Chiapas along with Puerto Arista, Costa Azul and Barra de Zacapulco. It is administered by the Institute of natural science g Ecology. Despite the Federal ban on the sale and consumption of eggs, the looting of turtle nests continues in Chiapas. It employs two people, driving 75 km from the beaches and mangroves each for the fresh eggs. These eggs are moved to protected hatching area and they leave the cubs, released into the sea. Visitors have the right to participate in the patrols and releases, from July to November the most active months.