Introducing Punta Allen
The town of Javier Rojo Gómez is more commonly called by the name of the point 2km south, Punta Allen. Hurricane Gilbert nearly destroyed the town in 1988, and there was some damage, and a lot of wind-scrubbed palms, after Hurricane Dean. But Punta Allen is still walking tall. This is truly the end of the road; the 400-odd residents mostly work as fishers – some residents working in restaurants popular with day-trippers. The village exudes a laid-back ambience reminiscent of the Belizean cays. There’s also a healthy reef 400m from shore that offers snorkelers and divers wonderful sights.
The area is known primarily for its catch-and-release bonefishing; tarpon and snook are very popular sportfish as well. Guides in Sian Ka’an, as well as cooperatives in town (inquire at Galletanes or Vigía Grande eateries), do fishing trips for about M$3500 for a full day.
An hour’s tour of the lagoon costs about M$700 to M$800 per boat. You’ll be offered trips by one of the three co-ops. Encourage your captain not to get so close to birdlife that he scares it away. Though very rare, manatee spottings are possible.
There are no ATMs or internet cafes in town. Electricity generally works between 10am and 2pm, and 7pm and midnight.