Paraíso is a locality of the state of Tabasco, where beautiful and striking grey sand contrast sweetly with the turquoise waters of its beaches, and the sunsets are as equally beautiful as the sunrises, because wherever you experience them, it will be a spectacle of light and shadows that will fuel your inspiration.
The lagoons dotted with mangroves and the thick vegetation of the coast merely frame this destination that resembles a haven.
The most beautiful and preferred beaches by tourists are: Paraíso (Paradise), Dorada (Golden) and Caracol (Shell) beach.
Within these beaches, you will be able to swim peacefully on their tranquil waters, as well as having all kinds of services at your reach, like hotels, bars and tours.
You can rent a boat from Chiltepec’s Dock so that you can discover the nearby beaches, the estuary of the González River to the Gulf of México, and practice sport fishing regarding shad, sea bass, shrimp and sailfish.
Other must-see spots that you should consider are the Touristic Parador of Puerto Ceiba, the Tupilco Dock, which has one of the oldest lighthouses of the state, and Bellote, a place located at the edges of the Mecoacán River.
From here, there are tours that can take you to Seco River, Bocana, the Mecoacán River, and the Dos Bocas dock.
The gastronomy of the place is one of the most versatile and colorful of the state, even though the principal base for their dishes come from seafood products, yet, they demonstrate that the Mayan and Spanish culture can blend together to create delicious food like the crab chirmole, marinated and smoked oysters, marinated iguana, green librillo, seafood soup, chilpachole shrimps, salads, cocktails, tortas, and fried, roasted, or consommé sea breams.
The traditional drink of the region is the Matalí, a beverage resembling Jamaica water, and the typical desserts are milk candies, coconut, pineapple, oreja de mico, lime, lemon, coconut with sweet potato, panela and pineapple, nance, oranges, rose hives and marmalades.
During the month of January, the “Carnaval con su Flor más Bella de Tabasco” is celebrated, where, every Sunday until Holy Week, flour wars ensue.
During April, you will find the biggest fair of the region known as “Feria y Exposición Agrícola, Ganadera, Industrial, Artesanal, Artística y Pesquera” (Agricultural, Farming, Industrial, Artisanal, Artistic and Fishing Fair), at the same time that the saint patron of the San Marcos Church is celebrated.
In here, the social gathering and merriment of the people continues with marimba dances echoing to sound of drums and flutes.
Artisanal crafts are also incredibly beautiful, as there are a great variety of decorations carved in dry coconut, seashell articles, and silk hammocks that are ideal to rest as one is being lulled to sleep by the wind.
Remember that you are in Mayan territory, so you must visit the archeological site of Comacalco, since this visit will turn your vacations into a very important cultural event, which will make you want to come back to Paraíso.
visit the Touristic Center of El Paraíso, located at the edge of the beach.
It offers a vast array of activities, such as fishing because of the abundance of fishes like sea bream, jurel, ronco and red snapper, among others.
You can also take scuba diving classes, boat rides, and banana trips.
The places that can be visited here are El Bellote, Puerto Ceiba, Barra de Tupilco and Bruja Beach.
The dish that we recommend you the most is the red, green or roasted monkfish, as well as stuffed and chilpachole crab, an exquisite meal of the region.
Cool off with some delicious pozol with cacao, a traditional drink based on maize that will be offered to you on highways, piers and gastronomic centers of the city.
Roam the Mecoacán River with its various red mangrove islets, given the fact that this site is a natural haven for aquatic birds like seagulls, herons and pelicans.
The bridge that unites the Paraíso-Chiltepec Highway stands out because the infrastructure contrasts strikingly with the green vegetation and blue seas.
Things to see and do
gastronomy, beaches, mangroves, lagoons, rivers, cabins, hotels, artisanal crafts, boat rides, tours, walkways, fishing, submarine fishing, bananas, scuba diving, snorkeling, ATVs, temples, archeological sites and museums.