Chasing Wind in the Yucatan

Jenine and I like to alternate between cities and beaches every couple of weeks.  We had just wrapped up an amazing time in Mexico City, and I was dying to get to the Yucatan to catch the end of the windy season for kiteboarding.  There is generally good wind in the Yucatan from Dec through end of March.   From my research, the top three places to kiteboard in the Yucatan are Progreso (strongest wind), Isla Blanca (beautiful and close to Cancun) and Isla Hotbox (no cars allowed though). We also heard Tulum and Cozumel are both nice for kiting.

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#kitesurfmobile in the Yucatan, Isla Blanca.

Progreso

We started with Progreso which involved about 2 days of driving from Mexico City.  Progreso is a Mexican tourist town close to the popular city of Merida. Cruise ships dock here, but I haven’t heard of too many Americans going here.  It was really windy when we arrived, but we didn’t see any kiters on the water and we didn’t know where to camp.  We boondocked by the beach, and then Angel from Yuckite emailed me back detailing the good places to kite.  The wind blows early here, so at 8am the next morning we headed to a nearby flat water lagoon and kited with Angel and some awesome local kiters.  Wind was light but it was a lot of fun meeting everyone.  We also learned from them a much better place to camp/kite.  It pays to get the local knowledge.

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First kite stop - Progreso. Angel from www.yuckite.com was really helpful in showing me the spots!

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Hopping over the piers in Progreso

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Kitesurfing, beach camping, sunsets, cervezas #sportsmobile

Isla Blanca

After three days in Progreso, we headed to Isa Blanca which is just 25 miles north of Cancun.  It is an incredibly beautiful place, but also a lot more crowded due to being so close to Cancun.   Foka the owner of Ikarus Kiteboarding , let us camp on his beautiful property.   He is one of the nicest guys I have met, and we had such an amazing time here.  I recommend it for anyone looking to take a kiteboard vacation.

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Kiteboarding stop #2 - Isa Blanca. Camping at Ikarus Kite Camp. Could not have asked for a better set up. (http://www.kiteboardmexico.com/)

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This is what I pictured in my mind when we bought Titus - #Sportsmobile

Isla blanca has no WiFi and no cell service, so it was awesome to unplug for the next 8 days.   We timed the wind perfectly as the kiteboarding was fantastic.  Also, Foka’s son Anthar (14 years old) is one of the top freestyle kiteboarders in the world, and it was amazing kiteboarding with him.  Check out this video which showcases Anthar and Ikarus Kite Camp

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Kiteboarding in about 4 inches of water

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Isla Blanca

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Home on the shore, kite out my front door


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Anthar Racca

We were the only campers here, but there is a hotel at Ikarus with 4 rooms so it was really cool to meet other kiters staying here including one of the top female kiters in the world Helena Brochocka.   Jenine also got to kite!  Isla Blanca is one of the best places to learn in the world since it is knee deep swallow as far as you can walk.   Nicky, a former pro and instructor from England, gave Jenine a great lesson where she even got up on the board.  Jenine is excited to try kiteboarding again at the next spot, although, we won’t find a place as perfect as Isla Blanca.

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Jenine getting her first taste of kiting


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With new friends at Ikarus


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great pic, but just didn't get that shirt buttoned properly

At the end of our stay at Ikarus, Cory who we met in Baja, came and met us.   He had just spent the last 4 months surfing in central america and was making his way back north to Vancouver.  His finance had just flown back home from Cancun, and he was looking for some travel mates.   We decided against heading to Tulum or Isa Holbox (no cars allowed there anyway), as Isla Blanca was about as perfect as we could imagine (it’s why we decided to stay for 8 days rather than move around).    So our first stop together was to Tres Cenotes back by Merida, about 4 hours drive from Isla.  We were able to camp at Tres Cenotes for free in the parking lot, and that allowed us to take the very first tour in the morning.  It was one of the coolest things we have done.   At the first cenote, you enter by climbing down a huge hole under a tree.  The second cenote was our favorite though, and we had it all to ourselves.  It was incredible to say the least.

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camping with Cory from @bigfoottracks at Tres Cenotes

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Off to the Cenotes

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The first Cenote, you climb down a huge hole beneath a tree

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Unbelievably gorgeous inside and the water was so refreshing!

After the Cenotes, us and Cory headed over to Chiapas to explore the Mayan ruins there, as well as the town of San Cristobal de Las Casas.  We’ll talk about on our next blog!   Hasta La Vista!

More pictures of our time in the Yucatan:

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On the road to the Yucatan from Mexico City, we passed through many costal towns. Very beautiful.

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Driving through the Yucatan, excited to be back on the coast

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About to explore the interesting walled in city of Campeche

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Campeche is a beautiful but rather quiet coastal city

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Campeche was full of colorful buildings, very new orleans like, except not many people

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Finally, arriving at the Yucatan!

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First kite stop - Progreso. Angel from www.yuckite.com was really helpful in showing me the spots!

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The lagoon, in Progreso great for early morning kiting.

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Hopping over the piers in Progreso

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First time back in the water since Baja, and only the second time in 2015

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Beach camp site near Progreso at Chuburna (which is also a great kiteboarding spot) #sportsmobile

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Jenine enjoying a cerveza in Chuburna. #Sportsmobile

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We saw an amazing sunset in Chuburna, Jenine captured the birds flying around the shore

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Kitesurfing, beach camping, sunsets, cervezas

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Even the moonrise was awesome in Progreso

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Kiteboarding stop #2 - Isa Blanca. Camping at Ikarus Kite Camp. Could not have asked for a better set up. (http://www.kiteboardmexico.com/)

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First day in Isla Blanca. Drove titus out to the peninsula

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The water in Isla Blanca is shallow as far as you can walk.

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#kitesurfmobile in the Yucatan, Isla Blanca.

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This is what I pictured in my mind when we bought Titus - #Sportsmobile

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Making fresh roasted salsa.

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Night kiting!

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Isla Blanca

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It was really fun to kite with the dogs chasing you. Look how shallow that water is!

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Kiteboarding in about 4 inches of water

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airtime Isla Blanca

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Home on the shore, kite out my front door

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The sand was deep in spots, here is us towing some locals out. #Titus

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Nightly diners in the van, salud!

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little backroll over 4 inches of water

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Awesome sunsets at Ikarus Kitecamp

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great day comes to a close at Ikarus

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Ikarus Kiteboarding

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Our camp spot at Ikarus

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more kiting - frontroll

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Don't smash into the rocks (which I did later)

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Helena getting air - http://www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/team/helena-brochocka/

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Getting titus power washed and then sprayed with Diesel to combat rust

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Anthar Racca - one of the top up and coming freestyle riders

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enjoying myself in Isla Blanca

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Anthar Racca

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Isla Blanca

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done kiting, time to watch the freestyle tricks and enjoy a Pacifico

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great pic, but just didn't get that shirt buttoned properly

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With new friends at Ikarus

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Anthar Racca

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Jenine getting her first taste of kiting

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Jenine had great kite control

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Post lesson, thanks Nicky!

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Cory playing with Bones in Isla Blanca

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Cory (@bigfoottracks) showed up at Isla Blanca in his great DIY camper

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6am, heading out for some fly fishing

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Heading deep into the mangroves to hunt some Tarpon

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Jenine giving Tarpon fishing a go, it wasn't easy

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Barracudas proved much easier to land than Tarpon

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Came across a flock of Flamingos

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Ikarus Kite camp from the boat

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camping with Cory from @bigfoottracks at Tres Cenotes

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First cart of the day at Tres Cenotes, you get pulled by horse to the Cenotes

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Cory calming his pup bones, who was really good despite being pulled by a horse in a cart

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Off to the Cenotes

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The first Cenote, you climb down a huge hole beneath a tree

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The ladder leading down into the first Cenote

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Underground swiming

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crystal clear water below

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Me climbing deep down into the 2nd cenote

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Unbelievably gorgeous inside. That water is actually very deep, its just so clear that it looks shallow

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Swimming in the most pristine water imaginable

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Too bad our camera was so blurry, doesn't capture how special this place was

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Cory about to jump

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4 comments on “Chasing Wind in the Yucatan
  1. Haley Heneveld says:

    Amazing pictures!!! Jenine- way to go on the kiting!! very impressed

    Missing you both lots!!!

  2. TimmR says:

    Those cenotes look amazing! My list of places to visit keeps getting longer after each post you guys do.

  3. Jane Meredith says:

    Gosh, it all looks so spectacular.

  4. Kirsten McKinne says:

    I so enjoy seeing your photos and reading your blog. It looks like you guys are having the time of your life! Travel safe.