North Coast

From Izamal, we drove north towards the coast. The roads were narrow, but paved.

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The town of Dzilam Gonzalez also had the ruins of a pyramid temple in town. It looked like a pile of jumbled rocks the size of a city block.

Dzilam Gonzalez - Ruin (Photo by Laura)

Dzilam de Bravo

We reached the shore at the town of Dzilam de Bravo. The skies were gray, a strong wind was blowing from the ocean, and the town appeared asleep, hungover, and dead quiet. Again, the streets were littered with abandoned Carnaval floats. We tried to track down some lunch, but the town's few restaurants were all closed. We ended up buying some avocados, limes, fresh tortillas, and cheese from little markets and prepared a picnic of avocado tacos. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.3943, -88.8872 

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Beach

We found some undeveloped beach access just west of town, and ate our picnic lunch. The wind was so strong that we ate inside the car. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.3867, -88.9288 

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Mina de Oro

Continuing west along the shore, we passed Mina de Oro — some abandoned gold mine buildings. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.3767, -88.9867 

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Flamingos

In the village of Santa Clara, we spotted some neon-orange flamingos wading in the water by the road. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.3722, -89.0205 

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Progreso

With all the wind, gray skies, and Carnaval recovery, not much was happening in Progreso either. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.2875, -89.6623 

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The little restaurant Costa Azul stayed open late for us. For some reason they switched the music videos on TV from latin music to early 80's pop hits. For us?

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The next day was sunny, and Progreso came back to life to greet the masses of tourists arriving from a cruise ship docked at the end of the town's 4-mile-long pier.

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We headed to the town market for breakfast.

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Mmmm coconut & straw!

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Chelem

The westernmost town accessible from the north shore road is Chelem, a town of vacation beach houses with the port of Chubumá. We had a relaxing lunch at Pescaderia Cristo Rey. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.2530, -89.8150 

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Chubumá Beach See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.2505, -89.8415 

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The narrow causeway road south out of town worried us with its many potholes, but it did eventually meet up with the main Progreso road south to Mérida.

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