Looking for a beautiful and serene park where you can sit back and relax while your kids can indulge in various sports activities? The Nueva Kukulkan Park with all the wonderful amenities that it has to offer would prove to be an ideal choice. The park encompasses an extensive grassy area along with basketball court and football fields. There are play structures at the park for the little ones to play with. The park itself is absolutely tranquil and is the perfect place to get away from the hubbub of modern city life.
Boat excursions to fresh water jungle springs nearby Progreso. Canoe trips through cienega (Everglades). Marina has fishing rentals. People and children are shy and friendly. For those wanting a tranquil vacation with miles and miles of sandy shell covered beaches without crowds or traffic, this is for you. The Ocean is quiet, shallow, no high waves, great for children. You can swim all winter, the water temperature is comfortable, albeit, a little cooler in winter
The town of Progreso features a nice beach, jet ski rentals, and other water sport options. There is an extensive crafts market near the pier as well as other tourist shopping along the town's streets. There are several restaurants along the beach road that serve drinks (and/or food) at tables and palapas situated right on the expansive beach. There are three Supermarkets. Open walk-through markets.are three blocks south of the beach, on main road thru central Progreso.
Oldest Cathedral on the North American mainland. Its somber facade fronts a nave, housing an impressive wooden cross, alter and venerated blistered Christ figure.
Golf and tennis is a 20-minute drive to the 18 holes private Ceiba Club golf course located between MERIDA and PROGRESO. Fresh seafood cooked Yucatecan or Mayan style in banana leaves is wonderful treat.
Many Mayan archaeological sites and ruins, to numeros to mention here, abound on the Yucatan Peninsula. The vacation home, CASTILLO NICTE- HA Villa is centrally located to many of them. Chichen Itza is 2 hour drive. Mayapan is about a 1 ½ hour drive from the Villa. Dzibilchaltun is a 20-minute drive.
Explore small villages, colonial towns; dive cenotes, caves, fine dine at Hacienda's and visit churches and convents, remnants of a bygone Spanish cultural evolution era. The roads are good but, beware the speed bumps when entering, within and exiting.areas and villages.
There are dozens of private and local working open fishing boats in Chicxulub Puerto to be seen along the beaches. Squid and octopus night fishing is common. There are Marinas in Progreso and Telchac
Finding a fisherman to take you fishing is easy, just ask around.
MAYAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
The Yucatan Peninsula is rich in Mayan history and reveals a multitude of archaeological sites. Mayan culture spans 1,000's of years. Many major ruins are located within a radius of 2 hours from the Villa, the closest just 20 minutes away.
Dzibilchaltun. A new and excellent Mayan museum plus an ecological path to the ruins and cenote. A beautiful open cenote for swimming. ; It is 20 minutes drive from The Villa.
XCambo - an exciting site, recently under excavation by archaeologists, is definitely a National Geographic type of experience!
Located just past beach Uaymitun area and 1 mils South of the beach road to TELCHAC, about 15km east of CastillonicteVilla.
Uxmal - along the Pucc Route South of MERIDA one finds many ruins. The main attraction is Uxmal for its colossal Magician's pyramid and elaborate sound and light show, reflecting Mayan history.
Izamal - the yellow city, a jewel with ruins right in its center. Visit the town by horse and buggy to discover Mayan pyramids and a grand monastery. Enjoy lunch and local cultural events of dancing and singing.
Chichen Itza - the world-renowned ruins date back 1500 years, and depicts the sophisticated Mayan culture of the times. Located just 2 hours from Progreso, these ruins are well worth the tour and don't forget to stop at the nearby refreshing underground cenote of Ykil on your way home. The photo above is of Chichen Itza pyramid.
Colony's of Pink Flamingos may be seen from the flamingo lookout tower located in Uaymitun. Entrance and binoculars are free. Many other species of birds abound along the estuary. Celestun is a natural reserve 2 hours from Progreso. Flamingo boat tours are available and this small fishing town is quite picturesque with fine fresh seafood restaurants.
MERIDA's Central Plaza is 20 miles from CastilloNicteVilla. The historic town center has four theaters, many charming restaurants with outdoor dining.
MERIDA is the capital city of YUCATAN. Most of the theater concerts and events are free in MERIDA. Obtain tickets in person at the beautiful central theater built in 1905.
Cathedral in the Cenrral.Plaza is the oldest on the North American mainland. The Central Plaza is popular, musicians stroll at night and will play requests..
There are many night clubs and activities all within a few blocks of the Central Plaza.
Mayan Museum and a variety of places to shop and dine make this wonderful treasure of a city worth a visit.
Folkloric and other dances and concerts take place publicly in Central Plaza weekly.
Festivals occur through the varying seasons in MERIDA. Sunday's are popular for celebrations and special cultural events.
Take a city tour in a horse and buggy and see grand colonial era architecture,
PROGRESO, 7 miles from from CastilloNicteVilla.
Find great restaurants along the seaside promenade. Three supermarkets and an open market place..The longest pier in the world (7km).
In PROGRESO and MERIDA experience of authentic Mexican culture midst friendly locals,
Things To Know before you get off that plane in Mexico.
Cell phones from the United States, Canada or Europe may not work in Mexico. But travellers, if you can get hold of a
"Magic Jack" device, available in USA, it enables free telephone calls over the internet to any phone in USA or Canada FREE of charge..
A Real Estate license is NOT required to sell real estate in Mexico. Bear that in mind if looking to buy.
Mérida and other beach communities are unbelievably safe and beautiful. Walking anywhere, at any time of day or night is safe.
There are police everywhere who are respectful of tourists.