The Beach at Progreso, Mexico
Language and Currency
What is Progreso Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language of Progreso is Spanish and the currency is the Mexican Peso. Limited English is spoken and the dollar is widely accepted (watch the exchange rates)
Typical Ocean Front Restaurant in Progreso
Progreso, once a sleepy fishing village is growing with its new found fame as a Mayan port of call for many cruise ships. It offers great beaches and is the gateway to some of the Yucatan's best sights.
Progreso is blessed with year round great weather. Progreso's winter weather is part of its new found growth as it is nearly perfect.
Docked at One of the World's Longest Piers
Progreso boasts one of the world's longest piers. Ships dock at the end of the pier and then take a shuttle (or a taxi cab for $5) to the the foot of the pier and then into town. Progreso is about 18 miles north of the town of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Cruise Ship Terminal in Progreso
Shopping Opportunities at the Progreso Cruise Terminal
First of all, there are a number of tourist shops right inside the cruise terminal selling all sorts of souvenirs and necessities. There is reasonable shopping in sleepy Progresso, with more shopping to be had in the nearby town of Merida (about 20 to 30 minutes by taxi)
Progreso Crafts Market
Be sure to visit the crafts market right where the shuttle lets you off and you will also find some shops on the streets of Progreso.
Fruit at the Progreso Market
The local market (across from the crafts market is w3ell worth exploring and is very colorful)
Local arts and crafts, wood carvings, blankets, onyx carvings and collectibles, Mayan artifacts (almost all replicas) clothing, and much much more.
Looking at the Progreso Pier from the Beach
Exploring Progreso is a wonderful experience as it is still somewhat rustic and quaint and Progreso's beaches are world class with palapa restaurants popping up everywhere. By all means be sure to take a taxi into Merida (Note: vans leave approximately every 5-minutes from the town square for Merida that only cost $1 each direction. Simply walk inland up the street between the local market and the crafts market about 4 blocks. You will see the vans on your left.) if shopping is in your sights. Also, Progreso is the jumping off point for tours to Uxmal and Chichen-Itza, two of the Yucatan's most popular Mayan ruins. The Malecon Beach right in town is a wonderful place to spend the day if you do not want to leave Progreso and just want to enjoy the wonderful weather and ocean.
Progreso Sightseeing Tour Bus
One of the best bargains in Progreso is the local "Sightseeing Tour" bus that takes you on a tour of the entire town of Progreso for a measly $2. The bus leaves from right in front of the crafts market where the shuttle drops you off and I would suggest that you take it right away so you can get oriented to Progreso's beaches, restaurants, markets, plaza and shopping opportunities.
Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?
Yes, I would give the local market a "don't miss" rating as it is still authentic and colorful and serves the entire region.
There are several excellent restaurants on the Malecon directly across from the beach. Enjoy!
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We had a wonderful time in Progreso. Despite others assertion that there is "absolutely nothing to do there." What was supposed to be the worst port turned...read more
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We went ashore about 10:30 and rode a free shuttle bus down the 3 mile length of the pier into town. We visited the local indoor market which included butchers, a...read more
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We loved Progreso…for very personal reasons. My wife and I just strolled the streets and took in the local flavor. We used to live in Latin America and this was...read more
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We decided ahead of time to not book any shore excursions and to explore on our own. I can tell you on my next cruise I will be much smarter. We took a bus into town...read more
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When we were in Progresso we found a place that no one (beer drinkers, that is) should miss would be The Corona store. Its close to the main beach. its on the last corner...read more
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