Progreso, Mexico

Photo: Amy Freshwater


Progreso is a port city on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. It’s a common stop for cruise ships, which dock at its landmark long pier. And when they say long pier, what they mean is a pier that's so long that they put you on a bus once you disembark and drive you to the shore that's referred to as Malecon.  This is where you'll find a rather large beach, a few restaurants and limited shopping.


The city is a gateway to the inland Mayan archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Dzibilchaltún


When you're in port ...

According to Carnival Cruise Lines, here are the Top 10 things to do while in port:

I've only been to Progreso once and I do everything possible to avoid stopping at this port now.  I'm sure there are some great excursions, it's just not a port town that interested us.  When we were there we chose to rent a beach house for the day -- the house was fine, but it wasn't in a great neighborhood and taking a taxi to get there was challenging.  In hindsight we shouldn't have done that!  The beaches weren't very clean and had a lot of seaweed.  There are a couple good restaurants on the beach that have really good/cheap food, but I was disappointed in the shopping.  There were very few shops.

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