Progreso (Merida), Mexico Cruise Port

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About Progreso (Merida), Mexico

This city and port on the Gulf of Mexico is a very popular resort due to the white sand beaches and the clarity and peacefullness of the waters, which is created by a breakwater close to the shore. Progreso also serves as the gateway to Merida, the state capital.

What people said about this port:

"however, if you are into mayan ruin s then take advantage because progresso has some of..." in 7 reviews.

"Chichen Itza is a wonderful, but long, trip, but you get to see some parts of Mexico, on the bus." in 28 reviews.

"too long of bus ride s almost 2 hours of the day lost....stay on the boat was..." in 20 reviews.


822 reviews and tips of Progreso (Merida), Mexico




byrdtravels3
Contributor Level: Third Mate

There is a lot of bad feedback about the port. Do not believe it all. Progreso is not a resort port. It is real world, Mayan Mexico. The people are extremely nice and not pushy at all. Go to the cenotes tour. I'd give the tour itself 5 stars. It is magical and a once in a lifetime opportunity for most. If you love real culture, really good authentic food. You'll love this port.

stephenmitchell
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

We took our first cruise the 2nd week of January. Not knowing what to expect in Progreso, or Cozumel, we decided to play it by ear. Everyone kept saying the prices were better in Cozumel so my wife avoided shopping and haggling, which she enjoys. BIG mistake. I get the whole poor area and feeling unsafe comments; however, in hindsight, we felt we missed a better opportunity in Progreso. I did not feel unsafe, but the vendors were pushy. I really did not expect them to be anything other than pushy. They are trying to make a few dollars (pesos). Nothing wrong with that. My wife said she could have gotten better bargains in Progreso hard we not been told Cozumel was better. At the end of his day, I would spend my shopping time in Progreso and fun time in Cozumel.

mlb407
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Large Group

Experience:
2-3 cruises

Uxmal ruins was awesome. restaurant on premise was great too.

Visited: Jan 16, 2016

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Shecasper
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
2-3 cruises

Dzibilchaltun Ruins with Mexican Rodeo and Buffet was well worth our time. Best food for the whole week.

Visited: Aug 24, 2015

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haleyburris08
Contributor Level: Purser

Progresso was fun we had a taxi driver take us to a beach and drive us to a Pharmacy for inhalers, always a good time to stalk up on meds in Mexico. A lot cheaper than in the US.

cganesh
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Our own excursion in Progreso! We took free shuttle bus to Progreso & walked thru bus terminal & found a blue double decker bus. Got a city tour for $5 each & were only ones on bus. Had great guide pointing things out. Was half the price of the one bus company was trying to sell. After tour walked one block to check out the Municipal Market. Broad produce area and asked about things we had never seen before. Also looked around the myriad of food vendors & decided we'd be back for lunch. Got back on main street and headed towards the public beach. we happened upon a "flea market" which was actually a nice collection of local vendors. Bought some t-shirts & souvenirs & hubby got a great massage. Looked around and saw lots of small restaurabts, bars & coffee shops in the area around the flea market. BIG NOTE: Clean restrooms at flea market. Just tip the lady handing out tissue. Went back to Market and got tacos and empanadas at the biggest food vendor in the market. Also got fresh ma...

AMcQueen
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

Don't jump in the water near the docks, obviously. There has to be at least 100 jellyfish within a 3 foot distance between clusters

Visited: Sep 17, 2016

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mudnchic34
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

Mario was a great guide on our excursion to the island. He watched over each one of us to ensure we were safe and were not bothered by anyone.

Visited: Oct 03, 2016

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