This is coastal Mexico, not some overdeveloped, sanitized mega-resort. Get out here and see some amazing ancient ruins, swim in super clear cenotés. So much of real Mexico here to experience.
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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.
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I've heard a lot of negativity about Progreso. That's because Progreso shows you the reality of Mexico, which is both sad and beauitful. Mexico is not a country that operates for the purpose of entertaining cruisers. This is their life, and if you spend your day in Progreso, all the money you spend is supporting their economy. Learn to appreciate the people and the culture, not turn your nose because it doesn't look like suburban America. Progreso was my favorite port! We took the Carnival excursion "Uxmal Mayan Ruins and Hacienda Ochil." 5 stars...I am so glad we booked this excursion! It is also a great value for what you are getting. The ruins themselves are simply unbelievable, and you do get to climb on most of them. One carnival excursion only takes you to the ruins and includes a box lunch; for basically the same price and same amount of time, you can book the excursion that also takes you to Hacienda Ochil, a beautiful local ranch, where they will serve you authentic Mexican food and drinks and give you time to explore the hacienda. I would highly recommend this tour...we loved it!
Visited: Jul 08, 2017
I think people are overly negative about Progreso. Sure it doesn’t compare to Cozumel but it can be a fun stop. The ruins at Dzibilchaltun are a nice trip that isn’t too far. The ruins at Uxmal are very nice but further away. The beach being on the gulf is not as nice as the caribbean. Every time I have been there it has been windy as well which doesn’t help. The people are nice. You can meet some nice people and find some surprises walking around town. Get off the boat and off the pier and check it out.
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.
3 of 18 shore excursions in Progreso (Merida), Mexico.
Private Magical Uxmal
Cenote Natural Reserve
Yucatecan Cooking Class with a Local
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