Progreso (Merida), Mexico Cruise Port

3.3 out of 5

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jherialston says ...
Wasted my time getting off the ship here.
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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:

"...to n't stop there if you go on the discovery tour of the mayan ruin s, hope you meet cruz." in 8 reviews.

"We toured Chichen Itza." in 33 reviews.

"It 's a long bus ride( 2.5 hours) but so worth the trip." in 30 reviews.


950 reviews and tips of Progreso (Merida), Mexico




Georgia89
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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...

Visited: Jul 08, 2017

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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.

MellyZ
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Family (older children)

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

The All Inclusive Beach Resort Getaway was excellent. We were nervous about Progreso because of all the bad reviews that we've read. We never felt uneasy about the bus ride or being at the resort. It was clean and the food was wonderful. There was a waiter always asking if we needed a drink. The beach was clean and there were beautiful shells to find. The pools were clean and there was plenty of room for everyone. Fluffy, our guide, was hilarious and also informative of the culture and history of the area. We loved this excursion and would do it again.

Visited: Jul 01, 2017

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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...

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.

tinkerbell2323
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Family (older children)

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

Loved every minute of it. Everyone made me weary of going there. My experience was truly awesome. The people were amazing and real.

Visited: Jul 31, 2017

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aleedanielle
Contributor Level: Purser

First time I came to progreso the water was very dirty, the second time around the water was beautiful clear blue. The area is poor. This is not Americanized like cozumel. You take a bus ride into the town from the pier (4 miles long) and I had to sit through a excursion presentation before I got off of the bus. Make sure to take water as they are not air conditioned. Inside the town you will find very cheap prices on everything from massages ($10 for 30 minutes) to purses and souvenirs. I for one love the traditional Mexican feel, however there were people on the bus intimidated to get off because of the area. Don't judge a book by its cover. I am a young blonde American girl walking around by myself in progreso. No one bothered me. I felt safe.

beachbumOH
Contributor Level: Purser

Had heard Progresso had nothing to do so we didn't even go out until almost noon. We took the free bus to the downtown flea market and walked a short distance to the beach where we found an empty beachside table at an outdoor restaurant (that had the yummiest free chips and salsa when you bought drinks) and that is where the fun began. :) Several locals approached our table and tried selling their wares- we actually bought several handmade pieces from them, including a guacamole bowl with a pestil that I just love. The water at the beach was beautiful- a bit cloudy but still blue and fun to play in. Our day was sadly shortened when a rainstorm came in but we bought a few more things on our way back through the flea market in the rain. Overall I enjoyed the local flair of Progresso much more than the private beach club we went to in Cozumel... I'd definitely go back again

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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