Progreso (Merida), Mexico Cruise Port

3.3 out of 5

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lorrykn says ...
If there was something below 1 being terrible I would have picked it. WORST EVER!!!!...
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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:

"...a more activity, take an excursion to one of several mayan ruin sites in the area." in 9 reviews.

"we spent our whole time there on an excursion to chichen itza , which was great except for the bus ride was really..." in 36 reviews.


1176 reviews and tips of Progreso (Merida), Mexico




jwsarge

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.

Georgia89

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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TXgandy

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.

byrdtravels3

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

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

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

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.

aleedanielle

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.

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