Progreso is a city in Yucatán, Mexico. Progreso is a port City in The State of Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico or the North-West coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, founded in 1811 for the purpose of exporting sisal (henequén) fibre from the Yucatan haciendas, has a long heritage of fishing as well as shipping. Progreso has recently experienced growth due to its presence on some cruise line stops in Mexico.
30 minutes from Merida, by Federal Highway 261. Second class buses also run frequently from Merida to Progreso daily. One hour: 19 pesos one way, 35 return ticket (valid for 30 days).
Bus terminal in Merida: calle 62, between calle 65 and 67
Bus terminal in Progresso: calle 82, between calle27 and 29
There are also minivans running 17p.
In Merida:calle 60, between calle 65 and 67
In Progresso: oposite of the bus terminal on calle 82
- Progreso Pier. The 6 km pier, the longest in the world, due to the shallow water on the Yucatan coast, has made Progreso the most important port for the export of Yucatan's products and visiting cruise ships. By law, you can't enter the pier, but try to ask the Customs officials.
Enjoy the beach.
Sometimes in the winter there are dolphins near the entrance to the lagoon (3 km N of towncenter.
There are sailboats going to Arrecife Alacranes nature reserve 110 km NNW (2-day trip)- several tiny coral islands, lighthouse, you stay on the boat overnight. Diving, snorkeling.
There's a wreck in only 15m depth sunk by accident on his way further NW to become an artificial reef for divers. Enquire in Progreso or Chelem just W.
Flamingo colony in the lagoon. Viewing point just E of town on the road to Chicxulub Puerto.
Remember: Chicxulub - 20km SW (not Puerto) was impact point of the giant meteorite many scientifist believe erradicated dinosaurs along with 90% other species some 65 millions years ago. The diameter of the crater is some 180 km.
Dzibilchaltún is a Maya ruin some 25km S - during the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun shines through the window of the main "Temple of the Seven Dolls". While the site and structures are not nearly as massive as Chichen Itza, it's still beautiful and very peaceful since there are no vendors all over the place hawking souvenirs like at Chichen Itza. There is also a cool cenote sinkhole where you can swim, and a small museum. Tours are offered in English and Spanish, or you may wander the site on your own. You can reach Dzibilchaltún via bus, or rent a motor scooter in Progreso.
- Laundry/Lavenderia, Calle 29 (between 76 and 78). 6 kg 66 peso (December 2013). edit
Local jewellers in the market place will make jewellery according to your idea or sketch. Opposite to market place (W) there's an artisan market whenever a cruise ship arrives. Try the Yucatán anise liqueur Xtabentún. A bottle cost 80 pesos in the liquor store on Calle 80 (December 2013).
- Liquor stores, One on Calle 80, one on Calle 27. edit
Fresh raw seafood, either fish or crab or mix. Served cold, little spicy, with lemon. Eat it only till noon, as locals do. Good for hangover.
- Café, Calle 78, between 29 and 31 (Just across the street from Hotel San Miguel). 16:00-22:30 (somewhat unreliable). Nice little café with coffee, frappucinos, and some snacks. No wifi. Inexpensive. edit
A few bars and cantinas on Calle 80. Beers on the beach restaurants are overpriced at 35-40 pesos.
Ask locals for a house to rent. The W side is cheaper as there it is where the locals live. Many houses are rented only for holidays, so bargain hard.
- Kaaxan Vacation rental  Gathers many options for vacation rentals in Progreso, and around.
- Hotel Casa Isidora, Calle 21 No. 116 entre (between) Calles 58 y 60, Col. Ismael Garcia (52) (969) 935-4595.  Rooms with 2 double beds, US$55 including continental breakfast.
- Hotel San Miguel, Calle 78, between 29 and 31 (One block from the main square). checkout: 12:00. Clean and friendly place, hot water. The wifi works well (one of the routers is outside room 4, the reception is weak in the rooms furthest away). from 250 pesos (January 2014). edit
Cenotes are caves with the "roof" collapsed. They are filled with crystal-clear water and connected to a state-wide underground system thousands km wide. Ask locals where you can swim & explore one.