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I have seen only one post in the past few months about Progreso and it didn't sound very good. Going on the Ecstacy Oct 29 to Progreso and Cozumel. This is my first cruise and yes I tend to be a scaredy cat!! lol I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I've never been to Mexico, everyone seems to love Cozumel, so I'm not as worried about it there.

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Progresso is a vacation spot for Mexican nationals. We visited in the winter and the town was pretty much empty, but the folks onboard who stuck around enjoyed their stay. We took a bus tour to Meridia and really enjoyed it. We weren't expecting much, but the ancient town is rich in Mayan/Spanish culture. It's also a great place to shop. The ship docks at the end of a 5 mile pier and you must take a bus on/off the pier even if you don't go on an excursion. We did notice the water at the beach was not as clear as other Caribbean ports we've visited. I put up a couple of photos in the gallery that might help. One of the beach at Progresso and one of the square in Meridia. If the pictures don't post, here's the link.

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Progresso is a vacation spot for Mexican nationals. We visited in the winter and the town was pretty much empty, but the folks onboard who stuck around enjoyed their stay. We took a bus tour to Meridia and really enjoyed it. We weren't expecting much, but the ancient town is rich in Mayan/Spanish culture. It's also a great place to shop. The ship docks at the end of a 5 mile pier and you must take a bus on/off the pier even if you don't go on an excursion. We did notice the water at the beach was not as clear as other Caribbean ports we've visited. I put up a couple of photos in the gallery that might help. One of the beach at Progresso and one of the square in Meridia. If the pictures don't post, here's the link.
I looked at your pictures Cleveland, and have a question. The beach you show in the picture at Progresso, is that at the end of the pier, like walking distance from where you would get off of that bus. Is there a charge for riding that bus?

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Progresso is a vacation spot for Mexican nationals. We visited in the winter and the town was pretty much empty, but the folks onboard who stuck around enjoyed their stay. We took a bus tour to Meridia and really enjoyed it. We weren't expecting much, but the ancient town is rich in Mayan/Spanish culture. It's also a great place to shop. The ship docks at the end of a 5 mile pier and you must take a bus on/off the pier even if you don't go on an excursion. We did notice the water at the beach was not as clear as other Caribbean ports we've visited. I put up a couple of photos in the gallery that might help. One of the beach at Progresso and one of the square in Meridia. If the pictures don't post, here's the link.
I looked at your pictures Cleveland, and have a question. The beach you show in the picture at Progresso, is that at the end of the pier, like walking distance from where you would get off of that bus. Is there a


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No, there isn't a charge for riding the bus from the ship to the town of Progreso. The bus will let you off by a market area. You can easily walk to the beach from there. (We shopped at the market first.)

We have been to Progreso quite a few times, and usually rent a car and drive to Merida. We go to the historic square in Merida. We have also gone to Chichen Itza. These ruins were recently placed on the 7 Wonders of the World list, and are really amazing. There is an excursion from the ship going there. It is a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive, but is worth it.

Have fun!!

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I was there, post surgery 5 yrs. ago, and, since the pier is VERY long, decided to stay onboard.

Most people coming back to the ship, who stayed in port, and didn't take the tour to Merida, were disapointed. The people who toured Merida, adored it, and my pal, has since gone back to Merida, & stayed for weeks at a time.

One odd thing on our cruise, while in port, the ship had tons of flies onboard!! Strange!
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The beach you show in the picture at Progresso, is that at the end of the pier, like walking distance from where you would get off of that bus. Is there a charge for riding that bus?

Yes, in fact, the pier you see in the picture is where you'll dock. It really is 5 miles long. And like Libragirl said, the busride to land is free whether you've booked an excursion or not. I highly recommend the Meridia highlights and shopping tour. BUT, if you're adventuresome, Chichen Itza would be AWESOME! As I said, we were very pleasanly surprised by our stop in Progresso. Cozumel it ain't, but we enjoy the quaint, less developed areas.
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I enjoyed Progreso, an untouched city, not yet motivated by tourism.
We walked the streets to the farmacia (for dramamine) and the bank to make currency exchange. Not speaking a word of Espanol, we found the merchants and bankers to be very helpful and friendly.

After the non-descript but free bus ride on the longest pier in the world (due to the shallow waters) you are dropped of at a small market place. Vendors will yell out to you to come buy their souvenirs. Just outside the market walls is the city. People and cars of the city moving about doing their daily chores. The beach is walking distance away. We chatted with a gal who does beach massages and had a nice conversation. She told us prices are cheaper for typical souvenirs in Progreso than in Cozumel. The beach is small....the set up for the Corona Beach Party excursion looked really tiny!

There were several private tours offered at the market place. The least expensive was an open air city bus tour..but it was too hot to do that. We took a tour offered in the market place @$40 usd per person. I
A nice air conditioned bus took us to the small ruins /museum of Dzibilchatun, had lunch(we paid) and toured through historical Merida. We saw a lot in one day! Our guide Ivan knew a lot about Yucatan history. Dzibilchatun Ruins was close by and we didn't feel like we spent the whole day on the bus. We also had time to swim in the fresh water cenote (swim hole) while at the ruins.

I liked our time in Progreso and considered it a good day.
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Thanks a bunch! This gives me a much better idea of what to expect. I was a little concerned when I had read the poster from about a month ago said they didn't feel safe in Progreso, and since hearing about the Jamaica incident I wanted to know what people thought. I appreciate all the input!
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We were there in June-07 and we never felt unsafe there. We walked three or four blocks into the town area and every one seemed nice. Be sure to book an excursion as Progresso gets old in a hurry. We had two hours to kill before our bus left for the ruins and we more than ready to leave. The beach area was nicer than what I had read about. My son got a massage at one of the tents set up there. The vendors do come up to you and try to get you to look at their stuff for sale, but once I said no, they moved on to someone else. The few things we did buy, we got for about half what they we asking. We went to Dzibichaltun for 29$ a person.We booked thru the travel agent on the dock at progresso. There is a large shopping area on the dock that you have to walk thru when you get off the ship. This is where the travel company is. Hope you have fun...
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Wow, I just went to Google Earth and looked at that pier and you are not kidding. It is long! But it does look like the beach is nice. Are there restrooms and changing areas at the beach? I am excited now, because all my daughter in law wants to do is go to the beach and now we can make her happy real easy. Please tell me the beach doesn't look anything like Galveston beach!

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Progresso is a wonderful port of call for those who enjoy history and culture. My first cruise stopped there and I took an outstanding tour of Uxmal and Merida. Uxmal is is considered by many the most beautiful of any Mayan sites and Merida is the REAL Mexico. The cathedral dates from the 1500's. Ever seen Chichen Itza showcased on the History Channel? This is the place to see it as a shore excursion !
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Thanks everyone, even tho I am not the original Poster, I have learned a lot here. I was very concerned about Progresso. It just didn't appeal to me, but I think I have changed my mind!

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Thanks a bunch! This gives me a much better idea of what to expect. I was a little concerned when I had read the poster from about a month ago said they didn't feel safe in Progreso, and since hearing about the Jamaica incident I wanted to know what people thought. I appreciate all the input!
I'm really surprised that someone "didn't feel safe" in Progreso. We have been there many times, and the people have always been very friendly. It is a very poor area, and it is obvious that they need tourism dollars. I agree with the other posters who enjoy going to the areas that aren't so touristy. In Progreso, you get to see the way most people in Mexico really live. I want the area to improve for the sake of the people living there, but I hope it doesn't turn into a huge tourist attraction.

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Progreso/Merida is the city where the crew of the Ecstasy are sponsoring an orphanage. Capt. Salas and his ship's crew and provide for a group of orphan children, repair the orphanage building, and plan on introducing the children to the world of ships with a visit on the Ecstasy. There is a website to view the progress of the crew's progress but I don't have it handy.
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The beaches at Progreso are not as blue/green or large as other Yucatan bahces but nice just the same. There is enough parrot fish gun in the waters to make the sand white ) and the beaches are much nicer if you are comparing to Galveston. Plenty of sand, lounge chairs and umbrellas....didn't see any changing places though. We just wore out suits under our shorts.
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I found what I think is the web site you were referring to. Looks like they are doing some good things. I know we will check it out when we are there in Jan. Just for your info.
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We went to Dzibichaltun for 29$ a person.We booked thru the travel agent on the dock at progresso. There is a large shopping area on the dock that you have to walk thru when you get off the ship. This is where the travel company is. Hope you have fun...
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We also went to Dz, but we found a "taxi" (more like a small bus) for 8 of us for $60. The guy could tell we were wary, so he said we could pay when we got back...then we would know that the driver wouldn't strand us! Worked out well!
Dzibichaltun was great! It was only about 20 minutes away and was $7pp 13 yrs. or older. There was an additional charge for the museum and/or tour guide, but we opted to just see the ruins on our own as we had young children with us that we thought wouldn't appreciate the extras!
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I found what I think is the web site you were referring to. Looks like they are doing some good things. I know we will check it out when we are there in Jan. Just for your info.
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Thanks for this Gary. It has been sometime since I was at the site. It made me smile!
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Smile THINGS TO DO IN PROGRESO, Yucatan, Mexico

First thing you need to note is that Progreso is not overly commercialized or touristized as in many other ports. Progreso has been able to retain its identity as a Mexican fishing port. You will truly feel that you are in a different country.

GET OFF THE SHIP - Your pier is 4 miles long. There are Free ship to shore shuttles running all day and $10 Taxi rides. The free shuttles will drop you off at one of two random stops in Progreso - either the covered shuttle terminal, which is 3 blocks from the Free beach; or the tented artisans market which is 1 block from the Free beach.

BEACHES - The only beach actually “in” Progreso is free. Loungers, Jet-skis, banana boats, and sea kayaks are available to rent. The coast along Progreso is all sand and there are NO reefs in or near Progreso. If you are looking for ocean snorkeling, I would recommend doing that in Cozumel. There are a few all-inclusive and pay-as-you-go beaches within 10-40 minutes from Progreso that are offered by Carnival or other local tour operators:

- Silcer Club = 10 min
- Sian Ka’n = 15 min
- Technotel = 35 min
- Reef Club = 35 min


SHOPPING is plentiful and both USD and MxPesos is honored on cruise days. If you pay in USD, there is a chance that your change will be in Pesos, so bring small bills. Taxes are always included in the price. Feel free to barter prices, however be reasonable and respectful as this is the main income for many of the people.

Authentic hand carved wooden pieces can be found at the Artisan market. Martin will create masterpieces as you watch - - authentic!

Good quality leather pieces and authentic Mayan textiles can be found at The Leather Store Bolom Balam store. A portion of all proceeds of sale is donated towards school supplies for the local poor.

DONATE TO THE LESS-FORTUNATE - The Leather Store Bolom Balam will accept donations of new and gently used school supplies, toys, shoes, backpacks etc.which will be distributed to the Maya poor. Contacts are Richard or Erick. Location: 3 doors down from the corner of Calle 80 and Calle 21 (on Calle 80) and only 1 block from the beach.

MASSAGES - pamper yourself to an inexpensive massage, either on the beach, in a tent-like setting, or in an air-conditioned room for approximately $15-$25 USD. You will be glad that you did! Massage locations are on the map attached.

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING - sightseeing double-decker buses will take you around the fishing village of Progreso for about $5. Hitch a ride at each shuttle station & at the statue at the entrance to the free beach.

RESTAURANTS are plenty. Local Mexican and expat owned. Most restaurants are Yucatecan cuisine and have bilingual menus and staff (on cruise days). Some serve meals/drinks under shade palapas on the beach. Look for 2 for 1 deals, Free tequila shots, $1 Beers and $10 buckets of beers. If you are hankering more “familiar food”, there is a Dominos Pizza (1/2 block from the beach) and Subway (across from the beach). Want to fancy it up? try MayaKa or Crabsters restaurants directly across from the beach. Remember, as in most ports, the restaurants closer to the beach are more expensive than ones a block or two away from the beach. If you are looking for cheap authentic eats, I would recommend visiting the Farmers Market - the big Green Building about 3 blocks from the beach.

MANGROVE KAYAKING - La Ria Kayak and Padleboard is only 5 mintues away and is a bargain at $15-$20 USD. Single and double kayaks available. A quaint and affordable on-site restaurant specializes in fish, shrimp and tacos. Hop into a Taxi, ask for “La Ria Kayak”.

EL CORCHITO NATURE RESERVE - is about 5 minutes from Progreso. This is a small nature reserve where you can stroll the paths, swim in mangrove water springs, picnic in the shade and enjoy the local wildlife of raccoon, coati, and birds. Note that these are “surface mangrove springs” (NOT to be confused with the cavern Cenotes that Yucatan is famous for.). Note that during Easter and the summer months, El Corchito may be crowded with local vacationers. Hop into a Taxi and ask for“El Corchito”.

AMAZING PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSIONS. Climb a Pyramid, Swing from a rope into sapphire blue waters of a jungle Cenote, Explore Caves, Experience Maya culture, Dine on Yucatecan / Mayan cuisine. . . all with YucatanCenote .com Eco-Aventuras. Off-the-beaten-path Adventures. English speaking licensed Guides. No age restrictions and advance reservation only.

FISHING - Top-water fishing with an American B.A.S.S. Pro fisherman for Speckled Sea Trout, Snook and Tarpon. Contact Randy at Progreso Yucatan Mexico Fishing Tours / YucatanSnook .com. He will pick you up at the shuttle terminal . . so convenient! Fish with Randy in the morning and have the afternoon free for beach, shopping, massages or sipping margaritas under a palapa - advance reservation only.

GEOCACHING will take you to some amazing places. Pyramids, Crystal Clear Cenotes, and Haciendas. YucatanCenote .com Eco-Aventuras will take you geocaching! - advance reservation only.

CAR RENTALS - Reserve in advance!
- Mayan Fast Wheels = MayanRentACar .com
- Yucatan Vacations Car Rental = YucatanVacations .com
- Rogers Rent-a-Car = emilio_crespo4@hotmail.com

SCOOTER / ATV RENTALS - There are limited scooter and ATV rentals located on the main road Calle 80 just outside of the shuttle terminal of the artisans market, a block of the beach . . one at La Corona de Pancho Villa restaurant, and the other across the street a few doors down near the Dominos Pizza.


RUINS / PYRAMIDS - There are numerous sites within traveling distance from Progreso:

Xcambo - 35 minutes and easily accessible by taxi or local guide. This is a small ruin site with 2 pyramids and a few other smaller structures.

Dzibilchaltun - 35 minutes and easily accessible by taxi or local guide. This is a medium sized site with temples, various structures and a surface cenote. There are no pyramids at this site. Air-conditioned museum, restaurant and gift shop on site. You are not permitted to carry bags onto this site unless they are fully-transparent. Lockers are available.

Mayapan - 1 hour drive. You can hire a local tour company, such as YucatanCenote Eco-Aventuras / YucatanCenote .com (advance reservation only) to take you to this site. This is a medium-sized site with Pyramids, Structures and ancient Maya observatory. You are still permitted to climb the pyramids here !! This is a less crowded site and sometimes you have it all t yourself !

Uxmal - 1.5 hour dive. You can hire a local tour company such as Lawsons Excursions or YucatanCenote .com Eco-Aventuras (both advance reservation only and you have to specifically request Uxmal) or take a Carnival excursion to this site. This is a large site with incredible details and a variety of Pyramids and structures. Most of the structures you are permitted to climb, however the main Pyramid is corded off. This is a popular site and there is a good chance that you will be sharing it with tour buses.

Chichen-Itza - 2 hour drive (by bus) or 1.45 (by car). Considering the driving distance to this site, it would probably be wise to take a Carnival excursion. This is a very popular site and one of the Wonders of the World and, as such, you will be sharing the site with bus loads of tourists and vendors.

Enjoy - - Progreso - so much to experience !
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