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Progreso Guide: 6 Reasons to Get Off the Cruise Ship

Progreso may not be as popular a port of call for cruise ships as nearby Cozumel, but it is growing and has much to offer daytrippers. If you’re docking here, fun itineraries await. Here is your Progreso guide with six bright ideas to start you off.

1. Relax on the Beach

Progreso has a vast stretch of beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and people-watching. There are also several beach clubs with chairs and umbrellas available for rent.

2. Get to Know Yucatecan Food

Cochinita pibil is popular among locals and visitors and is perfect for tacos. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán is famous for its mouth-watering cochinita pibil. Still, several other dishes are worth trying, such as queso relleno, poc chuc, and papadzules—a delicacy that dates back to the ancient Maya. 

3. Go Birdwatching

Yucatán is home to several species of gorgeous birds, including the Yucatecan Mot Mot or Pajaro Toh. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán is home to an impressive amount of birds, many of which can be seen in and around Progreso, but the further away you get from town, the better your chances of seeing some of the region’s most gorgeous birds, such as flamingoes and mot mots. 

4. Visit the Ruins

Chichén Itzá is the most famous of all Mayan ruins but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this amazing ancient civilization. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán’s most popular tourist attraction, the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, is just over two hours from Progreso. Several tour operators offer transfers, and though it is well worth the trip, there are other much closer Maya sites to visit, including Dzibilchaltún (just 20 minutes away from Progreso) and Xcambó (just under an hour).

5. Go Shopping

Hammocks in Yucatán
Hammocks are a big deal in Yucatán, and Progreso is as good a place to pick one up as anywhere. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Progreso has several shops and markets selling everything from souvenirs to locally made crafts. Haggling is expected up to a point, but be respectful and don’t go overboard. 

6. Take a Daytrip to Mérida

Mérida Cathedral
There are sightseeing buses you can hop on and off to take in as much of Mérida as possible during a short day trip. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Mérida is the capital of Yucatán and a beautiful colonial city just 30 minutes away from Progreso. There are several things to see and do in Mérida, including visiting the Plaza Grande and its historic monuments, including the oldest Cathedral on the American mainland, and strolling through the centuries-old mansions Paseo de Montejo.

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Progreso Guide: 6 Reasons to Get Off the Cruise Ship

Progreso may not be as popular a port of call for cruise ships as nearby Cozumel, but it is growing and has much to offer daytrippers. If you’re docking here, fun itineraries await. Here is your Progreso guide with six bright ideas to start you off.

1. Relax on the Beach

Progreso has a vast stretch of beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and people-watching. There are also several beach clubs with chairs and umbrellas available for rent.

2. Get to Know Yucatecan Food

Cochinita pibil is popular among locals and visitors and is perfect for tacos. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán is famous for its mouth-watering cochinita pibil. Still, several other dishes are worth trying, such as queso relleno, poc chuc, and papadzules—a delicacy that dates back to the ancient Maya. 

3. Go Birdwatching

Yucatán is home to several species of gorgeous birds, including the Yucatecan Mot Mot or Pajaro Toh. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán is home to an impressive amount of birds, many of which can be seen in and around Progreso, but the further away you get from town, the better your chances of seeing some of the region’s most gorgeous birds, such as flamingoes and mot mots. 

4. Visit the Ruins

Chichén Itzá is the most famous of all Mayan ruins but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this amazing ancient civilization. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán’s most popular tourist attraction, the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, is just over two hours from Progreso. Several tour operators offer transfers, and though it is well worth the trip, there are other much closer Maya sites to visit, including Dzibilchaltún (just 20 minutes away from Progreso) and Xcambó (just under an hour).

5. Go Shopping

Hammocks in Yucatán
Hammocks are a big deal in Yucatán, and Progreso is as good a place to pick one up as anywhere. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Progreso has several shops and markets selling everything from souvenirs to locally made crafts. Haggling is expected up to a point, but be respectful and don’t go overboard. 

6. Take a Daytrip to Mérida

Mérida Cathedral
There are sightseeing buses you can hop on and off to take in as much of Mérida as possible during a short day trip. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Mérida is the capital of Yucatán and a beautiful colonial city just 30 minutes away from Progreso. There are several things to see and do in Mérida, including visiting the Plaza Grande and its historic monuments, including the oldest Cathedral on the American mainland, and strolling through the centuries-old mansions Paseo de Montejo.

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