The summer season kicks off in Progreso, but vendors say they hoped for more

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Drone view of Progreso’s boardwalk last Thursday. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Progreso, Yucatán’s most popular beach drew thousands of visitors over the weekend.

But vendors and restauranteurs say that despite decent sales, they continue for things to pick up even more.

“Sales have not been terrible, but we have so much to make up for,” said street food vendor, Manuel Ruiz.”

The port city was especially busy this past weekend, but high temperatures and UV levels followed by downpours in Mérida likely hampered what would have otherwise been an even more profitable few days. 

“We have had a good start to the season, but as the summer holidays progress we are sure it will be even better,” said Progreso mayor Julián Zacarías Curi.

Earlier: Progreso to open new inflatable water park this summer

Beaches in Progreso have been consistently busy over the past few days, but not really “packed”. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Over the past couple of years, Progreso’s city government has invested heavily in improvements to its infrastructure in hopes to attract more tourism. 

Some of the new attractions include an improved boardwalk with games for children, the new dinosaur-themed attraction called “Sendero Jurasico,” as well as a new museum dedicated to the Chicxulub crater

Also gaining momentum is the cruise port, which is now receiving more ships and passengers than ever before

But despite the importance of international tourists to the port city, domestic tourists, and especially day-trippers from Mérida make up the largest amount of visitors. 

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