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.
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.