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The entryway to the Mayan world

Progreso’s status as the most important port in the Yucatan peninsula make it a destination no tourist should miss. Walking its beautiful boardwalk by the shore, enjoying water sports and many other activities are offered by this port, where fun, comfort and beauty are guaranteed, as is your satisfaction.

The Progreso deepwater port is both a linking point for tourism and a border open to commercial exchange with the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a terminal with immigration offices, handicraft shops, bars, rest areas, duty free shops, public telephone services, vehicle rentals and free transportation from the terminal to the port. The excellent quality of its facilities, hospitality, attractions and the unparalleled Mayan culture make Progreso a fantastic destination for cruiseship tourism. The absolute highlight of the Port of Progreso is a walk down its recently remodeled boardwalk, with its many restaurants, handicraft shops and bars; you can also enjoy the dock and relax by the beach. Progreso awaits you with open arms; make sure to include it in your itinerary.

At the boardwalk, touristic boat rides are offered; prices for an hourly water scooter rental are between 550 and 600 pesos. Boat and banana boat rides are $40 pesos per person, in which they’ll take you out 200 meters into the sea, in front of the boardwalk. Yatch rentals include packages for wedding proposals, wedding night, summer parties, and romantic dinner on the sea for $6,000 pesos; birt

How to get there

Located 36 km north of Merida; take the Merida Progreso road, number 261. It’s 30 minutes by car, or 45 by bus. Buses can be taken at the Autoprogreso station, on Calle 62 between 65 and 67 in Merida Centro.


Progreso is accessible 24 hours a day; buses run from 5 am to 10 pm.

Suggestions and Information

Progreso takes the safety of its inhabitants and guests very seriously.To make your visit even more memorable, try to schedule it on any of the following dates: San Telmo Fair (15 days after Lent). The celebration of the Day of the Mexican Navy includes a concert by the Navy Marching Band the night of May 31 at the Plaza Militar, and the morning of June 1. There are pilgrimages in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe between December 1 and 12. Remember, it’s important to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.


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Nearby places

Alternatives include the nearby ports of Chuburna and Chelem, with their own leisure options; Chicxulub, a small fisherman’s village, is another good option because of its beaches and seafood restaurants.

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Chelem: a small port made bigger by its people.

This small fishermen’s town has a warm climate perfect for tourists looking for a peaceful stay with a combo of sun, breeze and sea. You can visit the river and enjoy the mangroves and flamingos on a boat ride offered by the residents there. Its small restaurants and small hotels offer a delicious and comfortable stay, respectively. It’s also possible to rent beachfront houses to make your stay even more relaxing.

Chelem is 9 km west of Progreso and 45 km. north of Merida, Yucatan’s capital. It’s known as a fishing town but also offers a peaceful atmosphere for relaxing in different hotels and villas with your loved ones. It’s best to visit during summer because that’s when tourism is at its height during the year. It’s a popular place for Merida residents, along with Telchac and Chuburna because it’s very close to Progreso and is perfect for spending time with family.


River tours are offered by residents, but because these are not formal tours, prices can vary.

How to get there

Chelem is 9 km from Progreso and 45 km north of Merida.By car: take the beltway to the traffic circle where you’ll see signs to turn left for the bridge to Chelem. By bus: In Merida take a bus from the AutoProgreso terminal on Calle 62 between 65 and 67, Centro. When you arrive in Progreso take a colectivo from the San Francisco de Asis supermarket parking lot on Calle 80 between 79 and 81, Centro.


The colectivos run from 5:30 am to 8 pm

Suggestions and Information

Wear comfortable clothes to walk on the beach or go swimming; it’s very important to use sunscreen. This beach is for relaxing and enjoying the day; it’s not a nude beach. Don’t park your vehicle too close to the beach, as it may get stuck. After 5 pm it’s prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages on the beach. Don’t go swimming right after eating or drinking alcoholic beverages. Driving vehicles or riding horses on the beach is prohibited. Beach flags: green means it’s ok to swim, yellow means take precautions and red means swimming is prohibited. There is a holiday from August 8-19 (dates can vary) and the Fiesta del Pueblo with the Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa is in November. de la Candelaria is February 2 and the Vaqueria is August 6-15. Don’t forget to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.


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