Progresso

You will dock at the Progresso Pier which is touted as the longest pier in the world.  The pier operates a free shuttle from the ships and into town.  Once in town, Progresso’s center is easily explored on foot.  Taxis are readily available at the pier or in town, though there’s no real need for one unless you are going to Merida for independent exploration. 

 

 

Progresso is an up-and-coming port.  The small town features Malecon Beach.  It has the standard offerings:  lounge chairs, umbrellas, banana boat rides, jet ski rentals, fishing excursions, volleyball, kayaks, changing rooms, showers and table and chairs situated right on the sand for drinks or food.  For the more adventurous with a rental vehicle, the beaches get quieter heading out of Progresso to the east. There is a fairly extensive craft market right where the shuttle bus lets passengers off, as well as other tourist shopping along the town’s few streets.

 

The Mayan site of Dzibilchltun is just 15 minutes from Progresso.  It is the largest and probably the oldest site discovered so far.  It was an important ceremonial center in the Mayan world and is ideal for Progresso passengers who want to visit a Yucatan archaeological site without spending an entire day