Top 10 Things To Do In Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

Patricia Gayle
Patricia Gayle 

Located at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Gulf of Mexico, and lined with white sand beaches, Progreso is a little port town and a popular stop for cruise ships. Its pier is the longest in the world, about 6.5 km (4 mi), is where cruisers disembark. The beach that surrounds the town is a haven not only for cruisers but also for travelers visiting the state. Progreso also acts as a gateway to other top destinations in the state, including Mayan sites such as the pyramid-shaped Temple of Kukulcán and Temple of the Seven Dolls. But before you dive deeper into what the neighboring cities have to offer, this beach-vibe town offers you relaxing, fun activities and mouth-watering cuisine. Here’s a rundown of the top things to do in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico.

1. Soak up the sun and salt at Progreso Beach

Beach at Progreso, Yucatán
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Characterized by emerald green waters and white sand stretch as far as the eye can see, Progreso Beach is one of the most picture-perfect beaches in Yucatan. Adventurers can indulge in all sorts of activities here, such as beach volleyball, deep-sea fishing, diving, and kiteboarding. You can even rent jet skis and kayaks.

You can also spend the day lazing around on the beach, and there are tents alongside the beach where they offer you massages. It gets really hot during the day, especially in the summer season, so make sure you have sunscreen with you. Get there early in the morning and enjoy the relative lull before the cruise ships arrive at the pier.

Progreso Beach

Address: Progreso, Mexico

2. Take a walk along Malecon de Progreso

Malecón de Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Source: Photo by Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin used under CC BY 2.0

To truly appreciate the town’s soul, a walk along the seaside esplanade, known as Malecon, is a must. People gravitate here throughout the year, whether it’s to dine at one of the many restaurants, grab a drink at open bars and coffee shops, or stroll away. You’ll also find several markets and stores here, where you can shop for souvenirs. And on some days, you can watch cruise ships arriving at the longest pier or simply watch the sunset.

Malecon de Progreso

Address: Calle 21 1510, Boulevard Turístico Malecón, 97320 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Malecon de Progreso

Opening hours: 6am - 10:30pm (daily)

3. Reconnect with nature at Reserva Ecológica El Corchito

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Reserva Ecologica "El Corchito" on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Just 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Progreso, accessible only by a small boat, there is a hidden paradise called El Corchito. It is an ecological reserve that has been around for over 10 years. Everything has a green glow to it due to how the sun reflects through the tall mangrove trees. Here, you can relax and take a dip in an open-air cenote — a natural well with waters that are believed to have healing properties. El Corchito has three open-air cenotes — shallow, deeper and larger, and Cenote Pájaro, which looks like a small lake.

Reserva Ecológica El Corchito

Address: Libramiento s/n, Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Website: El Corchito

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

4. Shop at Progreso's markets

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If you want to gratify yourself with Mexican souvenirs and stuff, you can head over to one of their local markets and splurge at any items as you please. You can choose from a variety of clothes, jewelry, bags, hats, and authentic Mexican stuff such as colorful handmade hammocks, belts, tippets, and handmade Mayan artifacts. There are also some markets where you can learn to make local items.

Progreso Market

Address: Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

5. Dig into Mexican seafood

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Fill up your stomach with flavorful Mexican seafood from restaurants near the beach. There are restaurants on the seaside promenade where you can dine with your toes in the sand. Maya KA is one of those unique diners because it has its own pool where guests, especially the kids, can swim while waiting for their meal.

And it has a wide variety of food choices and tables sheltered in the shadows of a Mayan temple replica. Bear in mind that no restaurants in Progreso allow smoking, and no alcohol is served before 12:30 pm on Sundays.

Maya KA

Address: Calle 19 s/n, Centro, 97320 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Maya KA

Opening hours: 8:30am - 10pm (daily)

6. Go on a sailing adventure with Mahalo Boats

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Mahalo boats offer a wide selection of sailboats and yachts for a minimum of 8 people to a maximum of 15 people. Each boat tour lasts for six hours and comes with a bathroom, kitchen amenities, and a private captain. While enjoying the ocean views, you will see a family of dolphins and sharks around and a beautiful sunset if you start the sail by afternoon. Non-alcoholic drinks and lots of snacks are also on offer.

Mahalo Boats

Address: CALLE 18 YUCALPETEN, 97320 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Mahalo Boats

Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (daily)

7. Spend the day with your family at Silcer Beach Club (from USD 85.0)

Spoil yourself with an all-day pass to one of the finest beach clubs in Progreso, Silcer Beach Club. It offers extensive services and water activities that people of all ages can enjoy. Kayaks, an aquatic inflatable, and an indoor swimming pool are available at the club. Guests have access to free WiFi and beach facilities, including beach chairs, umbrellas, and hammocks.

You can also indulge yourself with unlimited drinks from the open bar and a Mexican buffet. The beach club also has a playground and activities for the little ones, while live music will keep the adults entertained.

Silcer All Inclusive Beach Club

Duration: 5 hours

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8. Check out Faro de Progreso

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Faro de Progreso is a lighthouse situated in the center of Progreso, and its light helped sailors and fishermen navigate. The highest tower in the peninsula is 36-m-high (118-ft) and serves today as modern communication equipment. It was inaugurated back in 1893 and preserved as an attraction. However, access to the site was restricted back in 2005. Regardless, you are still free to take pictures outside the tower.

Faro de Progreso

Address: Calle 80 11, Centro, 97320 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Opening hours: 6am - 12pm (daily)

9. Explore the ancient Mayan site of Uxmal (from USD 79.0)

If you’re interested in learning about ancient Mayan sites, catch a shuttle from Progreso port to Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uxmal was renowned as the largest city of the Mayan civilizations, and their remarkable works are still evident today. It features the grand structure of the Pyramid of the Magician, Nunnery Quadrangle, and Governor’s Palace.

You can opt for a guided tour of the site and know more about the architectural styles and designs of the buildings present there.

Progreso Shore Excursion: Uxmal Day Trip

Duration: 6 hours

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10. Step back in time at Chichén Itzá (from USD 89.0)

Chichén Itzá was one of Yucatán’s most important archaeological sites, home to pre-Hispanic pyramids and temples. You can take a guided tour of this site, and to beat the crowds, join the Progreso shore excursion that offers private entry. Marvel at the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Great Plaza, and the Ball Court. Port pick-up and drop-off, box lunch, and soft drinks are included in the package.

Progreso Shore Excursion: Chichen Itza Day Trip

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

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Explore the port town of Progreso

Part of the Yucatán Peninsula, Progreso is home to pristine beaches, oceanfront restaurants, and lively markets. Fall in love with the port town of Progreso and all its beauty with our above list of the top things to do.

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