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iamheretowinp
November 11th, 2009, 02:34 PM
We are going to Progreso in about 2 and a half weeks. I read somewhere but I can't find it that there was a massage for an hour for like $15. wondering if anyone knows where this might be? Also if anyone has any good suggestions of things to do. We have never been to this port and are open to doing anything really. If you have any helpful info, please feel free to share. Thanks!

tkbloomfield
November 15th, 2009, 05:54 PM
i just posted pics from progress from july.. we did 15$ massages for 3 that were 1 hour long or close. It was awesome. We found a guy at the straw market and he provided us with ruins/beach.... I think the post is a few up from you... let me know if after reading the long post you have questions. Have fun!

iamheretowinp
November 18th, 2009, 02:48 AM
So you don't remember the name of the beach? or the guy you found the tour with? we are really looking for the massages, so if you can remember any more info please let me know.....

Traveler353
November 18th, 2009, 10:36 AM
The beach is free in Progreso and lined with beach bars with food and drink at very good prices ($2 beers, etc). AutoProgreso is the best known local tour company and does tours to DZ ruins for $29 per person.

Lady D.
January 24th, 2010, 09:49 PM
We are going to Progreso in about 2 and a half weeks. I read somewhere but I can't find it that there was a massage for an hour for like $15. wondering if anyone knows where this might be? Also if anyone has any good suggestions of things to do. We have never been to this port and are open to doing anything really. If you have any helpful info, please feel free to share. Thanks!

Once in Progresson you'll find the beach area, just a couple of blocks away from the downtown area. Along the beach you will see the cabanas and the people offering massages. This was the highlight of Progresso for us...I actually did a google search to see what there is to do in progresso and bingo...me, DH and mother in law had our hr massages on the beach then found a nice umbrealla table and ordered our food and drinks. We shopped at the market and headed back to the ship early...the pools were nearly empty:D

If we go there again, that's exactly what I'll do. Enjoy yourself and the wonderful massage.

swimmom2
January 26th, 2010, 07:18 AM
We got massages for $10 each for an hour in December. It was amazing. When you get off bus from pier, turn left, walk to end of block , look left and you will see beach and cabanas lined up for massages. They approached us about getting them. I wish I was there right now.:)

ILUVCRUZEN
March 4th, 2010, 06:48 AM
We got massages for $10 each for an hour in December.
We also got $10 massages but it was in January. My suggestion to everyone that wants a massage, bring one of the hand towels from your cabin with you in your bag/backpack etc...You don't want to put you face onto a towel someone else has already used. They use a face towel to cover the face hole on the massage table so your face doesn't stick to the vinyl.

http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx26/Carivalphotos/massage.jpg

CMOTO
March 4th, 2010, 07:12 PM
ILUVCRUZN.....I'm sooo glad you posted some pictures, I have been asking this question for some time, was it easy to find? did you have to haggle this price or is 10 what it is? any more tid bits of info would be great, I am trying to talk my husband into doing this but i am having a hard time since i dont have any info about this!!!

ILUVCRUZEN
March 5th, 2010, 05:18 PM
The beach is a very short walking distance from where the free shuttle lets you off. As soon as I hit the beach area, ladies where coming up to me begging me to let them give me and my little girl a massage. They are the ones that said $10.00 for an hour. It was about an hour until we needed to get back on the bus to head to the ship so we said we would let them do a 30 minute massage for $10 each.

ILUVCRUZEN
March 5th, 2010, 07:33 PM
Here is a map that I made showing the way to the beach:)


http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx26/Carivalphotos/bprogreso.jpg

Sun R Bunns
March 21st, 2010, 07:34 PM
If I got undressed for a massage on the beach, I'm afraid I'd scare all the tourists and locals away. :D

cruising_kenboy
April 14th, 2010, 08:27 PM
I am so looking forward to a cheap massage here. I might even get two. My friend who had been here/done that was concerned for her valuables at the time and had her husband take them. Should that be a concern, or can me and DW do them at the same time??

CMOTO
May 8th, 2010, 04:56 PM
I just got back two weeks ago and I had a one hour massage for 15 on the beach, it was right across the road from the bar called Buddy's, my husband sat in there and held our bags while i went and got relaxed, it was AWESOME. The girls do a good job, be sure to tip them. when i was done i went to buddy's to get my husband and we had a few beers and then started walking back to the ship and people were coming up to me saying 10$ hour long massage, so if you wait later in the day you will get them cheaper!!
would do again in a heartbeat!!

cruiseready1975
June 10th, 2010, 04:55 PM
How clean are these? I just dont know about it.. Im picky on who touches me.. Do they keep their hands cleans between people and clean the tables? Just wondering in case I decided on one.. Thanks

Sun R Bunns
June 11th, 2010, 07:18 AM
How clean are these? I just dont know about it.. Im picky on who touches me.. Do they keep their hands cleans between people and clean the tables? Just wondering in case I decided on one.. Thanks

I'll be interested to see just what people post on this question. I've not been there so I don't know for sure, but I'd bet the answers are NO,,,,,NO,,,,and NO. Foreign countries are not nearly as sanitary as the US regulations. I wouldn't even be surprised if they continue to use the same towels from person to person. Oh ya, they are changed out, probably behind the scene someone is just refolding them and putting them right back out by the tables.

My recommendation,,,,if your looking for a cheap massage,,,you're going to get a cheap massage.

*jess*
June 12th, 2010, 11:53 AM
How clean are these? I just dont know about it.. Im picky on who touches me.. Do they keep their hands cleans between people and clean the tables? Just wondering in case I decided on one.. Thanks


I was really looking forward to having a massage..... until that..... Now I might be rethinking it lol

WilliamLawson
June 15th, 2010, 11:02 AM
What's up with the slightly offensive stereotypical comments? Do some folks really think that the masseuses don't sanitize their hands between massages just because they're Mexican? Or use the same towels? Or steal your valuables while you are getting your rub?

Sheesh.

They're cheap because a) it's a different economy and they can charge less and b) that's what the tourists expect - everything in Mexico is cheap - and they wouldn't pay a quality spa experience because it's 'too expensive'.

Sorry for the rant. :)

cruiseready1975
June 15th, 2010, 04:22 PM
What's up with the slightly offensive stereotypical comments? Do some folks really think that the masseuses don't sanitize their hands between massages just because they're Mexican? Or use the same towels? Or steal your valuables while you are getting your rub?

Sheesh.

They're cheap because a) it's a different economy and they can charge less and b) that's what the tourists expect - everything in Mexico is cheap - and they wouldn't pay a quality spa experience because it's 'too expensive'.

Sorry for the rant. :)

Im not stereo typing anyone.. I wouldnt even get a massage from here if it was on the street.. Id have to watch for a little while and see how clean they really are... I just wanted to know if anyone went to progresso how clean were they.. Im sorry if I offended you but I know they dont have the same expectations as our government...

Sun R Bunns
June 16th, 2010, 08:44 AM
What's up with the slightly offensive stereotypical comments? Do some folks really think that the masseuses don't sanitize their hands between massages just because they're Mexican? Or use the same towels? Or steal your valuables while you are getting your rub?

Sheesh.

They're cheap because a) it's a different economy and they can charge less and b) that's what the tourists expect - everything in Mexico is cheap - and they wouldn't pay a quality spa experience because it's 'too expensive'.

Sorry for the rant. :)

I guess if you want to call it a sterytypical comments, you can. I'm just saying bottom line it's a culture thing. Have you ever been abroad? If so you don't mind the men urinals along the sidwalks, fresh meat hanging fly covered from hooks at the market, or throwing your garbage out the window into the canal. Nothing against their habits, they can live as they wish, but I don't have to,,,,,,,, unless I choose to.

If none of this bothers a person, so be it, move on and enjoy life.

WilliamLawson
June 16th, 2010, 08:59 AM
Have I traveled?

Yup. I live here (Merida) now. :)

GTJ
June 17th, 2010, 11:52 AM
I'm not sure if I understand this massage fascination. I live in New York City, and in my neighborhood competition for massage services is intense. There are many places that advertise massage for as little as $18 per hour. Yes, $15 per hour in Progreso is less, but with all the money spent getting to Progreso, and the limited time in port there, is it really worth saving $3 and then shortchanging oneself from being able to fully explore the unique aspects of Mérida? Unless one is really hurting, I'd rather go exploring about a place far away and different from home, and save the massage for back home.

hdawson
June 17th, 2010, 12:04 PM
GTJ. My thoughts exactly but was hesitant to say so. Didn't exactly understand going to the trouble of traveling to a foreign country with a "cheap" massage as the prime interest.

Sun R Bunns
June 17th, 2010, 07:12 PM
I guess it would also depend on if you had been to the port before. We will be stopping at Cozumel this cruise, but we are not leaving the ship as we have had many trips to that port already. I enjoy cruising for the relaxation and not necessary for the site seeing.

paulandfran
July 2nd, 2010, 06:50 PM
Where I live massages are a lot more than $18 per hour. Plus on vacation you normally pay an even higher premium for massages. Many of us rarely, if ever, treat ourselves to a massage so it's something special to do on vacation. And the thought of having one on a beach with the sound of the ocean in the background. Ahhhh.... so relaxing and pampering. I love the idea of it and plan on doing this in Progreso.

Francie :)

spleenstomper
July 10th, 2010, 12:09 PM
I pay usually between 50-70.00 for a one hour massage. I can't think of anything more relaxing than to get a cheap massage on a beach!

Sun R Bunns
July 15th, 2010, 07:06 PM
The last massage I got on a beach was a long time ago in a far far away land. I don't remember the cost, it was too drunk out that night.

LOL

Tennessee Rose
July 16th, 2010, 12:20 PM
Since massages where I live are generally in the $60-100 per hour range, I can not afford them very often. I generally go to a local massage therapy school where the students do 1 hr for practice/clinical for $25. That is a great bargain. But, if I can get a $15 massage while actually on the beach listening to the waves and feeling the tropical breeze also---well, that's one of the most relaxing things I can think of! :):):)

Sun R Bunns
July 17th, 2010, 07:40 AM
I'm not sure if I understand this massage fascination. I live in New York City, and in my neighborhood competition for massage services is intense. There are many places that advertise massage for as little as $18 per hour. Yes, $15 per hour in Progreso is less, but with all the money spent getting to Progreso, and the limited time in port there, is it really worth saving $3 and then shortchanging oneself from being able to fully explore the unique aspects of Mérida? Unless one is really hurting, I'd rather go exploring about a place far away and different from home, and save the massage for back home.

I think I'll move to New York City. :D

Nuttycruisegirl
August 19th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Here is a map that I made showing the way to the beach:)


http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx26/Carivalphotos/bprogreso.jpg


Sheri! This is awesome! I'm copying it and printing!! You and little doll need to come on Ecstasy with the Crazies in Feb 2011!!!:D

emdia43
August 20th, 2010, 02:08 PM
We were just there and the massage ladies were attractive young women, no one looked unkempt, and they were eager to please.
On the other hand, I stood and waited for someone in a public bathroom and out of the many cruise passengers that went in, only one washed her hands, so there are unsanitary people all around you...

emdia43
August 20th, 2010, 02:13 PM
I'm not sure if I understand this massage fascination. I live in New York City, and in my neighborhood competition for massage services is intense. There are many places that advertise massage for as little as $18 per hour. Yes, $15 per hour in Progreso is less, but with all the money spent getting to Progreso, and the limited time in port there, is it really worth saving $3 and then shortchanging oneself from being able to fully explore the unique aspects of Mérida? Unless one is really hurting, I'd rather go exploring about a place far away and different from home, and save the massage for back home.


I doubt many travel to Progreso for the massages alone, but if you are on a cruise ship where they are charging upwards of $150 for a simple massage and you get to the beach where it's $10 by ladies who will not talk the entire time and push you to buy their products- that's a treat you can't miss and want to tell others about.... :)

Magic City Cruiser
August 22nd, 2010, 03:14 PM
I doubt many travel to Progreso for the massages alone, but if you are on a cruise ship where they are charging upwards of $150 for a simple massage and you get to the beach where it's $10 by ladies who will not talk the entire time and push you to buy their products- that's a treat you can't miss and want to tell others about.... :)

I agree! I also think hygeine standards on the beach might not be the same as perhaps the one's we're used to in the states. I bet if you asked to use your own towel and asked if they could please wash their hands before your massage and then gave them a little extra than the agreed upon price, everyone would be happy!

hdawson
August 22nd, 2010, 04:01 PM
MCC. And that might be interpreted as insulting. Why would you assume they don't wash their hands?

Sun R Bunns
August 23rd, 2010, 07:46 AM
MCC. And that might be interpreted as insulting. Why would you assume they don't wash their hands?

As they said,,,,,,it's on the beach.......you aren't going to die from someone who's sanitation standards are a little bit lower. Is ones bathroom where the bandaids and Neosporene kept as sterile as the ER? Same thing.

grumpyjr88
August 23rd, 2010, 11:24 AM
I can't imagine anything more relaxing than a massage on the beach. Here in DC and hour long massage can cost $200! So yeah, I am so not missing out on a $15 massage. I'll be doing the Dzibalchaltun ruins first and then heading back to the beach for a massage and a beer or two before heading back to the ship. I so can't wait!!

kopacetic24
August 24th, 2010, 03:19 AM
Count me in. I'm on the Triumph from in 2 weeks and Progresso is the first port. I am definitely going to do this $10/$15 massage. Cmon people, it's an hour for that much. Let's not be too picky. You can take precautions like mentioned in this post to keep it "clean" like bring your own towel. But about them washing hands..cmon, let's say they don't (which I think they do)..but let's say they don't..will it really kill you to have someone massage your back without washing their hands? You probably have stepped/sat/touched dirtier things on the ship by that time that it will be the least of your problems. Let's just accept that it is what it is and enjoy and appreciate the value.

brendaswise
September 14th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the Great Map... I will be in Progresso during my Carnival Cruise end of March... and I will use this map to get my massage

Sun R Bunns
September 19th, 2010, 05:27 PM
Well, I spent my $15 at Progreso stretched out on a massage table while a great set of hands relaxed me. It was wonderful...after a bucket of 5 beers and some sun,,it was the right thing to do for sure!!

ShineOn
September 29th, 2010, 01:54 PM
We did our first beach massage at Cozumel in May. It was wonderful, relaxing and inexpensive. To lay on the beach, smell and hear the waves, listen to the local bands in the background and have the ship in site, aahhhh. And the ship does charge around $245 for massages. Wasn't sure what I was going to do in port in November, but after reading this thread, it's beach and massage for me! Thanks for the tips on bringing our own towels, I wouldn't have thought about that.

ucstars
September 30th, 2010, 11:27 PM
No doubt the massages on the beach are great. I can't wait till next month to be back down there and that is certainly the first thing and then most likely the last thing I will do before going back to the ship. They are massages on the beach. There is no privacy so to speak but each time I have been there the ladies have been wonderful. They try to give you good for the money. I have never been disappointed. I agree with the person before who said take your own small hand towel to put where you put your face but other than that you are not naked so you won't have parts of you touching anything that could really hurt you. Won't be any more dangerous than sitting on the chairs on the beach. I always take a nice hot bath when I get back to the ship (to get the oil and sand off) and I always feel great. The massages are the best massges I have ever had. Enjoy!!!! Hey Gina...I will see you there. Look for me on the nearest table.

Cruisin'Mama7
April 21st, 2011, 10:23 AM
Both myself and daughter-in-law are sooo looking forward to our massages on the beach in about 3 weeks from now.:D What a special treat...with the sounds of the REAL surf vs. listening to a CD of surf sounds contained within 4 walls...there's no comparison! Plus the fact that somebody posted earlier that the ladies don't talk the entire time or push high-priced products.:) Another treat in itself! And let's not even talk about the price. Although it's now gone up to $20/hr, that's still dirt cheap! The last time I was in Progreso I didn't know about this deal, but I'm certainly going to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity when we get there this go-around. We can't wait to get to get this party started.:cool:

Cheers!:D

Cruisin' Mama

DebJ14
April 21st, 2011, 11:53 AM
What's up with the slightly offensive stereotypical comments? Do some folks really think that the masseuses don't sanitize their hands between massages just because they're Mexican? Or use the same towels? Or steal your valuables while you are getting your rub?

Sheesh.

They're cheap because a) it's a different economy and they can charge less and b) that's what the tourists expect - everything in Mexico is cheap - and they wouldn't pay a quality spa experience because it's 'too expensive'.

Sorry for the rant. :)

I totally agree with your comments. In fact I am sick of reading negative posts about Mexico and Mexicans. They are lovely, proud people.

I always get a massage in Mexico and they sanitize their hands and change the linens between customers. I would live in Mexico in a heartbeat if DH would just hurry up and retire.

My doctor always says a little dirt is good for you. The constant use of antiobiotic soaps, hand sanitizers and overuse of antibiotics have left us with immune systems that can't cope with the least little thing. We have wiped out the good bacteria leaving the superbugs to run rampant. You people just need to chill - a massage on the beach would do wonder for your attitudes.

hdawson
April 21st, 2011, 12:30 PM
Deb. If I was younger and healthier, I would move to Merida. Then I could have Mr Lawson for a neighbor.

DebJ14
April 21st, 2011, 04:20 PM
Deb. If I was younger and healthier, I would move to Merida. Then I could have Mr Lawson for a neighbor.

Wouldn't that be great! We are seriously considering retirement in Mexico and have looked at real estate all over. Merida is a lovely city, but just too darn hot and humid in the summertime. Merida makes a South Texas summer seem positively cool!

WilliamLawson
April 23rd, 2011, 02:55 PM
And it would be a pleasure to have you Mr Dawson, as a sane neighbor! In any case, we have plenty of rooms with the kids gone if you want to hang out a while! :D

Hope4MeToo
May 13th, 2011, 10:58 PM
William - since you live in Merida - I was wondering if you could tell me which you would recommend for a family fo 4 (ages 9 - 43) a trip to the Mayan Ruins or the beach? We plan on going to the beach in Cozumel, so I was leaning toward the Mayan Ruins (Uxmal) but I wondered how long the bus ride would be and if we would have time for a massage after before going to the ship

All opinions would be welcomed!

DangerDad
July 5th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Here is a map that I made showing the way to the beach:)


<3

Epic post.