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newtocruise11
December 16th, 2010, 10:53 PM
Going on a cruise next month that ports at Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico and Cozumel. We plan on doing a shore excursion in Cozumel, but not one in Progreso. What do people usually do there in Progreso if dont do excursion? Thanks!

PenguinLife
December 17th, 2010, 01:57 AM
There is no Progresso without an excursion, the cruise ship dock is at a man made island with a few shops and a parking lot at the end of an about 4 mile long causeway before getting to the security gate and the town of Progresso. (it is not much of a town).

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Progreso,+Yucat%C3%A1n,+Mexico&sll=30.828194,-93.240814&sspn=0.535382,1.234589&ie=UTF8&geocode=FQC1RAEdkL6n-g&split=0&hq=&hnear=Progreso,+Yucat%C3%A1n,+Mexico&ll=21.316723,-89.674873&spn=0.072602,0.154324&t=h&z=13


Ike

p.s. the cruise ship terminal is on the smaller of the 2 man made islands in the google map link

Rooster11
December 17th, 2010, 02:03 AM
I spent a few days in the Progresso area a couple of years ago (not part of a cruise).

Progresso is pretty much a slum. You can get relatively inexpensive food, drink and a massage from vendors staked out at the end of the pier. Beaches are not so good. Off beach, security would be a concern for females.

k2excursion
December 17th, 2010, 02:27 AM
They run continuous free shuttles between the ships and the town, so it's no big deal being so far out on the causeway. True, there's not much to the town. When Carnival first started going there, they went all out for cruisers. They threw a huge party all around the beach, and it was so awesome there! I loved it there in 2004. Then, when it became a regular cruise stop, it changed. Now, they don't do much, except that there's more people lined up everywhere trying to sell stuff. Some people like the cheap massages on the beach. The outdoor market where the buses get off has some good buys, especially on souvenirs. We bought 4 t-shirts for $10.

Autoprogresso is who runs those free shuttles. And they also do tours, which you will be told about before getting off the shuttle. You can pay them in cash right there and go on one of their tours. We used them to go to the Ux-Mal Mayan ruins. It was nice, and we had a half-empty bus. Carnival excursions try to pack the buses tight, if they can. That Autoprogresso excursion was $49, but they have other, closer tours that are cheaper.

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 06:36 AM
Progreso is like Cozumel 30 years ago, and no it's not a slum:rolleyes: It's one of my favorite stops and can't wait to go back in Feb!!:D The people are so happy to have visitors as it is a major source of income but I haven't found anyone unpleasant with a "no thank you" and a smile:) The beachfront has some great restaurants, all local, no chains. Most will serve you right on the beach and I love it there!! Enjoy!!

Merida is one of Mexico's gems of colonial cities and it's a half hour away if you enjoy history and architecture, beautiful plazas and churches, and some "old Mexico"...

As another poster said, Autoprogreso is a reliable source of excursions if you want ruins and many other choices in and around Progreso...it's a great port for on-your-own or with a tour...

Tedro1
December 17th, 2010, 08:08 AM
Take the shuttle into town, get the 20 minute, $3 double decker tour around the town, then take off into the city market, walk the beach, or get a cheap massage. The city market isn't the souvenir encampment near the shuttle drop. The street along the beach was under major construction last week, and looked to be so for a while, but the sidewalks are OK.

Lots of tours will be pitched near the shuttle drop, but as mentioned above, a polite "no, thank you" will work.

Merida is probably a better choice if one wants to spend most of the day "looking around".

jimbo5544
December 17th, 2010, 08:11 AM
Progreso is like Cozumel 30 years ago, and no it's not a slum:rolleyes: It's one of my favorite stops and can't wait to go back in Feb!!:D The people are so happy to have visitors as it is a major source of income but I haven't found anyone unpleasant with a "no thank you" and a smile:) The beachfront has some great restaurants, all local, no chains. Most will serve you right on the beach and I love it there!! Enjoy!!

Merida is one of Mexico's gems of colonial cities and it's a half hour away if you enjoy history and architecture, beautiful plazas and churches, and some "old Mexico"...

As another poster said, Autoprogreso is a reliable source of excursions if you want ruins and many other choices in and around Progreso...it's a great port for on-your-own or with a tour...
Floatie, I totally agree with you. I was reading some of the other posts saying what????? Op, go into town, it is as Floatie says. Cozumel before we Americanized it. People are lovely and authentic. Enjoy.

okgirl
December 17th, 2010, 08:18 AM
And I've heard some of the best Conch anywhere........I'll be back there with Floatie in February and agree.....I can't wait

JDsafeman
December 17th, 2010, 08:19 AM
We have been there three times. A day trip into Merida is a lot of fun and I also recommend the Dzibilchaltun mayan ruins.
Shopping in town is a bit limited. If you just want a few souvenirs the shops at the pier are as good as any.

jimbo5544
December 17th, 2010, 08:53 AM
Nice beaches are bars/restaurants within walking distance of where the shuttle drops you off if you just want to hang.

*Mach*
December 17th, 2010, 09:05 AM
I spent a few days in the Progresso area a couple of years ago (not part of a cruise).

Progresso is pretty much a slum. You can get relatively inexpensive food, drink and a massage from vendors staked out at the end of the pier. Beaches are not so good. Off beach, security would be a concern for females.


Wow... were we in the same Progreso? I thought it was a lovely place... not glitzy and commercial like Cozumel or Grand Cayman but friendly and tropical.

The beach is gorgeous...

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff313/mach_man/Crazies%20in%20Ecstasy%20Feb%2020/Ecstasy192.jpg
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http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff313/mach_man/Crazies%20in%20Ecstasy%20Feb%2020/Ecstasy211.jpg

and security was never an issue...

Progreso is one of my favorite ports of call... I'd go there at the drop of a hat and that hat will drop in February...

:)

Sargent_Schultz
December 17th, 2010, 09:07 AM
There's beaches, bars, restaurants, shopping, the double-decker bus. More like real Mexico and less expensive than the 51st state - Cozumel.

Here is an example of a day in Progreso with no shore excursions. Start by jumping on one of the free shuttle buses to the city. They run continuously.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/fantasy_c_07/progreso/p.htm

halos
December 17th, 2010, 09:10 AM
Progreso is like Cozumel 30 years ago, and no it's not a slum:rolleyes: It's one of my favorite stops and can't wait to go back in Feb!!:D The people are so happy to have visitors as it is a major source of income but I haven't found anyone unpleasant with a "no thank you" and a smile:) The beachfront has some great restaurants, all local, no chains. Most will serve you right on the beach and I love it there!! Enjoy!!

Merida is one of Mexico's gems of colonial cities and it's a half hour away if you enjoy history and architecture, beautiful plazas and churches, and some "old Mexico"...

As another poster said, Autoprogreso is a reliable source of excursions if you want ruins and many other choices in and around Progreso...it's a great port for on-your-own or with a tour...

I SO agree with floatingaway!!!!!

Slum :rolleyes:
OP: Go to Merida...it's fabulous.

jimbo5544
December 17th, 2010, 09:11 AM
Wow... were we in the same Progreso? I thought it was a lovely place... not glitzy and commercial like Cozumel or Grand Cayman but friendly and tropical.

The beach is gorgeous...

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff313/mach_man/Crazies%20in%20Ecstasy%20Feb%2020/Ecstasy192.jpg
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff313/mach_man/Crazies%20in%20Ecstasy%20Feb%2020/Ecstasy197.jpg
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff313/mach_man/Crazies%20in%20Ecstasy%20Feb%2020/Ecstasy211.jpg

and security was never an issue...

Progreso is one of my favorite ports of call... I'd go there at the drop of a hat and that hat will drop in February...

:)
Totally agree Mach.....as usual, you said it much better....:)

Sargent_Schultz
December 17th, 2010, 09:27 AM
If you like octopus, they harvest a lot from the area. :)

Thirsty Cruiser
December 17th, 2010, 10:13 AM
There is no Progresso without an excursion,
Incorrect. Take the free shuttle into town. From there, you can walk to the beach, or take the bus to Merida.

Floatie, I totally agree with you. I was reading some of the other posts saying what????? Op, go into town, it is as Floatie says. Cozumel before we Americanized it. People are lovely and authentic. Enjoy.

One of my favorite ports, and different from any other I have been to. Once dropped off in town, head back towards the beach, a few blocks. When you reach the beach, turn right and walk down the beach until you find an empty palapa with chairs. The restaurants provide service to these and the prices are very reasonable. My favorite is El viejo y el mar (The Old Man and the Sea). There are a few "vendors" that will try to sell you stuff, but for the most part they are respectful.

Save in-town shopping for after your beach day. They seem to be most willing to negotiate then, and you don't have to carry your stuff around with you all day.

jimbo5544
December 17th, 2010, 10:39 AM
Incorrect. Take the free shuttle into town. From there, you can walk to the beach, or take the bus to Merida.



One of my favorite ports, and different from any other I have been to. Once dropped off in town, head back towards the beach, a few blocks. When you reach the beach, turn right and walk down the beach until you find an empty palapa with chairs. The restaurants provide service to these and the prices are very reasonable. My favorite is El viejo y el mar (The Old Man and the Sea).
YES, did much the same thing. We sunned and ate and had a wonderful time. Young enterprising youth asked if he could "waiter" for us from the Restaurant (drinks and food). He ran back and forth with menus, and items. Tipped him well and spent some time talking with him about the area and what he thought about cruisers etc. It was one of the best "non-excursions days" we have ever done. :)

beargrass1
December 17th, 2010, 11:08 AM
DW and I were there last July. The only thing I had bad happen was that my beer got warm while I was in the water.:D

jimbo5544
December 17th, 2010, 11:10 AM
DW and I were there last July. The only thing I had bad happen was that my beer got warm while I was in the water.:D
Hmmmmm, never had that problem....mine was they seemed to evaporate:eek:

wilee
December 17th, 2010, 06:40 PM
Thank for the pictures and info. Have been trolling around a bit for this

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 07:13 PM
AH!! I couldn't wait to get home from work and find my Progreso pics!! Now I am WAY homesick to get back there!!

This is from our trip in Feb 2009 with the bloggers:D

First, the port area is cute with a little bar outside and some shopping inside the port building...there are buses that run back and forth to town, it's unbelievable how long that pier is, I will show you from town in a bit...

The little outside bar and there's a little pool too!!
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2262.jpg

Elvis is still in the house here, it's retro fun, like the whole town:)
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2263.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2264.jpg

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 07:20 PM
Then you get on the shuttle to town, compliments of AutoProgreso who sell their tours all the way down the seven mile or so ride...they drop you in front of an outdoor market but save that for last, it's the same place you go back to when you head back for the shuttle to the ship...

I suggest the double decker bus ride it's a hoot!! I read now it's 3.00 bring exact cash please...and I wait for a new bus to come so I can get upstairs and ride on top...just mind the powerlines lol....

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2269.jpg

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Here's a bunch of crazies filling up the top of the bus while we rode around for about 20 minutes and saw the beach, the malecon, and where we knew we would head back to after the ride!! If you've never been, it's a GREAT way to get acquainted with the town!!
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2265.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2267.jpg

Here's the apartment I wanted, it was for rent...
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2272.jpg

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 07:25 PM
Down some streets and now along the beach...
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2279.jpg

Massages here and everywhere along the beach...
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There's the ship!!
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floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 07:30 PM
We headed back to the beach to the place we picked for lunch...
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Pretty soon our Carnival dancers came along and had some fun on the beach...
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2326.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2345.jpg

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh one of the best days ever!!! You will love it!!!

1frayfan
December 17th, 2010, 07:32 PM
Thanks for all of the insight on this port. We are looking to visit here on a cruise this next year.

Meyer2
December 17th, 2010, 09:19 PM
Great pictures!!! I can't wait to visit Progreso!

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 09:59 PM
Thanks for all of the insight on this port. We are looking to visit here on a cruise this next year.

Great pictures!!! I can't wait to visit Progreso!

You will love it and please, come back and tell us about it!!!:D

The4Cruisers
December 17th, 2010, 10:04 PM
First, the port area is cute with a little bar outside Elvis is still in the house here, it's retro fun, like the whole town:)
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2263.jpg

Great pic! The stool that Elvis appears to be pointing to is where I sat when bought my son his first beer! He was 18 at the time, so he couldn't drink in the US or on the cruise ship. :cool:

floatingaway2525
December 17th, 2010, 10:18 PM
Great pic! The stool that Elvis appears to be pointing to is where I sat when bought my son his first beer! He was 18 at the time, so he couldn't drink in the US or on the cruise ship. :cool:

HAHAHA what a great memory good for you:) I signed that Corona sign right around there!!

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/It%20was%20ECSTASY%20042808/42ce1a51.jpg

Meyer2
December 17th, 2010, 10:24 PM
You will love it and please, come back and tell us about it!!!:D

Will do!! I am sure I will do another review as I enjoyed doing one from my 1st cruise!

Thanks again!

jimbo5544
December 19th, 2010, 01:18 PM
Thanks Floatie! Your pics make me want to go back as well! It is a prett unique port or call!

h_blond2
December 19th, 2010, 01:24 PM
Although Progreso isn't my favorite place in the world, we managed to have a good time there. When we first got there, we took the double decker bus tour and I really enjoyed it, we were the only people on the bus!! After that we walked around town and went to the beach for about and hour or so. The beach was nice, but people were constantly trying to sell stuff and that did get on my nerves! After that we went on a tour of the Dzibilchaltun Mayan ruins, which we booked through Auto Progreso and saved a lot of money that way! The ruins were amazing and I would love to tour them again one day when I have more time. Progreso can be a fun place, you just have to do a little planning! :D Enjoy your cruise!

hdawson
December 19th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Anyone going to Progreso should checkout www.yucatantoday.com. An excellent visitor's guide to the Yucatan state. Not like Cancun, Cozumel or northern border towns. Do your research to fully enjoy. Very safe.

birdy
December 20th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Does anyone know if there is a place to buy sand toys (pails, shovels)? We have 4 kids with us and they would love some and we would love to give them away at the end of the day.

Thirsty Cruiser
December 21st, 2010, 09:32 AM
Does anyone know if there is a place to buy sand toys (pails, shovels)? We have 4 kids with us and they would love some and we would love to give them away at the end of the day.

The shuttle drops you off at the craft market (used to, at least), but I don't recall seeing sand toys there. Progreso does have a small town area, but you may have to look around. Be prepared if you walk past the butcher shop carnage.

butterfly08
December 21st, 2010, 01:48 PM
I enjoyed Progresso on our cruise that docked there on December 13th. We hired a private guide I found from this board by the name of "Pablo." He took us to see Uxmal, among other places. His prices were reasonable, and he was very knowledgeable! This is his info rabbit777mx@yahoo.com. His website is below... Message me if you have questions. We three ladies really enjoyed him!

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lisaland15
December 21st, 2010, 01:53 PM
Does anyone know if there is a place to buy sand toys (pails, shovels)? We have 4 kids with us and they would love some and we would love to give them away at the end of the day.

I think I might have seen them on the ship for sale--pricey, though. We just pack our own from home. Our daughter liked playing with them in the cabin's shower, too. We live close to the port, so luggage space isn't an issue.

r121567
December 21st, 2010, 06:17 PM
I was there a couple of years ago with husband & 2 teenage boys. We were with a group - we started out at the beach, had drinks and a snack - it was pleasant but we got bored. We went to the local bus station and with a little bit of spanish and a few pasos, we took local transporation to Merida for a day of shopping & sight seeing. They boys preferred the Cozumel version of Mexico which I explained was more American than most of Houston! Progresso is more authentic Mexico - not so Americanized.

trk3
January 22nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
Floatie, thanks for those pictures! I am looking forward to it! 20 days to go!!

Raven Days
January 24th, 2011, 07:45 PM
When I visited Progesso the first time I fell in love with it! I am taking this next cruise just because of Progresso! I didnt care for Cozumel the 1st time around, but I am going to give it another try. I dont snorkle or dive so I want History, art and shopping when I go. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Also I think this time I might venture to Merida on the $20 trip, just wanted to know if anyone else has used this and had a good exprience. How long do they allow you and where all do you go?

suezyq50
January 24th, 2011, 10:33 PM
When I visited Progesso the first time I fell in love with it! I am taking this next cruise just because of Progresso! I didnt care for Cozumel the 1st time around, but I am going to give it another try. I dont snorkle or dive so I want History, art and shopping when I go. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Also I think this time I might venture to Merida on the $20 trip, just wanted to know if anyone else has used this and had a good exprience. How long do they allow you and where all do you go?
We did a Merida, $25 tour, last week with autoprogresso. This took us to a cathedral, government building, town square, and general guide history. They offer several tours.

MacysMimi
January 26th, 2011, 05:58 PM
When I visited Progesso the first time I fell in love with it! I am taking this next cruise just because of Progresso! I didnt care for Cozumel the 1st time around, but I am going to give it another try. I dont snorkle or dive so I want History, art and shopping when I go. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Also I think this time I might venture to Merida on the $20 trip, just wanted to know if anyone else has used this and had a good exprience. How long do they allow you and where all do you go?

you can do the same thing, on your own for $3.00 round trip.....You will be on the same auto progresso bus as what the tour is.....it will drop you at the bus station in Merida...walk a couple blocks down to the square and start your own tour....Everything is right there....the cathedral, the governor's mansion.....when you've seen everything, walk back over to the bus station and catch the next bus back to Progresso....Me, my sis and my dad did this last October and had a blast....

Here's a few pics:

Cathedral des Americas
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Governor's mansion
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Inside the Great Hall
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Courting Chairs in the Plaza
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Plaza.....
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9cf26b3127ccef8db27d6396400000060O00EbOGrVo1csg e3nwM/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Merida shopping
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9cf26b3127ccef8da9e54596e00000060O00EbOGrVo1csg e3nwM/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Hope this helps!

Cool Breeze Cruiser
January 27th, 2011, 01:42 PM
There are some shops & a couple of bars as you get off the ship.

Auto Progreso provides free shuttles to go down the 5 mile pier into Progreso. After we got off the shuttle, we went over to a relatively new beach resort called Silcer beach Club that is also a marina that is geared towards cruise ship passengers & is only about 10 minutes away. It was $15 each for transportation to & from there & the use of the facilities.

We were impressed. For the $15 each we paid we got roundtrip transportation with vans leaving every 30 minutes, nice beach chairs, pool, VERY clean nice restrooms & showers, & the use of ocean kayaks.

They had an all-inclusive liquor package for $25 each or food & liquor for $35. We did not plan to stay that long so we just paid as we went. We saw one family that was really getting their monies worth though! Beer was $3 each. We also ordered chips & salsa that was very good. The salsa had lime in it giving it a different flavor. The service was EXCELLENT. The family that did the AI had a waiter almost at their beck & call.

The beach was nice (it is not Barbados nice but much nicer than at the Reef or what we saw of the beach close to the pier (the seaweed was horrible the day we were there). We had a view of the ship from the beach.

My DH & I took a long walk down the beach & met some really nice people that were wintering in Progreso in condos. We watched some locals out fishing & pulling their cart with their catch down the beach. It was really very quaint & not crowded at all! If you like to collect shells we saw TONS of beautiful shells on the beach while we were walking.

Massages were available & there was only one vendor there selling his wares & he only approached us once!

The man that told us about Silcer Beach Club, Cristobal Figueroa (he said everybody calls him Cris) showed up to make sure we were having a good time. I told him I wanted to post about the Silcer Beach Club on CC when I got back so he gave me a card. If anyone is interested his e-mail is criss.tours@live.com or his website is www.crisstours.webs.com (http://www.crisstours.webs.com/)

Progreso is very quaint & the people there are so friendly.
Juli
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habby
January 27th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Thanks Sharon. We'll be in Progreso in a couple of weeks and I was just going to come and ask if you can get off the double-decker bus (try doing a search for that!) and walk around Merida, and then catch another bus to get back to the port. Looking forward to Progreso even more now!!

hdawson
January 28th, 2011, 11:21 AM
Besides this board, another great resource for your portcall is www.yucatantoday.com
An excellent visitor's guide.

seguincruiser
February 6th, 2011, 11:00 AM
Went there a couple of times in 2007 and while not my favorite place it was ok. Had great weather considering I went in Jan and Feb. In Jan my best friend and I took the Dzibilchaltun Mayan ruins thru Carnival. It was very interesting but a long day. The second time in Feb I went with DH and our three kids. We got off the ship early and went to the beach for about 45mins. Many vendors and stray dogs came up to us. We walked back into town where autoprogresso runs tours and hoped on one to Merida. While we were waiting for bus to fill up bought some stuff from little flea market. The tour was good but wish we had just a little more time there.

TThompson05
February 8th, 2011, 11:57 AM
AH!! I couldn't wait to get home from work and find my Progreso pics!! Now I am WAY homesick to get back there!!

This is from our trip in Feb 2009 with the bloggers

First, the port area is cute with a little bar outside and some shopping inside the port building...there are buses that run back and forth to town, it's unbelievable how long that pier is, I will show you from town in a bit...

The little outside bar and there's a little pool too!!


Elvis is still in the house here, it's retro fun, like the whole town:)
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk242/floatie2525/Bloggers%20Fantasy%20022009/IMG_2263.jpg



I knew I could count on a great review from you Floatie. You tell it like it is. That's pretty cook about your son's 1st drink.....

you can do the same thing, on your own for $3.00 round trip.....You will be on the same auto progresso bus as what the tour is.....it will drop you at the bus station in Merida...walk a couple blocks down to the square and start your own tour....Everything is right there....the cathedral, the governor's mansion.....when you've seen everything, walk back over to the bus station and catch the next bus back to Progresso....Me, my sis and my dad did this last October and had a blast....

Here's a few pics:

Cathedral des Americas


Governor's mansion


Inside the Great Hall


Courting Chairs in the Plaza


Plaza.....

Merida shopping


Hope this helps!

My brother and all of his kids and grandkids are going for their 40 wedding anniversary cruise. This helps so very much...:)

lbrav
February 14th, 2011, 02:46 PM
There is no Progresso without an excursion, the cruise ship dock is at a man made island with a few shops and a parking lot at the end of an about 4 mile long causeway before getting to the security gate and the town of Progresso. (it is not much of a town).

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Progreso,+Yucat%C3%A1n,+Mexico&sll=30.828194,-93.240814&sspn=0.535382,1.234589&ie=UTF8&geocode=FQC1RAEdkL6n-g&split=0&hq=&hnear=Progreso,+Yucat%C3%A1n,+Mexico&ll=21.316723,-89.674873&spn=0.072602,0.154324&t=h&z=13


Ike

p.s. the cruise ship terminal is on the smaller of the 2 man made islands in the google map link


wow i just pulled this pic up.. this is going to sound crazy for someone going on a cruise but i am terrified of bridges over the water! Is that bridge not as scary as it looks??

DebJ14
February 14th, 2011, 07:50 PM
wow i just pulled this pic up.. this is going to sound crazy for someone going on a cruise but i am terrified of bridges over the water! Is that bridge not as scary as it looks??

Don't think of it as a bridge. They built a very long, wide jetty and then paved the top of it.

CMOTO
February 14th, 2011, 09:51 PM
can you still get a massage for 15 for a hour on the beach????

parentsof5
February 15th, 2011, 11:22 AM
Can someone post directions from the Square in Merida to the bus station?

I just read a recent review that said they got a $20/hour massage in Progreso. :)

MacysMimi
February 15th, 2011, 01:41 PM
Can someone post directions from the Square in Merida to the bus station?

I just read a recent review that said they got a $20/hour massage in Progreso. :)

I can't remember the street name, but it's one of the main one's around the square....the bus station is 2-3 blocks down that same street....it is NOT hard at all to find the bus station....and there's lots of shopping along the way...

As for the massage.....On the beach they wanted $35.00 last week when we were there....We found some very nice young ladies one block OFF the beach who gave the most enjoyable 1 hour massage for $15.00.....I gave her a $20.00 and told her to keep the $5.00 for a tip....she was well worth it....They had 9 beds in this palapa and every bed was full....LOL.....I was so relaxed, I didn't know if I would be able to walk back TO the ship:D

Ok, I just went and looked it up on Frommer's....The street is Calle 62.....I'll try to insert the link for the map I pulled up....you can see it says Auto Progresso Terminal.....
http://www.frommers.com/images/destinations/maps/jpg-2006/487303-mp0803meratt.jpg

hernandoms
February 15th, 2011, 04:07 PM
Has anyone done the reef beach resort? I know it is 45.00 with autoprogeso. thanks

kelkel2
February 15th, 2011, 04:11 PM
My husband and I visited Progresso last year. We didn't do an excursion as we really didn't want to do much but get off the ship, buy some cheap tequila and get back on. We did shop in the port area where there are maybe 20 at the most shops set up.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION...there is a guy at the Corona beach that has a whistle, he is a local and not a tourist, he carries around a bottle of water, not really water, but some pink liquid it in. When we walked in the shopping area he was blowing his whistle and grabbing women and pushing their heads back and attempting to pour the liquid down their throats. On our way back he grabbed me, and if it weren't for my husband, he would have gotten me too. Now I don't really think I was in any danger per say, but I really don't think it's all that great of an idea to have some unknown liquid poured down your throat. Like I said, just a word of caution.

kayleesmeme
July 11th, 2011, 12:47 PM
There's beaches, bars, restaurants, shopping, the double-decker bus. More like real Mexico and less expensive than the 51st state - Cozumel.

Here is an example of a day in Progreso with no shore excursions. Start by jumping on one of the free shuttle buses to the city. They run continuously.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/fantasy_c_07/progreso/p.htm


Thank you so much !!! Such beautiful pictures. I cant wait to go !

skylark3000
July 4th, 2014, 04:41 PM
So this seems like a slower day before big day in cozumel...so just hang on the beach or something? whats the name of the city? any good cigar places?

h_blond2
July 4th, 2014, 06:22 PM
We always book a tour with Autoprogreso. They are very professional and their prices are cheaper than Carnival's.

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h_blond2
July 4th, 2014, 06:25 PM
Has anyone done the reef beach resort? I know it is 45.00 with autoprogeso. thanks

I have, but I don't think they go to the Reef Club anymore....I think the price increased. Last summer we went to Technotel beach with AP and we loved it!

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tncap
July 7th, 2014, 04:23 PM
I was tempted to book the AI with Autoprogreso a few months ago but we all elected just to shop/hang out on the beach.

Purvis1231
July 7th, 2014, 06:01 PM
We are thinking about doing the AI with Autoprogreso and would be grateful for some more feedback. Is it safe? Is it a place to bring a child? How is the beach, food, pool?

SeaBands
July 13th, 2014, 12:56 PM
colony with several US expats involved. You will find plenty to buy that you never see in other ports or Mexican cities.

CarribbeanTina271
July 14th, 2014, 04:38 PM
Looking for a beach to enjoy with really pretty water


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JimAOk1945
July 16th, 2014, 10:20 PM
It's interesting how these old threads keep getting revived. This one was started in December 16th, 2010 (see post #1). :D

mymi
July 19th, 2014, 04:21 PM
I've seen people post about a beach to relax at right off the pier. Can anyone tell me about this. We don't want a 5 hr long excursion as we will be with our 3yr old. Just a place to kick back and relax enjoy the scenes, and mostly a place good for a 3yr old. Any help would be great, and we don't mind doing a little shopping.