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kayweathers
June 28th, 2008, 01:12 PM
I sailed Carnival Holiday June 21, 2008 and Progreso was one of our ports. I have to say that after reading reviews, I was a little skeptical.
However, once we got there we realized that this is indeed the real Mexico and we had a blast!!!
We took the free bus from the pier into the market area. Once there, we rode the double decker bus for only 2 bucks. They take you along a 20-25 min tour of Progreso. We then walked to Corona beach where we got 40 min massages on the beach for only 20 bucks! These were awesome and I highly recommend doing this. If you wait until later in the day after everyone begins to leave, they will do them for 2 for 1. After our massage, we did the banana boat ride for $5 dollars each. This was fun! We then rented beach chairs for $2 each, but I think if you sit under the umbrellas you don't have to pay. We ordered margaritas and had a blast. Although, the water isn't very clear, the beach is still very nice.
I did get a sting while in the water of Corona beach. I'm not sure what it was (Jelly Fish, Star Fish, etc.) I wasn't very far out, when something snuck up and stung me on my toe. It was very painful!! My husband helped me out of the water and I did bleed pretty bad and my toe did have a bit of swelling. It was okay after a day or so.
Overall, Progeso is a great port and we are planning on taking a land vacation there. If you want souvenirs we found that the bargaining is easier in Progeso than Cozumel. Don't be put off by all the negative reviews, go to Progreso and enjoy yourself!!

hdawson
June 28th, 2008, 01:34 PM
Kay. So glad you enjoyed your day in Progreso. You're right; no phony glitz in the Yucatan State. Thankfullly.

utahcousin
July 1st, 2008, 10:32 AM
When you go to the beach, you can get free chairs at any of the resturants, If you go about 2 blocks from the start of the beach you will find Buddy's resturant. The food is great, all USDA meat and the kitchen is clean and they use purified water for everything. The owner is a Dutch guy and his wife is Mexican and he speaks english. Great food and great time to be had. They have tables on the beach, and have lounge (beach chairs).

carly chloe
July 1st, 2008, 06:05 PM
Do you have any pics of Buddy's? I've only heard good things about it. Thanks.

kingfish78734
July 1st, 2008, 09:52 PM
Try this: http://www.yucatantoday.com/culture/eng-rotm-04-08.htm

cruzn buckeye
September 21st, 2008, 09:32 AM
okay, here is the dumb question of the day...considering Corona beach or Reef Club..I am sure Reef Club has bathrooms....what about the Corona beach area near Buddys? Sorry..girls need this info!

hdawson
September 21st, 2008, 11:18 AM
All the beaches in Progreso are free and public. No need to go to something called Carona Beach.

utahcousin
September 21st, 2008, 04:26 PM
Yes all the restaurants on the beach have bathrooms, some will charge you a few pesos if you are not eating/drinking at that resturant, others will not charge. There really is no such thing as Corona Beach in Progreso. The beach is all public, the name Corona Beach came about because Corona (the beer Company) has a restuarant on the beach and sell of course Corona beer. Try all the Bars/restuarants along the beach (malecon). Most will have covered tables on the beach and will serve you there. Some have beach lounge chairs for use if you are drinking/eating there.
Enjoy your stay in Progreso, It is the real Mexico.

cruzn buckeye
September 22nd, 2008, 07:10 PM
Yes all the restaurants on the beach have bathrooms, some will charge you a few pesos if you are not eating/drinking at that resturant, others will not charge. There really is no such thing as Corona Beach in Progreso. The beach is all public, the name Corona Beach came about because Corona (the beer Company) has a restuarant on the beach and sell of course Corona beer. Try all the Bars/restuarants along the beach (malecon). Most will have covered tables on the beach and will serve you there. Some have beach lounge chairs for use if you are drinking/eating there.
Enjoy your stay in Progreso, It is the real Mexico.

thanks!

Tncontrygirl
October 31st, 2008, 12:41 PM
How far down is the Corona Restaurant? My son who isnt going on the cruise with us, loves the Corona T-shirts....does the restuarant have a gift shop?

hdawson
October 31st, 2008, 02:44 PM
Buy the tee shirts anywhere.

The4Cruisers
November 1st, 2008, 09:28 PM
We were in Progreso last month and I agree that it is a fun stop. The 4 mile pier is interesting. We did take the $2 open top bus (watch out for the low hanging wires; they're serious about that warning!). Afterwards, we walked over to the beach area, had lunch at Buddy's, and then waded in the water for a few minutes before walking back to the pier bus stop.

Glitz and fancy shops are not to be found! But that's okay. The area is trying to become tourist-y and it will take awhile. But, it's fun as it is.

hdawson
November 1st, 2008, 10:02 PM
The4Cruisers. I honestly don't think the local residents ever want to be another Cozumel or Cancun. They really are a warm and happy people that are pretty content without the phony glitz.

Merida has a pretty healthy tourist trade, but more European (and even Asians) visiting than US. Americans are more attracted to the pure touristy areas and not interested in foreign culture or history. Even said, Merida and the Yucatan State do not depend on tourism for their existance.

choula
November 2nd, 2008, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the review of Progesso,, I have heard so many bad things about the place ..I was beginning dread our cruise coming up in Feb...I must agree it is in what you make of the trip that makes it great not the place.....we went to Kaui Hawaii a few years ago..and it was the best trip we had ever taken.. so we went back last X-mas and stayed on the other side of the island and it was dreadful....I only wished we had stayed at the same place as the first time... what do they say..."live and learn" well I have learned....stick with what you know.....:eek:

agrip76
November 3rd, 2008, 02:12 PM
They don't want any phony glitz, yet they will set up tacky tourist stands every two feet to make money.

Please.

hdawson
November 3rd, 2008, 03:19 PM
Agrip. You begrudge their efforts to feed their families? By comparison, have you been to Nassau, Cozumel, St Thomas, St Maarten or anyother cruise ports? Progreso and Merida don't even compare. BTW, if the visitor's were'nt interested in tee shirts, and other trinkets, do you think for one minute those vendors would waste their time?

kingfish78734
November 4th, 2008, 01:10 AM
Well said H. :)

Girlfiend
November 4th, 2008, 09:32 AM
Progreso is beautiful and lively. Don't listen to the haters--get off the boat and enjoy a truly unique seaside town.

clackey
November 4th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Progreso is beautiful and lively. Don't listen to the haters--get off the boat and enjoy a truly unique seaside town.
I concur. We have been to Progreso 3 times and found something different to do each trip. I would go back in a minute.

hdawson
November 4th, 2008, 09:53 PM
agrip. I've been wondering what ruins you explored? ? ? ?

Girlfiend
November 5th, 2008, 01:35 PM
I concur. We have been to Progreso 3 times and found something different to do each trip. I would go back in a minute.

I would love to go back, too! But now that Costa Maya is re-opening, it looks like we might be seeing fewer itineraries with Progreso?

I was happy that Progreso was substituted for Costa Maya on my cruise last May. In Progreso, it's easy to just walk around and find something to do in town and have a really authentic Mexico experience. Costa Maya, from what I've read anyway, just seems like a glorified cruise terminal village. Nothing to do there, just a place that exists to drive people to buy cruise line excursions. Or maybe I'm wrong--I'll find out when I go in January!

Have fun and drink a Sol for me, ;)

--Michelle

clackey
November 5th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Hey Girlfriend,

I wasn't crazy about Costa Maya either. I simply wasn't my cup of tea, but Chac-chi Resort was relief. I don't know if it is open yet but it is a nice laidback place with decent food, cold drinks and they even offer horse rides. You might check the Costa Maya board before your trip to see if they are back in business.

hdawson
November 6th, 2008, 07:44 AM
C, Kingfish, YT and others that post here regularily, If I go to Merida over Easter, maybe you might also be visiting and we could meet for coffee. I'ld like that.

susieqok76@yahoo.com
November 6th, 2008, 10:18 AM
I wonder if you could direct me where to go in Progresso for Tequilas/Rum. Not a drinker myself but friend are wanting me to bring back some and I don't have a clue? Sailing this Saturday on Holiday from Mobile.


Thanks in Advance!:)
SUSIEQ

hdawson
November 6th, 2008, 11:06 AM
La Cinco Soles has a great selection.

YucatanToday
November 6th, 2008, 08:31 PM
To buy liquor at a good price in Progreso, take the free shuttle to the Casa de Cultura. Walk south, away from the beach on Calle 80 to San Francisco supermarket. They have a decent selection and you'll also have the experience of shopping in a Mexican supermarket!! You can find spices and salsas that make great little gifts and souvenirs. We have a map of Progreso here: http://www.yucatantoday.com/maps/eng-progreso-map.htm

hdawson
November 6th, 2008, 08:42 PM
And don't forget to buy the vanilla.

kingfish78734
November 7th, 2008, 09:31 AM
C, Kingfish, YT and others that post here regularily, If I go to Merida over Easter, maybe you might also be visiting and we could meet for coffee. I'ld like that.

That would be great, H......Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be there for Easter though.

We are already booked on the Conquest in Sept 09 but we don't think we can wait that long before cruising, so we are looking into another 5 dayer on Ecstasy in February. We'll keep you posted as with us, and our work schedules, things frequently change.

We'd love to meet you for coffee sometime, although I would be drinking tea con leches. :)

rn2go2
November 10th, 2008, 08:05 PM
My son was on the USS Kitty Hawk during the time you were, I think
They called him PlayBaby, he worked on the helicopters

Magic City Cruiser
November 12th, 2008, 06:45 PM
[quote=kayweathers;15206482]I did get a sting while in the water of Corona beach. I'm not sure what it was (Jelly Fish, Star Fish, etc.) I wasn't very far out, when something snuck up and stung me on my toe. It was very painful!! My husband helped me out of the water and I did bleed pretty bad and my toe did have a bit of swelling. It was okay after a day or so.

Just booked a cruise in January with a stop in Progresso! Thanks for the review and tips.
Star fish don't sting or bite and Jelly Fish only sting so I'm thinking you got nipped by a crab! Or, could have been a ray barb. Rays will lay on the sand, partially covered, so shuffle those feet when walking in the water! They'll move before you can step on them if they know you're coming!:D

kingfish78734
November 13th, 2008, 08:33 AM
My son was on the USS Kitty Hawk during the time you were, I think
They called him PlayBaby, he worked on the helicopters

I was guns, bombs and missiles.....one of the guys wearing red shirts. Tell him Tim said Hi. Here's a website where former crew members can get together can reunite: http://www.navysite.de/crew.php?action=ship&squad=false&starty=1984&endy=1989&ship=CV%2063

tfsmithwv
November 25th, 2008, 06:54 PM
I took the cruise from Galveston in April 2008 just because it goes to Progreso. I had a great time. Great people. Not a tourist trap. Then I don't go on cruises to get drunk in a bar. Do that at home<G>. I love Mexican food and it is great with a local beer. They have Coronas down the street. I travel to experience something different. See the real Mexico, It's wonderful. I looked at great rental house on the beach that are real cheap in the brutal Yucatan winter<G>. Gets down in the 50s at night! GO.