Progreso, Mexico Cruise Port
Sailing through the Gulf of Mexico, you'll find the pretty cruise port of Progreso, Mexico, located in the northwestern part of the state of Yucatán. While a busy fishing port, it's also become a popular spot for cruise ships within recent years. Thanks to its proximity to many of the Mayan historical sites that have attracted people from all over the world, Progreso is the perfect stopping point for exploration, as well as just taking it easy in the warm to hot temperatures all year long. Summers are especially busy here, as residents from the state capital Mérida get closer to the seaside to spend time at the beach. Kiteboarding is hugely popular here, with several schools offering lessons regardless of your skill level. And those who love to fish may find they’re getting the best catches ever. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Progreso, Mexico:
There are several options to visit the ruins. If time is a consideration, the Mayan site of Dzibilchltun is the closest to Progreso. While less popular than Uxmal or Chichen Itza, Dzibilchltun was still important for Mayan ceremonies – and is only about 15 minutes from port.
The Reserva Ecológica El Corchito is managed by a co-op of 23 fishermen who have created a natural, protected space for the wildlife of the Yucatán. Along with shady mangrove trees (where you can take a nap in a hammock), multiple species of animals (such as birds, iguanas, and raccoons), and sparkling springs, it's a relaxing break from the crowds.
The area is famous for cenotes, which are freshwater pools fed by underground springs and a perfect escape from the heat. There are plenty of tours that will take you to the most popular cenotes. These include Cenote Yokdzonot (which is further from Progreso) and the cool Cenote San Ignacio, found in a cave and known for its unique blue color.
The waterfront area known as Malecón de Progreso has a lovely, clean beach where visitors can swim and play. There's also a nearby crafts market and plenty of souvenir shops to browse.