Just 30 minutes from Merida, the beach town of Progreso will bring you a wide variety of experiences as you stroll through its picturesque streets and walk the “malecón” in a fun family atmosphere.
Before visiting Progreso for one or more days, we recommend you to bring:
- Comfortable clothes
- Tennis and flip flops
- Sunscreen (SPF 50)
Getting to Progreso can be done in 3 different ways, the recommended option is by bus from the city center. The station is located on Calle 62 between 65 and 67 Centro, Mérida, where for only 17 pesos they take you to the port at the station located a few blocks from the Malecón.
Other transportation options are:
Taxi – 30 min – From $290 to $350.
Car – 30 min – From $60 to $100
(although note that getting a taxi out there is usually easy; however, getting back at night is more expensive and sometimes hard to find an available Uber or taxi).
Your day can start with a delicious breakfast at 6am at the local market near “malecón” or at 8am in Crabster or Alamdía, they are both 5-star restaurants with ocean views and food that looks like a work of art.
Crabster Seafood & Grill Progreso
In addition to the spectacular view, Crabster offers you an exquisite dining experience with fresh seafood, reservations are recommended.
4.5 Stars on google (6,345 reviews)
Almadía “Casa de Puerto” Restaurante
Here you will find the combination of art and gastronomy with dishes made with love in a luxurious environment facing the sea.
Followed by a walk or bike ride along the “malecón” where you will find a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and eco-tourism experiences on one of the most instagram beaches in the Yucatan area.
Instagram spots at the "malecón"
Be ready with your cell phone or professional camera, during your tour on the “malecón” you will find different spots with sculptures that you will love.
- The Whale Skeleton
- Hammerhead Shark
- The Pirate Ship
- Flamingo Set
- The Kukulcan Pyramid
- The “I Love Progress” Sign
Different pieces of animatronic dinosaurs are on display where you can learn while having fun. The museum is located at the “malecón” in Progreso.
Remember to bring cash to take advantage of the snacks and drinks offered by the stalls and street vendors that are all over the Progreso boardwalk. Enjoy the delicious marquesitas (local crepes), cold coconuts, raspados (local frozen drinks), corn, and more.
Here you will also find places that offer bathroom services and showers at affordable prices or different hotels where you can rent a room with an ocean view.
Silcer Beach Club
Open to the public here you can enjoy a restaurant, bar, pool, beach area and restrooms. They have a pool for children as well as games on the beach and excellent service from the staff. Reservations can be made.
In Progreso, there are multiple options to eat fresh seafood in different presentations and seasonings or snack on Yucatecan appetizers. We share our favorite places with prices for all audiences.
Restaurat "El Toro"
In business for over 60 years, El Toro is a classic Yucatecan seafood restaurant and serves “botanas” snacks as soon as you sit down. It’s famous for its fried fish, and is absolutely packed with locals. It’s known as one of the best local restaurants in town.
Super fresh food in an excellent location facing the sea with colorful spaces and affordable prices. We recommend the mummy shrimp. Delicious!
A unique gastronomic experience in a restaurant voted as the best in Progreso for its exceptional food and first-class service that will make you feel pampered.
The day does not end after the obligatory photo with the sunset at the chocolate pier. The night is just beginning and Progreso has everything ready to make you spend the best night out in Yucatan. We recommend some places that we loved.
Designed with a rustic style in a bohemian atmosphere, here you can enjoy a fun night with delicious drinks.
A different concept to enjoy with friends or family, it has a pool and regional and international cuisine in intimate spaces with beautiful decoration.
Progreso is a destination with many activities to do as a couple, with friends or visiting with the family, below we share options to consider during your visit.
Callejón del Amor
Just 2 blocks from “malecón” there is this picturesque street that was restored to become spaces with beautiful murals, handicrafts and local snacks in a journey full of life and color.
One of the cutest and fun tourist attractions where you can live with the mini pigs. This activity is free and you can visit it throughout the week. From Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 13 hours you can swim with them. Do not miss it!
Just 200 meters from the entrance to Progreso you will find this crystalline mangrove in a reserve that has 3 cenotes and 2 “ojos de agua”, ideal for younger children.