Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, diverse natural wonders, and world-class cuisine, Yucatan is definitely a must-visit destination for travelers looking for an authentic Mexican experience.
It’s also one of the safest states in the country. In fact, its capital city, Merida, was recently ranked as the second safest city in North America and the number one safest city in Latin America.
While Yucatan may not boast Cancun’s legendary pristine beaches – and let’s face it, the bar is set quite high – it offers travelers a truly authentic and laid-back beach experience that sets it apart from other tourist destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula.
And Yucatan’s beach town Progreso is the perfect place to start. Located just under a 30-minute drive from Merida, this port town has been growing in popularity as Yucatan’s ultimate beach destination.
In fact, this year, Progreso is preparing to receive a whopping 2 million vacationers during July and August. So what is it about Progreso that captivates the hearts of both local and international travelers? Let’s find out!
Delightful Beaches & Thrilling Activities
Unlike its bustling Mexican Caribbean counterparts, Progreso Beach offers a serene and laid-back atmosphere that beckons visitors to embrace tranquility and relaxation by the sea.
Here, you can spread out your beach towel, bring your own drinks, and unwind while spending a quiet day in the sun.
But if you’re feeling fancy, worry not! Progreso offers a selection of beach clubs, such as the Silcer Beach Club and Corona Beach Club, where you can indulge in first-class amenities such as hammocks, lounge chairs, restrooms, showers, and even a refreshing pool.
For a thrilling experience, take a day excursion to Misnebalam, Progreso’s mythical ghost town. You can ride your own ATV, explore the abandoned Henequen haciendas, swim in a blue lagoon, and spend the rest of your day lounging at the Silcer Beach Club.
Don’t miss out on visiting the unique Cerditos Beach, named after eight adorable piglets who found a home along the coastline, where visitors have the unique opportunity to interact with these charming creatures.
Rich Cultural Experiences
Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecon or explore the Progreso Pier, one of the world’s longest piers, and witness the bustling activity of international shipping and cruise ship arrivals.
Don’t forget to venture into the Callejón del Amor, also known as Lover’s Alley, adorned with mesmerizing murals that tell stories of love and passion.
The fact that the alley’s former name was La Mugre (The Dirt), should be a good indicator of the municipality’s commitment to enhancing the town’s offerings.
Visit the Progreso Museum of Geology, a new cultural center where you’ll learn about the region’s natural history surrounded by exuberant and stylish architecture.
For a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries of the Mayans, the nearby Uxmal or Xcambó ruins await adventurous explorers.
Diverse Culinary Offerings
From fresh seafood tacos bursting with flavor to succulent grilled meats cooked to perfection, Progreso’s local cuisine will tantalize your senses.
At the Francisco I market, you can savor classic Yucatecan dishes like cochinita pibil, or local specialties such as Tikin Xik style fish, breaded grouper, and fish head soup.
If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience, Progreso has you covered. Along the Progreso Malecon, you’ll find a variety of top-notch restaurants, such as Almadia, which offers a selection of exquisite dishes, ranging from fresh seafood and succulent meats to delightful pastas.
For dessert, indulge in a marquesita, a crispy rolled treat filled with Nutella and cheese that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Breathtaking Natural Attractions
Progreso is a gateway to some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders. Dive into the magical world of El Corchito, an ecological reserve where you’ll embark on a boat tour through lush mangroves and arrive at a tranquil island paradise.
Witness the vibrant ecosystem teeming with birds, fish, and turtles, creating a symphony of nature’s wonders.
Explore La Ría, a picturesque channel that can be navigated by kayak or boat, immersing yourself in the captivating beauty of mangroves and lagoons.
And if you’re up for a short trip, head to Las Coloradas, where you can take that perfect Instagram shot at Yucatan’s legendary pink lagoons and see flamingos in their natural habitat.
Increased Safety Measures
At Progreso, the safety and peace of mind of travelers are of the utmost importance. The local authorities have implemented rigorous safety and cleanliness measures to ensure an enjoyable time for tourists visiting this summer.
With the Summer Operation 2023 in full swing, a collaborative effort involving various organizations and 700 dedicated personnel, Progreso is committed to providing a secure and clean environment for all visitors.
So you can relax and focus on creating incredible memories without any concerns. Happy traveling!
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