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Progreso (Mexico), Yucatán Cruise Port Guide Review (2023)

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All you must know about the Yucatán cruise port in Progreso (Mexico): where is the terminal and ships dock; top things to do on shore excursions, and on your own.

By: Editor-in-Chief Updated: May 30, 2023

The cruise port of Progreso (in Mexico) boasts a superior number of cultural attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Dzibilchaltun, and Uxmal; and the colonial city of Mérida located around 26.84 miles (43.2 km) south of the port.

There are also a few other pleasant things nearby for cruise visitors to do such as enjoying a day on a beach, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, or sightseeing.

  • Where is Progreso

Where cruise ships dock

  • Shuttle bus
  • To see and do in Progreso
  • Top highlights of Progreso and Yucatán
  • What's within walking distance
  • How to explore Progreso
  • Shore excursions (Shorex)
  • Discover on your own

Sightseeing and scooters

  • How to get around
  • Local cuisine, drinks, and lunch
  • Shops and shopping
  • Must-know: tourist info, language, currency, wi-fi and more
  • Safety, emergencies, and basics

Progreso is a regularly visited cruise port of call in the West Caribbean itineraries during the Fall and Winter seasons, with as many as 472,000 passengers and over 146 cruise ship visits in 2019.

The cruise port in Progreso has a pleasant ambiance, the area is neat and well kept. For the most part, Progreso is safe but advisable to use caution in crowded areas. The local population tends to be good-natured, polite, helpful and speak English reasonably well. For those cruising with families , there are a quite few fun things to do. Cruise passengers with disabilities or with walking difficulties will not find it too challenging to wander around in Progreso on your own.

Where is Progreso and the cruise port

Progreso, a small port city with a population of around 54,000, is strategically located in the Yucatán state, on the lovely North coast of Mexico, on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, 534.3 miles (859.8 km) South of Louisiana (USA).

Cruise ships dock on a 1,000 foot (330 meters) long pier with berths for up to 2 vessels to moor . At the end of this pier there is a modern terminal building with most basic services and amenities. The pier where cruise ships dock is perpendicular to the world's longest pier, known as Terminal Remota, which is around 4 miles (6.44 km) long.

Shuttle bus in Progreso

The cruise port in Progreso has a shuttle bus generously provided by the port authority. The shuttle bus will be parked just outside the cruise terminal, and the drop-off is at the Auto Progreso main bus station right in the town center. The shuttle bus is free, typically takes around 15 minutes, and runs every 20 minutes.

Things to do in Progreso cruise port

The port of Progreso is a singular port for cruise travelers interested in archeologic and historic sites. After all, this is the best port to explore the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá - one of the most famous UNESCO heritage sites - or the colonial city of Mérida.

Panoramic Photo of Amber Cove Port, Pier and Cruise Center

Chichén Itzá

Photo by Mariordo CC BY-SA 3.0

For those looking forward to relaxing day on a pristine beach , there are a few attractive options. And there are great outdoor activities to enjoy.

Cruise passengers who typically prefer to explore on your own will find it easy to meander on foot around Progreso. Cruise visitors will only find a few shops in Progreso, but there a few convenient places to buy local souvenirs and regional crafts.

Top highlights, sights and attractions in Progreso cruise port and Yucatán

  • Chichén Itzá archeological site  UNESCO Heritage site. Highlights:  Kukulkan Pyramid, Warriors’ Temple, circular observatory known as El Caracol. Distance from cruise port:  102 miles (164 km).
  • Uxmal Mayan ruins  UNESCO Heritage site. Highlight:  Pyramid of the Magician. Distance from cruise port:  75.4 miles (121 km).
  • Dzibilchaltún Mayan ruins  Highlights:  Temple of the Seven Dolls, National Ecological Park, and Cenotes. Distance from cruise port:  19.9 miles (32.1 km/meters).
  • Mayapán ruins  Highlights:  temples of Kukulcan and Redondo. Distance from cruise port:  57.8 miles (93.1 km).
  • Cenotes  Unique sights and experience. There are hundreds of cenotes (natural sinkholes) close to Progreso that can be visited on cruise excursions.
  • Mérida - the capital of Yucatan  Highlights:  Cathedral, the Paseo Montejo, museums housed in palaces like the Quinta Montes Molina or the Palacio Cantón. Distance from cruise port:  31.1 miles (50 km).
  • Izamal Town and Archeological Site  Smaller but older town than Mérida, Izamal (known as the Yellow City) has a wonderful quaint character and a couple of archeological ruins to visit. Distance from cruise port:  69.9 miles (113 km).
  • Flamingos and Xcambó  Near the archeological site of Xcambó visitors will watch hundreds of wide-winged flamingos. Distance from cruise port:  27.2 miles (43.8 km).
  • Progreso Beach, Malecón and Craft Market  Cruisers will not find any landmarks or cultural sites in Progreso City. However, the beach is a delight and has nice restaurants along the Malecón. The Craft Market is worth a visit on the way to the beach. Distance from shuttle bus drop-off:  0.4 mile (600 meters).
  • Beach Day-Pass  All cruise line and shore excursion online services offer day-passes to private beaches and resorts in Progreso such as Technotel, Silcer Beach Club, Vista Mar, or Costa Club. Distance from cruise port:  around 5.9 miles (9.4 km).
  • Outdoor activities  Close to the cruise port in Progreso, there are a few adrenaline pumping things to do such as jetski, horseback riding, kayaking, buggy tours, biking, caving, snorkel, or fishing.
  • Celestún Biosphere Reserve  To see and do:   kayaking in mangroves, watch flocks of flamingos, herons and pelicans, and secluded, off-track beaches. Distance from cruise port:  76.4 miles (123 km).
  • El Jaguar Golf Course  18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Distance from cruise port:  20.1 miles (32.4 km).

What's within walking distance and nearby

If you read on less accurate port reviews that you can walk from the cruise terminal to the city of Progreso, be aware that it is a 4-mile long walk in the sweltering Mexican sun. However, the city of Progreso has attractions which can be enjoyed on foot. More below about what to do in Progreso downtown.

How to explore Progreso for cruise travelers

Cruisers planning to explore the top highlights of Progreso port will discover that many attractions can only be explored on a shore excursion.

The city of Mérida is an exception, which is around 26.8 miles (43.2 km) south of Progreso and can be reached by bus in approximately 1 hour. Local buses depart to Mérida every 10 to 15 minutes and cost around $21 Mexican pesos (less than US$1) each way.

Cruise visitors that typically prefer to stay close to the port, will find the city of Progreso very easy to leisurely explore on foot. The shuttle bus drop-off at the Auto Progreso main bus station is no more than a 5-minute walk from the Malecón , the boardwalk, and main street along the vast beach of Progreso.

In one word, unless cruise travelers do not wish to venture farther than the pier and the modern terminal, there are 3 possible ways to discover the principal attractions of Progreso and Yucatan:

  • Book a Shore Excursion
  • Travel On Your Own

Shore excursions (shorex)

All cruise lines offer over 30 shore excursions to all notable highlights of Progreso and Yucatán. There are also many delightful excursions offered by the following reputable private online services:

  • Shore Trips
  • Shore Excursions Group
  • Shore Excursioneer
  • Auto Progreso
  • Shore Excursions Mexico

Explore on your own

To travel on your own, there are local taxis just outside the terminal building. The shuttle bus is the best way to travel to the small city of Progreso to enjoy the beach and restaurants by the Malecón and explore on foot. Cruise visitors that wish to travel to the key highlights on your own will find local buses in the drop-off bus station in Progreso.

In the city of Progreso, on Calle 80, close to the Malecón and the beach you will find scooters for rent and a small sightseeing bus that tours the city. Auto Progresso also offers a city tour on a colorful open bus - El Guajolotero . This panoramic 45-minute sightseeing tour around the city of Progreso costs US$9.00 per person, visiting the town square, the boardwalk, the sheltered port, the marinas, and a couple of local neighborhoods.

How to get around and transportation in Progreso, Yucatán, cruise port

As mentioned already, it is relatively easy to get around and explore Progreso on your own. Progreso and Yucatán have an acceptable transportation network although there are only a couple of few public services: taxis and buses.

Taxis and Uber

Cruise travelers will find a taxi dispatch righty outside the terminal close to the shuttle bus stop. Taxis do not offer specific excursions prices. Local drivers speak reasonable English. Taxis tend to be in excellent condition, are not metered, have AC, are reasonably affordable, and accept both US dollars and local currency.

Uber does operate in Progreso. If traveling to Mérida, Cabify is a good way to get around this large city. Expect to pay around US$50.00 for a taxi to Mérida, one-way, for 4 passengers. To correctly calculate a taxi or Uber fare to Mérida see Taxi Finder or Ride Guru .

Public Buses

Auto Progreso is the main bus operator in the State of Yucatán which is also the provider of the shuttle bus from the cruise pier to the city of Progreso. As mentioned before, the shuttle bus drop-off is at the main bus hub in the city, and from here there are regular buses to most notable highlights of Yucatán. Be aware that Auto Progreso also offers a number of organized tours to the top attractions and prices are radically different. For example, the regular bus fare between Progreso and Mérida costs around US$2.00 (return) while a guided tour will set you back between US$10 and US$26. Auto Progreso Website

Dining, local cuisine, drinks, quick bites, and lunch in Progreso

Cruise passengers looking forward to savoring local food will only find a few convenient places to enjoy delicious lunch, a light meal, or refreshing drinks by the Malecón in Progreso.

You may like to try typical cuisine like marinated meat wrapped in banana leaves (Pibil), stuffed tortillas (Sopes), chiles rellenos, empanadas, ceviche, seafood, lobster, or guacamole.

And local drinks such as mezcal, tequila, and all famous Mexican beers. Broadly speaking, eating and drinking in Progreso is relatively affordable . A full and excellent lunch will cost around US$15.00 per person. The following restaurants are well rated and ordered by distance from the start of the Malecón:

  • Los Henequenes
  • Le Saint Bonnet

Gifts, souvenirs, best shops and shopping in Progreso (Yucatán)

In Progreso cruise port there are quite a few shops selling souvenirs and local gifts. You will find most shops in 3 main areas: the cruise terminal , the central bus station , and in the city center on the Malecón and on Calle 80 (the main street which ends on the beach).

On this main street, the Mercado Popular is a large craft market painted in turquoise cruise visitors will not miss right in front of the 120-foot white lighthouse.

There is little more than a couple of local crafts and Mexican souvenirs for cruise travelers to take home besides hammocks, leather boots and hats, silver jewelry, vanilla, coffee, and hot sauces.

In the duty-free area of the cruise terminal, you will also find fragrances, tobacco, and alcohol with excellent prices , and typical stores like Pirana Joe or Rogers Boots.

Must-know: tourist info, language,and money

Tourist info.

There is a tourist info kiosk at the start of the Malecón, close to the Juan Miguel Castro monument by the beach.

Spanish is the official language. However, as in any major tourist cruise port, English is widely spoken.

Currency and ATMs

The Mexican peso is the official currency. Don't take for granted that the US dollars are accepted as in other Mexican cruise ports like Cozumel or Costa Maya. Like in the US$, the peso uses the $ sign and it can be sometimes confusing when seeing prices in Mexican pesos. When in doubt, makes sure you look for MX, Mex$, or MXN. The peso is divided into 100 centavos (cents). There are 5 different coins: 50 centavos, $1, $2, $5 and $10 pesos; and 6 larger bills: $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos.

Cruise travelers will not find an ATM at the terminal. But there is an ATM in the bus station where the shuttle stops in the city center. Close by, on Calle 80 #145, there is an HSBC bank with an ATM.

Credit and debit cards

Credit and debit cards are only accepted in some restaurants in Progreso and in Mérida.

Tipping and Haggling

Tipping: when at a restaurant a tip is appropriate as in the US (15-20%). You can tip taxi drivers but it is not expected. Haggling: it is normal and expected to haggle in any shop except on the duty-free shops with fixed prices in the cruise terminal.

Keep in touch: phones, wi-fi and Post Office

Wi-fi and internet.

There are a couple of bars in the cruise port terminal that offer free wi-fi for customers only. The bus station in Progreso where the shuttle bus drops-off provides free wi-fi.

Mexico Code: 52. To call the US or Canada dial 001 prior to the number. To call other countries dial 00 + country code + area code + local number. T-Mobile offers calls at 25 cents/min. and text at no cost. Other US phone providers may work but is advisable to check with your provider to avoid roaming charges.

Post Office

Cruisers will find the Mexpost (Mexican postal service) in the heart of the city of Progreso on Calle 31 #147, around 900 feet (300 meters) south of the main shuttle bus drop-off.

Safety, US travel advisory and basics

The pharmacies of Mexico are famous for selling over the counter medication that in other countries require prescriptions. In the city of Progresso, on Calle 80, two pharmacies are impossible to miss: Farmacias del Ahorro and Emérita Farmacias.

The Centro Médico Americano is the best and main hospital of the city of Progreso, delivering of health services of medium complexity to locals and visitors. The hospital is located on Calle 30 #320. cmaprogreso.com.mx

U.S. Consulate

There is a U.S. Consulate General in Mérida, open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except for U.S. and Mexican federal holidays. Phone from Mexico 999 316 7168, from the U.S. (1) 844 528 6611. U.S. Consulate

For comprehensive and updated information about traveling to Mexico see the U.S. Department of State website page evolving advisory.

Covid-19 advise for cruises to Progreso (Mexico)

For updated coronavirus (Covid-19) information and travel advice to Mexico and Costa Maya visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico . For more Traveler's Health advice to Mexico see the CDC Website .

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Progreso (Merida, Yucatan Mexico)

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Progreso cruise port

Region Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time 2024-07-06 20:14

Port Progreso cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Progreso, Merida, Yucatan Mexico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Progreso is a port city in the Yucatan state of Mexico. The port is located on the Gulf of Mexico (Caribbean Sea) in the state's northwestern part, approx 30 km (17 mi) highway distance north of Merida (Yucatan's capital and largest city). By population (around 40,000) Progreso is ranked Yucatan's 6th-largest town. The surrounding municipality covers an area of 270 km2 (104 mi2) and has total population around 50,000. The municipality also includes Scorpion Reef (with its 5 isles) located to the north, approx 130 km (80 mi). Federal Highway 180 links Progreso (via Merida) directly to Cancun (Quintana Roo) located approx 310 km / 190 mi to the east.

The port serves mainly the container shipping , cruise tourism and fishing industries. Progreso is one of the Caribbean's newest cruise ports with capacity to handle the world's largest passenger vessels. The town is also known as a balneario resort destination. Shore excursions in Progreso offer travel to Merida and the Mayan archaeological sites Dzibilchaltun (approx 16 km / 10 mi north Merida), Uxmal (approx 62 km / 39 mi south of Merida) and Chichen Itza (in Tinum Municipality, approx 115 km / 71 mi from Merida).

Puerto Progreso (locode MXPGO) is managed (leased by) APM Terminals Yucatan - subsidiary of APM Terminals (1001-founded, The Hague Holland -based international container terminal operator). In 2016-2018, the terminal nearly doubled its TEU-container volumes - from 80,000 to 140,000 TEUs. In 2019 was expected further growth of 20-35%.

Progreso Container Terminal handles 5 boxships per week and serves direct shipping lines connecting Mexico with USA and Europe. In August 2019, the company announced a major development project (budgeted USD 22,6 million) to expand (by 20%) and modernize port's container terminal. The facility is served by 82 employees and generates ~1000 indirect/logistics-related jobs.

During season 2019, the cruise port handled a total of 142 ship calls and ~465,000 tourists. Based on confirmed berth bookings, port's cruise traffic in 2020 grew by ~1/5 - to 187 ship calls. In 2020 through 2021, MSC Cruises (newcomer company) added via MSC Armonia 41 port calls with estimated ~96,000 passengers plus ~30,000 crew. Ship's ever-first visit to Puerto Progreso was planned for November 27 (2020).

In early-December 2019, Port Progreso commissioned a Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane (model G-HMK 5506). The new crane has height 36 m (118 ft), boom 51 m (167 ft) and lifting capacity 125 tons.

Progreso Pier

Progreso is best known for having the world's longest pier (raised in the sea structure supported by piles or pillars). The bridge-looking pier has the staggering length of 6,5 km (4 mi) and was built using reinforced concrete and stainless steel (containing nickel). Its unusual length allows docking of large vessels as the coastal waters of Yucatan are very shallow. Cruise ship passengers are disembarked at the cruise terminal (located at end of the pier), then transported via free shuttle buses (alternatively taxi cabs) to the town.

Originally, Progreso Pier had length 2,1 km (1,3 mi). It was constructed in the period 1937-1941. In 1988, 4 km (2,5 mi) was added to increase its vessel handling capacity.

On November 24, 2020, the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri signed a LoI (letter of intent) with Yucatan State's Ministry of Economic Development and Labour to participate in designing and construction of a new shipyard in Puerto Progreso. The new facility will have 2 drydocks (planned to be the Americas' largest) with capacity to handle ships with max LOA length 400 m (1312 ft), including passenger ships, cargo ships and oil-gas carriers. Other facilities include offices, workshops, warehouses, gantry cranes and special equipment.

Fincantieri's Progreso Shipyard will specialize in ship repairs, vessel conversion projects and general maintenance services. By this deal, Fincantieri will receive a 40-year concession for the shipyard's exclusive management. Construction works are scheduled to start in 2021-H1. When fully operational (in 2027), the shipyard will support 700 full-time jobs (up to 2500 during larger projects).

Progreso cruise terminal

Cruise Terminal Remota was inaugurated in 1989. Within easy walking distance from the pier there is a public beach with bars and restaurants.

One of the most popular shore excursions is the "Progreso Sightseeing Tour". This tourist bus line travels along the entire town, leaving from the outdoor arts and crafts market (where the free bus shuttle drops cruise tourists off). The tour bus service is provided every 10 min.

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Free or Cheap Things to Do in Progreso, Mexico on a Cruise

Not long ago, Progreso was a sleepy port town with one claim to fame — one of the longest piers in the world. Its famous pier juts miles out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, Progreso still has a lot of that sleepy charm, but it has another claim to fame. It’s quickly becoming a popular port of call for cruise lines. Not only is there plenty for cruise passengers to do — including things that are free or cheap to do — but the city it also has something else going for it: location.

Progreso sits on the northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula. That location makes it one of the closest ports of call for places like Galveston, New Orleans, and Mobile. Instead of a cruise line sailing a day, visiting Cozumel, and then sailing back home, Progreso adds another port that passengers can visit.

carnival cruise port yucatan

Today you’ll find that Carnival and Royal Caribbean make stops in the port, with Carnival having the most calls.

If your cruise has a stop in Progreso, you might be wondering what exactly there is for you to do on your cruise, especially things that are within a budget. Below we cover all the things you can do, whether you’re looking for something inexpensive, close to the cruise pier, or simply the biggest adventure possible.

First, let’s cover a little background about the port you should know.

Progreso Location and General Information

As we mentioned, Progreso sits on the Yucatan Peninsula. All told, it’s about 200 miles as the crow flies from Cozumel, so many cruises have these ports back-to-back.

The most distinguishing feature of the city is the long pier. When you dock, you are still miles from the shore. There is a small port complex that features a number of shops and spots to grab a drink or snack.

Want to head into town? After you walk through the port complex there is a stop with buses that run continually from the cruise pier into Progreso. It’s free to ride. The bus heads to the station that’s a few blocks from the beach. When you’re ready to head back, just head back to the station and catch the next bus to the cruise ship.

Overall Progreso is relatively relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle you’ll find in Cozumel. With fewer cruise ships visiting — and not being a major cruise port for a long time — the build-up of the area isn’t as pronounced as you’ll find in Cozumel.

That said, expect it to feel like there are a lot of people in port when you visit if you stick to the tourist areas like the beach and boardwalk. However, just a couple of blocks off the main hot spots and you can see that it’s a fairly quiet town.

For more information about visiting Progreso, see our port guide here .

Free or Cheap Things to Do in Progreso on a Cruise

Want to save some cash and have an inexpensive day in port? There are quite a few things to do that won’t cost a lot. They also generally will be near the foot of the cruise pier. You don’t have to go far to have a good time.

Progreso beach

Progreso Beach With any cruise port in the Caribbean, you’d expect to have a beach nearby to allow you to get some sun, swim, and generally just hang out. Progreso doesn’t disappoint.

As you head down the cruise pier, the main beach that most cruise passengers head to on is on your left. It’s’ white, sandy, clean, and during our visits the water has been gorgeous. That said, the water is known for changing with tides/currents and isn’t always beautiful.

Right alongside the beach is a nice walkway — a malencon in Spanish-speaking countries — that lets you walk the beach and head into the sand where you want.

Feel free to find an open area and spread out your things. One thing you’ll notice is that there are lots of restaurants in this area and many have areas set up in the sand where you can get food and drink service while on the beach.

You’ll also notice a number of chairs and umbrellas set nicely in the sand. Just know that these are either for rent, or for the use of restaurants. If you sit here, you’re expected to order for the restaurant while you enjoy the chair and shade.

Shopping If you want to shop for souvenirs, then the area right near the cruise pier is ideal. Don’t think you’re going to find all the high-end diamond shops like you’ll see in places like Cozumel. Vendors here are smaller; often it’s just someone with a table and a tent.

You’ll find a wide variety of items, everything from clothing to bags, to jewelry, and anything you can imagine with “Mexico” written across it.

Our advice is to bring lots of small bills as you’ll need them. Having correct change is ideal. As well, haggling is perfectly ok. If you can’t find a price you like, don’t be afraid to ask for a lower one or walk away.

Hit the Watering Holes in Progreso The walk between the bus stop and the beach and then down the malencon has a number of small bars and restaurants, many offering lots of drink specials. Want a beer? Expect it to cost a couple of bucks at some of the smaller spots.

One thing to keep in mind is that drinking in port is vastly cheaper than drinking on the cruise ships. If you have a drink package , then by all means get your fill on the ship. For those without, you can save considerable money. A beer on the ship may be $6-8 and a cocktail can be $10-14. That’s several times what you’ll pay in Progreso if you decide to make a stop at the bar.

Tableside guacamole in Progreso

Grab a Meal at a Restaurant Near the port are tons of restaurants offering everything from cheap eats to high-end dining. What’s nice about eating in port is that it can offer a welcome break from the fare on the cruise ship. Even if you love eating on the ship, having the same things day after day can get tiresome.

As for the food near the Progreso pier, you’ll find lots of Mexican fare, often with a focus on seafood. So if you want guacamole or fish tacos, you’ll find several places offering these items.

Keep in mind that restaurants near the cruise pier are going to cater to American passengers, so you might find higher prices than you would elsewhere.

Here are a couple spots near the port with good reviews:

Eladios – A popular beach bar that’s right on the corner of the beach and the cruise pier. Serves a ton of Mexican and seafood dishes.

Lena & Mar – For those wanting a little finer dining, this spot is near the beach but is a step above a beach bar in atmosphere. It serves everything from pizza to ceviche, so anyone can find something they like.

In general, however, you can just stroll along until you find a spot that looks tasty.

Malecon in Progreso, Mexico

Walk the Malecon We’ve mentioned the malecon already, but it deserves a standalone mention as something to do near the cruise port that’s free. The concrete paved walkway runs right down alongside the beach. On the other side is a street, with restaurants and shops.

What’s neat about the area is that there is so much going on. You can watch people playing volleyball on the beach, check out vendor’s tables alongside the walkway, duck into a restaurant for a beer or snack, or just take in the sights and sounds of Mexico.

One thing to keep in mind is that it can get warm and humid, and the sun can be strong. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and don’t forget a hat when you’re walking.

Grab a Drink or Souvenir at the Port While the pier in Progreso is long, you don’t have to go far for something to do. Right at the foot of the ships is a port area with a number of shops. This includes many selling souvenirs but also spots selling ice cold beer, sodas, and water. 

If you want to stay close to the ship, you can do some window shopping, grab something cold, and just sit and people-watch while you stretch your legs off the ship. 

Take a Souvenir Photo in Front of the Progreso Sign Most Caribbean ports have some sort of colorful sign that’s designed to be a perfect spot to grab a souvenir photo. Progreso is no different. At the port you’ll see the sign right before you walk into the main drag that’s lined with souvenir shops. You can stop and grab a photo when you first get off the ship, but it’s likely to be more calm and with smaller crowds if you wait until the afternoon

Visit the Museum of the Meteorite If you’re a history buff (we’re talking ancient history) or have kids, then visit the Museum of the Meteorite . As you may know, this area is thought to have been near the impact point of a meteor that killed the dinosaurs and changed life on Earth.

Today, Progreso offers this museum you can visit complete with dinosaur sculptures, fossil exhibits, and more, all enclosed in some really neat architecture. Did we mention it’s also an indoor spot where you can cool off? The museum is located about half a mile to the east of the foot of the pier, right along the beach.

There is an admission fee of about $20 for adults and $6 for kids.

Enjoy Quiet Time on the Ship While it’s technically not Progreso, one of the cheap things you can do is spend your day on the ship. While there aren’t as many activities led by the crew like there are on days at sea, things like the pool, spa, fitness center, and more are all available to you. There are also a number of places to eat onboard, depending on your ship.

Many people like to stay on the ship in ports of call as it gives them an opportunity to enjoy the ship without the same crowds that are around when everyone is back on board.

Progreso Excursions

Looking for something to do in Porgreso and don’t mind spending a little bit of money to enjoy yourself? There are some neat excursions and experiences that can take you inland where there are a number of unforgettable experiences.

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Visiting Cenotes The Yucatan is made of porous rock that in some spots has been eroded away. Some of these spots become freshwater pools known as cenotes.

Cenotes are one of the most unique geological features in the Caribbean. The water has been filtered through rock, making it amazingly clear. And because it’s been underground for so long, it’s always cool.

There are a number of excursions offered through the cruise line that will offer trips to nearby cenotes from Progreso. The trips will include transportation and usually have lunch as well.

It offers a chance to swim in these amazing natural features in crystal clear water. It’s something you simply can’t do anywhere else.

Trips to Merida Merida is the capital of Yucatan, and just about 45 minutes inland of Progreso. With a population of nearly 1 million people, it’s a major city. So why visit during a cruise?

For those interested in Mexican history and architecture, Merida has a lot to offer. The city was founded in 1542 — about 235 years before the United States. With so much history, it practically oozes from the buildings. See churches built hundreds of years ago, museums, and art galleries.

The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ( The Museum of the Mayan World ) is a can’t miss if you are interested in the history of the indigenous people.

Excursions to the area are available through the cruise line or you can arrange private tours yourself.

Experience Mayan Ruins The Yucatan was a hot spot for Mayan civilization, and ruins continue to be discovered even today. For those interested, there are a number of sites within a day trip from Progreso, and the cruise lines offer excursions. Major sites like Uxmal and Chichen Itza are within a few hours’ drive, giving you a chance to see some of the most historical sights on the planet. There’s really nothing like it short of visiting pyramids in Egypt.

Best of all, these trips take care of transportation, tour guide, and admittance into the sites. You only need to worry about bringing your camera. Expect to pay a decent amount (more than $100 per person) for the opportunity, but it’s something you won’t forget.

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Progreso Yucatan Cruise Port: Attractions, Beaches, Weather

The Mexican cruise port at Progreso is an up-and-coming destination on the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

It is a regular port of call on western Caribbean cruises from Gulf Coast ports in the United States. Short-term cruises often include Progreso and Cozumel, while longer cruises will go to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan and sometimes to Progreso.

The Terminal Remota, Progreso’s most unique attraction, is a dock that is four miles long. It receives nearly 100 cruise ships and more than 300,000 passengers every year. Passengers take a bus from the docks to the city.

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Progreso is 200 miles west of Cancun on the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It faces the Gulf of Mexico rather than the Caribbean Sea. The port is 100 miles northwest of Chichen Itza, one of the most famous Mayan ruins in the world.

Like Cancun, Progreso is on a narrow cape of land that extends out from the coast. The water surrounding the cape is shallow, so cruise visitors will disembark at one of the longest piers in the world.

Because of its western location, it is more likely a port of call for cruises that begin in Gulf of Mexico ports such as Galveston and New Orleans instead of cruises that begin in Florida.

Attractions and Shore Excursions

Nearby attractions are mostly limited to Progreso beach with its mile-long promenade known as Malecon. It offers souvenir shops, cafes, a nearby marketplace featuring local arts and crafts, and a 120-foot lighthouse built in the late 1800s.

Otherwise, most of the activities with the Progreso area involve cruise ship excursions. Better-known attractions lie elsewhere.

The most famous and popular attraction is the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, which is about halfway between Progreso and Cancun . The ruins are about 98 miles or a nearly two-hour drive from the port.

But the drive is worth it for patient tourists. This ancient city, which was first built around 900 A.D., is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second most-visited archaeological site in Mexico. The massive ruins are both educational and astonishing for their size and complexity.

Shore excursion prices range from about $100 to $125 depending on the sailing trip, amenities and other factors.

Smaller Mayan ruins are located at Xcambo, Uxmal, Mayapan and especially Dzibilchaltun, which is only 12 miles from the port. Shore excursions to these ruins sometimes include a beach break.

Dzibilchaltun, whose name means “place of the stone writing,” was an ancient Mayan ceremonial and administrative center, the Mexico Tourism Board says. Temple of the Seven Dolls is one of the noteworthy structures because of the dolls discovered there.

The site has a museum with displays of Mayan culture and artifacts discovered at Dzibilchaltun. Some of the artifacts were found at the bottom of the 120-foot-deep Xlacah cenote, a freshwater pool that was created by an underground river.

Prices for these Mayan excursions are often less than $100 per person with discounts for children. Extra discounts sometimes bring the price down to about $75.

Other Attractions

Another option outside of Progreso is the city of Merida, which is a 40-minute or 24-mile bus ride from the port to the city’s center. The much larger city of Merida offers more shopping and restaurants in addition to museums, plazas and historic buildings.

Many of the buildings in the historic center of Merida, including those on and around the Plaza Grande (central plaza), were built during the colonial period through the 18th and 19th centuries.

One of the top Merida attractions is the Cathedral de San Ildefonso. It is the oldest cathedral on the North America continent. The cathedral was built in the late 1500s using stones from ruined Mayan pyramids and temples, the Mexico Tourism Board says.

Another common attraction is cenotes, which are underground lakes. Prices usually range from $60 to $80.

City tours with a guide cost about $45 to $60.

Beaches Near the Cruise Port

Progreso Beach is the quick and easy option for most cruise visitors because it is by the dock.

Otherwise, few beach excursions are available because Progreso Beach / Malecon is so easily accessible. Some cruise lines do offer access to private beach clubs such as Kokomo Beach Club at between $50 and $100 per person depending on the amenities.

Transportation / Getting Around

Thanks to Progreso’s famously long pier, visitors can hop off the ship and onto a free shuttle that will take them into the city. The shuttles stop at the bus station.

Taxis and tour buses are plentiful. Always ask for the rate before getting into a cab.

Weather / Best Times to Go

Like most destinations on Mexico’s Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico coasts, Progreso has a distinct dry period and a distinct wet period because of the Caribbean hurricane season.

Even though the hurricane season runs from June through November, Progreso’s dry season begins in November with about 2.5 inches of rain historically, according to averages from the Mexico Ministry of Tourism.

The dry season brings about one inch of rain each month from December through April and increases to about three inches in May. It starts climbing until it reaches a high point of about seven inches in September.

Temperatures are hot throughout the year with the average highs ranging from 88 degrees Fahrenheit or 31 degrees Celsius in December and January to 97 Fahrenheit or 36 Celsius in May. High temperatures in the summer make the winter a better time to cruise to Progreso.

The best time to go is December through February for comfortable temperatures and low risk of rain.

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Progreso, Mexico – Cruise Port Guide

Are you planning a cruise trip and wondering what to expect at the Progreso cruise port ? Situated along Mexico’s stunning Yucatán Peninsula, Progreso is an alluring mix of historic charm and amazing beaches.

This guide will equip you with details about essentials like terminal information, getting around, principal attractions, local cuisine, safety tips, and more. Dive in to uncover why this Mexican port should be on every cruiser’s itinerary!

About the Port

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Progreso emerges as a major tourist cruise port spot nestled in Yucatán, Mexico. It radiates a neat and well-kept ambiance, making it an ideal relaxing getaway for every cruise ship passenger.

Known for its long pier, the Port of Progreso extends over four miles into the Gulf of Mexico, setting records as one of the longest in the world.

The port sports a host of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and bars that enhance its appeal to visitors. Its strategic location serves as a gateway to several renowned attractions like Mayan ruins and beautiful sandy beaches.

Cruise Terminal Information

The Progreso Cruise Terminal greets you with a welcoming ambiance immediately upon arrival. It’s neat, well-kept, and brimming with many amenities that make your stay convenient and relaxing.

You’ll find plenty of helpful facilities such as restrooms, telephones for international calls, Wi-Fi connection, tourist information desk, currency exchange offices, and more.

A variety of stores are located within the terminal area for your shopping needs. These outlets offer everything from local crafts and souvenirs to essential cruise accessories. You will also come across several dining options featuring authentic Mexican cuisine.

Apart from these on-site conveniences, taxi drivers are readily available outside the terminal, making it easy for visitors to explore beyond the port zone.

How to Get Around

Navigating through Progreso cruise port, Yucatán, Mexico is a breeze. The compact nature of the area makes it easy for you to explore on foot or with local transportation options.

Taxis form a significant part of getting around; they are always available and don’t cost much. Ensure you agree on a fair price before starting any trip to avoid unpleasant surprises.

If exploring at your own pace is more your style, consider renting bikes or scooters for the day from local shops close to the cruise terminal. Reliable shuttle bus services also operate throughout the town for those looking further beyond.

These services typically stop at major attractions, making them a fantastic choice for sightseeing in Progreso.

Things to Do

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Explore the vibrant and colorful city of Progreso during your visit to the cruise port. Start your day by strolling along the Malecon, a picturesque beachfront promenade offering stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Take in the fresh sea breeze as you admire local art installations that line the pathway.

For a dose of ancient history and culture, head to the nearby archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun . Marvel at well-preserved Mayan civilization ruins, including El Templo de las Siete Muñecas (The Temple of Seven Dolls), and cool off with a refreshing swim in the cenote on-site.

If you’re looking for adventure, consider booking an excursion to swim with whale sharks or explore the underwater world through snorkeling or scuba diving. The crystal-clear waters provide excellent visibility, allowing you to observe vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Afterward, indulge in some retail therapy at Mercado 60, a lively market filled with handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, and all sorts of souvenirs. Don’t forget to try authentic Yucatecan cuisine like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) or papadzules (tortillas stuffed with pumpkin seed sauce).

Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Progreso offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself in this charming seaside town and create lasting memories during your visit.

Beach Pass Information

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Enjoy a day of relaxation and fun in the sun with a beach pass in Progreso! With crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand, the beaches here are simply breathtaking. To access these beautiful shores, you’ll need to purchase a beach pass, which grants you entry to specific beach clubs or resorts along the coast.

These passes typically include amenities like lounge chairs, umbrellas, showers, and restroom facilities.

Once you have your beach pass, head to one of the many stunning beaches available. Whether you’re looking for a lively atmosphere with music and activities or a perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sun, Progreso has it all.

Some popular options include Silcer Beach Club , Yucabuena Beach Club & Restaurant, and Villa Marista Beach Club.

Local Cuisine & Best Places to Eat

For a taste of authentic Yucatecan cuisine, Progreso is the place to be. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) or papadzules (rolled tortillas filled with boiled eggs and topped with sauce).

One of the best places to try these local delicacies is La Antigua de Progreso, known for its traditional Mexican flavors and charming ambiance. If you’re craving seafood, head to Eladio’s Bar & Restaurant , where you can enjoy fresh ceviche and grilled fish while taking in breathtaking ocean views.

For a casual dining experience, check out Crabster Seafood Market & Grill – their lobster tacos are a must-try! Whether you’re looking for traditional Mexican fare or international cuisine with a twist, Progreso has something to satisfy every palate.

Shopping Opportunities

Discover a shopper’s paradise in Progreso, Mexico. With an array of unique stores and bustling markets, you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities to indulge in during your visit.

Browse through local handicrafts, vibrant textiles, and beautiful artwork showcasing the rich Mayan culture of Yucatán. Don’t forget to pick up some traditional Mayan souvenirs as well.

Whether you’re looking for colorful pottery or intricately designed jewelry, Progreso offers something for everyone. Soak up the lively atmosphere as you explore the streets lined with shops, and be sure to haggle for the best prices at the local markets.

Immerse yourself in a truly authentic shopping experience that will leave you with cherished mementos of your time in Progreso.

Local Currency

When visiting Progreso, Mexico, get familiar with the local currency. The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN). While some places may accept US dollars, it is recommended to have some pesos on hand for smaller purchases and transactions.

You can exchange your money at banks or currency exchange booths within the cruise terminal or in downtown Progreso. It’s a good idea to carry small denominations of pesos for things like taxi fares, souvenirs, and tipping.

Using local currency also lets you get a better sense of the cost of goods and services in Progreso. Remember that exchange rates may vary– it’s advisable to check them before making any exchanges.

Credit cards are widely accepted at most establishments in Progreso, but notify your bank about your travel plans beforehand to avoid any issues with card usage while abroad.

Safety Tips

Ensure your safety while visiting Progreso with these helpful tips. Keep your belongings secure by using a money belt or keeping valuables hidden. Be cautious when exploring unfamiliar areas and stick to well-lit and crowded streets.

It’s crucial to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone at night. If you plan on swimming, only do so in designated areas and be mindful of the local beach flags indicating water conditions.

Finally, remember to use sunscreen and stay hydrated throughout your day to protect against the hot Mexican sun.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Progreso is during the winter months, from December to February. The weather is pleasantly warm and dry, perfect for exploring the port’s attractions and enjoying outdoor activities.

During this time, you can expect clear skies and comfortable temperatures ranging between 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C). It’s an ideal escape from colder climates, offering a relaxing getaway with plenty of sunshine.

Whether you’re strolling along the beach or taking part in excursions, the ambiance in Progreso is always inviting. Plan your visit during these months to make the most of your cruise stop at Progreso.

Popular Cruise Lines That Visit

Popular cruise lines regularly visit Progreso, offering travelers a variety of options to explore this vibrant port. Carnival Cruise Line is one of the most frequent visitors, with their ships bringing passengers eager to experience the local Mexican culture and attractions.

Norwegian Cruise Line also makes stops in Progreso, giving travelers the chance to enjoy the beautiful beaches and indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine. Royal Caribbean International is another popular choice, providing guests with an array of activities and delightful excursions while docked in Progreso.

With these well-known cruise lines calling at this picturesque port, you can embark on a memorable adventure while enjoying all the amenities and comforts onboard.

During your stopover in Progreso, you’ll have ample opportunities to discover its many treasures thanks to these popular cruise lines that visit regularly. From relaxing beach getaways to exciting shore excursions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Keep reading to learn more about these frequently asked questions and get all the information you need for your visit to the Progreso cruise port terminal in Mexico!

What to buy in Progreso Mexico?

Explore the vibrant markets and charming local shops in Progreso, Mexico, to find unique souvenirs and authentic Mexican crafts. From handcrafted pottery and colorful textiles to traditional Mayan jewelry and delicious local treats like chocolate and spices, you’ll find a wide range of items to buy.

Remember to pick up some beautiful handmade hammocks, perfect for lounging at home or as a special gift. Immerse yourself in the local culture by supporting small businesses while finding treasures to bring back from your Progreso adventure.

Is Progresso worth a visit?

Progreso is worth a visit if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with beautiful beaches and a laid-back ambiance. The port of Progreso in Yucatán, Mexico offers plenty of attractions and things to do that cater to all kinds of interests.

Whether you want to explore ancient Mayan ruins, indulge in local cuisine, or shop for unique souvenirs, Progreso has it all. With its neat and well-kept surroundings, Progreso ensures an enjoyable experience for cruise ship travelers seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Booking Information

To book your cruise to Progreso, Mexico, start by visiting the websites of popular cruise lines that visit this port. Look for itineraries that include Progreso as one of the destinations.

Once you have found a cruise that suits your preferences, you can proceed with booking either online or by contacting the cruise line directly. Remember that prices may vary depending on factors like cabin type and travel dates.

Additionally, check if any promotions or discounts are available to further enhance your booking experience. Remember to review all terms and conditions before finalizing your reservation.

Happy sailing!

Discover the enchanting charm of Progreso, Mexico, with its stunning beaches, delicious local cuisine, and vibrant shopping opportunities. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals as you explore the diverse attractions this port has to offer.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Progreso is a must-visit destination for cruise ship travelers. Plan your next getaway and embark on an unforgettable journey to Progreso today!

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Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

Last updated on February 9th, 2024 at 05:08 pm

Discover the beauty of Progreso, a charming port city on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Relax on the expansive sandy beaches, explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal or Chichen Itza, or take a dip in the refreshing cenotes. Visit the colorful colonial town of Merida, indulge in authentic Yucatecan cuisine, or immerse yourself in the local culture at the bustling markets. Progreso offers a perfect blend of history, natural wonders, and warm hospitality.

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Good To Know

The summers in Progreso are hot and oppressive with lots of cloudy days. The winters tend to be short and days are warm, muggy and dry. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 91°F and is rarely below 61°F or above 95°F. From December to March, “los nortes” (northern winds) are strong along the coast.

The Mexican peso is the currency used in Progreso. The nearest ATM is in town itself, which is about a 15 minute bus ride. Most of the taxis and vendors will accept US dollars, but you will get change back in pesos. The larger stores and restaurants accept credit cards, but cash is usually the preferred method of payment. It is good to ask beforehand in any establishment you are in what form of payment is accepted. Check exchange rates here: https://www.xe.com/

Wireless Internet:

There are a couple of bars in the cruise port terminal that offer free Wifi, but only for customers, so not really free.  The bus station in Progreso does have free WiFi.

Spanish is the language spoken in Progreso. You will find that some vendors will have a smattering of English.

Where You Dock in Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

As mentioned above, because the coastline around Progreso is so shallow, cruise ships have to dock at the end of the 4 mile long, world  record-setting Progreso Pier.

There is a duty-free shopping area at the terminal, as well as quite a few other vendors where you can purchase souvenirs, including Mexico’s famed vanilla and silver products . There is a variety of other merchandise, restrooms, restaurants, bars, and even a pool with in-water seating to enjoy a drink.

If you have booked a tour, then your tour guide will meet you at the terminal buildings.

The port authority provides a free shuttle – Auto Progreso – from the terminal, down the pier to Progreso’s town center. Prior to the pandemic, the shuttle used to stop at the main bus terminal, close to the lighthouse. Now, the shuttle drops off closer to the beach at the corner of C.80 and . It is a 15 minute ride to shore, and the shuttle runs every 20 minutes.  The bus terminal has people offering tours and shops and there are also signs to direct you to the beach.

This video gives a great perspective getting from the ship to shore, with some helpful tips in-between:

Getting Around Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

As the pier is four miles long, you will not want to take this route into town, especially in the hot Mexican sun. Take the free shuttle bus instead (see below). Once you get to the town center, you will be able to traverse Progresso on foot. It is, however, about five miles long, so just know that while you can walk, there is a lot of ground to cover.

There is a shuttle bus provided by the port authority, called Auto Progreso, that will take you from the cruise terminal into the town center. The shuttle is free, runs every twenty minutes and takes about 15 minutes to reach the center of Progreso. The shuttle will drop you off at the Auto Progreso bus terminal where there will are tours offered, shops, and restrooms. From here, you can walk to the beach.

There are taxis that wait close to the shuttle bus stop at the public bus terminal. There is also Uber in Progreso.

Rental Cars

If you want to rent a car in Progreso, you need to be 21 years of age and have a valid photo drivers license.  Driving in Progreso, Mexico is on the right-hand side of the road.

  Here are two rental services located in Progreso:

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Shopping In Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

With Mexico’s diversity, there are many souvenirs to keep an eye out for. Typically, when looking for traditional items, it’s better to find a store that specializes in the item rather than those sold in the tourist-trap-type stores located in and around the cruise port.

Food & Drinks

Tequila and Mezcal are both produced in Mexico and come from the agave plant. Mezcal is smokier than tequila because of the way it’s processed. Look for 100% agave tequila. It makes a big difference!

Mexico is a large producer of organic and fair trade coffee beans . Look for whole bean coffee produced in small batches for a unique souvenir that can be enjoyed for many mornings after you return home.

Mexican vanilla is also a popular souvenir. While it’s less expensive to purchase in Mexico than at home, real vanilla is still fairly pricy, so don’t be fooled by the vanilla you see in the souvenir shops or grocery stores. This vanilla often has additives, including coumarin, which is banned in the U.S.

Since Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate , it’s a must! Try it hot while you’re in port, then take a chunk home for yourself and your friends! If you want to make true Mexican hot chocolate at home, then you will also want to pick up a molinillo – kind of like a wooden whisk that you rub between your hands. It stirs and froths at the same time!

Mexican fabrics are often woven and brightly colored and made into everything from blankets and shawls to bags and hammocks.

Shirts and dresses with colorful embroidery are also a popular souvenir and can be found at many stores.

Colorful Talavera pottery, ceramics and hand-painted tiles are plentiful around Mexico and can make for a wonderful gift or art piece for yourself. You may also find a colorfully painted ceramic Day of the Dead skull (calaveras).

Barro negro (black clay) pottery is highly polished black clay pottery that is unique to Mexico.

Shopping around Progreso

There are many, many choices for shopping both at the cruise terminal, and in the city center, catering mainly to tourists.  Once the shuttle drops you off at the bus terminal, you are a couple of blocks away from the Malecon beach area, where shops abound. Once off the bus, if you follow the signs to the Playa (beach), you will walk through the souvenir market, exit through a gate and onto Calle 80.

Bolom Balam The Leather Store – 1 min. walk from the bus terminal, on Calle 80

Leather is also a great suggestion for a Mexican souvenir. Reviewers say that this shop has great quality products and the prices are reasonable. Purses, backpacks and computer bags along with belts and hats are on offer. They also have leather totes that are embroidered. You will pass this shop if you follow the signs from the bus terminal to the beach.

La Plaza de Progreso – 4 min walk from the bus – corner of C. 76 and C. 25

A little ways off the touristy streets, La Plaza de Progreso is an inexpensive venue for a variety of household items, toys and clothes.

Mercado Municipal Francisco I. Madero – C. 80 – 3 min. walk from shuttle stop

This municipal market has vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and seafood to cooked food to clothing and home goods. Visiting a market can be a great way to experience resident life and eat some delicious food.

Dining In Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

There is absolutely no shortage of places to eat on the Malecon. You will find any number of Mexican and seafood options. Some are dine-in and others will serve you on the beach.

Pop-up stalls will appear when ships are in port at the town market. You will be able to get tacos, burritos and enchiladas that are authentically Mexican. The more upscale restaurants are along the beachfront Malecon.

Crabster Seafood & Grill – C. 19 between C. 76 & C. 74 – 4 min. walk from shuttle terminal

Considered a happening spot on the Malecon, Crabster has a variety of seafood dishes, but pizza as well. You will find a selection of beers and fun shakes with candy toppings. Can be just a bit pricey.

El Cordobes – C. 80 and C. 31 – 7 min. walk from shuttle terminal

A tradition since 1895! With a friendly atmosphere, although no air conditioning, you will be able to choose authentic Mexican fare. Enchiladas, tortas, panuchos, salbutes, shrimp, calamari and fish are on the menu. They have vegetarian options, and are open for breakfast.

Eladio’s Bar – C.80 & C. 19 – 2 min. walk from shuttle terminal

With a beachfront setting, Eladio’s Bar offers complimentary sampler plates before your main dish arrives. Traditional Mexican offerings that can be accompanied by spicy peppers, there is enough variety on the menu to please everyone. Enjoy tasty drinks and listen to live entertainment.

El Naranjo – Municipal Market C. 80 – 2 min. walk from shuttle terminal

Known for its pulled pork, the El Naranjo has been in business since 1937, is a family-run currently on the third generation. Their Cochinita Pibil and baked suckling pig are favorites on the menu. They have grilled red meat (asado) and Poc Chuc, which is pork meat in fine grilled steaks and Mayan in origin. They have a few locations around Progreso, but the closest to the cruise shuttle terminal is in the Mercado Municipal. Just know that they only operate from 6am to 12pm.

Things To Do in Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

Progreso is the gateway to the Mayan ruins, with Chichen Itza being the largest and most popular in the Yucatan. The ruins are two hours one way from Progreso, so make sure you have enough time in port before venturing to these ruins. The next closest ruin is Uxmal, but it is still an hour and a half to get there from Progreso.

Visit Merida

Merida is about 30 minutes from Progreso. It is known as the White City because of the limestone buildings that line the streets. Just remember it is 15 minutes to Progreso, so it would be a total of 45 minutes to get to Merida. Merida is the hammock capital of Mexico; this would be the place to buy an authentic one to take home. Check out this top-rated shore excursion to Merida.

Walk The Malecon

Walking the Malecon is a great way to get a feel for the region. There are numerous places to eat or get a drink. Shops also line this area and you will have many opportunities to pick up a souvenir.

Check out this video of a walk down the Malecon:

Swim in the Cenotes

One of Mexico’s unique natural wonders are the cenotes which are giant limestone sinkholes which fill with crystal-clear water, with Cuzama being the most well-known closest to Progreso.  The caves produced are filled with stalactites and stalagmites and offer a one-of-a-kind swimming experience. If you go to Cuzama, you’ll need to be able to climb ladders down to the swimming hole, so it’s best if you take a tour. Check this one out!

Progreso Beach

There is just one beach in Progreso but you can do a lot besides swimming. You will be able to rent a jet ski, kayak or go kiteboarding. If you are in need of a massage, just look for one of the many tents set up along the beach. The beach is just a five minute walk from where the shuttle bus drops you off.

Parque Natural Ría Lagartos

About 30 miles away, is home to hundreds of flamingos. They gather in this biosphere reserve and around the lakes. They are a sight to behold!

The Pink Lakes Of Las Colorades

These vibrant pink waters are the real deal. While it is a distance, about three hours, it is worth knowing about in case you have the opportunity to visit. Swimming is not allowed, but they are beautiful to see. The pink color is created from red-colored algae, plankton and brine shrimp who love the salty water as a habitat.

Top Tours & Excursions In Progreso – Yucatan Mexico

Yucatecan cooking class with a local - progreso.

Travel inland from the port in Progreso to Merida and discover the slow pace of a small community untouched by over commercialization. For a true and authentic taste of Mexico, step into the home of Sofia, a local with a passion for sharing her cooking, culture and traditions.  You will work side by side with her in her own kitchen as she teaches you how to make traditional Yucatecan dishes  from scratch (menu may vary). Once all the dishes a...

  • Duration: 4.5 Hours
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: No
  • Food: Meal Included

Xcambo Mayan Ruins & Beach Combo

Learn all about Mayan history on this fun Progreso expedition. Your Progreso tour takes you to Xcambo, a Mayan city known for its combination of curious ruins and springs.  During your 3.5-hour tour, your guide will show you all around this beautiful Mayan city. Xcambo dates back to 150 BC and it served as a critical port for the nearby Mayan city of Izamal. The city was also known for its handcraft production and its role as a salt distributor...

  • Duration: 3.5 Hours
  • Food: Lunch provided

Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil - Progreso

Your journey begins with a scenic two-hour ride that lets you sit back and enjoy the changing scenes of Mexico's beautiful landscapes before arriving at Chichen Itza. Considered to be one of the best Mayan archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza's El Castillo was named one of the New Seven Wonders of World in 2007 after a worldwide vote. Upon your arrival, your English-speaking guide will inform ...

  • Duration: 6 Hours
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Folding wheelchairs (advance notice required)
  • Food: Bottled water and light snack provided

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Published: December 13, 2023

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Welcome aboard the Progreso Carnival Cruise! Embarking on a cruise vacation is an adventure filled with relaxation, entertainment, and exploration. And one of the highlights of your itinerary is the stop at the vibrant port town of Progreso. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Progreso offers a unique blend of rich history, stunning beaches, and a bustling local culture. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a history enthusiast, or simply someone looking to unwind by the shore, Progreso has something to offer everyone.

During your time in Progreso, you’ll have the chance to partake in various activities, explore top attractions, indulge in local cuisine, and soak up the sun at picturesque beaches. Whether you prefer to engage in adrenaline-pumping adventures or immerse yourself in cultural experiences, Progreso has it all.

With its convenient location and diverse range of activities, Progreso Carnival Cruise is an ideal choice for adventure seekers and relaxation enthusiasts alike. So, let’s dive deep into the exciting world of Progreso and discover what awaits you during your unforgettable Carnival Cruise experience.

Progreso Carnival Cruise Overview

The Progreso Carnival Cruise offers passengers a memorable and exciting experience in one of Mexico’s most charming port towns. As part of your Carnival Cruise itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Progreso’s vibrant culture, breathtaking beaches, and indulge in thrilling activities.

Progreso serves as the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula, a region rich in history and natural beauty. The cruise allows you to immerse yourself in the local customs and traditions, sample authentic Mexican cuisine, and explore ancient Mayan ruins.

One of the highlights of the Progreso Carnival Cruise is the stunning Progreso Beach. Stretching for miles along the coast, the beach offers crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery soft sand, making it an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and various water sports.

In addition to the beach, Progreso boasts a lively boardwalk called the Malecon, where you can stroll along the waterfront, browse through local shops, and sample delicious street food. The Malecon also offers mesmerizing views of the Gulf of Mexico, providing the perfect backdrop for memorable sunsets.

The Progreso Carnival Cruise also provides an array of exciting onboard activities and entertainment options. From live shows and music performances to fine dining experiences and fun-filled parties, there’s never a dull moment on this cruise. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, the Progreso Carnival Cruise has something for everyone.

With its warm climate, friendly locals, and captivating attractions, Progreso has become a favorite destination among cruise enthusiasts. So, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with adventure, relaxation, and memorable moments on the Progreso Carnival Cruise.

Progreso Carnival Cruise Schedule

The Progreso Carnival Cruise offers a well-planned itinerary that allows passengers to make the most of their time in this vibrant destination. The schedule is designed to give you a blend of exciting activities, sightseeing opportunities, and plenty of leisure time to relax and unwind. Here is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect during your Progreso Carnival Cruise:

  • Day 1: Departure from the embarkation port. Settle into your comfortable cabin and begin your adventure on the high seas.
  • Day 2: Enjoy a day at sea, taking advantage of the onboard amenities and entertainment options. Participate in activities such as live shows, games, and fitness classes.
  • Day 3: Arrival in Progreso. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast onboard before disembarking and exploring the wonders of Progreso.
  • Day 4: Explore Progreso’s top attractions, such as the iconic Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or the stunning cenotes (natural sinkholes) found in the region. Alternatively, you can choose to spend a relaxing day at the beach, soaking up the sun and swimming in the turquoise waters.
  • Day 5: Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring Progreso’s charming town center. Visit the local markets to shop for souvenirs, taste traditional Mexican cuisine, and interact with the friendly locals.
  • Day 6: Indulge in the onboard activities and entertainment as the ship leaves Progreso and sets sail for your next destination. Take advantage of the spa facilities, enjoy a gourmet meal, or dance the night away at one of the onboard parties.
  • Day 7: A final day at sea to relax and enjoy the amenities of the cruise ship. Take part in organized activities or simply soak up the sun on the deck.
  • Day 8: Arrival back at the embarkation port, marking the end of your Progreso Carnival Cruise adventure.

Please note that the schedule may vary depending on the specific cruise package you choose and any unforeseen circumstances. It’s always a good idea to check the official Carnival Cruise website or consult with your travel agent for the most up-to-date information regarding the schedule and itinerary of your Progreso Carnival Cruise.

Carnival Cruise Activities in Progreso

When it comes to activities, the Progreso Carnival Cruise offers an abundance of exciting options to cater to all interests and preferences. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, you’ll find something to capture your imagination. Here are some of the thrilling activities you can enjoy during your Progreso Carnival Cruise:

1. Shore Excursions: One of the best ways to make the most of your time in Progreso is by taking part in the shore excursions offered by the cruise. You can explore the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the ancient city of Uxmal, renowned for its intricate architectural designs. Other options include snorkeling in the beautiful reefs of the Gulf of Mexico or exploring the underground rivers and caves known as cenotes.

2. Beach Activities: Progreso is famous for its stunning beaches, and you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge in beach-related activities. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, build sandcastles with your family, or simply relax on a beach chair with a refreshing drink in hand. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, or stand-up paddleboarding.

3. Food and Drink Tastings: Get a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine by participating in food and drink tastings during your time in Progreso. Sample local delicacies such as tacos, tamales, and ceviche, and savor the flavors of tequila, mezcal, and margaritas. A culinary adventure awaits as you explore the bustling food stalls and restaurants in Progreso.

4. Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the local culture by participating in cultural immersion activities. Attend traditional dance performances, learn about ancient Mayan customs and traditions, and interact with the friendly locals. Progreso offers a rich cultural heritage that is best experienced through these immersive activities.

5. Shopping: Explore the vibrant markets and shopping areas in Progreso to pick up unique souvenirs and keepsakes. From handmade crafts and jewelry to traditional clothing and artwork, there are plenty of opportunities to find something special to remind you of your Progreso Carnival Cruise.

These are just a few examples of the exciting activities you can enjoy during your Progreso Carnival Cruise. The cruise staff and guides are there to help you make the most of your time in this incredible destination, ensuring a memorable and fulfilling experience.

Top Attractions in Progreso

Progreso is a treasure trove of attractions, offering a blend of natural beauty, cultural landmarks, and historical sites. Here are some of the top attractions that you shouldn’t miss during your Progreso Carnival Cruise:

1. Chichen Itza: Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Marvel at the impressive structures, including the iconic pyramid known as El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors, and the Temple of the Jaguars.

2. Uxmal: Visit the ancient city of Uxmal, another remarkable Mayan archaeological site known for its intricate carvings and well-preserved buildings. Admire structures such as the Pyramid of the Magician, the Governor’s Palace, and the Nunnery Quadrangle.

3. Dzibilchaltun: Experience the rich history of the Yucatan Peninsula by visiting the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun. Explore the ancient Mayan temples, ceremonial platforms, and the captivating Cenote Xlacah, where you can even take a refreshing swim.

4. Progreso Beach: Unwind and soak up the sun at the picturesque Progreso Beach. With its soft white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, or strolling along the shore. You can also find beachfront restaurants and bars to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing drink.

5. Dzilam de Bravo: Take a day trip to Dzilam de Bravo, a charming fishing village known for its colorful houses, tranquil atmosphere, and beautiful beaches. Explore the local fishing scene, indulge in fresh seafood, or simply relax and enjoy the serene surroundings.

6. Malecon: Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecon, Progreso’s lively boardwalk that stretches along the waterfront. Enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, browse through shops selling local crafts and souvenirs, or try some delicious street food from the numerous food stalls.

7. Xtampu: Visit the small town of Xtampu, which showcases the authentic rural lifestyle of the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore its beautiful colonial architecture, visit the local church, and interact with friendly locals to gain insight into their daily lives.

These are just a few of the top attractions in Progreso that offer a glimpse into the rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture of the region. Each one of these sites provides a unique experience, allowing you to create lasting memories during your Progreso Carnival Cruise.

Shopping and Dining in Progreso

Progreso offers a fantastic array of shopping and dining options that allow you to sample the local flavors and find unique souvenirs. Here’s a closer look at the shopping and dining experiences you can enjoy during your Progreso Carnival Cruise:

Shopping: Progreso is known for its vibrant markets and local shops, where you can find a wide range of traditional crafts, clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs. The Malecon is a popular shopping area, offering a variety of stalls and shops selling everything from handmade textiles and pottery to hammocks and silver jewelry. Don’t forget to haggle for the best prices and make sure to pick up some Mexican hot sauce or spices to add a touch of flavor to your pantry back home.

Dining: Food enthusiasts will delight in the culinary offerings of Progreso. The town is renowned for its fresh seafood, traditional Yucatecan dishes, and international cuisine. Progreso’s extensive coastline provides an abundant supply of fresh fish and shellfish that are expertly prepared by local chefs. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample local specialties such as cochinita pibil (pulled pork marinated in achiote sauce), panuchos (stuffed tortillas with beans and toppings), and papadzules (enchiladas with pumpkin seed sauce). For seafood lovers, indulge in ceviche, shrimp cocktails, or grilled fish tacos. There are also restaurants serving international cuisine, including Italian, American, and Asian, to cater to a variety of tastes.

Aside from the local markets and restaurants, Progreso is also home to several malls and shopping centers where you can find a mix of international brands and popular Mexican retailers.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, a unique piece of jewelry, or a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, Progreso has something to offer. Take the time to explore the local shops and markets, engage with the friendly vendors, and indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of the local cuisine during your Progreso Carnival Cruise.

Tips for Enjoying Progreso Carnival Cruise

To ensure that you have a memorable and enjoyable experience during your Progreso Carnival Cruise, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Plan Your Activities: Research and familiarize yourself with the shore excursions and activities offered by the cruise in Progreso beforehand. This will help you make the most of your time and ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions or experiences.

2. Stay Hydrated: Progreso is known for its warm weather, so it’s essential to stay hydrated throughout the day. Carry a refillable water bottle with you and drink plenty of fluids to stay refreshed and energized.

3. Dress Comfortably: Choose lightweight and breathable clothing, as the weather in Progreso can be hot and humid. Opt for comfortable footwear, especially if you plan on exploring the attractions or walking along the beach.

4. Apply Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the strong Mexican sun by applying sunscreen with a high SPF. Reapply regularly, especially if you’re spending time on the beach or engaging in water activities.

5. Be Mindful of the Local Culture: Respect the local customs and traditions during your time in Progreso. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites or local communities, and ask permission before taking photos of people or their property.

6. Try Authentic Cuisine: Sample the local delicacies and flavors of Progreso. Don’t be afraid to venture beyond your comfort zone and try traditional Mexican dishes. Visit local eateries and street food stalls to truly immerse yourself in the vibrant food culture.

7. Enjoy the Beach: Take advantage of the stunning beaches in Progreso. Pack a beach towel, sunscreen, and a good book or beach games to relax and make the most of the beautiful coastal scenery.

8. Bargain at the Markets: If you decide to shop at the local markets, be prepared to negotiate the prices. Bargaining is a common practice in Progreso, so don’t hesitate to haggle and try to get the best deal.

9. Stay Safe: Maintain personal safety by being aware of your surroundings and keeping track of your belongings. Use reliable transportation when exploring on your own, and be cautious of any unsolicited offers or deals.

10. Follow Cruise Timings: As Progreso is a port stop, it’s crucial to adhere to the timings provided by the cruise for disembarkation and reboarding. Keep track of the departure time to avoid any last-minute rushes or delays.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your Progreso Carnival Cruise, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience in this beautiful destination.

Safety Information and Guidelines

Ensuring your safety is of utmost importance during your Progreso Carnival Cruise. Here are some safety tips and guidelines to keep in mind:

1. Follow Cruise Ship Instructions: Pay attention to any safety briefings and instructions provided by the cruise ship staff. Familiarize yourself with emergency exits, muster stations, and evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.

2. Stay in Designated Areas: When exploring Progreso, stick to well-populated and tourist-friendly areas. Avoid venturing into unfamiliar or isolated areas, especially at night. If you plan to venture out on your own, inform someone on the ship or a fellow traveler of your plans.

3. Use Reliable Transportation: If you choose to explore Progreso independently, opt for reputable transportation options such as official taxis or those recommended by the cruise line. Avoid accepting rides from unlicensed or unmarked vehicles.

4. Secure Your Belongings: Keep your valuables, including passports, money, and electronics, in a secure location. Use the onboard safe provided in your cabin. When out and about in Progreso, be vigilant and guard your personal belongings to prevent theft or loss.

5. Be Cautious of Street Vendors: While exploring Progreso, you may encounter street vendors offering their products or services. Be cautious of scams or overcharging. If you’re interested in purchasing something, negotiate the price and be aware of your surroundings.

6. Stay Hydrated and Use Sun Protection: Progreso experiences warm temperatures, so it’s essential to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen with a high SPF, and consider wearing a hat and sunglasses.

7. Respect the Ocean: If you choose to swim or participate in water activities, be mindful of the ocean’s conditions. Follow any posted warnings or instructions from lifeguards, and never swim alone. Don’t underestimate the power of waves or currents.

8. Adhere to Local Laws and Customs: Respect the local laws and customs of Progreso. Familiarize yourself with cultural norms and practices to ensure you don’t inadvertently offend or disrespect the locals.

9. Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest travel advisories and safety information for the destination. Check with the cruise ship staff or monitor official travel websites for any relevant alerts or warnings.

10. Trust Your Instincts: Finally, trust your instincts and exercise caution. If a situation seems unsafe or uncomfortable, remove yourself from it and seek assistance from the cruise ship staff or local authorities.

By following these safety tips and guidelines, you can have a worry-free and enjoyable experience during your Progreso Carnival Cruise.

Embarking on a Progreso Carnival Cruise is an exciting journey that offers a blend of relaxation, adventure, culture, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re basking in the sun on Progreso Beach, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, shopping for unique souvenirs, or indulging in mouthwatering cuisine, Progreso has something to captivate every traveler.

During your Progreso Carnival Cruise, make sure to plan your activities in advance to make the most of your time in this vibrant destination. Take advantage of the shore excursions offered by the cruise to explore the historical and cultural gems of Progreso, such as the iconic ruins of Chichen Itza and the captivating city of Uxmal. Dive into the local experiences by tasting the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine and engaging with the friendly locals.

While enjoying all that Progreso has to offer, keep in mind the safety guidelines and guidelines provided by the cruise ship. Stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Respect the local customs and laws to ensure a positive and enriching experience for both you and the local community.

The Progreso Carnival Cruise is an ideal choice for those seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation. You’ll have the opportunity to create lasting memories, whether it’s exploring Mayan ruins, strolling along the Malecon, or enjoying the stunning beaches.

So, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with excitement, cultural immersion, and relaxation as you set sail on the Progreso Carnival Cruise. Discover the wonders of this charming destination and create memories that will last a lifetime!


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Progreso Pier, which, at five miles straight out into the Gulf of Mexico, is touted as the longest pier in the world.

On Foot: The pier operates a constant free shuttle right from the ships and into town. There is also a beach with decent restaurants within walking distance of the pier. Water shoes may become handy if you plan to go swimming.

Once in town, Progreso's center is easily explored on foot.

Taxis: Taxis are readily available at the pier or in town, though there's no real need for one unless going to Merida for independent exploration.

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Progreso , once a sleepy fishing village is growing with its new found fame as a Mayan Cruise Port for many cruise ships. It offers great beaches and is the gateway to some of the Yucatan's best sights.

Explore Chicxulub : This nearby town is known for its connection to the Chicxulub crater, which is believed to be related to the extinction of the dinosaurs. You can visit the crater site or explore the town itself for a taste of local culture.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

One of the best bargains in Progreso is the local "Sightseeing Tour" bus that takes you on a tour of the entire town of Progreso for a measly $2. The bus leaves from right in front of the crafts market where the shuttle drops you off, many suggest that you take it right away so you can get oriented to Progreso's beaches, restaurants, markets, plaza and shopping opportunities. This bus leaves every 10 minutes.

Taxis charge about $18 an hour.

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Spend the day in Merida . Lots of history with buildings dating back to the 1500s and the oldest cathedral of the Americas. Very safe and clean. Local bus is three bucks round trip. Taxi to Merida is about $30.

Chichen-Itza , now including one of the new seven wonders of the world; the Kukulkan Pyramid, is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Yucatan State; Mexico, between Merida and Valladolid and is only 120 km from Merida.

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There are a number of tourist shops right inside the cruise terminal of Progreso selling all sorts of souvenirs and necessities. There is reasonable shopping in sleepy Progresso, with more shopping to be had in the nearby town of Merida, including colorful Mexican markets selling local artifacts. (about 20 to 30 minutes by taxi)

Be sure to visit the crafts market right where the shuttle lets you off. Watch out for pickpockets!

The currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN). The symbol for pesos is the same as for US dollars, which can be slightly confusing. Prices in dollars (in tourist areas) are labeled "US$" or sport an S with a double stroke. There are about 17 peso to 1US$.

US dollars are widely accepted in the far north and in tourist locales elsewhere.

Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Europe or the USA. Some companies make an extra charge of around 5% on such transactions.

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Merida is the original port to the Mayan world. Founded by a Spanish conquistador on the site of a former Mayan city, the town is known for its elegant Old World architecture. Sightsee on the Paseo de Montejo, a boulevard fashioned after the Champs Elysees and lined with shops and palatial mansions. Progreso, Merida's port, is located only 30 kilometers from the city and boasts its own seaside promenade, El Malecon.

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Many cruise passengers who’ve come to Progreso frequently have claimed that it’s becoming a “home away from home” for them whenever they’re on vacation.

With various restaurants, duty-free shopping, ancient Mayan ruins, underground caves, and the beach, there’s truly something in Progreso for everyone to enjoy. While other Mexican ports tend to Americanize things for the tourists, at Progreso you’ll be able to get the full Mexican experience.

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Experiencing the cuisine and foods of other cultures is one of the best parts about going on a Caribbean cruise, and Progreso is not going to leave you hungry for very long.

The main street along the beach, called Progreso’s Malecon, features many restaurants that give you a fantastic view of the beach, and many even allow you to sit on the beach with your meal, either under the palapas (a traditional Mexican shelter using palm leaves or branches) or rent some lounge chairs.

It’s important to note that none of the restaurants in Progreso allow smoking, and on Sundays no alcohol is served before 12:30pm.

With that in mind, let’s dig in and look at some of the fabulous dining options you can find in Progreso, either on the Malecon, or in downtown.

Restaurants on the Malecon

Los henequenes.

This open-air bar and restaurant is located right on the main boulevard with access to the beach. They serve sea-food of all types, but the favorite of most customers is the lobster. Prices can be a little high, but if you pay with pesos rather than American dollars, it’ll be cheaper.

On top of great food, they also have awesome service. Many travelers have reported how attentive their servers were each time they went to the restaurant.

Vina Del Mar Restaurant

Vina Del Mar is one of the best upscale restaurants on the Malecon, often hosting receptions, birthdays, or anniversaries. It’s not just travelers and tourists who love dining here, it gets plenty busy with locals as well. They offer both seafood and some Italian options on their menu, but everything is delicious, and the service is amazing.

Milk Bar may sell seafood, but they’re most known for their burgers and sandwiches, which can be a nice change for someone who doesn’t like seafood or is allergic. They also have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on their menu. They are the #3 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, and customers love their friendly staff and versatile menu options.

If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you’ll love Moe’s Bar. It’s not only modeled after the popular show, but it features artwork and statues of the characters as well.

This is one of the few places in Progreso that’s open late, so if you enjoy a little bit of nightlife experience, this is the place to go.

Maya Ka is probably one of the most unique restaurants you’ll find on the Malecon. Fresh seafood, tasty drinks, and a pool right in the middle of the outdoor seating area, so guests can cool off with a brief swim while waiting for their meal.

Also, the seating area is sheltered in the shadows of a Mayan temple replica, adding to the restaurant’s atmosphere. Many travelers cited Maya Ka as their favorite restaurant whenever they visit.

Restaurante Shark

With a full seafood menu and the best margaritas on the Malecon (according to other travelers), Restaurante Shark also provide the largest outdoor seating area under a huge palapa. Service is attentive and friendly, and you get a great view of the ocean while you eat.

Le Saint Bonnet

Le Saint Bonnet services delicious breakfast foods, as well as lunch and dinner. Located right on the beach their service is top notch. Slightly higher scale than some of the other restaurants around, but without the stuffy attitude. You can also stop in here later in the evening for a round of margaritas on the beach.

El Pulpo Loco – “The Crazy Octopus”

Known most by the crazy looking octopus statue out front, which is where this restaurant gets its name, this is a great place to stop for lunch. They offer indoor two level seating, but you can also get a seat on the beach and order your food there. With a friendly, laid back staff, you can just hang out and relax there.

If you really want an upscale dining experience while visiting Progreso, then Crabster will be just right for you. Waiters wear white shirts, use cloth napkins, and the restaurant just has a beautiful atmosphere overall.

Choose from a full seafood menu, as well as some delicious dessert options (their Pecan Pie is to die for!). While dining and enjoying their great service, you get a nice view of the Gulf and the cruise ship you just came in on.

Carabela Restaurant

The décor inside this restaurant makes you feel like you’re sailing the high seas as a pirate looking for treasure. Meanwhile, their outdoor seating on the beach offers plenty of palapas with ample shade. The owners here are extremely friendly, and the food is good. Definitely try the fried octopus if you stop here for lunch.

This lovely restaurant is the Malecon’s newest addition. They have a large wine selection, delicious margaritas, and a delicious menu. Great service, and the second floor offers a great view of the beach.

La Chaya Maya

Another tasty breakfast spot, La Chaya Maya offers unique flavors that you won’t get anywhere else for breakfast.

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Getting a true Mexican experience is not just all about food. You have to learn about the history and explore the geography that makes Mexico so unique. The best way to do that is to tour the island and visit various historical sites and ruins, or anything that let’s you experience what the island has to offer.

Even if you don’t stop anywhere to eat, walking up and down the Malecon is great if you just need to stretch your legs. There’s also a lot of shops to stop at now and then so you can bring home some authentic Mexican souvenirs.

Progreso Craft Market

When you step off your boat and head towards the shuttle that will take you into the city, you’ll walk right through the Progreso Craft Market. Hundreds of vendors selling various wares will be there.

Most popular here are the hammocks, made from cactus fiber, as well as high quality jewelry.

It will also be very crowded as other passengers will be disembarking, so keep that in mind while you’re browsing. If crowds aren’t your thing, we suggest moving on to something else and then coming back to the market when there isn’t as much foot traffic.

Progreso Beach

What is a port city in Mexico without beaches? Well, Progreso really only has one beach, but there is plenty of things to do on the beach, whatever your preferences are.

You can rent jet skis, kayaks, go kiteboarding, deep sea fishing, diving, and so much more. There are also a number of tents scattered along the beach, especially on cruise ship days, offering travelers massages at various rates.

Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is not only the largest Mayan ruins to visit in the Yucatan, it’s the most popular and is listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by archaeologists. It’s located a good 2 hours away from Progreso, so you’ll need to secure some sort of transportation to get there or book a tour.

They feature the 100-foot tall Kukulcan pyramid. The 365 steps leading to the top represents the 365 days of the Mayan Calendar.

You can also visit the largest ball court in Mesoamerica which used to hold very cutthroat ball games. And when we say “cutthroat”, we mean that losers were often sacrificed to the Mayan gods, right on the ball field.

Given the distance from Progreso, plan to be at Chichen Itza all day, so you’ll want to plan accordingly by bringing plenty of snacks. There’s also a night show at night that you can’t miss.

As the most popular ruins to visit, it can get crowded so try to get there as early as possible, if you can. Also bring plenty of sunblock, wear hats, and bring lots of water.

Uxmal Mayan Ruins

As with Chichen Itza, Uxmal is one of the closest ruins to Progreso. In fact, with an hour and a half bus ride, it’s a lot closer than Itza. Not as many people visit Uxmal, so it won’t be as crowded as some of the other ruins in the area.

Uxmal features some of the most beautiful architecture, so you can take your time to ogle at the facades, terraces, plazas, and pyramids, some of which go all the way back to 200 and 900 AD.

Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins

Book an excursion to the Dzibilchaltun ruin, a ceremonial site where the Mayan astronomical and architectural advances are on display. This ruin is the closest one to the port, so if you don’t have a full day to spend it’s a great spot to visit and enjoy and learn some of the Mayan culture.

Visit the temple of the seven dolls and go for a swim in the Xcalah Cenote, right in the center of the ruins (more on Cenotes below).

Any of the ruins near Progreso can be visited by booking a tour excursion through your cruise line.

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If you’d rather not go swimming in the ocean which is full of seawater, sand, the hot sun, and various sea creatures, instead visit any one of the natural swimming pools found all over Mexico. These are called Cenotes (pronounced see-no-tay). They’re massive limestone sinkholes that get filled with cool, clear water from the underground river.

There are well over 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, and the Mayans considered them as entrances to the underworld.

If you want to beat the heat of Mexico, this is the best way to do so. The water is rich with minerals and visiting at least once during your stay is a must. Some of the Mayan ruin tours include cenotes as tour stops, or you can take your own tour around to various cenotes and spend the day swimming I the coolest, clearest water you’ve ever seen.

Merida is the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula, and it neighbors Progreso. In fact, Merida is just a short 20-minute bus ride away and is also filled with various attractions and Mayan ruins to visit.

In Merida, known as The White City because of its white, limestone buildings, you’ll experience a unique mix of Mayan culture and colonial history. Festivals are held every year, so if you want to experience music, literature, and art like you never have before, be sure to join in.

Mangrove Kayaking

Go on a kayaking tour around the island where you get a close up view of the local flora and fauna, including sightings of some of the tropical birds that live in Mexico. The entrance to the mangroves is located in Ria, and the tour takes about three and a half hours.

This is a memorable experience you simply can’t miss while you’re in Progreso. Since it’s a short tour, you’ll have plenty of time to stop over at a restaurant for lunch afterwards, and then find something else to do.

While Merida is known as the “White City” because of its limestone buildings, Izmal Town, just 40 miles east of Merida, is called The Yellow City. Houses here are all painted yellow and are located amongst many hills that many believe to be covering undiscovered Mayan temples.

This is great town to do some extra sightseeing in after visiting Merida. Anyone with a passion for archaeology and architecture will love visiting here. Tour guides on your excursion will inform you about Izmal’s history and culture.

As with many excursions with big tour companies, this one will cost a pretty penny (roughly $100 per person), but some of the taxi drivers in the area might have better deals.

Celestun Biosphere

About an hour and a half south of Merida is Celestun which is a small, quiet and beautiful town in Yucatan. This is also the location of the flamingo and bird sanctuary.

The best way to get here is by taxi and be sure to bring a guide with you. The guide will not only fill you in on the history of Celestun but can tell you all the best places to visit in the town.

Take a boat ride to the lagoon filled with flamingos, swim in more freshwater cenotes, or visit the large pink salt Salinas. You can also take home large salt particles as a souvenir.

El Jaguar Golf Course

Perhaps sightseeing and architecture aren’t your thing. If that’s so, go check out the El Jaguar golf course over at the Yucatan Country Club. If you happen to be a golf enthusiast, or just want a relaxing but challenging way to stretch your legs, play a game or two on the 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

This is great for all skill levels of golfers. When Jack Nicklaus designed the course, he took into account the landscape full of natural cenotes, archaeological remnants, and built a course that factored those in without disrupting them. While you play your game, you’ll still be able to enjoy the full cultural experience.

Beginners and pros alike will enjoy playing here during their stay in Progreso.

Progreso, Mexico is a lovely port of call and a great place to really immerse yourself in the Mexican culture. It’s also known for various Mayan ruins where you can witness some of the amazing Mayan architecture, while also learning about their culture, ceremonies, and rituals commonly held.

Be sure to bring your appetite with you to Progreso, because there are plenty of restaurants to visit. So many, you’re going to have a hard time deciding where to eat.

Shopaholics will also love it here, as there is plenty of shopping available just as you get of the ship, and in the town of Progreso itself. All shops are duty free, but it is recommended that you shop (and dine) using pesos rather than American dollars, because everything will be much cheaper that way.

Or, if you just want to relax during your shore excursion, talk a walk along the beach, rent a beach chair, or go swimming in one of the many cenotes all around the island.

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Cruise lines are altering some of their cruises’ courses in the Caribbean as Hurricane Beryl storms through the region.

Carnival Cruise Line said Tuesday it was changing the original trajectories of two of their active cruises – Carnival Horizon and Carnival Liberty.

Carnival Horizon, originally scheduled to make port at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands on July 3, canceled the visit. Its scheduled trip to Cozumel, Mexico, on July 4 was also replaced with a visit to Nassau in the Bahamas on July 5.

Carnival Liberty was moving its scheduled visit to Cozumel for July 5 to Tuesday as the cruise attempted to avoid the hurricane’s forecasted path into the area.

“The safety of our guests and crew is paramount, and we are continuing to monitor forecasts and factor in guidance from the National Hurricane Center, U.S. Coast Guard and the local port authorities to provide timely updates to our guests as more information becomes available,” said Carnival in a statement.

The Norwegian Cruise Line has also altered routes for two of their cruises, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Breakaway, with canceled visits to Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Belize and Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, both in the country’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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Texas under hurricane watch after Beryl makes landfall on Yucatan

Editor's Note: This page is a summary of news on Beryl for Friday, July 5. For the latest, see our story for Saturday, July 6 .

Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday morning after it ripped through Jamaica and the Caribbean earlier this week , leaving 11 dead as southern Texas and the Gulf Coast brace for the storm's arrival this weekend.

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm with 60 mph as it moved across the Yucatan, but now that the center of the storm is over the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center forecast calls for Beryl to re-strengthen. By 11 p.m. C.T. Friday, Beryl was about 615 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

The center extended a watch for the Texas coast , meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. The watch now stretches from the mouth of the Rio Grande eastward to San Luis Pass. A hurricane watch is also in effect for mainland Mexico from the Rio Grande south to Barra el Mezquital.

The center's forecast cone graphic shows Beryl with winds of 90 mph as it nears the coast Monday somewhere between the Texas/Mexico border and Galveston. The entire coast of Texas lies within the forecast cone – which indicates the likely path of the center of the storm over the next five days.

A storm surge watch is also in effect for almost the entire Texas coast, from the mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island.

Additional watches and warnings along the U.S. coast could be possible later, the center stated.

Hurricane Beryl expected to move over southern Texas

It may take 12-24 hours before the hurricane begins to reintensify again as it recovers from its trip across the Yucatan and copes with some windy conditions, the hurricane center said Friday.

The winds are forecast to become more favorable as Beryl moves into the western Gulf and Beryl is forecast to become a hurricane within about 36 hours, the hurricane center said. The risk of hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge are increasing along the coast and flooding is possible along the Texas coast and eastern Texas through the middle of the week.

Beryl is forecast to produce 5-10 inches of rainfall in Texas , with up to 15 inches in isolated locations, across portions of the coast and in eastern Texas beginning late Sunday through the middle of next week, the hurricane center said. The storm also is forecast to deliver a storm surge amounts of 2-5 feet along the coast and dangerous rip currents.

More: Hurricane Beryl tracker: See projected path, spaghetti models of storm as it hits Mexico

"Today and Saturday will be our calm before the storm," the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi wrote in an advisory Friday.

Beryl's effects are expected to flare up Friday evening, including a high risk of rip currents, the center said. By Saturday, the coast could see some minor flooding as some showers begin ahead of the hurricane's arrival.

Residents should make "preparedness plans," forecasters said.

Multiple large urban areas in Texas, including Houston, Austin and San Antonio, lie in the storm's broad path of projection, according to a Friday morning advisory from the weather service.

In Houston, locally heavy rainfall is the "primary severe weather threat" as Beryl makes landfall near or on the South Texas coast Sunday night or early Monday and works its way generally northwestward into Wednesday, the weather service said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state's Division of Emergency Management to increase its readiness level for the storm on Thursday.

"As Texans and visitors around the south coastal areas begin to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, I urge them to make an emergency plan, review hurricane evacuation routes, and continue to monitor weather conditions to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones," he wrote in a news release .

Forecasters are uncertain whether the storm will reach Austin, weather service meteorologist Mack Morris told the Austin American-Statesman , part of the USA TODAY Network, on Thursday. By the time the storm hits Texas, it could be downgraded to a Category 1 storm, he said.

Hurricane Center  Director Michael Brennan warned Texans to keep checking forecasts through the holiday weekend. If Beryl affects the western Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm, "it could be during the day Saturday," he said.

'Yesterday was scary, but … we are good'

A light rain in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, midday Friday settled Gabi Vasquez' worries about the hurricane's effects.

Her car maintenance company put up ads on social media offering to repair houses and property damaged in the storm. As of noon local time, no calls had yet come in.

"Yesterday was scary, but right now, we are good," she said.

Her family, who live in Tulum, also reassured her that they were safe. Their electricity had even stayed on. "Internet – I think they don't have it, but it's all good," she said.

Vasquez did her own preparation for Beryl's arrival, including securing her home's windows and doors. "Also, we bought food like tuna, water and candles," she said.

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Some flights canceled in Cancun as Hurricane Beryl approaches

More than 1,170 temporary shelters were installed throughout the Yucatan Peninsula ahead of the storm, according to a news release Thursday from the state's government. The Tulum International Airport shut down and was set to remain closed until Sunday. Cancun Airport was operational, but many flights were canceled.

Beryl strengthened to become the earliest Category 5 storm on record earlier this week. It brought widespread devastation as it passed over the Caribbean Sea.

On Thursday, the storm barreled through Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman islands. It touched down in Jamaica the day before as a Category 4 hurricane, triggering power outages, destroying structures, and forcing hundreds into emergency shelters.

Officials updated the storm's death toll to 11 on Thursday but said news of more deaths probably would come in as communications were restored.

Watch: Record-breaking Hurricane Beryl charges west toward Jamaica

Task force deployed as U.S. embassy closes

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico expected to shutter its doors Friday, with plans to reopen Monday.

Mexico's government established a "prevention zone" across the part of the Yucatan's coastline under hurricane warnings. Dozens of rivers and dams throughout the areas were being monitored, according to a news release Wednesday.

A task force of 8,535 response elements and 727 vehicles will be deployed, Tania Patricia Ramírez Gutiérrez, director of Mexico's National Communication Center, said in the news release.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador advised people to seek high altitudes and take shelter in a post on X .

"Let us not hesitate, material things can be recovered," he wrote. "The most important thing is life."

Jamaica, Caribbean islands assess damage, deaths from Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl's arrival in Mexico comes after it left widescale destruction on its path through the Caribbean .

The storm caused the deaths of at least 11 people in Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and northern Venezuela.

Jamaica confirmed two deaths in the hurricane, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview Thursday. One body had not been recovered, Holness said.

"The report is that that person was swept out to sea, but we're still seeking to see if we could recover the body," he said.

One person in the parish of Hanover was killed by a downed tree , Richard Thompson, deputy director general of Jamaica's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, said.

Holness said officials were working to assess the damage sustained by the island. "We have now transitioned from the preparedness phase into the recovery phase," he said.

More than 90% of all homes and buildings on three islands within the Grenadine Island chain were destroyed by the hurricane when it tore through earlier this week, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday . St. Vincent and the Grenadines "bore the brunt of Hurricane Beryl," said Elizabeth Riley, the disaster management agency's executive director.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines could be at risk of food shortages after the storm destroyed half of the island's plantain and banana crops, Permanent Agriculture Ministry Secretary Nerissa Gittens-McMillan said.

Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell called the level of destruction in the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique "almost Armageddon-like" in a news conference Tuesday.

"There's really nothing that can prepare you to see this level of destruction."

Contributing: Reuters


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    Progreso, once a sleepy fishing village is growing with its new found fame as a Mayan Cruise Port for many cruise ships. It offers great beaches and is the gateway to some of the Yucatan's best sights. Explore Chicxulub: This nearby town is known for its connection to the Chicxulub crater, which is believed to be related to the extinction of ...

  19. Carnival Cruise Port Progresso Yucatán

    This is one of the most common ports on a cruise line. Progreso is more of a site seeing town. But this is the military base also for Mexico. It is very safe.

  20. Carnival Cruise Ports: Merida (Progreso), Mexico

    Merida is the original port to the Mayan world. Founded by a Spanish conquistador on the site of a former Mayan city, the town is known for its elegant Old World architecture. Sightsee on the Paseo de Montejo, a boulevard fashioned after the Champs Elysees and lined with shops and palatial mansions. Progreso, Merida's port, is located only 30 ...

  21. Best Things to Do in Progreso, Mexico on a Cruise

    Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is not only the largest Mayan ruins to visit in the Yucatan, it's the most popular and is listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by archaeologists. It's ...

  22. Beryl Updates: Carnival Monitoring Forecast

    Carnival Paradise will visit Nassau, The Bahamas on Saturday, July 6 instead of visiting Cozumel, Mexico. Carnival Breeze did not visit Progreso, Mexico as scheduled on July 4, 2024.; Carnival Horizon added a visit to Nassau on Friday, July 5 instead of visiting Cozumel on Thursday, July 4.The ship's visit to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on Wednesday, July 3 was canceled.

  23. Jamaica Ports Reopen After Hurricane Beryl, Cozumel Closed

    Hurricane Beryl has now made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula near the southern end of the island of Cozumel, which remains closed to all port traffic.. Beryl has weakened to a Category 2 ...

  24. In pictures: Record-breaking Hurricane Beryl

    Hurricane Beryl was unloading damaging winds, torrential rainfall and dangerous storm surge over a significant portion of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday.. Earlier in the week, Beryl ...

  25. Hurricane Beryl prompts itinerary changes for Carnival, NCL and more

    The line similarly changed a week-long sailing aboard Norwegian Jade that left Port Canaveral on Saturday, replacing planned calls in Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel with San Juan ...

  26. July 4, 2024: The latest on Hurricane Beryl

    Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 2 storm, is headed towards Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after hammering several Caribbean islands, including Jamaica. Follow live news updates.

  27. Cruise ships change courses as Hurricane Beryl hits the Caribbean

    Carnival Horizon, originally scheduled to make port at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands on July 3, canceled the visit. Its scheduled trip to Cozumel, Mexico, on July 4 was also replaced with a ...

  28. July 5, 2024, Tropical Storm Beryl news

    Beryl is forecast to unload damaging winds, torrential rainfall and dangerous storm surge over a significant portion of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a tourist area that includes Tulum and Cancún ...

  29. Cruises to Mexico 2024-2026 with Carnival Cruise Line

    3 cruises from. $. 729. *. Avg PP. See Cruises. * Taxes and fees are included. Take in the lively and beautiful destinations of Mexico on a Carnival cruise. Book the perfect trip to enjoy vibrant ports like Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

  30. Beryl updates: Storm surge and hurricane watch issued in Texas

    Editor's Note: This page is a summary of news on Beryl for Friday, July 5. For the latest, see our story for Saturday, July 6. Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday ...