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what is there to do within walking distance of the pier? thanks in advance
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The pier is one of the longest I have ever seen. The ship docks about two hundred yards from a duty free area that has stores, bars and food. There is a free shuttle bus system that takes you from that area to town. The shuttles run constantly. Once in town you are dropped by an open air market with fairly aggressive vendors. From there you basically have two choices, turn left and walk toward the beach or right and head toward town.
The beach is okay, but the water is murky. There are shops and eating places all over this area. If you go toward town, there are shops where the locals go. There is even a large department store, and a "farmers" market which is something to see, and smell.
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There's not much too do in Progresso. The few shops that are located right off the ship are higher priced. The farmers market is a hoot with all the carcuses hanging around for the locals to buy! The beach is small and not much to speak of. We did get our hair braided for very cheap close to the beach. I'm also going to Progresso in less than a week but I'm going to remain on the ship this time and take advantage of the lighter crowd. It's an experience just walking around but you will have to take the free shuttle to get anywhere.
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The one time I was in Progresso, it was not too long after a surgery. When I saw that long pier, I stayed onboard Nothing to do there, so you need to take a tour, or as My friend did a bus to Merida, which is a beautiful colonial city..He loved it so much, he has taken many land based trips there.

One thing we found odd....once we docked, the ship was inundated with flies....never saw that before anywhere, or since....
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BTW, Progreso (one 's' ).

If you PM Snoozeman on here he is the expert on the area.

There is a restaurant along the road across from the beach--St. Bonnett or something like that. Very nice place. Shade, great breeze, and excellent food.

There are the usual hair braiding, cheap massages, trinket vendors etc. Then there are the ruins excursions.

Search the photo gallery for our name or Ecstasy and Fantasy. We have a pic of the flyer with the excurions offered by the locals.

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BTW, Progreso (one 's' ).
Thank you. Don't know why everyone adds the extra s.

Lot's of information about Progreso on my blog. Just look for the cruises that stopped there.

Phil & Liz are right, the St. Bonnet is a good place to just hang for a while. Good food, cold beer, etc. That's usually where I am when in Progreso.
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Snoozeman is the MAYOR of Progreso.

He even taught me how to spell it correctly!!!
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I can tell you why....think "soup"
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The first couple of times we went to Progreso (with one s) we hated it. Of course the very first time was a redirect due to a hurricane and very little had been done to make it a port of call for cruise ships. While they are working on that, it still is more like a true Mexican city rather than a resort that the cruise ship industry has built. It is just a little cleaner now and has a lot of charm.

An excursion is always nice, but if you just want to go on your own, take the bus into town and just start walking. We always enjoy the little double decker bus for a couple of bucks and a twenty minute ride to get our bearings.

The beach is nice at certain times of the year and murky at other times. There are a few restaurants across from the beach and most of them will bring you food and/or drinks across to the beach.

The streed vendors along the beach front seem more agressive to me than those in the market area. The town, the square the open air cathedral, the local supermarket that they claim to be their Wal mart and the fresh market with it's beautiful flowers and produce are all we need to enjoy a nice day strolling through town.

Oh, we also love to get beach massage before returning to the ship. We have bargained with them for a 45 min massage for $15 and it is wonderful.

We usually leave port early afternoon and just find a deck chair on the back of the ship and relax with a cold drink and a nap until sail away.
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Wonder why they even go there really, there are so many places people would rather go..... aren't there? When I see it listed on an itinerary it puts me off as it just seems a waste.
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Regarding why the cruise lines go there--- there's only so many ports the ships can go and get back to from Fla. in a set number of days and a lot of those ports are already over crowded. One has to consider that there's many, many other ships and cruise lines cruising the same waters and ports and there is only so much room at these ports.

Progresso is a wonderful jumping off spot from which to visit one of the new wonders of the world---Chichen-Itza, a fabulous Mayan city. Uxmal is another Mayan marvel that can easily be accessed from Progresso. Merida,an old Mexican colonial city can easily be reached from Progresso.

Do a little research prior to going--view what's available out and about from the dock area and you just may be surprised.
If one's looking for another St. Thomas shopping mall atmosphere, then you could expect to be disappointed in Progresso but if one's looking for something different then it's worth considering.
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Not really another choice for a second port when sailing from NOLA or Galveston on a five-day cruise. Seven day cruises don't go there as there are better choices, but on a 5-day there are not a lot of alternatives.

If one wants to avoid Progreso, take a seven day cruise and don't sail during hurricane season.

I've always had a good time there.
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Regarding why the cruise lines go there--- there's only so many ports the ships can go and get back to from Fla. in a set number of days and a lot of those ports are already over crowded. One has to consider that there's many, many other ships and cruise lines cruising the same waters and ports and there is only so much room at these ports.

Progresso is a wonderful jumping off spot from which to visit one of the new wonders of the world---Chichen-Itza, a fabulous Mayan city. Uxmal is another Mayan marvel that can easily be accessed from Progresso. Merida,an old Mexican colonial city can easily be reached from Progresso.

Do a little research prior to going--view what's available out and about from the dock area and you just may be surprised.
If one's looking for another St. Thomas shopping mall atmosphere, then you could expect to be disappointed in Progresso but if one's looking for something different then it's worth considering.
Yes, I would be happy to go to Merida, I love Mexico and Mexicans, and the architecture, but my cruise companions are more into resorts with Senor Frogs, Margaritaville , fab beaches, if you know what I mean- they would be bored I think.

I want a short cruise at the end of summer from a port I can drive to- so NOLA or JAX I think, will be it. Mobile would be even better, but the Holiday gets so many bad comments, I am unsure ..
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Oh, we also love to get beach massage before returning to the ship. We have bargained with them for a 45 min massage for $15 and it is wonderful.

We usually leave port early afternoon and just find a deck chair on the back of the ship and relax with a cold drink and a nap until sail away.[/quote]

I have a question about beach massages. When I get a massage on the ship, I completely undress. You don't do that on the beach, do you? Do you wear a swimsuit for it? A one piece ?

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Oh, we also love to get beach massage before returning to the ship. We have bargained with them for a 45 min massage for $15 and it is wonderful.

We usually leave port early afternoon and just find a deck chair on the back of the ship and relax with a cold drink and a nap until sail away.
I have a question about beach massages. When I get a massage on the ship, I completely undress. You don't do that on the beach, do you? Do you wear a swimsuit for it? A one piece ?

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Nope, you don't need to undress, but a swimsuit is great for this. I have even had one, wearing shorts and a t-shirt. If you wear a one piece, they will pull the straps down, but cover you with a towel. If you don't want them to do this, just tell them. Of course with the oils they use, it is better with a swimsuit than a shirt.

This is so relaxing, that my legs felt like rubber. I didn't think I would be able to walk back to the shuttle bus.
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Oh, we also love to get beach massage before returning to the ship. We have bargained with them for a 45 min massage for $15 and it is wonderful.

We usually leave port early afternoon and just find a deck chair on the back of the ship and relax with a cold drink and a nap until sail away.
I have a question about beach massages. When I get a massage on the ship, I completely undress. You don't do that on the beach, do you? Do you wear a swimsuit for it? A one piece ?

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Nope, you don't need to undress, but a swimsuit is great for this. I have even had one, wearing shorts and a t-shirt. If you wear a one piece, they will pull the straps down, but cover you with a towel. If you don't want them to do this, just tell them. Of course with the oils they use, it is better with a swimsuit than a shirt.

This is so relaxing, that my legs felt like rubber. I didn't think I would be able to walk back to the shuttle bus.
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The shore excursions are great. Chichen Itza and Uxmal were both the top Mayan sites available.
Merida is a genuine Mexican city.
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