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Old August 26th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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I'm cruising on the Triumph 9-6 and I have a question about Progreso. I was there years ago but I'm sure things have changed.

I was wondering if the its possible to go the beach with out booking a tour. I saw a tour on the Carny website - Corona Beach Party with open bar for $40pp, but I would rather just go to the beach without spending that much. Can you walk there from where the bus stops in town? Are the places where I can buy a drink or 2 and just stroll the beach? I noticed the Carny tour says to bring bug spray - are there bugs at the beach

I remember getting off the bus and walking to a little place that had food and drinks - actually the best frozen drink I EVER had, but for the life of me I don't remember seeing the beach near by.

Thanks for any info.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 09:04 PM
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I think the Carnival tour is probably a waste of money - Corona Beach is adjacent to the cruise pier. Don't know if you can just walk up there on a pay-as-you-go basis, but you could ask. Yes, you can walk to a number of "beaches" from where the free bus drops you off. Many bars/restaurants have chairs, tables, and umbrellas set up on the beach.

I never noticed bugs, but I imagine it is possible.
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Thanks - that's great news. I'd rather explore on my own if its close enough. 9 days and counting!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO
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Thanks - that's great news. I'd rather explore on my own if its close enough. 9 days and counting!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO
Progresso/Merida, Mexico

Progresso is a small town that features a nice beach, jet ski rentals, and various water sport activities. Progresso also offers tourist shopping and nice restaurants. Enjoy the open-air restaurants that specialize in seafood and other local cuisine. A favorite tourist attraction is Merida, which is about 1/2 hour drive by shore
excursion buses, taxi, or rental cars. Merida was modeled after a city in Spain
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Corona Beach is only 2 blocks from where the bus from the ship drops you off. I don't know why people would book an "excursion" when it's free to go there AND the bus ride is free. On Corona Beach there are many restaurants that have tables set up on the beach that provide drink service, food service, etc. We were there last Jan. and loved that port. So very interesting to walk around town for an hour or two and then enjoy Corona Beach - just lying on the sand , a $1.00 Corona beer in hand!

You get to see real Mexico at this port as it wasn't as commercialized as Cozumel. As mentioned above the water and beach area is no where near as nice as Cozumel. You can actually go to Corona Beach for free without purchasing through Carnival. When you port at Progresso the peir is I think the world's longest as it is about 5 miles. There are multiple free buses that will transport you to Town Square. There at Town Square is where the buses will also pick you up and they are continuously running back to the cruise ships. At Town Square, cross the street to the right and Corona Beach is only 2 blocks down the street which is free to enter. Many local vendors are in this area. You can bargain with these folks too. Don't settle for their initial asking prices. This is really fun! As mentioned above at Corona Beach, you will be aproached by many vendors but a polite "No Thanks" and they will leave you be. Also at town square is a local open air double-decker bus. We rode this bus around town for less than $3 a person (have exact change cause they will not give you any). This was about a 30 minute narrated ride and you get to take a lot of great pictures especially if you are on the top deck. We did this when we went, then walked to Corona Beach, had a couple drinks and enjoyed some nachos. Everything is really cheap here. Then we walked back over to Town Square and there is a really big outdoor market right in the area where the buses pick you up. It is across the street and prices are very negotiable. Get back on the bus and ride back to the ship.

Corona Beach Party Excursion is about $30 -$35. You have to buy the food but the beer is included in the price.
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Hey Texaspepper, thanks for the info. Do you when that pier was built? I'm wondering if it was built after I visited? At any rate, it escaped my memory for some reason - maybe too many frozen drinks? hahaha.

Great pic of the beach - now I really can't wait to go
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Hey Texaspepper, thanks for the info. Do you when that pier was built? I'm wondering if it was built after I visited? At any rate, it escaped my memory for some reason - maybe too many frozen drinks? hahaha.

Great pic of the beach - now I really can't wait to go
Think it was extended in early in 2009 and now is the longest pier in the world.
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WOW, that's amazing. I can't wait to see it!
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You've seen it. The newest extension is beyond where the cruise ships dock. The cruise terminal and LONG pier has been there for many years. They did add the nicer tourist shops on the pier a few years ago.

Good info Pepper, I agree.
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It looks great - why so long though? Is it because of the marine life?
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It looks great - why so long though? Is it because of the marine life?
One of the main things that visitors to this area want to know before anything else is why the pier is so long. The pier is over 4 miles long - but the guest should have no concerns. From the ship to the terminal building is approximately 300 yards and from there we have free shuttle buses that will run the guests downtown (which is also the beach area) at no cost. These buses run to and from the ship every 20 minutes or so.


There is actually a good reason for this. Progresso, just like the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula, sits on a limestone shelf that actually goes out to sea in a very gradual manner. The pier was built long in order to get past this shelf into the deeper water. Without being in deeper water, ships coming in to dock would get stuck because the water would not be deep enough. Even though the pier is very long, the water at the end of the pier is still only about 30 feet deep.


The average temperature for Progresso is about 87 degrees. This means there are a lot of great beach days. However, you should not plan on it being warm throughout the whole summer. As a matter of fact, it does get a bit chillier from November to April. A heavy coat won’t be needed, but it might be nice to at least bring along a sweater or two.


For years, Progresso was just a sleepy fishing village, but once outsiders saw the beauty of the area and the richness of the culture, they quickly began to build beach side houses and condos. Now there is a perfect mix of old and new. This is why Progresso, Yucatan is such a popular place to be.

Here is a site I used to find some good eating in Progresso . . .and we paid $2.00 to rent a beach chair on the sand. Places to eat in Progresso

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The water is relatively shallow for a long way out. They had to build it that long to get to water deep enough.
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Thanks for link of eating recs for Progreso. We will be there in November.
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We have made several cruise stops in Progreso and each time we go it is a little better, still authentic Mexico town, but cleaning up a little more. We always head straight to the shuttle bus for town (free) and then pay $2 to ride the little double decker bus around town, if we have newbies with us to show them around the area. There are a few restaraunts right across from the beach (El Mirador) was the last one we went to. You can eat inside or sit on the beach across from these restaurants and they will serve you on the beach.

When you get ready to leave the shuttle bus, a tour vendor will board with info on local tours at about half the price of the Carnival tour. We have used them a couple of times with no problems.

We also like to get a beach massage in Progresso. We have bargained with them and had 3 of us for 45 minutes at $15 each and 5 of us at $10 each.

We also like shopping in the big cruise store at the port. It is the first store you come to when you get off the ship and, of course, the last one before boarding the ship. Great silver and alcohol prices.
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We have made several cruise stops in Progreso and each time we go it is a little better, still authentic Mexico town, but cleaning up a little more. We always head straight to the shuttle bus for town (free) and then pay $2 to ride the little double decker bus around town, if we have newbies with us to show them around the area. There are a few restaraunts right across from the beach (El Mirador) was the last one we went to. You can eat inside or sit on the beach across from these restaurants and they will serve you on the beach.

When you get ready to leave the shuttle bus, a tour vendor will board with info on local tours at about half the price of the Carnival tour. We have used them a couple of times with no problems.

We also like to get a beach massage in Progresso. We have bargained with them and had 3 of us for 45 minutes at $15 each and 5 of us at $10 each.

We also like shopping in the big cruise store at the port. It is the first store you come to when you get off the ship and, of course, the last one before boarding the ship. Great silver and alcohol prices.
Yes, that little bus ride is fun. The El Mirador is a good choice. We rented a couple of beach chairs for $2 each and laid out in front of the beach eating area. There are several body massage tables just next to where we laid on the beach. I waited till about an hour before we were to head back to ship (CCL Fantasy) and bargained and got a 45 min massage for $20. They start at $35, then down to $30 and the later in the day the price goes less.
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Excellent map of Progreso:
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Thanks for the map link. I was roaming around town by myself last December and got lost - I was so distracted by the surroundings. Finally found my way without having to use my high school espanol. Going back in November and will take the map this time.
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Progreso has been a port since the mid 1900's. It's full name is Progreso de Castro, which has nothing to do with Fidel but rather a Mexican military official with no relationship to the Cuban dude.

Freight and passengers were once brought in using tenders, smaller boats that ferried people and goods back and forth to the big ships anchored off the coast. Obviously this was problematic in rough weather.

The entire Progreso area has been a summer and Easter break destination for Merida families who have had homes there for generations. It is not a recent thing.

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