Any recommendations to shops and items to buy in Progresso?
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
Not much there to buy, actually. There is an area right off the ship that turned out to have pretty good prices, but all typical Mexican stuff, as in tons of silver. Even having been to Mexico dozens of times, I still found some earrings that I loved. There is a craft area in town, but I was not enticed at all and not really any good shops that we could find walking around.
Progress is catching up with Progreso. They are constructing a new area which will contain 'modern' stores. I like the crafts myself. There is a charity group that sell nice folk style bags on the main drag. They are popular.