Progreso is a quiet coastal town in northern Merida that became the beach of the capitaleños. Here they escape on weekends to enjoy the beach.

It is known that Progress It is the favorite beach of Meridano when it travels the road from Merida to Progreso: it is the best by far from the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

Mérida accommodated its exit to the sea with a comfortable road trip up to 4 lanes. In less than an hour you are on the beach from the capital.

Progreso is the most important coastal town in the Emerald coast from Yucatán


Progress, the getaway to the coast Yucatecan from Merida

Progress has vast beaches on a long boardwalk where you find the restaurants. On the sand of the beach you can taste the flavors of the sea of ​​this fishing village. It is a sin to come to Progress And don't eat on the beach, give yourself that pleasure.

Here the Mexican families meet to spend the day of rest and vacation, especially in Easter and summer, although Christmas is also busy.

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Progreso Beach

The beach is calm and safe waters, and the Mexican, who is often not very skilled in the middle, appreciates the calm provided by the Gulf of Mexico.

Near the town is the ecological reserve Corchito, a place of cenotes watery and mangle type. These areas are very rich in fauna and flora, being an ideal place for birds. Here you can bathe and spend the day, very popular with locals.

On the long pier of Progress disembark the Cruise international, feeding the growth of this area with shops and restaurants. For these cruises, nearby Merida and Uxmal are also an option, being the two most powerful tourist spots in the area.


Progreso surroundings

The coastal road of the Emerald Coast takes us from Progreso to Dzilam de Bravo following the direction of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve.

This coastal area is a less tourist destination with big surprises like the archaeological zone Xcambó, the beautiful pink salt pans of Dzemul, haciendas, the area of Dzilam Bravo and beach spots to practice water sports such as kitesurfing, very popular in northern Yucatan.

Emerald coast
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Where to sleep in Progreso

More and more American and Canadian pensioners are living in this beautiful area of ​​Yucatan that allows them to live modestly with a Merida with hospitals and culture at hand. This area has charm, for something it is the favorite coastal getaway of the meridano.

Along the Emerald Coast there is a variety of accommodation options. If you want to stay for the night in Progreso I leave you a search engine with accommodation offers.
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How to make progress from Merida

Progreso is only 36 kilometers from Merida. A wide, well signposted and comfortable 4 lane road takes you straight to Merida. The preferred destination of Playa de los Meridanos is well connected to the capital. You do not have to enter Mérida to go to Progreso, through the peripheral you see the detour to Progreso.

You can also arrive by public transport.

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Progress, beaches

LOCATION: Progreso It is located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, at 36 km Mérida, on the 261 road.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida, the Autoprogreso buses leave near the historic center, on Calle 62 between 65 and 67. From 5 a.m. to 22 p.m. every half hour. Corchito is reached from the port of Progreso towards Chicxulub to Calle 46, in front of the Víctor Cervera Pacheco sports center. From the entrance you cross the reserve by boat in 10 minutes. Schedule from 8 to 17h.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat and sunscreen. I'm nothing fan of the protectors, so better a good umbrella. Oh, do not forget the swimsuit and the towel.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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