Popular Progreso Shore Excursions
If you've never been to the ruins, we'd recommend making those your first priority at this port. Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the best-known Mayan site, but it does take two hours to get there (and two hours to get back). The Dzibilchaltun ruins are much closer. Expect temperatures to range from about 70 to 90 degrees year-round, and don't forget your sunscreen -- plus good walking shoes and insect repellent.
If you love culture and architecture, take a bus ride to bustling Merida, twice named the American Capital of Culture. The "White City" as it's known, offers an abundance of beautiful cathedrals, museums, local markets filled with fresh produce and chilies, and restaurants serving delicious food.
If a slow beach day is more your speed, there's absolutely nothing wrong with finding your perfect spot on Progreso's singular beach, ordering up a drink and enjoying a relaxing day near the water.
For a day on the beach, make your way along the Malecon to find your spot on the sand. The beach (there's just one in Progreso) is fairly small, and you're likely to spot some fishermen boating out for their catch of the day. You can rent an umbrella and chair from one of the beach-entrepreneurs who set up shop here, but feel free to shop around for the best deal before deciding. Often you can find an arrangement that includes cheap beer, chips and salsa, or even a massage with your lounger.
The ocean waters are a bit cloudy and you'll have plenty of vendors trying to hawk their wares, but if you enjoy cold Mexican beer and warm sunshine, you can spend a relaxing day here.