Some twenty miles north of Merida on the Gulf of Mexico, Progreso serves as the commercial port for exports out of Yucatan. Some cruise lines call on Progreso and a ferry operates seasonally between Progreso and Tampa, Florida.
During school vacations, Merida's families flock to Progreso for relaxation and fun.
Progreso thrived when henequen - the principal source for sisal fiber - was in short supply and Yucatan was the world's foremost producer. Though still used industrially, sisal was replaced by nylon and other synthetic fibers.
All levels of complex and simple fare is offered in restaurants along the Malecon and other areas of Progreso. Flamingo nesting grounds and other eco-adventure experiences are found close by.