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Progreso is situated only 40 km (35 minutes drive) from Merida, the capital city of the State of Yucatan, by the federal highway 261.
For years this port was just a sleepy fishing village. Then in the 50s the Meridanos started building summer homes along the coast to escape from the scalding heat of tropical Merida during July and August. They also used these retreats for two weeks at Easter. In the late 60s Americans and Canadians discovered Progreso as a winter paradise, enticed by the warm weather, dirt-cheap rents, friendly Yucatecan people, the laid-back way of life and the safe atmosphere.
Progreso is a bustling town of some 25,000 people. Fancy restaurants are springing up along the seaside promenade "El Malecon", facades are being painted quaint colors, and the people are trying hard to improve their services. The 6-km-long pier has made Progreso the key shipping location for exports, and thus the most important Yucatan port.
Progreso is a beautiful port with wonderful beaches of gentle waves which make it ideal for swimming, boat races and sailing. Fishing and tourism are Progreso inhabitants' most important activities.
In Progreso you will find a large grocery store, a large typical market, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, police station, bus station, post and telegraph offices, handicraft stores, taxis, money exchange, real estate info, hardware store, pharmacies, bakeries, etc.
Located near Progreso are the Alacranes reef and Perez Island. Two of the island's beaches are Chelem and Yucaltepen, characterized by their fine sand and gentle waves.
Visitors to Progreso are wrapped in its special atmosphere, enjoying the Malecon, the brilliant sunsets, as well as its exquisite food.