Top Activities on a Caribbean Cruise to Progreso, Mexico

A view of Kukulkan in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.
A view of Kukulkan in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.

The next time you plan a Caribbean cruise, make sure your itinerary includes a stop in sunny Progreso, Mexico. Once a tiny fishing village, Progreso, also referred to as Puerto Progreso, is a major Caribbean cruise port located on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The charming village is just 18 miles from Mérida, and is the site of one of the longest piers (Puerto del Altura) in the world at nearly 7 km long.

From shopping to restaurants, sightseeing, and more, there's so much you can do when you visit Progreso. Wondering where to start? Here are just some of the many options that will be available to you when you cruise into this popular port.

Find One-of-a-Kind Wares

If you're a shopper at heart, head over to the Progreso Crafts Market, where you'll find Mayan artifact replicas, fresh fruits, handcrafted jewelry, woven blankets, souvenirs, and loads of other unique items. The local vendors spend almost all day (except for a short siesta) selling their items to visitors. If you want to explore other markets or find higher-end items, take an excursion to Merida.

Explore Ancient Ruins

For an adventure that's both fascinating and delicious, take an excursion to the ruins of Xcambó. As you approach the ruins, keep your camera out: You never know what beautiful flora or fauna you'll glimpse out the window. When you arrive, you'll be stunned by the huge structures — including pyramids and temples — you'll encounter. Spend some time with the ruins, and imagine the ancient civilization that constructed them.

Once you've finished exploring the ruins, you'll have the chance to visit Dzemul, a village where Spanish and traditional Mayan architecture rest side by side. Stroll the streets of town, taking in the beautiful gardens and uniquely Mayan cultural feats.

By the time you leave Dzemul, you'll have worked up an appetite, no doubt. That's why you'll head to a nearby exclusive beach, where you can dip your toes in the water and indulge in an authentic Mexican buffet lunch. From your curiosities to your hunger, you're guaranteed to leave this excursion satisfied.

Head to Chichén Itzá

To fully embrace the history of Mexico, head to legendary Chichén Itzá. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this incredible site is home to some of the most marvelous architecture in the world. Wander about, taking in arcades, massive pyramids, and temples. Get a feel for the culture through some of the remaining structures, such as the observatory, and Cenote Sagrado, the Sacred Cenote, where sacrifices were made during periods of drought.

Interested in a trip to Progreso, Mexico? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to explore the islands.