Fun things to do in Progreso, Mexico, include The Malecon, Mayan sites, shopping in downtown Progreso, golfing and kayaking, note Cruise Critic and Cruise Radio. Progreso is located on the northwest Yucatan peninsula. The town is a popular port for cruises, especially those from Texas or New Orleans.
The Malecon is a beach in Progreso on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It a short bus ride from cruise terminals, making it a good stop for those who only have a few hours. The beach includes a crafts market, water sports, beach massages and souvenir shops. There are several restaurants located on the beach road with direct service on the beach.
There are several mangrove lagoons located around Progreso where visitors can go kayaking or take a tour to view flamingos. Golfers can enjoy playing at the El Jaguar course at the Yucatan Country Club.
Those with more time can use Progreso as a base to visit the Mayan site known as Chichen Itza, which is two hours away. The site includes the pyramid of Kukulcan, Wall of Sacrifice and Ceremonial Ball Court. Another option is to visit the colonial town of Merida and see the Cathedral of San Ildefonso and Plaza Grande.
Other fun things to do in the Progreso area include tours to the nearby Mayan cities of Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun, relaxing on the natural pools known as cenotes and learning a new skill, such as salsa dancing, notes Cruise Radio.