Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

Full house for the long weekend in Progreso

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PROGRESO, YUCATÁN.  As you’ll know if you are reading this from Yucatán, spring has arrived. We’re enjoying hot and sunny weather while in much of North America they are still shoveling the snow. Since it was a long weekend (yesterday was a public holiday in Mexico), many Yucatecos headed to the beach, and Progreso, Chelem, and the other towns along the coast felt the benefit. Restaurants were packed, beach palapas were fully occupied, and locals, along with seasonal visitors enjoyed a perfect sunny Sunday all along the waterfront.

Strangely however, the malecón remained open to traffic. As I recall, one of the main reasons given by the city for remodeling the malecón was to allow it to be closed to traffic at busy times of the year; and it is hard to imagine a day much busier than we witnessed on Sunday.

Strangely, the malecon remained open to traffic.

Strangely, the malecon remained open to traffic.

Sunny skies and calm waters were enjoyed by all.

Sunny skies and calm waters were enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 - Just another (busy) day in paradise.

Just another (busy) day in paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an hour or two in the bustling atmosphere of Progreso, we headed to Costa Azul in Chelem for lunch. If you haven’t already been to Costa Azul, it is well worth a visit – the seafood botanas served with the drinks are delicious, fresh, and in copious quantities, and a well-priced menu of larger meals is also offered. Unlike many of the beach restaurants, particularly those in Progreso, service at Costa Azul is normally fast and friendly.

Progreso beach, viewed from the new boardwalk.

Progreso beach, viewed from the new boardwalk.

Costa Azul is on the right hand side (ocean side) of the road, as you are heading towards Chelem from Progreso, before arriving in the center of the town.

6 - Outside OXXO, people waited in line to be allowed inside to make their purchases.

Outside OXXO, people waited in line to be allowed inside to make their purchases.

4 - Space under the palapas was at a premium, for those looking to escape the sun for a while.

Space under the palapas was at a premium, for those looking to escape the sun for a while.

5 - Space under the palapas was at a premium, for those looking to escape the sun for a while.

Space under the palapas was at a premium, for those looking to escape the sun for a while.

By Stewart Mandy

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Stewart Mandy

Stewart Mandy

Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, Stewart has been based in Mérida, Yucatan since 2010, and has lived and worked worldwide in the media, travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years. His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.

In addition to The Yucatan Times, Stewart contributes (or has contributed) to “The Examiner” (www.examiner.com), “Business Briefings”, “Cruise & Ferry Magazine” and “The Apollo Magazine”. He is a former editor of “rolling pin CRUISE” magazine.

He can be contacted by email at stewart@theyucatantimes.com or smandy@gmail.com

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