Among the best places to enjoy some beach time close to Merida, Progreso is definitely the closest beach town that offers a beautiful infinite beach and great restaurants. It’s actually the biggest city on the gulf coast of Mexico in Yucatan.
Progreso is a port city on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s a common stop for cruise ships, which dock at its landmark long pier.
An oceanfront promenade, the Malecón, is lined with beaches and thatch-roofed restaurants. The Faro de Puerto Progreso, built in 1893, is an active lighthouse.
The city is a gateway to the inland Maya archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, and Dzibilchaltún.
But Progreso is still a nice laidback tranquil beach town up to this date, with a good amount of tourist facilities. Mind that Progreso is also a cruise port with many cruise ships stopping by.
Here is a good site where to check the cruise schedule if you want to avoid bumping into big groups of tourists.
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