The 10 Best Things to Do in Progreso, Mexico

September 2, 2017 Janette Largent

Discover the best top things to do in Progreso, Mexico including Yucatan Cenote Eco-Aventuras, Yucatan Snook, Lawson's Original Yucatan Excursions - Day Tours, Yuckite Kiteboarding School & Shop, Reserva Ecologica El Corchito, Emerald Coast Adventures, Sergio's Tours, Kite Beach Yucatan Kiteboarding School, Airlift Kiteboarding Yucatan, La Ria Parador Turistico.
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1. Yucatan Cenote Eco-Aventuras

Progreso 97320, Mexico
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5 based on 415 reviews

Yucatan Cenote Eco-Aventuras

Private / Off the Beaten Path Adventures while avoiding the Tourist crowds. The Best of Yucatan - Stunning Cenotes, Ancient Pyramids, Historical Haciendas, Cultural Experiences & some of the most beautiful Geocaching anywhere. We also have a SCUBA connection (Scuba Diving in a Cenote). Shore Excursions specifically planned for the duration the cruise ship is in Port in Progreso - - - or, for vacationers - - Build Your Own Adventures, tailored to your needs. Couple, Family & Group pricing available. All our tours are Private and Flexible. This is YOUR vacation.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - Portland, Oregon

A full day of culture, history and fun. Couldn't decide which trip to book so we went with the mystery tour. Visited a couple small Yucitan towns, took a scooter taxi ride, climbed Mayan ruins, shopped at a fresh market, swam in a couple cenotes and had a fabulous Yucatan lunch at a hacienda. I'll be back. Rene is an encyclopedia of information on Mayan history, traditions, culture and food. Excellent guide.

2. Yucatan Snook

Chuburna, Progreso, Mexico
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5 based on 140 reviews

Yucatan Snook

Progreso Mexico Fishing Tours. We fish the safe, calm, backwaters of the area here in Progreso Mexico. Speckled Sea trout, Tarpon, Snook, plus other species we target with top water and jig lures. We cater to the cruise ship community, families and sportsman alike. Join us for a super fun fishing day in a beautiful setting and let us help you create life long memories!!

Reviewed By gannie0 - Springfield, Missouri

This was a very nice day, fun relaxing, informative, would do again. Our guides made the day! They even took us to a restaurant afterwards where our fish was cooked devoured! Loved the day!

3. Lawson's Original Yucatan Excursions - Day Tours

Calle 27 and 82, Progreso, Mexico
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5 based on 423 reviews

Lawson's Original Yucatan Excursions - Day Tours

Since 2008, Lawson's Original Yucatan Excursions is a tourism company dedicated to providing up close and personal, fun and truly memorable experiences for our wonderful guests. All our tours and excursions are private and custom; we focus all our attention exclusively on you and your group and design the tours around what you would like to experience. All transportation logistics are handled by our trusted partner Tierra Nueva Travel and we have vehicles ranging from sedans to buses. No group is too small or too large!

Reviewed By szpal - Nevada

Our family travels frequently and tries to incorporate an "educational aspect" into all our trips. This part--usually through local tours-- is barely tolerated by our youngest son (he's 11). He knows he has to do it, but it's just something to tolerate until he can get on to something more enjoyable.
Anticipating this, I always carefully read reviews and try to get the *best* tour available. When I was researching, it was clear after five minutes that Lawson's Original Yucatan Excursions is THE tour company in Merida. I was quite impressed actually, as *tour company reviews* are my gig as mom and chief travel coordinator. I know how to read them and I know how to read what they don't say... as well as what they do. I reached out to Lawson's and was impressed by their personal email responses. I also took note that Bill Lawson is very active on the Yucatan forums on TripAdvisor and the other social media platform I frequent. He's not trying to "sell" anything on either place--but his knowledge and passion for the Yucatan clearly stand out.
When Lawson's say they *customize* their tours, they mean it. Our tour was to Uxmal, but what our family really loves is to get off the beaten path. There are a lot of places we'd love to explore but would be hesitant because of language barriers or not knowing if we'd be welcome.
Ralf picked us up right on time and immediately started getting to know us, asking us questions, giving us ideas, getting a read on who we were and what we might enjoy. What I loved the most is he immediately started drawing our son into the conversation. He intuited that our kid was the *tough one to please* of our tour group and set out to give him a fabulous day. He was absolutely amazing with our son!
We did indeed get off the beaten path, stopping in several places along the way that we'd have never known about or dared to stop. So many adventures that day! We stopped in a market town (Huma, I think it was), and he took us all around the market. Ralf is at the market often and has many friends there. The affection for him is genuine--he has a great deal of respect for the vendors and took care to buy from all we spoke to. We got to try lots of different foods and I regret so much not buying all the spices I saw while we were there!
In the same town, we got to ride in a bicycle taxi. It's hard to describe, but this little town has hundreds if not thousands of bicycle and motorcycle taxis driving around. We've traveled in Mexico, mostly Pacific coast, and have never seen anything like it. Riding in one, with dozens around us, felt like something straight out of an Amazing Race episode. All negotiations were done in Spanish and Ralf handled it all. We didn't handle money or have to worry about money at any time during the day. Ralf is a pro!
We also stopped at an old Hacienda and visited a tiny family-run tortilla factory where we got to taste tortillas fresh off the grill. The family there was so nice. They had kids near my son's age and it was a great experience for him to have.
Uxmal was wonderful--as amazing as you've heard and can read about. It was worth every penny and there won't be many more years left when you can actually climb on the ruins. Do it now!
We finished the day with a visit to a beautiful little cenote on the way back to Merida. My son absolutely loved that and really enjoyed the panucho stop afterwards.
We rarely visit the same area twice, but our entire family agreed we'll all go back to Merida just to spend more time with Ralf and have more amazing adventures in the Yucatan. Job well done!

4. Yuckite Kiteboarding School & Shop

Playa 126-132, Progreso 97320, Mexico
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5 based on 72 reviews

Yuckite Kiteboarding School & Shop

Reviewed By Laurene1988 - Paris, France

We have been in Progreso following several recommandations to practise kitesurf with Yuckite and it was absolutely great. The spot is amazing with regular wind. They have recent and very good quality equipment. The instructors are very professionals, you can fully trust them. Thanks Angel and your team for this terrific time, we will definitely come back soon!

5. Reserva Ecologica El Corchito

Yucatan 27 | 36 km de Merida, Progreso, Mexico
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Reserva Ecologica El Corchito

Reviewed By Teuchter_11 - Tain, United Kingdom

Went here believing from Lonely Planet that this was a nature reserve. In fact it is a small park with some animals and a few chenotes ( Freshwater swimming holes) of dubious cleanliness . One is carried over the creek from the entrance to the park. There is a limited system of paths between the swimming holes which takes about15 min to walk round. Ther re a few habituated recoons, coatis and pelicans. i.e. not wild . As the place is grossly overcrowded by humans it is hardly surprising that thwre are veryfew wild animals or birds to see. My count was 1 oriole!! It only costs pennies to get in though. No picnicking allowed. If you are a nature lover AVOID a complete wste of time. Even the observation tower was closed.

6. Emerald Coast Adventures

Calle 18, 790 | Puerto Abrigo, Progreso 97320, Mexico
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5 based on 28 reviews

Emerald Coast Adventures

Fishing charter in the ocean for 4-8 people all inclusive of bait rods snacks light lunch beer water sodas wine fishing trip out for 4-5 hours yes you get to keep the fish ( or we can donate to the families of Progreso/Chelem). Bring your bathing suit if you want swim in the ocean we can do just parties on the ocean, boys night out girls night out just check our website and send us an email

Reviewed By WisRiver - Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

We were a group of 8, five adults and three children (ages 10, 13 and 16). We winter in Chicxulub, about 10 km from the Yucapalten Marina. We did a five hour trip and were looking for pan fish such as grouper and yellowtail. We were on the water by 9 AM. It was a beautiful day. Capt. John provided us breakfast burritos, water, and soda. First mate Chuck was always available to help. There were also some adult beverages. We headed out towards the ship channel north of the Progreso pier. An added treat was watching the freighters entering and exiting the port. Fish tend to gather near the edge of the dredged channel. The boat is about 30 feet long, and you are about 5 miles offshore (never out of sight of land). The waves were about 1-2 feet high, so there was some motion. If you are prone to motion sickness take your pill or use your patch. We caught about 40 fish. They provide all rods, reels, and bait. They help bait the hooks and take the fish off the hook. When we returned a man on shore filleted the fish. We brought a cooler and ice, and had several fish dinners with our catch. Everyone had a wonderful day. Capt. John also said that they often take out people from the cruise ship.

7. Sergio's Tours

Port of Progreso, Progreso 97320, Mexico
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5 based on 55 reviews

Sergio's Tours

Sergio's Tours, started from the idea of ​​boosting tourism to all the destinations that the southeast of the Mexican Republic offers and revealing the beauty of this region and the Mayan culture.

Reviewed By Coldgirl - Canada

My friend and I took the 5 in 1 tour which includes the mangrove, cenotes, saltflats and flamingos, ending with a peaceful rest at the Tecnohotel beach club. Our tour guide Jesus was marvelous, his English was impeccable and he was very knowledgeable about each aspect of the tour. We had decided in the morning to go, walked into town to make the reservation and the air conditioned van picked us up at our condo promptly at 12:30. The tour was very interesting, and for the cost it was well worth it!! We took our swimsuits with us, you have the option of swimming in the cenotes and the pool/ocean at the beach club. You will need good footwear because there is a fair bit of walking involved. We decided to grab a snack at the beach hotel, the grilled shrimp and pasta were excellent and the service was great. All in all, this was a wonderful afternoon and I highly recommend dealing with Sergio's tours.

8. Kite Beach Yucatan Kiteboarding School

C.23 Col. Benito Juarez | 34 Y 36, Progreso 97000, Mexico
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Kite Beach Yucatan Kiteboarding School

The Beaches of Yucatan are excellent for kiteboarding with calm seas all year round and no strong currents it's an ideal place for learning.10 months of wind a year makes it one of the most promising places in this sport in Mexico and many parts of the world.

Reviewed By -M-Mc-Mc - Washington DC, District of Columbia

If you are an independent kiteboarder or a complete novice, you will find Kite Beach Yucatan to be a stunning place to kiteboard. The water is shallow and the winds are perfect. Jessica is a masterful teacher, encouraging, clear and supportive. She will work with you to advance your kiting skills starting at whatever level you find yourself. I've been to lots of different kiting spots over the years, Antigua, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Hawaii. I have also had a number of instructors. I can safely say Jessica is the best instructor I have had and that KBY is one of the best places I have kited.
The town of Progreso is an easy walk if you have some down time. If you stay at the villa you will be right on the water in a beautiful setting.

9. Airlift Kiteboarding Yucatan

Playa Progreso, Progreso 97336, Mexico
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5 based on 17 reviews

Airlift Kiteboarding Yucatan

Reviewed By Zandt S - San Francisco, California

Airlift Kiteboarding was a great experience! Daniel is a very kind and patient instructor that always has your best interest in mind. Not only does he demonstrate top notch technique, but he also is passionate about teaching theory that can really help you in your decision making while out on the water. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in kiteboarding, pros and newbies alike, just a really great experience with something for

10. La Ria Parador Turistico

Calle 41 | Entronque Carretera Progreso- Merida, Progreso, Mexico
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

La Ria Parador Turistico

Reviewed By sierradave1 - Progreso, Mexico

After driving by for 15 years, we finally visited La Ria with a group of other expats. What a great time! Our group of 12 went on the tour with three guides, one of whom paddled a two-person kayak with someone brand new to the sport.
The 2-hour tour is totally flat water on the lagoon that separates Progreso from the Mainland. Some is on the open water, but mostly you float thru "tunnels" cut thru the dense mangroves. Much of the tunnel time is traversed by grabbing branches to pull yourself along; it's a real adventure!
La Ria has a variety of different tours depending on the season; for example, sometimes they do a 5AM birdwatching trip. There also evening tours and occasionally full-moon night outings.
Our 8AM tour cost 200 pesos per person whether in a single or double kayak.
A La Ria trip could be a great addition to your Progreso visit!

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