Progreso is the most important port in Yucatan, a place with a relaxed and familiar atmosphere. It is famous for its beaches, its emerald coast, and above all because its waters are the connection between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a stopover for many international cruises that navigate the waters of the Mayan coast.
Progreso limits the north with the Gulf of Mexico; to the south with Ucú and Mérida, to the east with Ixil and Chicxulub and to the west with Sisal. Its surface covers 270.10 km2. It is located at coordinates 21 ° 16′58 ″ N 89 ° 39′49 ″ W (21.282778, -89.663611), and has an average altitude of 1 meter above sea level. Progreso has a flat surface, with a beach or bar with stretched slopes, floodable and salt flats with hills. In the municipal territory there are no superficial water currents. However, there are underground streams that form deposits commonly known as Cenotes.
To get to Progreso from Mérida, take Avenida 60 and drive north towards the city until you hit the road, and from there follow the signs.
There is no vestige of a settlement of Mayan origin in the territory of the municipality. Before concluding
In the XNUMXth century, Progreso became the head of the party of the same name, a category that
it preserves even when all the parties of the State are dissolved. Progreso de Castro, the most
important of the state is, at the same time the population, with category of city, youngest of
The foundation of the port of Progreso emerged as a necessity: the transfer of the customs from Sisal
to a place closer to the state capital. Completed all the procedures before the Government
Federal, the President of the Republic General Ignacio Comonfort, granted permission by
decree of February 25, 1856, to erect the new population.
In 144 years, the port has been the scene of important historical, social and cultural events
for the public life of Yucatan, in addition to the fact that in this beautiful and charming port,
prominent and important professionals, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
Of the most important dates we can highlight: on July 1, 1871 the trade in
height and cabotage, in that same year the first telegraph line was established, on January 8
formed the first City Council in 1875, whose first authority was Alejandro Barrera Suárez, on 4
October a decree of the State government granted the then Villa de Progreso, the rank of
In addition, in September 1875 the construction works of the Municipal Palace begin, it is in
1881 when the rail freight and passage service was inaugurated, also on May 5
opened the lighthouse. 1893 considered the highest in Mexico. On February 5 it disembarks in Progreso
the President of the Republic Porfirio Díaz Mori 1906, is also a historical event on January 14
of 1911, during his presidential campaign the candidate Francisco I. Madero arrived at Progreso and
offers a speech in the Main Square, citing for the first time the motto "Effective Suffrage No
In more modern times we can point out that in July 1936 the Danish company "Christiane
& Nielsen "begins construction work on the current fiscal dock, which was completed in March
1947 and was formally inaugurated until June 1949, but also in September 1967 it was
The opening works of the Port of Abrigo begin, which are concluded and inaugurated on October 12
1968, in June 1971 a fire was recorded that lasted 7 days and consumed large quantities
of henequen in the center of the port.
In 1985 the development of the new fiscal wharf begins, which was lengthened until reaching 6 km of
length in order to gain greater depth and allow the operation of ships of greater draft, is the
longest work built on the sea in the world. Since then the works have not stopped
for the expansion and adaptation of port facilities, which are currently very large
importance and flexibility, constituting a fundamental piece of infrastructure for the
It was reopened in 1989, making it one of the longest and most spectacular piers
of the world with 6 and a half kilometers. The new extension no longer rests on arches, but is
completely solid, therefore preventing the passage of sediments. In 2014 a
Parallel service viaduct, 2,5 kilometers long, to improve port communication. The
original dock is the oldest stainless steel reinforced concrete structure in the
Tourists arriving on cruise ships that dock at the pier should take a bus from the
platform that takes more than 10 minutes to travel to the mainland.
Puerto Progreso is experiencing a renaissance that places it as a beach destination.
Its proximity to the much-visited Yucatecan capital helps it, now it can boast visitors
which also has a beach.
Typical sweets: cassava with honey, roasted pumpkin, sweet potato with coconut, cocoyol in syrup, marzipan with pumpkin seeds, marshmallow, arepas, tejocotes in syrup, ciricote candy, cocadas and of course the famous marquesita.
Typical drinks: Xtabentun, coconut pozole, horchata, new corn atole, chaya soft drink and fruit drinks from the region such as lime, pitahaya, watermelon, tamarind, etc.