Progreso, Mérida's port city, is 30 kilometers north and is considered by Mérida's
residents and tourists to be a desirable area to visit to see the salt-flats, flamingos,
and, of course, the beach.  This is the Yucatan's equivalent of Muskoka, and on long
weekends and summer holidays the nationals are here in droves.

Progreso is the town where the highway from Mérida meets the Gulf of Mexico.  In
both  Progreso and Mérida most streets are one-way, so it's a good idea to develop
the habit of checking which way before entering any street.  However, if caught going
the wrong way, you are far more likely to get help and a smile than a scolding from
either police or locals.
Don't miss an outing to
 mercado -
this is where the locals
shop for food.  Here you'll
buy the freshest fish and
produce from the people
who grew it, made it, or
caught it!
This is an example of the botanos which come
automatically when you order drinks in the
afternoon in most
cantinas - they are delightful!
A gringo snowbird told us you don't need to buy
food to eat lunch - just order drinks and they will
keep bringing botanos.
Here's an aerial
photograph of the
world's longest pier -
seven kilometers in
length. This is where
the cruise ships
Dinner on the Malecon is usually accompanied by a
gorgeous sunset over the pier.
In both Merida and Progreso,
be sure to leave room for
Marcasitas -, the tiny, crisp
cookies rolled around cheese
or nutella, prepared before
your eyes by street vendors