We are scheduled on the 7/29 cruise also, I've been doing alot of research on all the stops, I've read several articles that Progreso is the best place to shop, best prices, and don't be afraid to barter. Also, says you can catch a free shuttle into town which will drop you off at the main square. I understand that excursions are about 1/2 the price if you purchase them in town rather than on the ship. Just thought I'd share this info with you. We are from Alma, AR and looking forward to the curise!
Originally posted by Txcoonass:
We may be on the same cruise. We are on the Rhapsody of the Seas departing 7/29/07 and Progresso is our last stop also. I'm also wondering what to do in Progresso.
The above posters are correct that there isn't a ton to do in Progreso. However, it does have one huge advantage for travelers, which is the fact that other than the market shortly after you exit the long pier, it's not a touristy place at all. Instead, it's as close to real Mexican culture as you'll find.
That's a good thing. This isn't Mexico City. The people are exceedingly friendly and the town is easy to navigate.
So take advantage. One thing that is memorable and won't take much time to do so you can enjoy the ship for most of the day is to go to any of the Palapas (not sure if that's spelled right, but that's what those thatched-hut restaurants along the beach are called) and order something called a Motolenos. (Pronounced moto-lane-yos). It's safe and won't cause you to get sick, but it's a local Yucatan dish that's thoroughly authentic, absolutely delicious, and unlike anything you'd find at Taco Bell. Best of all, there's nothing weird in it. No strange foods. Just an amazing combination of things you'd recognize but would never think to pack into one dish.
Give it a try.
Then walk to the middle of the downtown (no more than five minutes to get there) and find the little, barely marked ice cream stand (look for a sign that says Helados) almost next to the bank and across from the electronics store and get a cup of coconut ice cream. Again, it's safe, authentic, and wonderful.
Hey, every place has SOMETHING redeeming!