Sometimes, you have to take a chance and you may get lucky. We weren’t in Puerto Aventuras, but Progreso was a nice surprise.
The port city, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is a short 30-minute drive from Mérida (okay, actually a bit more since driving out of the city is complicated).
We weren’t expecting much from it. I had heard it had an “industrial” feel and that the beach was dominated by the 8.5 kilometre long pier, the Terminal Remota.
But Progreso turned out to be a pleasant and relaxed town. We parked and started at the market. The fresh fish and meat stalls didn’t gross us out… it made us hungry. We found a small lunchería and had fish and tortilla, a nice break from pollo.
The beach isn’t that great for swimming: the water is murky and the sand is a bit coarse, especially compared to Tulum—but I’m being picky here. Past the pier, it was a no man’s land, but the town itself was just fine.
In the evening, we drove back to Mérida and enjoyed the city centre one last time. Time to leave!
You can see the full set of Estación México on Flickr.