PROGRESO- YUCATAN’S Biggest Tourist Trap? (Mexico Travel)

PROGRESO- YUCATAN’S Biggest Tourist Trap? (Mexico Travel)

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What is going on members of the Barrio Jon coming to you from the bus station in Mérida Adriana and have been here for almost 2 weeks And we’ve yet to hit the beach I mean we’re in the Yucatan We’re taking a round trip bus to Progreso Which is the closest beach to Merida And it is barely over 2 dollars For a round trip ride I’ve got a good feeling about today The bus is boarding and Adriana is beach ready I’m ready We’ve got our bag Vamos. Vamos One hour later we are in Progreso And I have to give the people at the bus company credit To exit to get to the beach You actually have to walk through a market Where people were immediately circling me trying to get me to buy stuff And we weren’t really that interested We are walking towards the beach And i’m seeing signs in English This city is definitley a bit touristy This is the first time I’ve actually seen dollars quoted anywhere People speaking English A cruise ship has ported It’s actually kind of crowded with people. This feels like the least authentic part of the Yucatan To me that we’ve been to so far After dodging about 10 different touts We finally settled on this set up here We’ve got 2 beach chairs A palapa And a table for 200 pesos About 10 dollars Maybe a little bit more than average Because the cruise ships are here But I think it’s actually pretty cool Yeah we have shade We have plenty of shade Now i’m going to go in the water for the first time I could probably use a little bit of color not going to lie I’m adjusting to the water pretty quickly It’s 80 degrees out right now So I think this is considered fairly cold by most local people’s standards How do you like this beach so far I’m enjoying it Very nice. It’s not the most beautiful beach But it’s fine The only thing I don’t like so far are all the people around Trying to sell things But it’s okay We’re leaving the beach It is a little after 3:30 We’re going to this bar called Eladio’s That my friend Javier said was worth it because if you order a beer You get a bunch of.. What are they called Botanas Like Tapas, snacks We’re going to see if we can maximize this system Alright Adriana I’ll let you translate this to English It says that you only have to worry about asking for the beers or cocktails And the restaurant is going to be in charge of your food We’re starting with this We got all of this for just ordering one beer each Wow. Our friend also recommended that we tip the waiter after the first round arrived So we did that And we got 4 plates to start We haven’t even ordered a 2nd beer And all this just came Is this the best deal ever for a beer? It’s even better than Granada I swear We were to afraid to order another beer I’m not even kidding you We got 8 or 9 plates for 2 dollars and 25 cents a person The big thing was we tipped the guy just a little bit After we ordered the first beer And that was one of the best deals I’ve ever seen Seriously Definitley, I didn’t expect that If I’m ever to do a 10 dollar challenge video in Mexico I may have to come back to this spot Alright guys overall, I still felt like Progreso was a bit of a tourist trap You walk by, people are jumping on you left and right. People trying to sell you stuff The beach is so so I would recommend this spot if you’re in Mérida You don’t want to spend the money to rent a car And you just have to escape to the beach for a day It’s 1 dollar in each direction For that it’s worth it Otherwise if you want a beach getaway this is not the place Definitley no. Just to escape Alright guys hope you enjoyed this episode from Progreso We’ve got a lot more coming up From the Yucatan Make sure to subscribe if you are new Thank you so much for watching Until next time.

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  1. UPDATE on 11/20: After seeing some negative comments on here, I have to say that my experience was only indicative of a cruise ship day. I gave an honest assesment of my experience after visiting many other places in Mexico. I would give Progreso another chance on a non-cruise ship day . I'm not anti-visiting Progreso, just a heads up on a cruise ship day it will feel a bit more "touristy" and you will be approached more aggressively by locals. It is what it is. You may actually be more comfortable with English menus and English speakers all around, it's just my perspective. Give it a shot to see what you think.

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  2. Hi this remind me of D.R (my dad was born so I come daily) it’s so beautiful but watch out with pesos cause I went one day and got a bottle of water for 80 PESOS!!

  3. im from Mérida. nice video, i recomend Celestun, Telchac, Sisal, San Felipe and Ria Lagartos beach. Progreso its nice but very touristic.

  4. It is a tourist trap because first of all Progreso is the main port in the state of Yucatan, and second after Chichen Itza was recognize as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, tourism has grown a lot….now with the color of the water that is because of all the Hurricanes which have been in that zone, it takes a while for the water to get its color back, all the turmoil in the waters has to settle down…I have been there myself in the months of July and August and the water is just beautiful….sorry you got dissapointed, but I'm glad you got to enjoy the food.

  5. My husband and I have lived in Merida now for over 7 years. For your purposes, you unfortunately visited on a cruise ship day. Other days are very quiet and why we love Progreso and other Yucatan beaches. Most mornings we visit, we have the beach to ourselves. Great for us but the cruise ships are great for the towns. Being a perm resident I appreciate the business it brings to the people who live there. Ummm as a tourist you need to be be respectful that it is an opportunity for the locals to live a better life not just for you to have a cheap beer (and yes Eladios is amazing.. all of them.. even the ones in Merida operate the same way)

  6. My husband, 11 year old son, and I spent last December in Progreso. At first we had the same thoughts as you as far as it being a tourist trap, but after living there for a month we learned the days that the cruise ships didn't come in with the crowds of tourists. Those were the days we'd go explore and it was much more peaceful. While there we also explored Chelem and Chuburna which are sleepy beach towns. The water there is much nicer than in Progreso. We now live in Merida and enjoy the occasional day trips to the beach. Though not as nice as on the Caribbean side, there are still some pretty beaches to be explored on the Gulf. Check out the small town of Sisal. We went there several weeks ago and enjoyed our dinner under the palapa on the beach at Muelle de Sisal.

  7. Progreso is not that bad! you have to remembered that you visited the beach in November (fall-winter) water is choppy and turbulent. very few natives will swim in fall/winter. High season in Progreso is in spring/summer, you will find thousands of visitors and the water is clear and calm then. f you want to find a better beach on these days, go to telchac, san crisanto or chabihua. in Telchac you might find tons of Canadians/American retirees (very quiet villages) few restaurants, limited public beaches. west side of Merida you will find Celestun and Sisal beach (few hours away) that are more tranquil and quiet beaches and the water is more clear in the winter. In Celestun they have more options for restaurants and you can visit La ria where you will find hundreds of flamencos. Keep having fun and go back to Eladios in Merida they have half dozen of those restaurants! Super jealous man!

  8. A nicer beach would be Telxac, afe minutes close to Progreso. If you are looking to get the best seafood, then make a trip VERY early to Progreso so you can experience the fish market. I used to do one trip early saturday and bought seafood to last me a week.

  9. Hello there pretty girl👍good vibe , i always liked native american women dude,good catch, so you can feel "real" american

  10. After you get off the bus walk to the Super Aki and take a collectivo bus to Chelem (45 pesos). Walk down any road to the beach and it will be yours without vendors. There are many good restaurants and several are ex-pat owned.

  11. Progreso is a very different town when the cruise ships are there. We would always check the ship schedules, and go to Progreso when there weren't any cruise ships there.

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  13. You so missed it — If Progreso is a "tourist" destination, it is mostly for locals, with the exception of a couple of boat days each week — which the economy here desperately relies on. I am surprised you didn't mention how friendly the folks are in Progreso, or the fact the food is amazing. You also didnt notice the incredible work ethic of the folks in Progreso – I hope you noticed that EVERYONE here works — perhaps you caught Felix's act — he is the very talented singer/guitar player in the wheel chair? You also missed your "anthony bourdain" moment — so many great "hole in the wall" restaurants. You apparently stayed only on the Malecon (boardwalk) for the entire day on a boat day — You reporting that this is a "tourist trap" is akin to writing a movie review after you only saw one frame — You totally missed this one kiddo.

  14. Let's visit a cruise ship port and complain the buisneses cater to the actual cruise ship customers lol go down to chelem

  15. Tourism is an important factor for the local economy and those people are trying to make a living by appealing to their costumers. What is wrong with that?

  16. Please dude…..DO NOT MAKE ANY MORE Videos!!!! You suck at it!!! Plus your irritating to watch and especially to listen to!! I don't know how that pretty girl puts up with such a looser like you!!! I guess she sees vacations you pay for and other thing u buy her!!! She doesn't look like a happy camper!!!

  17. you got 8 plates of food for free … I wouldn't call that a tourist trap … the street people are desperate to earn a living, that's another story

  18. I think it's a shame that I just booked a cruise out of Galveston that's going to pick me up at one nasty brown beach and drop me off at another nasty brown beach for the day. Come on Carnival!! You can do better than this!!

  19. Your video title is totally misleading, it appears it's intended to have clicks and views. I didn't see any sign of a tourist trap at all – if you want to showcase tourist traps you can find plenty in Cancún or the Riviera Maya. You should had spend some more time doing some research about Progreso (what is it like for real without Cruise Ships, what's out there other than the Malecón (strip), Summer, even telling a bit about what you ate at Eladios … c'mon plenty of opportunities) instead of having a very minuscule opinion of your experience. Your video isn't that awful (technically speaking, no WOW factor) but it missed the spot, what it shows it's a Tourist Vlog, not a Travel Vlog instead.

  20. Don't know if I could call Progreso a tourist trap, I mean if you live in Merida is the nearest beach ( I had a 15 min drive from my house to progreso ) and just spend your time there without actually buying from all the sellers around the beach or eating at some of the most popular restaurants. Greetings

  21. I lived in Progreso 1 & 1/2 years, cruise ship days are Tuesdays and Thursdays unless a diversion for some reason. Eladio's is your tourist trap, so many more good restaurants on up the Malecon, Crabster is good but expensive, the new seafood bar and grill {sorry i forget the name}, good food and expensive. The top of my list is "The Milk Bar" , excellent food and good prices. 2nd, is "Antigua" at the end of the malecon, good food & good prices,. If you go in the market that you and your girl walked by, they have cochinita that is fantastic and very cheap.
    Also, another really cool place to go is El Corchito, it's a park, you can swim in the cenotes. Taxi ride there is no more than 50 pesos, entrance to the park [if I remember right] is 40 pesos.
    Good video, but explore more. LOL
    thanks

  22. Stumbled upon this video and what a waste of 2 minutes. This is exactly what happens when anyone has access to a camera. We have been visiting Progresso MX for over 10 years and absolutely love the fact that its off the grid and the people are very humble! This guy has no clue

  23. My husband and I have a great house in Progreso and love the people and the beach. Your comments on a quick day trip down to Progreso does not do it justice! It is a beautiful place and we are from Canada and Love it… so if you don't think it's so hot maybe you should go somewhere else.

  24. So you want to be spoken in Mexico in English?

    hahaha, no matter you are a tourist, you knew beforehand

    that you go to a country that has Spanish as its official language.

    I wonder what you would do in Spain, where some people

    They don't want to, if they don't want to speak English, and even if you're a tourist, you should

    to inform you and acquire some words in Spanish, especially

    If you were born in the United States where there is an immense population that speaks Spanish and that you also have classes in the schools.

    As always, Americans think that other countries have the obligation to speak English. Imagine you arrive in France where you completely hate speaking in English.

    Get off your cloud a little, because when the Americans cross the ocean they realize that they are not as they think they are the top of the world.

  25. Hey there I just watched your video because I am going to Progreso on the 20th on a cruise ship. Thank you for posting. We were trying to decide to do an excursion or spend time on the beach and walk around the town. You helped me make the decision. Hey, if you want to make 360 videos we would love to have you in our platform. I was noticing this video got more than 60k views. You would have earned an equal amount of frequent flier points in our service as views. You might want to check our VirtualTraveller. Would love to have you. www.virtualtraveller.com <3 Donna

  26. as for going on a cruise ship day is your mistake….or not cruise ship day is a great day for everyone on the ship and from the town…. do not say anything bad about Progreso… you obviously know nothing about the Yucatan and or Progreso… you made yourself look stupid by this video.. everywhere in Mexico people try and sell you things… it is not a tourist trap at all…its called business…. it's like what you are trying to do and make us watch your videos….and by the way its called a cantina not a bar…shows how smart you really are lol…not very smart by what you say on your video if you need to google translate to learn the language then stay away from Yucatan

  27. I really enjoy Progreso. Have visited from Ontario 3 times in the past 4 years, staying 5 weeks in total. Love the ocean, restaurants, food, shops, the market, etc. Service is always good & I've met some great people, both Maya & Canadian. Eladio's & the Milk Bar on the Malecon are two of my favourite restaurants, but I've dined in several others. The food is always good & the Sol is always cold!

  28. Crack head there not drugs there that why u dont have fun ,yucatan is the more beautiful state in the whole Mexico

  29. Yes, it's too bad you landed in Progreso on a cruise ship day. The nature of the beach changes greatly as the vendors have a few hours to make whatever money there is from the cruceros. You're hearing lots of English, but it's just enough English to get by. You are everyone's "Amigo," everybody is ready to give you the "best price"… in short, it is like every other Latin American beach town when a cruise ship is in. BUT you missed that Progreso is, beyond everything, the most important shipping port on the Yucatan Peninsula. That pier you came in on is the longest in the world (because the Gulf gets deep so gradually). Progreso IS a tourist town, but it's for MEXICAN tourists, the tens of thousands who come to the very safe (shallow, gentle currents, low waves and tides) beach with their small children. It is great to see 4 generations all enjoying the sun, sand and water. Come back to Progreso (or the beach towns to the east and west) again sometime! (Cruise ship schedule from a local expat: https://lifeinprogreso.com/june-2019-progreso-cruise-ship-schedule/ )

  30. Two weeks so then you really don't know anything and people from up north really don't know nothing….it is a tourist place since the ships started coming in….some people know up to 6 languages….if you don't want a touristic place, then go to a different beach sisal and there are other beaches….

  31. I went on cruise i also found the better food and less touristy stuff the farther i went into the city away from the beach. i enjoyed going to progreso would so go back.

  32. If you want visit Progreso in a non-cruise day consider this ship schedule for 2020 http://crew-center.com/progreso-mexico-cruise-ship-schedule-2020

  33. I love Progresso… it's super cheap… the people are very nice . Wait on you hand and foot cannot wait to go back!

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