Progreso mesas y palapasThe breeze, the seagulls, and the sunshine are some of the pleasures you will enjoy on a Yucatecan summer day. The proximity of Mérida to the coastal towns of our state means you can easily go to the beach for the day…or several days if you like. See for accommodation options.

 

Let’s begin on the western side of the state, in Celestún, with its beautiful mangroves, sweet water springs, seafood restaurants in the village, and calm beaches. 86 km further to the east (without a direct coastal connection) you will come to Sisal, the first port town that used to export henequen; that is how it got its name.

 

Continuing east, again without a direct coastal road, we come to the port towns of Chuburná Puerto and Chelem, offering tranquil beaches and all the basic services you might need. The name “Chelem” comes from a wild variety of henequén. Moving east along the coastal road you will come to the Progreso-Yucalpetén bridge, known as the Yucatecan “Golden Gate,Playa Pelicanos” which links Chelem with Yucalpetén. Enjoy the fantastic views!

 

The next stop is the port of Progreso, known for its safe beaches, ideal for swimming and spending a wonderful day. Being the port town closest to the state’s capital and the largest beach town, in summer its beaches are always full of people; if you like crowds, you will be able to enjoy live music, dancing, fresh fish, and beer on the boardwalk.

 

Continuing east we come to Chicxulub Puerto. In the summertime it has an area of discos and bars, as well as a food court. Continuing east you can stop at the Uaymitún view tower, overlooking the flamingo sanctuary and the Laguna Rosada. Uaymitún, along with San Benito and San Bruno, are residential areas and do not have towns at all.

 

Telchac Puerto is 40 km east of Progreso, with a more laid-back ambience, although it is quite bustling in the summertime. If you are in this area be sure to try the town’s simple restaurants and the coconut sweets. Visit the pier and the mural on the city hall building dedicated to life in the sea.

 

Next we come to the towns of San Crisanto, famous for its mangroves; Chabihau, Santa Clara, and Dzilam de Bravo, where you will see “Las Bocas,” the place where the river and sea join together. These are small towns but they have spectacular beaches and services that are completely focused on ecotourism.

 

 

Further east (via an inland route) we come to San Felipe, fishing and touristic town, with its colorful rustic wooden houses. Both San Felipe and its neighbor Río Lagartos have beautiful lagoons where you can see many birds, and in the summer there are large flamingo colonies.

 

At the eastern end of the state we come to a beautiful place: Las Coloradas, a small fishing port with virgin beaches and a pink lake. And finally we come to El Cuyo, old wood shipping port that is now a growing tourism destination because of its natural beauty, including a petrified forest. Don’t miss it!

 

Maps:
– Península de Yucatán
– Progreso
– Celestún
– Telchac Puerto
– Chelem

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