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Full house for the long weekend in Progreso

Progreso Beach
Progreso Beach
Stewart Mandy

PROGRESO, YUCATÁN. In Yucatán, summer has arrived. We’re enjoying hot and sunny weather while in much of North America they are still shoveling the snow. Since it was a long weekend (yesterday was a public holiday in Mexico), many Yucatecos headed to the beach, and Progreso, Chelem, and the other towns along the coast felt the benefit. Restaurants were packed, beach palapas were fully occupied, and locals, along with seasonal visitors enjoyed a perfect sunny Sunday all along the waterfront.

Strangely however, the malecón remained open to traffic, despite the fact that one of the main reasons given by the city for remodeling the malecón was to allow it to be closed to traffic at busy times of the year; and it is hard to imagine a day much busier than we witnessed on Sunday.

After an hour or two in the bustling atmosphere of Progreso, we headed to Costa Azul in Chelem for lunch. If you haven’t already been to Costa Azul, it is well worth a visit – the seafood botanas served with the drinks are delicious, fresh, and in copious quantities, and a well-priced menu of larger meals is also offered. Unlike many of the beach restaurants, particularly those in Progreso, service at Costa Azul is normally fast and friendly.

Costa Azul is on the right hand side (ocean side) of the road, as you are heading towards Chelem from Progreso, before arriving in the center of the town.