The beach escape for Méridanos (people from Mérida) is Progreso, 33km north of Mérida. Puerto Progreso is also an embarkment point for cruise-ships. I was lucky to visit Progreso on a day that there were no cruise-ships. This gave me the good opportunity to relax on the white sand beach. Since Progreso is on the Gulf of Mexico, the sea isn't as clear as on the Caribbean coast. However it was still refreshing!