Campeche, Mexico

Campeche is located on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s known as a secret paradise that sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, gorgeous secluded beaches with salt-like sand makes Campeche appealing, but there are so many other reasons to visit. The first thing you might notice is unique architecture that mixes both Spanish and Mayan cultures. Downtown is historic while the rest of the city is modern. The downtown area features hotels, restaurants and attractions accompanied by palm-tree-lined streets. The more modern areas of the city offer gardens, shops and monuments. Over 250,000 people call Campeche home, but it never feels crowded. There is a lot of land here, which allows for plenty of elbow room.

Campeche Central Park, Campeche, MexicoWhen you go to Campeche, the first place to visit is the Historic Center. This is where you will find a library, shops and restaurants. A 4-hour guided tour is available, which will take you to forts, cathedrals and other areas of interest. What adds to the allure of the Historic Center is that it used to be a center point for Spanish royalty. This is where important parties and ceremonies were held. It was also where politicians gathered. However, that isn’t the case today.

The Campeche Trolley can fit up to 40 people and is a great journey. You will visit the Historic Center, the boardwalk and some smaller neighborhoods. Most of the guides are bilingual. Whether the tour guide is bilingual or not, this is the best way to feel the vibe of the city.

If you would like to see a cathedral that’s at least 400 years old, visit the Cathedral of our Lady of the Conception.

To see forts and walls that used to protect Campeche, visit Land Gate. If you go to the top of the stone walls, you will have great views of the city. There are also tours available, but they’re not necessary. Be sure to see and read about the old pirate guns, pictures and letters.

Campeche is home to a Sound & Light Show every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It begins at 8:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The theme is Pirates, Indians and Spaniards. You should know that while it’s exciting to watch, the story being told is a sad one.

If you would enjoy a long walk while being able to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, visit the Boardwalk, which is approximately 3 miles long. If you don’t want to walk, you can ride a bicycle. There is also an area for vehicles.

Other areas of interest include Fort San Jose, the Musical Fountains and the Mayan Culture Museum.


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