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Campeche Beaches & Coastline


Campeche Sabancuy

Due to the extension of its coastline, a variety of natural landscapes with beautiful ledges and coves highlight, such as Champotón which also has a wide strip of sand like Punta Xen, Sabancuy, Chenkan, Port Royal, Isla Aguada, Tortugueros, Xicalango and North Beach.


Punta Xen Beach Campeche


Puerto Real Campeche


Isla Aguada Island Campeche


Campeche Isla Tortugueros


Campeche Playa Norte Beach

It stands out the Carmen Island, which separates Terminos Lagoon with the Gulf of Mexico, with beautiful beaches and resorts such as La Manigua, Punta San Julian and Bahamitas.


Bahamitas Beach Campeche

Campeche Mayan Ruins, Archaeological Areas


Hacienda San Luis Carpizo

Among the sites of interest are the cities and colonial towns such as the estates where agriculture and forestry industry were initially promoted in Campeche with varied crops such as corn, sugar cane, sisal and logwood. These places are scattered throughout the state of Campeche and many have been rebuilt and restored for tourism.


Hacienda Uayamon

Some examples are the estates like Uayamón, San Luis Carpizo, Blanca Flor, San Jose Carpizo, Tankuché and Chunkanán


Campeche Hacienda Blanca Flor


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Hacienda Tankuché

There are several archaeological sites in Campeche, for example in the south, Hormiguero and Rio Bec, in the middle, Dzibilnocac and Tabasqueño, and in the northern coast Jaina.


Archeological site Hormiguero


Archeological site Dzibilnocac


Archeological site Tabasqueño


Archeological site Isla Jaina

It has also several archaeological sites open to the public, faithful expressions of the Mayan culture and its classical period, as the City Calakmul, which has been declared a World Heritage Site.


Archaeological Ruins Calakmul

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Mayan Ruins of Calakmul

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Archaeological Site Calakmul

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Steps to Mayan Ruins of Calakmul

The visitor can also find the majestic temple of the five-floor of Edzná City, located in the valley of the same name, with its main square, the big house or Nohochná, the Temple of the South, the Temple of the Masks, the Temple of the North and the Great Acropolis.campeche mayan site edzna

Campeche Mayan Ruins of Edzna

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Archaeological site of Temple del Norte

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Campeche Temple de los Mascarones

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Archaeological ruins Gran Acropolis

In addition, the Jaina Island is a place of much interest due to its archaeological values, and its calcareous nature which contains one of the most visited archaeological sites, the Necropolis. Furthermore, Uaymil Island with traces of Puuc style architecture offers ritualistic attractions as well as the archaeological places of Xpujil and Chicanná.

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Uaymil Island Mayan Ruins

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Mayan ruins at Chicanna

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Chicanna Temple Doorway

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Xpujil Mayan Ruins Campeche

Hochob located in Los Chenes, with its Palace of the East and its Main Palace, seems to be made for people’s pleasure, similarly, the recently discovered Balamkú temple offers interesting views and charms.


Balamku Mayan Ruins Campeche


Mayan Ruins at Hochob Campeche

The state of Campeche has natural temptations such as Palizada, “Magical Towns”, which are reached by the river of the same name. This denomination was received in 2010 for showing its traditions and customs. The picturesque village has tiled colonial houses with French style architecture, making it attractive for its varied colors and cute portals where people will find shops and restaurants with typical food. Wood carving of various object is also typical of this site, which for years, was the cutting and milling place of precious woods from the New World to the Old World.

To those sites above mentioned are added uncountable places, many of them in the process of being open to the public and some still unexplored. In Campeche, there are over 130 underwater archaeological sites discovered in recent years facing its coasts, covering a broad period from the prehistory to the present; they are mainly shipwrecks in shallow coral reefs, and other are very sought wrecks, such as Nuestra Señora del Juncal, a galleon of the fleet of New Spain which sank in 1631 having flows of gold and silver coins.

The area of Campeche is an ideal place for diving, because of the Campeche Bank Reefs, about 100 km off the coast in front of the city, formed by emerging coral zone containing little Cays as Cayo Arcas and coral Triangle, consisting of the Triangles of the West, East and South, and the Bishop Bank, a reef bank submerged in the coasts.

campeche petenes

Campeche Petenes

It also has forests, wetlands, ponds, streams, rivers, cenotes and caves, because more than 40% of the territory is a protected natural area, a situation that in 2008 allowed Campeche entering in the UNESCO list of next Mexicans sites that will become part of the World Heritage, as well as the wetlands of the Terms-Centla Lagoon and the ecoregion Petenes-Ria Celestun.

Things to do in Campeche Mexico

Things to do in Campeche

Mayan Sites Campeche

The state has natural and historical attractions that allow visitors to enjoy a wide variety of landscapes and see the legacy of the Mayan culture and the colonial epoch. Walking its archaeological sites causes a unique sense of magic and joy, making the entire path an adventure to the past. The mix with attractive beaches and Campeche modern facilities make it an ideal place for relaxation and partying.

Among the main attractions are the Feria de la Candelaria in the city of Campeche, the Honey and Corn Fair and the Escárcega Expo Fair.


Black Christ Campeche

It is also famous the Fair of Ciudad del Carmen, held every year in July at the fairgrounds of North Beach in honor to the Virgin of Carmen; furthermore Saint Roman Fair takes place annually from September 4 to 30 in Saint Roman neighborhood. It begins with the descent of the Black Christ.

Excellent attractions are the festival of San Juan and the expected Carnival of Campeche City between February and March.


Campeche Carnival

This festivity is known as the oldest in Mexico, and gives everyone a rich culture on festivities.

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Campeche Malecon

It takes place in a modern and clean waterfront and its acoustic shell, among other places. Visitors can enjoy activities such as the coronation of the ugly queen and king, the parade of symbolic cars and the costume contests; moreover, there are typical Mexican food stands, accompanied by bands and dance groups.


Campeche Concha Acustica

Main Cities in Campeche Mexico

San Francisco de Campeche

San Francisco de Campeche

The main city is San Francisco de Campeche, known as Campeche, declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, due to its military constructions from the seventeenth and eighteenth Centuries, its traditional houses with Andalucian and Caribbean influence, and an urbanization model of baroque colonial city. It still has some ruins of the old wall which surrounded the city at its early ages, in addition to its historical bastions, gates, forts, its center and traditional neighborhoods.

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Ciudad del Carmen

Ciudad del Carmen, it is situated in the main city of the municipality of the same name, located to the west of the Isle of Carmen, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Terminos Lagoon.

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Laguna de Terminos

It is one of the most important centers of Mexican Petroleum; besides, it has a great touristic potential due to its natural attractions, elements that make it the most economically important city of the state.


Since 2008, it is being implemented the Regional program for the development of tourism in the coastal corridor, from the City of San Francisco de Campeche to Ciudad del Carmen, promoting the development of tourism in this coastal strip, thus fomenting beach tourism, cruise tours and sport fishing, in order to encourage real-state services and nature beyond the traditional sun-and-beach tourism. It was also formulated the Regional program of Urban-touristic development of Escarcega –Xpujil Corridor, aimed at tourism projects that favor the orderly growth of population density and the impact of their economic activity in the region.



Palizada, it is a peculiar town of neoclassic architecture located at the shore of Palizada River.

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Becál Campeche

Becál, small town where neoclassical constructions are combined with Mayan huts.

History of Campeche Mexico

About Mexico Campeche

About Mexico Campeche

Campeche is one of the three states of Yucatan Peninsula. It is located to the Northeast of the state of the same name, between Quintana Roo and Tabasco, bordering Belize, the Republic of Guatemala and the Gulf of Mexico in the West. It has an area of 57 924 km ², with a population of 822 441 inhabitants.

About Campeche in Mexico

There are different theories as to the origin of the word Campeche, the most accepted is the detachment of the word into Can and Peche, whose union could be understood according to the Mayas as “Place of God and Priests”.

About Campeche Mexico

In its territory, the Mayan people lived and developed for more than a millennium, before the Spanish conquest during the sixteenth Century. The first settlements could be the result of either migratory waves from the low lands of the South, or groups coming from the interior of the Peninsula.

champotón campeche

The early inhabitants carried knowledge and a wisdom that places them as part of an advanced culture for their time. They worked in agricultural tasks both extensive and intensive, and they use marine resources, with a development in pottery. To learn more about Mexico Campeche please visit our other pages and official information.

campeche champotón

With the Spanish conquest, missionaries arrive to Champoton port, among them Fray Diego de Landa, Fray Luis de Villalpando, Fray Juan de la Puerta, Fray Melchor de Benavente and Fray Diego de Béjar. They imposed both their evangelizing function and the knowledge of letters and numbers on native peoples.

By the year 1543, Spanish people begin to populate Campeche, local people seek refuge in rural areas like the Chenes and the Campeche jungle. In 1564, it was founded the General Captaincy of Yucatán, the first Governor and General Captain was Mr. Luis de Céspedes and Oviedo, who established the fortification of the village of San Francisco de Campeche.


Concluding the Conquest of the Yucatan Peninsula in 1548, this territory joined the viceroyalty of the New Spain, being part of the General Captaincy of the Province of Yucatan, which later was divided in four states: Merida, Valladolid, Campeche and Bacalar.


Due to its geographical position, the place was a constant target of sea and land conflicts, it was attacked by pirates for the first time in 1557. These events prevented the population to develop with a proper order, suffering a hard colonization. Pirates turned this zone of Campeche into the most dangerous strip of sea. They were mostly of British origin and among them stand out Henry Morgan, William Parker and Jacob Jackson; there were also of other nationalities, like Dutch Cornelius Jol, “Stick foot” and Rock Brasiliano, and French Juan David Nau, the Olones and Gramont.