Campeche Vacations

Campeche, in the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the most beautiful capitals in the country. It has 17 archaeological sites including Calakmul, the largest Mayan city that has ever been discovered. If you’re looking to escape from the tourist crowd, its Pacific beaches are for you. Campeche has charming corners that you’ll love including the beautiful colonial port, various Mayan ceremonial centers and majestic nature reserves.

When you visit Campeche you have to take a stroll along the Fort of San Miguel, San José el Alto, and the Door of the Earth; their buildings will carry you and will tell the story of this beautiful city. Our Campeche Vacations guide will give you everything you need to plan your beach vacation now.  For more information on the wonderful beaches of Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula, visit here.  Also learn more about the Yucatan Peninsula here.

Weather

In Campeche, the wet season is oppressive and mostly cloudy, the dry season is muggy and mostly clear, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 93°F and is rarely below 57°F or above 100°F.  The best time of year to visit Campeche for warm-weather activities is from late November to mid March.  The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from April 10 to August 20, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is May 10, with an average high of 93°F and low of 75°F.  The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 23 to February 11, with an average daily high temperature below 84°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 65°F and high of 82°F. 

Getting to Campeche

Campeche City has an airport, although it only has daily flights to Mexico City. Ciudad del Carmen has flights to Mexico City as well as to Houston Texas. Neither are cheap. The best bet is to fly into Mérida, Yucatan and bus to Campeche. This can also be done from Cancún, although it may take an extra day just to get to the state.

Getting Around in Campeche

Buses in Mexico offer excellent service at cheap prices, and this is no exception in Campeche. The ADO station in Campeche City has recently been moved to the outskirts of the city from the former location downtown, and the cab ride costs roughly 25 pesos. It is possible to make the trip on city bus, but it is not recommended as these buses are small, hot and in varying states of disrepair. The city bus costs 3 pesos. Look for one that says “Centro” in the front window. That will take you to the city market.

If you plan to rent a car, it is recommended that you do this in Mérida as there are few, if any, places to do this in Campeche.

Staying Safe

Campeche is perhaps the safest state in all of Mexico. The population is still relatively small, and although there are places of profound poverty in the countryside and the cities, people are friendly and warm. The greatest danger comes from the stray dogs that roam the urban areas in packs, especially in the city of Campeche, although this is also the case in most of Mexico.

Must See Places

Laguna de Términos, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheLaguna de Términos

Laguna de Términos is the largest and one of biologically the richest tidal lagoons located entirely on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, as measured by water volume. Exchanging water with several rivers and lagoons, the Laguna is part of the most important hydrographic river basin in Mexico.

 

 

Balamku, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheBalamku

Balamku is a small Maya archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Campeche, within the Petén Basin. It features elaborate plaster facades dating to the Early Classic period.

 

 

Xtampak, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheXtampak

Xtampak is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Campeche. A major town in the Chenes region, it flourished during the Late Classic era.

 

 

Edzna Archaeological Site, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheEdzna Archaeological Site

House of the Itza, is one of the most interesting Mayan cities by technological advances showing. It has numerous religious buildings, administrative and residential architectural features which show the Puuc and Chenes styles.

 

 

 

Things to Do

Campeche's Walls, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheCampeche’s Walls

During the 1600s the city of Campeche had a big problem with marauding pirates, so the city spent about 50 years during the late 1600’s erecting a massive 2-mile wall around the city, much of which is still intact today. So whether by car or on foot, come on into one of the entranceways to the walled portion of the city.  Once your in, you can find certain points were you can actually walk along the top of the walls for a nice view of the city below on one side and the waterfront on the other.

 

The 7 Baluartes, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheThe 7 Baluartes

There are seven ‘baluartes’ along the old wall of the city. These fortifications of the wall have interiors in which today houses exhibits, gardens, and small museums. Each one houses something different. The entire wall is about 2 miles, so you spend a few hours or a half day walking around the wall stopping at each baluarte.

 

 

The Malecon, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheThe Malecon

As the sun starts to head for the horizon, the malecón (boardwalk) right on the water is the place to be. Campechanos come out in droves during late afternoon and early evenings for a bit of exercise on this miles long stretch of waterfront. There are both bike lanes and jogging lanes in addition to areas to simply stroll on by.

Parador Gastronómico de Cocteleros, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheEat Seafood at Parador Gastronómico de Cocteleros

Walk as far north as you can on the malecón during the afternoon and you’ll eventually begin to pass local fishermen returning for the day and setting up impromptu fish markets to sell their daily catch. Its no wonder that just beyond them is a group of about a dozen outdoor restaurants on the water.

As you stroll on by, each restaurant host will come out to walk you through their menu offerings. Competition between these individually owned restaurants is fierce. You might get offers of free margaritas and other goodies thrown in if you were to simply dine with certain establishments.

Best Rated Restaurants

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$$$$  La Pigua

Located on the Malecón, La Pigua serves a selection of seafood dishes and is a very popular spot with both locals and visitors. Along with the menu rich in fish and seafood, the restaurant is known for its signature coconut cake that is the perfect end to any meal.  For more information call 52-981-811-3365, or visit them on the web at La Pigua.

$$ – $$$  Marganzo

A great place to try local dishes and soak up the Campeche culture, Marganzo is a popular choice. The menu is well stocked with favorites of the regional cuisine, however the restaurant is popular with big tour groups so if that is not your thing you may need to time your visit to avoid the tours.  For more information call 52-981-811-3899, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Marganzo.$$ – $$$  Luz de Luna

With tables set out on Calle 59 and a colorful and fun décor you might write Luz de Luna off as just an average tourist spot. However, the food is great quality with good portions and fresh ingredients. It is a wonderful place to enjoy local favorites, as well as a number of other dishes from across Mexico and its local is just perfect.  For more information call 52-981-811-0624, or visit them on Facebook at Luz de Luna.

$$ – $$$  Casa Don Gustavo

This colonial style boutique hotel is also known for its restaurant, which serves a great selection of freshly prepared regional dishes.  Sitting within the pretty inner courtyard makes a great setting for any meal.  Favorites include the Sopa de Lima and the variety of shrimp-based dishes.  For more information call 52-981-816-8090, or visit them on the web at Casa Don Gustavo.

$$ – $$$  Mercado 59

Set in a cool, stylish courtyard, this restaurant has a youthful vibe and serves fresh, unique and creative dishes alongside tasty cocktails.  Loud music pumps through the courtyard, but those who prefer a quieter ambience can enjoy their meal in the interior dining room.  For more information call 52-981-811-6990, or visit them on their Facebook page at Mercado 59.

Best Nightlife

 

Café Peón Contreras, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheCafé Peón Contreras

The café-bar at Mérida’s landmark 1908 theater is one of the most happening nightspots in town. Tables spill onto the street, where locals gather to hear balladeers singing romantic and politically-inspired songs. The drinks are expensive and the food is nothing special, so only go if you want culture, live music, and an opportunity to splurge.  For more information call 52-993-924-7003, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Café Peón Contreras

La Parrilla, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheLa Parrilla

Location, location, location is the allure of this loud and colorful drinking establishment. Right in the heart of Plaza Grande—but with branches around the city—the tourist magnet offers live music and drinks served in plastic yard glasses. It’s one of the best spots to grab a beer and watch Mérida in action. Check the website for weekly promotions.  For more information call 52-981-127-1162, or visit them on the web at La Parrilla.

Mayan Pub, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche beaches, Mexico beaches, Places to see in Campeche, things to do in Campeche, best restaurants in Campeche, best nightlife in CampecheMayan Pub

A pleasant atmosphere, flowing beer, and live music are what make this bar one of Mérida’s best-kept secrets (you might want to pass on the food). Grab a spot in the beer garden where you can listen to live reggae, rock, or jazz. A rather worn billiard table and occasional entertainment—such as belly dancers and fire spinners—draw in a decent crowd.  For more information call 52-999-968-7341, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Mayan Pub.

Best Hotels

Hotel Socaire

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Socaire offers accommodations in Campeche. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.  The rooms are fitted with a TV with cable channels. Every room includes a private bathroom equipped with a shower. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.  There is a 24-hour front desk, room service, a tour desk and a gift shop at the property.  For more information, pricing, or to make reservations visit here.

Hospedaje 59

Excellent colonial two storey apartment in the heart of the fortified historic center of Campeche. A few steps from the famous 59th Street, where you will find gastronomic, cultural and recreational variety. Ideal to get to know the city, enjoy all the tourist attractions like the cathedral, museums or get on the tram, besides making purchases of handicrafts and typical products of the city. Perfect for families or 2 couples.  For  more information, pricing, or to make reservations visit here.

Casa Mazejuwi

Casa Mazejuwi offers accommodations in Campeche. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.  Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. The rooms include a private bathroom.  You will find free shuttle service at the property.  The hotel also provides bike rental.  For more information, pricing or to make reservations visit here.

Hotel Boutique Casa Don Gustavo

Casa Don Gustavo is a boutique hotel in Campeche. This small luxury hotel provides an experience that portrays the historic and cultural environment of the city, combined with comforts of the modern living.  The hotel has 10 exclusive suites, a central courtyard where breakfast, lunch and dinner, and wines are served to enjoy in different areas of the house such as the pool, suites, balcony or veranda with whirlpool tub.   For more information, pricing or to make reservations visit here.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche – A Luxury Collection Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hacienda Puerta Campeche a Luxury Collection Hotel offers accommodations in Campeche. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.  There is a 24-hour front desk, concierge services and a gift shop at the property.  The hotel also provides free use of bicycles.  For more information, pricing, or to make reservations visit here.

26 Comments

  1. Lo

    I have never heard of Campeche but it sounds mesmerizing! I want to go, its now on my list to visit.

    You did such a great job convincing me with the detail, the sites and the guide on what to do when you’re there. I am convinced!

    Where is your next trip?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am still doing digital vacations to Mexico at the moment 🙂  Not sure where I will go next.  But in all of Mexico (the safe parts), I think Campeche has it all.  I really believe it is the best destination spot, plus you will skip the hustle bustle and party scene (which I don’t want).  I am glad you enjoyed learning about Campeche.  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  2. Alejandra

    Thanks for sharing a great article about Campeche city, I would love to visit it one day, hoping it will happen soon.
    I might visit Cancun this Summer and it might be a good idea to visit this city too for a couple of days.

    It’s good to know it’s a safe city to visit and I can do many things there as you share there’s a few places of interest to visit.
    I guess there will no problem to find a nice place to stay and good restaurants to visit.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will love it in Campeche.  It has so much to offer with the Mayan Ruins and the beautiful beaches.  Definitely worth a visit if you are heading to Cancun.  Thanks for reading Campeche Vacations!

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  3. sarah

    Wow, this is an amazing tour guide about Campeche city. I never knew that this city is so awesome as far as tourism is concerned and best thing is that it also has airport so its really easy for foreigners to come and enjoy at this beautiful tourist destination. I am so glad to read this review of yours about Campeche, I will consider this place for my next vacation.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’ll love it Sarah! I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about a great Mexican beach destination, Campeche! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Travis

    I really like seeing the Mayan ruins I might just have to make this a destination I go too. Everything about Campeche looks wonderful. To have great beaches and the ruins in one visit is nice.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Mayan Ruins are wonderful. I love beach vacations, probably the only kind of vacation I take. But, I don’t just like to lounge on the beach everyday. So having other things to do, like seeing the Mayan Ruins is a huge plus! Thanks for reading about Campeche Vacations!

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  5. sarah

    Wow, thank you for sharing such an informative post about holidays on beaches. I love beaches, its s o peaceful the sound of sea waves and serenity. Thank you once again for this great read.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Sarah and glad you enjoyed learning about the wonderful beach destination in Mexicio, Campeche. Thank you for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  6. sarah

    Oh my God, I was thinking about going to any vacation point and here I came across this amazing article, What a great ideas, places and information. You have shared really great place and I am thankful to you for making my job easier, Now I can go according to this amazing read.Keep up the good work.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Sarah, glad I could help 🙂 Please let me know if you need any help with your vacation planning. Thanks for visiting Campeche Vacations.

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  7. Yvonne

    Campeche sounds like a place I would like to go for the archaeological sites. It looks there are many interesting places to explore. Thanks for your recommendation. I wouldn’t have known about this place if not for your site.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you have found this wonderful beach destination while visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com. Thanks for visiting Yvonne!

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  8. Kevin

    A beautiful place and plenty of history. Would be nice to see the Mayan sites and the wall to prevent pirates from plundering the city. Of course, the best part of Campeche must be the beaches. I’ve known people that have gone to Tulum and Cancun. Do you think Campeche is a better place to stay?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think that Campeche is as nice as Tulum and Cancun. It will be less crowded and maybe a hair cheaper.  If you don’t like the crowds, head to Campeche.  All the history is a bonus with the beautiful Campeche beaches.  Thanks for reading!

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  9. Aly

    I have never traveled to the Pacific side of Mexico. I can only imagine that it is a relaxing destination, and yet far different from its Atlantic counterparts. How long would you say a trip here would need to last to be able to take in all that it has to offer?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Aly, it really depends on what all you want to see. I would spend at least a week in Campeche. To visit other areas close to Campeche, then stay at least 2 weeks. Either way, you will see a lot, and can enjoy the beautiful beaches as well.

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  10. brad

    Thanks for the great review. I am not in particular a beach person, and am very glad you have listed alternative activities other than laying on the beach. I am very interested in visting the Mayan ruins and such. Is it relatively easy to book these tours locally, or is it poossible to arrange the visits yourself?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Brad, and thank you for reading about Campeche Vacations! Yes, you can book the tours locally. Some hotels can provide this for you as well. You definitely want to see the Mayan ruins. They are definitely worth a visit.

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  11. Steven Cook

    I really like the look of your website and enjoyed reading your post about Campeche Vacations. It looks like a great place to go to, for anyone who enjoys beach holidays.

    Were talking about visiting Mexico this year as we’ve always wanted to go, so your website was very helpful in giving us ideas and tips. Many Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Steven, everyone needs to experience Mexico.  It is a wonderful place.  Thanks for reading about Campeche Vacations!

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  12. Camille

    Beautiful post! I loved the details about the trips one can make to Campeche, makes me want to book a holiday now 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Camille, I am glad you liked my post on Campeche Vacations. You would really love the area. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  13. Tammy

    I love going to Mexico, it’s my favorite vacation spot. I’ve been to many places down there, but not Campeche, it looks amazing! I know a lot of people are afraid to go, but I’ve never had any problems and always have a great time. Enjoy seeing the Mayan ruins. Thank you for writing about this. I need to make a trip to Campeche to check it out.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you do Tammy. I do believe that you will love the area. Campeche has so much to offer. Thanks for reading about Campeche Vacations!

      Reply

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