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.

Campeche Weather – When to Visit

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. 

Campeche Attractions

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 Campeche, best Campeche hotelsLaguna 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Campeche 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 entrance ways 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.

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Campeche Tours & Activities

Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling

Discover the jungle and beaches of Cozumel with just your family and friends on this private self-operated Jeep tour. Follow your guide from a separate vehicle and drive into a national park to learn about the local geology and Maya history. Continue to white-sand beaches for snorkeling and enjoy a delicious lunch. These are just some of the activities and sites available. Leave the routine tours behind and design your own itinerary to include horseback riding, shopping, more sightseeing and whatever else suits your interests.  Read more about Cozumel Private Custom Jeep Tour with Lunch and Snorkeling

Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass

Enjoy great service and convenience that come with an all-inclusive day pass to Mr Sancho’s Beach Club in Cozumel. Lounge on the beach or swing on a hammock. Make use of a pool bar and beachfront section exclusive to all-inclusive day pass guests. All-you-can-eat delicious meals and bottomless drinks await you, making this the perfect vacation experience.  Read more about Cozumel Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club All-Inclusive Day Pass

Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling

Discover the jungle and beaches of Cozumel with just your family and friends on this private self-operated Jeep tour. Follow your guide from a separate vehicle and drive into a national park to learn about the local geology and Maya history. Continue to white-sand beaches for snorkeling and enjoy a delicious lunch. These are just some of the activities and sites available. Leave the routine tours behind and design your own itinerary to include horseback riding, shopping, more sightseeing and whatever else suits your interests.  Read more about Cozumel Private Custom Jeep Tour with Lunch and Snorkeling

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour in Cozumel

Explore Cozumel’s reefs via catamaran on this half-day snorkeling tour. Dive in to get clear views of marine life at a gorgeous snorkel stop where you’ll swim with a guide, then refuel with beverages and snacks on board the boat. Use of snorkel equipment included.  Read more about Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour in Cozumel

Tulum Ruins Archaeological Tour from Cozumel

Enjoy a relaxing journey to the archaeological ruins of Tulum on this day trip from Cozumel. Perched on a bluff-top with flawless white-sand beaches below, Tulum provides ample opportunity to snap frame-worthy shots. Learn about the ancient Maya city’s heritage and lore from an informative guide as you discover its frescoes and temples including El Castillo and The House of the Columns. Ferry rides and transport to the archaeological site are included.  Read more about Cozumel to Tulum Ruins Archaeological Tour

Best Campeche Restaurants

La Pigua  $31 – 60

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.  Telephone:  52-981-811-3365  Web:  La Pigua.

Marganzo  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:   52-981-811-3899  Web:  Marganzo

Luz de Luna  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  52-981-811-0624  Web:  Luz de Luna

Mercado 59  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  52-981-811-6990  Web:  Mercado 59.

Best Campeche Nightlife

Café 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.  Telephone:  52-993-924-7003  Web:  Café Peón Contreras

La 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.  Telephone:  52-981-127-1162  Web:  La Parrilla.

Mayan 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.  Telephone:  52-999-968-7341  Web:  Mayan Pub.

Best Campeche 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.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche a Luxury Collection Hotel


Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Campeche is an architectural relic dating from the 16th century located just a 20 minute drive from Campeche, Mexico’s airport and in the historic center of this city, declared Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Our hotel in Campeche is currently the ideal starting off point for adventure into the adjacent historical areas. The walls of these idyllic colonial houses are ocher and orange painted. Its 15 guest rooms and suites combine the comfort of state-of-the-art technology and traditional ambiance.

Hotel Plaza Campeche


Located in the historic center, 15 minutes from the airport and bus terminal, Hotel Plaza Campeche offers 83 well-equipped rooms, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, tub and safe. The hotel has a restaurant, cafeteria and bar, free parking, swimming pool also offers spaces for banquets or business meetings.

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.

Balamkú Hotel*Cafe

Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. The rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease. Balamku Hotel Cafe features a 24 hour front desk, a gift shop, and a sun terrace. In addition, as a valued Balamku Hotel Cafe guest, you can enjoy an on-site restaurant that is available on-site.

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

      Reply
  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.

      Reply
  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!

      Reply
  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!

      Reply
  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

      Reply
  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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