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.
Laguna 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 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 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
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.
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.
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
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
Chichen-Itza Basic, Sacreed Cenote, Lunch and Valladolid
Discover one of the NEWEST wonders of the world and the mysteries of the great Mayan empire capital. Your guide will tell you the history of this great culture, from Mayan calendar still used today in the shape of a pyramid to the traditional ball game “Poc-Ta-Pok” that was held in the stadium. Learn more about the Chichen-Itza Basic Tour.
Campeche is a coastal city, and although the beaches immediately adjacent to it are not ideal for beach-goers, there is a small fishing village a few kilometers away called Lerma, where you’ll find some beaches to relax on at Playa Bonita (“Pretty Beach”).
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
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.
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
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.
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.