Ciudad del Carmen

Building bridges to nature

This former pirate island was a strategic port to attack vessels and neighboring towns. It was taken by the Spanish on July 16, 1718, on the day of the "Virgen del Carmen". Located around the island are beautiful natural areas: Isla Aguada, Sabancuy, the beautiful Rivers and the Laguna de Atasta, all havens where you can partake in ecotourism in the mangroves, estuaries or beaches.

Today, the island is anchored to the mainland by two large bridges that rise over the waters of Laguna de Términos; a candidate for the Natural Heritage of Humanity, which you simply must travel by boat to appreciate its splendor. Here birds, crocodiles and various species of crabs live among the mysterious mangrove jungle. It is also a sanctuary for dolphins, hawksbill turtles and manatees.

One of these two bridges, El Zacatal, is considered a masterpiece of Mexican engineering. At 3,222 meters long, it is the longest in the country, joining the southern part of the island with the municipality of Palizada through the Atasta Peninsula. Once on the island, white sandy beaches and the colorful city of Ciudad del Carmen await you. Traveling through the old town, you will see the Municipal Palace, the Zaragoza Park, the former Victoriano Nieves hospital that houses the city Museum and the Parish of Our Lady of Carmen, built in the 18th century. Travel off the beaten path and you will find the neighborhoods of Jesus and Del Guanal, the oldest on the island, where you can appreciate the original architecture of the first settlers. You should also visit to the city's pleasant pier.

If you love good fish and seafood, you've come to the right place. Highlights include the dogfish bread, breaded shrimp in garlic sauce and fried juicy fish. They are all waiting for you at "La Puntilla", right beside the Zacatal bridge.

  • Juárez Park
    Juárez Park
    Ciudad del Carmen
  • La Unidad bridge
    La Unidad bridge
    between Isla Aguada and Isla del Carmen
  • Aguada Island
    Aguada Island
    Municipality of Carmen

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  • Alternative Tourism
    Hunting, fishing and birwatching
  • Scuba diving and archeology
    Dive among the lost treasures of a galleon
  • Crafts and tradition in Bécal
    The place where jipi hats are worn
  • To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    Swimming in the craters of the jungle
  • Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    A kayak can take you places one else can
  • Fishing in the Petenes
    Fishing in the Petenes
    Capturing the great tarpon fish
  • Hiking in Campeche
    Hiking in Campeche
    Step inside nature
  • Palizada Magic Town
    Palizada Magic Town
    An exciting getaway to color and tradition
  • On the trail of the Camino Real
    On the trail of the Camino Real
    Color and flavor of multicultural Campeche
  • One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    The flavor of the Pearl of the Gulf
  • A look at noble Campeche
    A look at noble Campeche
    The guardian city of its history
  • Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    The splendor of the local culture without leaving the city
  • Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Wonder at the capital of the kingdom of the serpent
  • Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    The house of the wise water men
  • The territory of the Chenes
    The territory of the Chenes
    In the jaws of the Mayan world
  • Río Bec Mayan style
    Río Bec Mayan style
    In the twin towers of the Mayan world
  • Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    300 species of pink flamingo
  • Bioluminescence
    Bioluminescence
    The magical lights that inhabit the sea
  • Releasing protected turtles
    Releasing protected turtles
    In the sanctuary of the beautiful hawksbill turtle
  • A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    Just you, the sun, white sands and a turquoise sea
  • Boat tour through the mangroves
    Boat tour through the mangroves
    Nature as you've never seen it before

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    The light of the Itzá. Light and sound

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    19:00 winter y 20:00 in summer

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  • Nature and Archeology Museum

    Nature and Archeology Museum

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    From 8:00 to 16:00

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  • Con Sabor a Chocolate

    Con Sabor a Chocolate

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    De jueves a domingo 18:00

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  • Vivo recuerdo. Contact Theatre

    Vivo recuerdo. Contact Theatre

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    At 21:30

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