Chetumal Attractions

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The capital of the Quintana Roo region of Mexico is Chetumal.  The city is rich with history that has been left behind by the once prominent Mayan people, and today tourists come from around the world to learn more about these mysterious people.  This is possible through museums which examine archeological findings and even natural sites which lead visitors to wonder what the Mayan saw when they stood in the very same spot nearly a millennium ago.


Bacalar Lagoon Beach

There are a handful of beaches to consider, though all of them are located in neighboring areas. Just click on each beach name to get additional information about that section of the coast.

Corozal Bay: Corozal Bay features a long stretch of beach, adding to the local town area. The beaches are well integrated into the larger town and while small, still feature soft, white sand and calm waters perfect for swimming.

A second option to consider is Bacalar Lagoon Beach. The lagoon access is located just north of the fort, and no one in Bacalar should have any trouble finding it. From Chetumal, you will need to take Route 186 to 307 and along the coast of the lagoon until you get to Bacalar.

Rancho Encantado Lagoon Access: The Bacalar Lagoon access at Rancho Encantado is a popular spot for guests of the eco-hotel and of those who happen to be in the area. Definitely more of a natural beach, this spot is best for those looking to explore the area.

Nearby areas are home to other beaches. For more details about this topic, go to this guide.


Assuming you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation.

A landmark worth visiting is Corozal House of Culture. It is found in Corozal, 10.3 mi. South West of central Chetumal. Since it was originally built during the latter half of the 19th century, Corozal House has serves as a market place, a tourism center, an archeological management facility, and finally, a cultural center. Visitors who encounter Corozal House today find a beautiful community center which houses an art gallery of local works, and a museum of local history.

The chart just below shows more information on a museum you might enjoy nearby.

Museums Near Chetumal
Name Phone Location
Corozal House of Culture (501) 422-0071 Corozal, 10.3 mi. South West of Central Chetumal Belize

Historical Sites

Do you enjoy discovering the history of places you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites during your time in Chetumal.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Oxtankah Maya Site. It is located in northeastern Chetumal. Guides that are certified by the city of Chetumal can be found in the area to show you around and tell you about the history of the property.

Another popular destination is Santa Rita. It is situated 7.5 mi. South West of central Chetumal. Santa Rita features two in tact rooms of four that were once the living quarters of a Mayan family. Artifacts found in various digs include the body of a woman surrounded by jewelry and pottery, as well as the body of a warlord surrounded by a stringray spine and a ceremonial flint.

Fuerte de San Felipe: Remarkably well-preserved, this fort not only has interesting architecture and a view of the lake, but a nice museum inside. You can explore on your own or take a guided tour.

Check the table below for more information about historical sites near Chetumal.

Historic Sites Near Chetumal
Name Phone Location
Fuerte de San Felipe -- Bacalar, 12.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Chetumal Mexico
Oxtankah Maya Site -- 7.9 mi. Northeast of Central Chetumal Mexico
Santa Rita -- 7.5 mi. South West of Central Chetumal Belize

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers will explore some other worthwhile local landmarks in this area.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Chetumal
Name Type Location
Chetumal Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Chetumal Mexico

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to find out that the area has a nice nature preserve available.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Chetumal
Name Type Location
Chetumal Ecological Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Chetumal Mexico


Visitors can spend some time in a couple of parks in and around Chetumal.

The parks you'll be able to find are listed here:

Parks In and Around Chetumal
Name Type Location
General Angel Remigio Rosado Park Bacalar, 12.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Chetumal
Parque Integral de la Amistad Park 1.6 mi. Northwest of Downtown Chetumal

Zoos and Aquariums

If the thought of spending some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Payo Obispo Zoo. The zoo is a great place to learn about local fauna without having to venture out into the wild. Tour the zoo yourself or sign up for a guided tour.

Zoos In Chetumal
Name Type Location /th>
Payo Obispo Zoo Zoo 1.7 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Chetumal Mexico


Yucatan Peninsula Casinos

People do not usually go to Chetumal to gamble, but there is one such venue nearby, Las Vegas Casino. <p>Stop by and play in the largest Casino in Belize. The Las Vegas Casino offers a variety of table games and plenty of slot machines to play and try your luck. The games are fun, the drinks are good and the staff friendly; you'll be able to have fun and maybe win something too.</p>


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