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

You will find a handful of beaches to consider, though they are all located in neighboring areas. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

Corozal Bay: The beaches of Corozal Bay are accessible throughout the town of Corozal, though automobiles should seek out public parking. For those staying in-town, local bus routes offer a convenient way to reach the beach.

A second place worth considering 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 have a few more beaches. To reach our complete page about beaches, click here.


Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Chetumal.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Corozal House of Culture. It is located within 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 offers some details concerning a museum 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

Enjoy learning about the history of places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites while on vacation in Chetumal.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Oxtankah Maya Site. It is located in northeastern Chetumal. Believed to be a coastal trade center that thrived between the years of 200 and 600 BC, today the area has the atmosphere of a beautiful park marked with stone structures.

Another landmark worth visiting is Santa Rita. It is located 7.5 mi. South West of central Chetumal. Believed to be the remains of one of the most important cities in ancient Maya, Santa Rita may have at one time been called Chetumal. Modern Corozal was build atop it, leaving only one structure in tact.

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.

View the following table to find out more about sites of historical interest nearby.

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 experience some other worthwhile landmarks in Chetumal.

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

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like being seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to find out that the area has a popular 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


Vacationers can enjoy either of two parks in and around Chetumal.

The parks worth considering are summarized 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 concept of passing some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, you should visit 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 generally go to Chetumal for its gambling opportunities, but there is one such place nearby, Las Vegas Casino. 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.


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