Attractions in Chetumal

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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 good group of beaches to enjoy, although all of them are found nearby. Click on the name of each beach to get additional information about that individual beach.

Corozal Bay: The beaches are primarily located in the Corozal Town area, which faces the Corozal Bay. The waters from the bay are calm and great for swimming.

Another alternative 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 beach is found north of Bacalar along Route 307, on the premises of the Rancho Encantado Ecolodge.

Nearby areas have a few more beaches to choose from. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, navigate to this article.


If you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Chetumal.

A landmark worth visiting is Corozal House of Culture. It is located in Corozal, 10.3 mi. South West of central Chetumal. Corozal House is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The table just below enables you to learn more 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 discovering the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.

Many travelers choose to 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Santa Rita. It is found 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: The museum features historic maps, models of pirate ships, weapons, and navigational instruments. It is a great review of post-Columbian history.

View the chart below to see sites of historical interest 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

Vacationers may discover some other interesting sites worth visiting 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 enjoy spending time outdoors? You might be pleased to know the area has an interesting 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


Guests can experience a couple of parks in and around Chetumal.

The parks available are summarized in the following table.

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 spending part of a day surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, 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

Vacationers do not generally come to Chetumal for its gambling opportunities, but there is one such place 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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