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

You'll discover a handful of beaches to consider, though each of them are found in neighboring areas. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed article concerning that beach.

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. With few white sand beaches nearby, locals take what they can get and opt for the convenient cool water of Bacalar Lagoon. Heading to this fresh water "beach" is a sure way to get in all your aquatic needs without the long drive to the coast.

Rancho Encantado Lagoon Access: The beach is found north of Bacalar along Route 307, on the premises of the Rancho Encantado Ecolodge.

These are merely a few of your options. You can go to this article if you'd like to discover some more information.


In case you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation.

A landmark worth visiting is Corozal House of Culture. It is located within 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 following chart summarizes more details regarding 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

Like learning about the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing in Chetumal.

A common landmark for vacationers is Oxtankah Maya Site. It is situated 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Take some time to look through the following table for information concerning historical sites 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

Visitors may discover some other intriguing local landmarks in Chetumal.

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

Zoos and Aquariums

If the thought of spending part of a day at the zoo 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


The Yucatan Peninsula Casinos

Vacationers do not generally stay in Chetumal for its gambling opportunities, but there is one option 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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