Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico

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Beautiful beaches, water sports and fun activities in the mangroves that surround the Terminos Lagoon all await you in Ciudad del Carmen. This destination also offers lovely jungle terrain and the chance to explore the mysterious world of the Mayans.

Church of Our Lady of Carmen

Church of Our Lady of Carmen

The Church of Our Lady of Carmen was built with wood, sascab (a kind of limestone) and stone and is the most significant religious structure in the city. Located across from Zaragoza Park, it's famous for its simple architecture, stained glass windows and the marble accents featured on the altar.

Isla Aguada

Isla Aguada

This tranquil village is often preferred by tourists seeking natural surroundings and an escape from the crowds. It is home to semi-virgin beaches and a small boardwalk as well as seafood and fish restaurants. During your visit, be sure to take a tour of the Terminos Lagoon, where if you look closely, you may spot dolphins in their natural habitat. The lookout point is the perfect place to admire the landscape and the beautiful sunsets this area is known for.

Terminos Lagoon

Terminos Lagoon

This protected natural area is the home of various birds along with jaguars, ocelots and white-tailed deer as well as many other creatures. The jungle area offers ecotourism activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bird watching. With coastal dunes, marshes, mangroves, flooded scrublands and lowlands, jungle and lush vegetation, there are plenty of opportunities to take remarkable photos during your visit.

Boardwalk

Boardwalk in Ciudad del Carmen

Offering a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico and the ships that travel its waters, the Ciudad del Carmen boardwalk is often a favorite place for walking, running, roller skating or to simply relax and admire the sights.

Juarez Park

Juarez Park in Ciudad del Carmen

Known for its beauty and wonderfully preserved colonial era buildings, this park is home to the Church of Jesus, which was often visited by Empress Carlota, the wife of Maximilian. At night exquisite lighting and fountains create a completely different view of the park.

Playa Bahamitas

In the crystal clear waters found alongside this beautiful sandy beach and its lush trees you’ll see snails, clams, starfish and shells. This beach is perfect for swimming and water sports like scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing.

Playa Caracol

Bathed by the waters of the Terminos Lagoon in southern Ciudad del Carmen, Caracol Beach is an enclosed area that is situated between the islands of Isla Aguada and Isla del Carmen. This fantastic retreat has a restaurant with live music, palapas, a boat dock and a special area for water sports.

Playa Norte

Playa Norte in Ciudad del Carmen

This beach is approximately three miles long and has average waves. It is surrounded by fantastic restaurants and offers a variety of tourist services. This is the largest and most popular beach in the area and is also the home of the Fiesta del Mar and the July Fair, two very important celebrations in Ciudad del Carmen.

Zacatal Bridge

Zacatal Bridge in Ciudad del Carmen

Connecting Villahermosa to Ciudad del Carmen, the Zacatal Bridge is one of the main routes that link the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico. The bridge is more than 10,000 feet in length and has been named the longest bridge of its kind in Latin America. At night, tourists can enjoy an incredible display of lights, which are easily seen from the boardwalk.

Puerto Real

This calm beach with emerald green waters is located near the road that connects Ciudad del Carmen with Isla Aguada. Visitors to the beach can admire beautifully colored sunsets and spectacular views of the Puente de La Unidad bridge.

Sabancuy

Sabancuy Ciudad del Carmen

Sabancuy is one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. When you visit this beach, home to an abundant population of shrimp, scallops and fish, enjoy clear shallow waters, fine sand, gentle waves and a gradual slope into the sea. Approximately 50 miles away from Ciudad del Carmen, it's located across from the estuary of the same name.

Xicalango

Xicalango is a fascinating archeological site that is just a few miles away from Ciudad del Carmen. During pre-Columbian times, this was a major commercial port and was the main trade center for the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec cultures.

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