Must see attractions in Ciudad del Carmen

  • Sights in Ciudad del Carmen

    Playa Norte

    Playa Norte, on the Gulf of Mexico, is Carmen's beach area. It's rather bleak looking, with wide expanses of coarse sand, murky green water, parking areas and the occasional palapa restaurant. Development is coming fast, however, with shiny new hotels, restaurants and other services. To get here, take a bus from the center marked 'Playa Norte' or ' Zoológico'. Combis charge M$7; taxis cost M$35 to M$40.

  • Sights in Ciudad del Carmen

    Parque Zaragoza

    Parque Zaragoza has a handsome 19th-century kiosk and is one of the city's most pleasant areas to hang out. On its north side is the 1856 Santuario de la Virgen del Carmen, which pays homage to the patron saint of sailors. Vestiges of Carmen's earlier prosperity remain in the centro histórico, where chicle barons' 19th-century mansions run along Calles 22 and 24, south of the plaza.

  • Sights in Ciudad del Carmen

    Museo Victoriano Nieves

    The city's decent history museum is in an interesting old hospital building. Inside are archaeological relics (including stelae from Xpuhil), a petroleum exhibition and information on the region's pirate history – plus a kids' pirate ship, complete with plank. Guides in Spanish only.