Top things to do in Ciudad del Carmen

Top Choice Italian in Ciudad del Carmen

Il Giglio

In a classic, old-time, elegant building that used to be a pirate's house, this truly Italian restaurant with checkered floor tiles has a reputation for genuine cuisine, including pasta dishes and seafood plates…jus…
Beach 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 …
Square 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 s…
Mexican in Ciudad del Carmen

Café La Fuente

This classic, open-fronted waterfront cafe is a busy gathering place for families and friends. It’s an excellent spot to sample treats such as pibipollo (chicken tamales, M$40) and arrachera encebollado (marinated f…
Seafood in Ciudad del Carmen

Restaurante El Marino

This large, open-air restaurant overlooks the water and affords terrific views of the Zacatal Bridge and local birdlife – there's even occasional faraway dolphin-spotting. Choose from seafood cocktails, fried fish, …
Museum 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 – p…
Religious in Ciudad del Carmen

Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen

The Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen kicks off two weeks of festivities in July, when the port’s patron saint is taken on a cruise around the harbor. There are also many exhibits of art, culture and local industries.
Carnival in Ciudad del Carmen


Ciudad del Carmen has a renowned and colorful Carnaval celebration, with locals wearing elaborate costumes and dancing in the streets for four days.