Parque Santa Lucía


The pretty little Parque Santa Lucía has arcades on the north and west sides; this was where travelers would get on or off the stagecoaches that linked towns and villages with the provincial capital. Today it's a popular restaurant area and venue for Serenatas Yucatecas (Yucatecan Serenades), a free weekly concert on Thursday at 9pm.

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