Quintana Roo Chetumal

What to Do in Chetumal

Chetumal is a historic city in the country’s southeast. It features endless aquatic activities that you just absolutely have to try.

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Discover all the aquatic activities that Chetumal, a historic idyll in the southeast, holds for you.

Chetumal is the capital city of the state of Quintana Roo. Come on and zoom in on the area, and discover this destination stuffed with historic beauty. In addition, we suggest a few more spots with activities you have to try if you are passionate about southeast Mexico.

How to Get to Chetumal

You can get there on road 186, coming from Campeche, or on road 307 from Cancún and Tulum.

The discovery of its archeological sites, its stunning beaches, and its exquisite cuisine also help make it one of the tourist destinations in Mexico known for its beautiful and exotic natural scenery.

Photo: @GreciaaLaraa

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Take It Easy in Calderitas

Additionally, the manatee sanctuary, Santuario del Manatí, is part of a tourist zone. You can swim and relax on the beach, and you can also take boat rides through the lagoon’s mangrove trees. 

Calderitas. Photo: les_xplorateurs_nomades

Camp in Xul-ha Lagoon

Also you can paddleboard and sail! Discover this bit of paradise of turquoise-colored water in balance with nature.

Navigate the Rapids

Bacalar’s rapids are in a water park close to the river flowing into Bacalar’s lagoon and Xul-ha’s lagoon.

When you are on a kayak, don’t forget to notice the living rocks called stromatolites. They are colonies of microorganisms that live and die, creating small rocky mounds in the lagoon.

Photo: @bonilla_eddy

History Tied to the Ocean

Chetumal’s history is tied to the Guerra de Castas (Caste War of Yucatán), an uprising by Mayan people in the Yucatán Peninsula in the 19th century. They got weapons from Belize, then a British colony.

It has also been the site of pirate attacks and political and geographic revolts which could be defended from the water in Chetumal’s bay. 

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Photo: Michael Wong