Fishing is the predominant activity while a guest of Tarpon Town Anglers, however the beautiful city of Campeche is a fantastic town to explore. If you are a history buff, Campeche and the surrounding areas make for a really interesting and educational holiday when not fishing.
Three blocks from the Ocean View hotel you can shop and take back home part of their traditional artwork pieces of jipi hats, silk and cotton hammocks, wood and bull horn different arts and jewels, local candies and liquors, Mayan shirts and dresses, and much more.
Seven blocks from the Ocean View hotel there used to be a wall that surrounded the city. This is a delightful place to walk around and visit the old style architecture with a Baroque influence. Don’t forget to take pictures of each different style of doors. Every building has a different design. A contrast of colors and lights helps you picture how old Campechanos lived. The cathedral and main square plaza and arc buildings are the most representative sites.
CASA 6 MUSEUM
Across the main plaza an original old lifestyle construction furnished with original designs has been open like a living museum of a rich family lifestyle.
FORTS AND WALL
While touring the city don’t forget to visit the fort and wall that was built to defend the city from pirates. Fortifications built on top of two hills of the city and others on the valley are now Mayan museums and art galleries. The remains of the original old wall still stands south of the historical downtown with a length of more than 100-yds and 20-ft tall. The Land Gate and Sea Gate are the main entrance to the city and are facing each other on 59th street.
MAYAN CITY OF EDZNA
An amazing Mayan city well preserved and restored is a huge part of the Campeche history and culture. It is a short and safe 40-minute ride southbound through the state on well paved roads. There are travel agencies offering transportation services or you can ask their head guide to set up a visit to the site.
There are various seafood restaurants in town that you cannot miss. Most of them are in downtown area and are a convenient stroll, while others are a bit further and require a taxi. Morgan Cocktails, La Pigua, Chac Pel, Marganzo, Sole, Chez Fernando, Dioniso’s and Langostinos are our suggestions where you can enjoy fresh seafood like fried snapper or pompano, cobia fillet, shrimp salad or dish, octopus, squid, sea snail, stingray, etc.
LAND GATE LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW
Some weekdays and all weekends there is a light and sound show with a 30-minute piracy presentation at night where the history and stories are told under the magic influence of the 40-foot tall Land Gate.
An easy way to get a glimpse of the city is to take a one-hour tour on the motor strollers (representing the old railway) and tour the city passing by fortifications, traditional neighborhoods, churches and some other interesting sites.
That is the word in Spanish that describes the oceanfront drive. It was built a few years ago and brought a new look to the city. Lighted tracks for jogging or biking and a separate track for a relaxing walk of more than 4-kilometers.
MAYAN CITY OF CALAKMUL
This city was discovered in the early 50s and has been declared as the largest Mayan site in the world. It is in the middle of the Mayan jungle and its main building is taller than any other Mayan structure; including Chichen Itza. Its dimensions are not well appreciated until you are on top of it – where you can see the border of Guatemala and Howler monkeys jumping from the tops of trees. It is the largest biosphere reserve in Latin America after the Amazon and has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is a long five-hour ride. There are hotels and eco villages to stay, but you can take a camping service from operators in the region and spend a night in the jungle. Please note that you may need an extra day or two to visit the area.