Campeche: Excellent Retirement Destination for Expats

Campeche is not a Cancun - the beaches are more limited, and the city has been expanded out into the Gulf and is lined with a beautiful seawall and boardwalk that stretches for miles. The boardwalk is lined with cannons and lanes for walkers, runners and a separate lane for biking. Campeche, cannon, boardwalk

Although the capital city has a population of 275,000 people, it continues to be a relaxing city in the form of Colonial Mexico. It has an active night life with markets and festivities and is a great jumping off point for exploring Mayan cities.

Additionally, the fishing for tarpon, snooks and barracuda is unsurpassed. Read more about Mexico Sports Fishing. For the less adventurous, one can spend days admiring the 16th, 17th and 18th century architecture.

Since it is the capital of the state, it has all of the amenities one would expect. Its seclusion has kept its small colonial town feeling despite its size and importance.

The fortresses still exist and each has been restored to its original state. Additionally each is dedicated as museums of Mayan artifacts or as botanical gardens and all are well worth visiting.

Please read on to learn more about this charming colonial city:

-how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, what to eat or not to eat, cost of properties for those who are searching for a winter home and how to say a few things in Spanish or Mayan as the case may be.

You may have had other Mexico vacations but you should visit Campeche, discover a new experience, and discover a treasure!

Where is it?

Getting to the city continues to be elusive - and the easiest way to get there is via Merida, Yucatan since the new highway has reduced the four hour trip through all of the villages along the way down to an hour and a half, making the trip a quick and worthwhile adventure. This elusiveness makes Campeche keep its Logo, “The Hidden Treasure of Mexico"

Campeche is the capital city of the Mexican state of Campeche situated on the eastern shore of the Bay of Campeche. The Baia de Campeche is the southern bay of the Gulf of Mexico and is the home of excellent fishing, oil drilling around the City of Carmen/Ciudad de Carmen, an Island connected by modern highways and bridges, and is bordered by Tabasco to the southwest, Yucatan to the north and east - along with Quintana Roo and Belize and Guatemala to the south east and south.


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Interesting History

The city was originally the site of the Mayan city of Canpech and after attempts by Francisco de Montejo and his son failed for years eventually the junior successfully conquered the region and established the city in 1540.

It quickly became the dominant port for the region as did Sisal in Yucatan but quickly its riches became recognized and became the target of pirates and buccaneers during the 1600’s.

In 1663, pirates launched a major attack and looted and destroyed much of the city and in 1668 the 20 year construction of a wall and fortresses began. The approximately 2 miles of walls and fortresses were built with cannons strategically placed around the city which extended into the sea thus forcing the buccaneers to come near the docks and within range of the cannons leaving the port well protected.

Eventually the pirates were defeated and as the wars of Europe subsided the attacks stopped. It continued to be the major port of Yucatan and later the Sisal port was developed by the henequen plantation owners as a nearer port to meet their needs although it too experienced multiple pirate attacks and required the building of a fortified warehouse for their goods.

Colonial City - an Expat Haven

In 1999, due to the preservation and quality of its' architecture it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The entire downtown Colonial city area has been restored to its original state and is breathtaking to see. The Colonial buildings, the cobblestone streets, the cathedral, the original fortresses with their remnants of the fortress walls make her one of the gems of Mexico.

Campeche, church, square, cathedral

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