Campeche travel

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Campeche CityCalakmul Ruins
🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD

📍 Top Places to Visit in Campeche

San Francisco de Campeche (Campeche City), Isla Aguada, Edzna

📍 Campeche Off the Beaten Path

Calakmul Mayan Ruins, Champoton, Ciudad del Carmen, Sabancuy, Becan

Campeche travel

The Yucatan Peninsula consists of three states in southeastern Mexico — Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche states.

While Quintana Roo is has some of the best beaches in Mexico, like Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Campeche is known its colorful capital city, San Francisco de Campeche (AKA Campeche City), and and Mayan ruins including Calakmul, Edzna and Becal

Campeche also has some nice beaches on the Gulf of Mexico — and as Campeche is an off the beaten path state, its beaches are often empty! Some of the best beaches in Campeche include Isla Aguada, a pueblo magico (magic town), Sabancuy, Ciudad del Carmen and Champoton.

Campeche travel FAQ

Is Campeche safe for travel?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico.

Campeche is one of three states that make up the famed Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico — one of the most visited and safest regions in the country.

It is the least visited state in the Yucatan, and slightly off the main tourist trail, but still considered safe for visitors.

From the Walled City of Campeche to the Calakmul Mayan ruins — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Campeche state has some amazing Mexico hidden gems.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips about the Yucatan Peninsula, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico travel.

 

Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.

 

What's the best time to visit Campeche?

Weather-wise, Campeche has a tropical climate, meaning you can expect warm and hot temperatures year-round. If possible, plan to visit from November to May, during the dry season.

Common of the tropics, you can expect heavy rains all summer. In addition, June 1-November 1 is Hurricane Season, and being located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Campeche is susceptible.

Beyond hurricanes and even tropical storms and just heavy rains, the summer and fall months are very humid, and temperatures can often feel 5°F-10°F higher than what they are. If that wasn’t enough, you can also expect a lot more mosquitoes and bugs in these months.

As the weather in this area is a bit extreme, make sure to check this Mexico packing guide so you know what to bring — and what NOT to pack for the Campeche and the Yucatan.

Here are a few suggested items to pack:

LifeStraw Refillable Water Bottle: Not only will this keep hydrated, which you’ll need, it will also add an extra level of water filtration in Mexico. According to the lifeStraw site, their filters remove 99.999999% of bacteria, parasites, protozoa, viruses, toxins and microplastics.

• REPEL Insect Repellent: You’ll definitely need mosquito repellent, and this eco-friendly brand is DEET-free and plant based, with a pleasant lemon and eucalyptus scent. Don’t want to use a spray? Pick up some Mosquito Repellent Bracelets.

How do I travel to Campeche?

Campeche has Campeche International Airport (code: CAP), located just outside of the historic Walled City of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As this is a small, regional airport, you’d have to catch a connecting flight here through Mexico City.

As Campeche is usually part of a larger Yucatan Peninsuala trip for many, you can fly into Merida International Airport (code: MID) in the neighboring state of Yucatan, and then drive over from Merida.

In fact, a Merida to Campeche City day trip is very popular for those spending time in Merida, the capital of Yucatan state. The drive from Merida to Campeche City is only two hours.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.

 

Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time. Yucatan Peninsula road trips are especially popular, as this is a very safe area of the country.

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in MexicoYES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.

Beyond that, another one caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.

 

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.

When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

In short: Don’t lose your FMM!

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.

If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!

If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.

 

List of useful spanish words and phrases

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