The 10 Best Things to Do in Chetumal, Mexico

February 6, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Gateway to Belize, Tikal in Guatemala and the numerous Río Bec ruins, Chetumal is the capital of Quintana Roo state. Buses connect major cities, including those in Belize. Rental cars cannot be taken through the Belize border. The busy city's old town boasts a Caribbean feel. The excellent, interactive Museo de la Cultura Maya offers fascinating insights to those planning to follow the dramatic Río Bec ruin route. The vine-strewn ruins are rich in wildlife and give the sense of stumbling onto a Lost World.
Restaurants in Chetumal

1. Dzibanche

Chetumal, Mexico
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5 based on 147 reviews

Dzibanche

Ancient Mayan city with impressive pyramids and buildings.

Reviewed By Rafyalva - Coral Springs, Florida

As part of a shore excursion we visited the pyramids of Dzibanche. Once you walk to the area the view is just breathtaking. It is so well kept and the surroundings are impressive! There are different pyramids in this area and you can tell that it was bug compound. From the Mask Pyramid to the area that used to be designed for competitions and sacrifices. Just knowing that your are walking on a place that the Mayans used to live and it was their kingdom it's a feeling that you just can't describe!

2. El Malecon de Chetumal

Chetumal, Mexico
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

El Malecon de Chetumal

Reviewed By kartikmexico - Mexico City

We made a very nice drive along the whole Malecon. It's a long drive. We just drive and stop to see the views and monuments.

3. Museum de la cultura maya

Av Heroes, between Colon and Gandhi Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Chetumal, Mexico
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4 based on 217 reviews

Museum de la cultura maya

Reviewed By svmoose - Curacao


this is a very pleasant surprise in a dubious barrio. Well thought out displays and exhibits, exotic lighting and forest canopy effect and sound track. Good explanation of Mayan calendars. Only complaint would be that some of the information boards are positioned too low and under lighted. Must see!

4. Oxtankah Ruins

Calderitas, Chetumal, Mexico
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4 based on 44 reviews

Oxtankah Ruins

Reviewed By MisterWombat - Tallahassee, Florida

Oxtankah is reached by taking the road to Calderitas north of Chetumal, then driving 6 kilometers on a smaller road to the ruins. There is a nice shady pathway that winds around the ruins with several plants and trees named on signs. The ruins consist of a small pyramid, a Spanish Mission church and several small structures but several structures were being excavated and rebuilt so it may get better. Had a one room museum. We saw a lot of birds. Few visitors. Cost was 42 pesos with free parking at the entrance. Toilets but no refreshments.

5. Kohunlich

Carretera Federal 186, Chetumal, Mexico +52 983 837 2411
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Kohunlich

Reviewed By pablocollier - Bradenton, Florida

This archeological site is spectacular. The ruins have been very well preserved and well maintained. There is very little more than just the ruins but it is so awesome that it doesn't matter. Our guide was excellent. He was of Mayan descent and gave us a wonderful background of his ancient ancestors. Over-the-top great! His description at each building was very informative. These ruins are well worth the 2+ hours from Costa R]Maya Port.

6. Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden

Carretera Federal Chetumal Cancun Km 320, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico +52 998 206 9233
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4 based on 210 reviews

Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden

Reviewed By Lynn A - Nerja, Spain

Virtually no-one else there : pleasant stroll through undistinguished ,but apparently rare ,trees. Uneven pathways, so sensible shoes required. Bug-free in February , but also animal free , just two lazy iguanas being photogenic. We are plantaholics, but this didn't really excite us . All rather neglected , and if financial support depends on visitor numbers, it will soon cease to be.

7. Santuario del Manati

Bahia de Chetumal, Chetumal, Mexico
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4 based on 41 reviews

Santuario del Manati

Reviewed By Dawn F - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

We saw "Danny" the sole manatee who still lives in the sanctuary's pens. It was not clear why the manatees were released. Danny and various fish choose to hang around the sanctuary for the free lunch. The taxi ride was 150 pesos from downtown Chetumal. The sanctuary was locked when we arrived. A couple of children unlocked the gate and let us in to see the manatee. The young girl was very enthusiastic and told us lots about the manatees in spanish. Admittance is free of charge; any money donated goes to buy more lettuce for Danny. A local told us 4-5km further up the road there was a viewing tower to see the rest of the manatees in the laguna. We did not go any further to check that out.

8. Zoologico Payo Obispo

Avenida Insurgentes | Javier Rojo Gomezfrente Fovissste, Chetumal 77000, Mexico +52 983 145 0834
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3.5 based on 22 reviews

Zoologico Payo Obispo

Reviewed By mulvihilljs - Belize

We visited this zoo in January, 2017. The cost is very minimal. Upon entering you quickly envision that it was once was thriving and had better days. There are some animals. Some exhibits are now closed. Perhaps if they had a new manager with vision, and funding.

9. Museo de la Ciudad

Av de los Heroes 66 | corner with Av. Heroes, Chetumal 77010, Mexico (01) (983) 21350
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5 based on 3 reviews

Museo de la Ciudad

Reviewed By johntpt - Toluca, Mexico

For 17 pesos, this quaint museum gives you a complete history of Chetmaul and Quintana Roo in general. Note that the map is incorrect. The museum is located on a side street across from the Hotel Los Cocos.

Av. Insurgentes Km. 5.025 s/n local A1 | Plaza Las Americas, Chetumal 77084, Mexico
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Liverpool Chetumal

Reviewed By Marcia R

We had taken the boat from Corozal to Chetumal for the day! Liverpool was wonderful! Great deals! My only suggestion when traveling into Mexico is either you can speak Spanish or have some one with you who does!! Worth the trip!

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