Centro Histórico de San Francisco de Campeche

Centro Histórico de San Francisco de Campeche

Centro Histórico de San Francisco de Campeche
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Reid W
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My husband and I stayed in Campeche for 2 weeks and loved it! I would not exactly recommend visiting when we did (mid-late April) because it was incredibly hot, but we are from central Texas, so we could just barely handle it! :)

Things we wish we would've been able to find out when doing research:

- Some people had a working knowledge of basic English and some restaurants had English menus, but overall we needed to speak quite a bit of Spanish. We planned to fall back on Google's newer conversational translation feature, but even with downloading Spanish and English for offline use, our cell reception often wasn't good enough or there was too much other background noise and the phone didn't pick up what was said. Sometimes we'd type out what we wanted to say in Google translate, then show the Spanish translation to the person. Not the most charming way to communicate, but worked fine as a last resort.

- The locals are indeed very kind and will do their best to communicate if you say "lo siento, mi español es malo" or "lo siento, no entiendo mucho español." Just something to let them know you're trying your best, but that your knowledge is limited. This helped us a lot because it set the tone that they should speak a bit slower and with fewer words. We did the same since that's all we could manage, and in the end communication was decent using this method! If you don't let them know that your Spanish isn't great, they will assume you understand and will just start talking. On one hand this is refreshing, but at the beginning when we were just getting used to things, it was a bit overwhelming.

- If you are from the USA, beyond not drinking the tap water please take it seriously to NOT brush your teeth with the tap water either! Also be aware that many drinks like lemonade are watered down with tap water, so you need to think about that with everything you order at a restaurant. If you're unsure, just go with something canned/bottled..... trust me.

- Many stores and restaurants close from around 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (at least during the hot season) as it is the hottest part of the day. Great time to take a siesta at your hotel or Airbnb!

- We found the nightlife to be quite energetic from Thursday (basically their "early Friday") through Sunday. But then many shops would close on Monday and/or Tuesday to rest from the busy weekend.

- We tried to go on a boat tour around the coast of Campeche, but the weather was bad every time we tried due to wind.

- There are plenty of places to pull out cash at an ATM at a fairly good exchange rate! You will definitely need a good amount of cash while visiting Campeche.

- Tipping culture seems pretty similar to the USA with some restaurants including it in the total price, others offering the usual selections of 10%, 15%, 20%, etc.

- Steer clear of the elotes and esquites from the green "El Abuelo" carts. SO disgusting! And we're usually fans of elotes and esquites but theirs were absolutely awful.

- There was a VERY pungent smell blowing in from the water (like rotten eggs and dead fish) that made it very unpleasant to walk along the water most days. I think this is a rare occurrence with the water biome or something, but it was still disappointing.

- Many restaurant employees will stand outside and try to flag you down to come inside or sit outside. It's okay to just ignore them if you're not interested; at least that's what we observed the locals doing so we did the same.

- The souvenirs in Campeche are more unique than many of the other towns we visited in the Yucatan Peninsula, so if you're looking for unique items, don't wait for something better to come along! We especially liked Joyeria Juan Sanchez (Opalos Mexicanos) where they have one-of-a-kind pots and other items made with traditional mayan materials, techniques and artwork! The shop owner is very kind and even took a picture with us to put on the wall since we bought a pot which I believe his good friend makes by hand!

- The roads can be a bit difficult to drive on around the city because there are many speed bumps. Some of them are marked and others are not. So, just be very cautious if you drive a rental car.

- The city is very affordable overall.

- We felt very safe walking around the streets during both the day and nighttime.

- A good portion of the city is still fairly poor, so be respectful of that.

- Not every restaurant or store will have AC!

This is everything I could think of pertaining to Campeche itself. Hope this helps :).
Written 11 May 2024
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Dan Patman
Melaque, Mexico137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Initially the city looks a bit lacklustre, but there is a lot of renovation work going on and with the aid of a good guide (I used Tucan Tours, big thumbs up) you can learn some of the long and varied history of the city. The pirates, Spanish, English and Mayan have all left their mark on the city.
Written 19 April 2024
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL1,249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The old town is in top shape, all the buildings are renovated or in the process of doing it. Lovely neighborhood.
Written 2 December 2023
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Daydream585650
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
In the mid-day heat, the streets are very quiet. The locals seem to come out after the sun goes down.
Written 2 April 2023
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Ivan D
Frisco, TX162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This one really charming city and without doubt worth visiting. One day is enough, to feel that one is really in Mexico
Written 29 March 2023
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Álvaro
Lisbon, Portugal10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was working in Villahermosa for 2 weeks. A visit to Campeche was our decision for the weekend, and what a great choice it was. Calm, beatifull and safe. The food, the history, the atmosphere. Loved everithing.
Written 23 December 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The UNESCO recognised city of campeche is a lovely place to visit. It makes a logical overnight stop between Merida and Palenque and only takes about half a day to explore the central historical area.

The historical areas major highlights include its cobblestone streets, pastel buildings and remaining fortifications. I would start by going around the remaining walls (note even though there was initially 2.4km of wall and eight bulwarks, only 400m of wall and seven bulwarks remain). There are numerous English and Spanish information boards that mark the landmarks as you go around the cities perimeter.

One suggestion I would have is to spend the 40 peso to go up on top of the section of wall at Baluarte de San Francisco/Baluarte de San Juan. The is located on the northern side of the hexagon, near the Puerto De Tierra or land gate. From the top of the walls here you can get great views over the city.

If you do visit bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat as it gets very hot particularly in the afternoon.
Written 5 August 2022
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Jon H
Longmont, CO11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We just got back from our 2nd trip to Campeche, the first was 18 yrs ago. Love the old walled city and there is plenty of sights to see in town and a short drive away. Watch the highway out of town, the 1st time in over 35 yrs I've gotten shook down by the police, but stay off the tourist route and out of their sight.
Written 17 January 2022
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Jeanette living in Mexico
Mexico396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Campeche has an outdoor culture, the streets buzz with nice coffee places, great restaurants with all kinds of cuisine and it just has a vibe!
Written 4 September 2021
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JTB1239
Washington DC, DC37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a wonderfully preserved colonial walled city, well deserving of its UNESCO cultural heritage designation. Several nice cafes and restaurants, some good shops, a fine main plaza. Delightful!
Written 26 April 2021
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