Chetumal is the capital city of Quintana Roo, Mexico, known for its waterfront promenade, Mayan Culture Museum, and proximity to Belize. It serves as a gateway to the Maya ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

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  • 🇲🇽 State: Quintana Roo
  • 👩‍🎨 Visitors per year: 2 million
  • ⏰ Timezone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • ✈️ Airport: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights:
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 3-7 days
  • 🛃 Visa: 180 days
  • 🚑 Travel Insurance: Ekta
  • 📲 Best Sim Card: Telcel
  • 🔌  Power plug: Type A (US, Canada)
  • 🚰 Tap water: Not drinkable
  • 💰 Cashless: No
  • 💵 USD allowed? No

Chetumal, the capital city of Quintana Roo in Mexico, has a rich history rooted in its strategic location by the Bay of Chetumal, near the border with Belize.

Historically, it was a significant trading post for the Maya civilization, facilitating commerce between Central American cultures.

Established as a city in 1898, Chetumal played a pivotal role in the development of the southeastern Mexican region, promoting trade and cultural exchange.

The city was largely rebuilt after being devastated by a hurricane in 1955, leading to modern infrastructure and a planned urban layout.

Chetumal’s uniqueness lies in its blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty. It is a gateway to exploring ancient Maya ruins, such as Oxtankah, and serves as a starting point for visits to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its diverse ecosystems and untouched landscapes.

The city itself is home to the Museum of Maya Culture, offering insights into the rich history and achievements of the Maya civilization.

Chetumal’s waterfront promenade and its proximity to Belize also make it a unique cultural and commercial hub, fostering a mix of Mexican and Caribbean influences.

  • Chetumal, Quintana Roo
  • Cancun Airport (CUN)
  • Rainy season: Jul-Oct
  • Hottest Month: August
  • Coldest month: January

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