Romantic Campeche

I haven’t been in town the past couple of days… Jorge and I took a little trip to Campeche to celebrate our 34th anniversary.

We arrived into Yucatan’s neighboring state’s capital city on Tuesday evening and checked into the Hotel Balaurtes. This   locally owned property was built in the late 50s and has recently undergone major renovation and expansion. We stayed in one of the new rooms, overlooking the Bay of Campeche… v-e-r-y   n-i-c-e!

Heading to the main plaza, we found lots of life and beauty in the city that has the unfair rep as being “Mexico’s home for the newly-wed and nearly dead!”

During the colonial period, the city was often attacked by pirates. there were only two accesses to the city – one by land and one by sea. Both of these almost 500 year old gates still guard the city.                                                                                                                                   

It’s true that Campeche is laid back but to us this is refreshing… and the architecture is beautiful

Next day, we lazed around the pool, did a little shopping and…

We watched Oprah’s farewell show. I’m an unabashed fan and had hoped to attend the show. But as Oprah said, “You are where you are meant to be…” And certainly, being with Jorge on our 34th anniversary was where I was meant to be!

For our celebration dinner, we went to the beautifully appointed “Hotel Puerta de Campeche” and enjoyed a fabulous meal in totally romantic surroundings…

Just a two hour drive from Merida, Campeche makes for a delightful get-away…


Puerta del Mar – the gateway to theboardwalk that has been built fromreclaimed land.     It is a favorite gathering place…                             

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14 responses to “Romantic Campeche

  1. Happy anniversary!

  2. Margery Palomino

    Much of the text was missing in this otherwise lovely description of your anniversary trip to Campeche!
    Felicitaciones!!

  3. FROM YOUR PHOTOS, IT LOOKS LIKE A COLORFUL PLACE TO ” LOLIGAG” AROUND AND PAINT. (I HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE, BUT HAVE NO PHOTOS OF THE VISIT.)

    CONGRATS TO YOU AND JORGE ON YOUR 34TH!

    …… AND THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GREAT DAY. I CAME AWAY WITH LOTS OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

    lET US DO MORE OF IT.

  4. norm

    My one trip to Campeche had one bit of adventure, my little rental VW bug tried to float away. The town had no storm sewers at the time so the rain ran off down the street. We drove into a small river/road that picked us up and started us down the path to the ocean. VW bugs do float.

    • That must have been something… In my humble opinion, VW bugs are the smartest cars that were ever made. They can also act as submarines. At one time Merida did not have storm drains either. There was a horrendous rain in December ’91 and my little warrior ploughed through water up to the side view mirrors! As long as I kept my foot on the gas that car would not stop. It got me and my two little kids safely home!

      • norm

        And sleds, I’ve ditched a few bugs in winter storms where it was just a matter of petal to the floor and steer for where the road might be…and down the road it goes.
        Congrats on your 34th, Linda and I will see that milestone in August.

      • Well yes in my pre-Merida days, I also had the experience of being in a VW Bug / bobsled ! An amazing vehicle all ’round. Congrats in advance to you and Linda…

  5. Congratulations!! 34 years, how wonderful. Thanks for the info on Campeche…it is somewhere Barry and I would love to visit!

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