Ciudad del Carmen
Ciudad del Carmen (sometimes just Carmen) is a city in Campeche, Mexico. The population is about 100,000. Its economy is mainly based on oil, though there is also still a significant fishing industry.
Ciudad del Carmen is a city in the southwest of the Mexican state of Campeche. Ciudad del Carmen is located at 18.63°N 91.83°W on the southwest of Carmen Island, which stands in the Laguna de Términos on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The 2005 census population was 154,197 people. In July 2006 Ciudad del Carmen celebrated its 150th anniversary as a city. The city is on an island between the Laguna de Terminos and the Gulf of Mexico. Until the 1980s it was connected to the rest of Mexico only by boat; it is now connected to the mainland on either end by bridges and causeways on Highway 180.
For centuries Ciudad del Carmen was a sleepy fishing town. In the 1970s, petroleum was discovered in the area and it became an oil boom town. The city is dominated by workers of the oil industry. It is not a real tourist place, although there are a few attractions and facilities for those passing through.
Ciudad del Carmen International Airport (CME) has daily flights to Houston in addition to tother Mexican cities such as Mexico City, Cancun, and Guadalajara.
Ciudad del Carmen is accessible from a number of cities through the ADO bus line. First-class fares to Cancun are 570 pesos, and fares to Campeche are 168 pesos.
There are a variety of budget and mid-range restaurants in town. Local specialties include fresh seafood, pork & bean dishes, and tamales colorados.
Carmen has a very lively night scene, so don't miss all the clubs.
A number of hotels and pensions of various price ranges. Prices are higher than in most smaller Mexican cities, but still reasonable compared to the USA or Europe.
Microhotel, good, cheap and comfortable, contact [email protected]