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Chetumal Retirement Profile

Capital of the state of Quintana Roo, Chetumal is a friendly city but has little to recommend it to tourists. The gateway to the Central American coast at Belize, it has a tax-free shopping zone near the border, a moderately interesting Maya museum, and a low-key attitude perhaps because of the intense tropical heat. With a cement boardwalk that runs for miles along its large bay, it's about an hour south of lovely Laguna de Bacalar, in the southwest corner of the country.

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Swimming
The main place for swimming is at small Calderitas Beach.

Snorkeling
No, Chetumal does not have great snorkeling, but from here you can get a ferry to some of the best snorkeling spots in the world Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye in Belize.

Diving
An hour and a half up the coast, at Majahual and Chinchorro Banks.

Bike Riding
Not bad for a city; you can rent bikes near Parque de Renacimiento and ride for miles along the cement sidewalk skirting the bay.

Fishing
Hire a fisherman to take you fishing at Punta Catalán.

Walking
Avoiding the heat of the day; you can walk for miles along the cement sidewalk skirting the bay.

Kayaking
The big bay would be great for kayaking, though no rentals as far as we know.

Boating
Hire a small boat at the Muelle Fiscal or Punta Catalan for boat trips on the bay or Río Hondo.

Club Scene
Club scene is limited.

Supermarket
There's a Chedraui at the one shopping mall and several smaller grocery stores around town.

Museums
The Museo de los Maya is great if you're in the area, but don't make a special visit.

Ruins
The Maya sites of Kohunlich, Dzibanché and Kínichná are all worth a visit and within an hour of Chetumal.

Sightseeing
Biouniverse Zoo

Shopping
Duty-free shopping at the border with Belize.

Movies
One movie house with English-language movies.

Lake
No lake, but on Mexico's largest bay and near cenotes around Laguna Bacalar.

Rivers
No rivers, but near fresh-water sinkholes around Laguna Bacalar.

City
A city and seat of state government, Chetumal is still rather provincial.

Nature
Beautiful beaches about 1.5 hours to the north near Majahual; unique ecosystem north of that at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Border
Close to the Central American border at Belize.

Weather
Hot! Hot! Hot! and Humid!

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Av. Alvaro Obregn 312
Chetumal, Quintana Roo
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