Located on the Gulf of Mexico off the western side of the Yucatan peninsula, the remote island-city called Ciudad del Carmen is a former fishing village transformed by the discovery of petroleum just off the Yucatan coast. Known as La Perla del Golfo, it gets very hot here but it does have some interesting places such as the Parish of the Virgen del Carmen built in the 18th century, the Temple of Jesus de Nazareno ( 19th century), The National Palace and Zaragoza Park. You can also take a tour around the Terminos Lagoon where you may see dolphins. The main festals celebrated on the island are the Feast of the Virgen del Carmen from July 10th to 31st and the Fair of the Guanal from August 16th to 30th, with processions, fire-works and a carnival.
Ciudad del Carmen's early history is laden with tales of pirates seeking harbour. In pre-Columbian times, it was a maritime centre for trade between the Mayas and the Aztecs. Since the early 1800's, it has belonged to several states including Yucatan, Tabasco and Puebla. It was annexed to the state of Campeche in 1863.
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