El Golfo de Mexico
Although there's no sandy beach, one of the unexpectedly delightful features of Campeche, Mexico is its gulf-front pedestrian and bike path. This path was only a couple of quick blocks from the Hotel Castlemar
, where we were staying. It borders the Gulf of Mexico, providing a beautiful sunset view to the west, and a safe place to walk or ride a bicycle. We didn't have any bicycles with us, of course, but we enjoyed watching a few serious cyclists (on road bikes, even!) fly by. Barry was especially impressed to see how many locals were jogging or fitness walking in the early evening and morning.
The path is long, and several attractive monuments and small parks are strategically placed along its distance. I never made it the entire way (saving my tired feet for the long trek to the bus stop with my pack), but Barry was determined to see just how long it was, so he walked its entire length. He discovered that it was over three miles long, end to end. Definitely a fine place to get your fitness on!
Red side for peds, black side for bikes
Plaque from above monument
We really loved this statue of a woman contemplating the sea, her "hair" blowing in the breeze.
She contemplates the beautiful sunset over the Gulf, as we did
Joggers and walkers staying fit after sunset
Spire at night
And in the morning
Gotta hold onto your hat here -- it's breezy
In the morning, the fishermen bring their catch in right at this dock off the trail.
What an awesome place to buy fresh fish!
Fishing boats and dock
Loved this "mast and sails" artwork
Looks like this boat hasn't gone out fishing in awhile!
Stay tuned for more from Campeche -- the food is next!