Aerial View of Cd. del Carmen
Photo Credit: Mexican Tourism Council
Ciudad del Carmen's early history is laden with tales of pirates seeking harbor. In pre-Columbian times, it was a maritime center 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.
As an island city in the Laguna de Terminos on the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Ciudad del Carmen's economic activity used to center around local farming and fishing. Off-shore oil exploration and production drilling activity ... along with all of its attendant infrastructure support ... transformed the local economy.