Veracruz: The state that has it all

By Nadine R. - Updated on 12 March 2020

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Veracruz borders Tamaulipas to the north, Oaxaca, and Chiapas to the south, and the spectacular Gulf of Mexico to the east. La Rica Villa de la Vera Cruz and four times known as Heroica (for its resistance to the Spanish, French, and Americans) is one of the most renowned states in Mexico.

This is due to its impressive infrastructure since the port of Veracruz is considered the most important in all of Mexico, due to its enormous size and the number of imports and exports that pass through this place.

The capital of Veracruz is the city of Xalapa, which is located 107 km from the port of Veracruz, an approximate time of 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there by car, in Xalapa you can find low temperatures in several months of the year, so it never hurts to bring warm clothes if you want to know this magical place.

Culture and Magical Towns

Veracruz city

Veracruz is a place full of exciting places to visit, both within the port of Veracruz and in the surrounding cities and towns where you can find historical ruins of the Olmec, Huasteca, and Totonac cultures, three of the most influential cultures in the country.

Besides this, Veracruz keeps many more secrets to be discovered, towns to be explored like the magic town of Papantla, a place full of history, culture, and traditions; one of the biggest producers of vanilla in Mexico.

However, Papantla is not all that the beautiful state of Veracruz has to offer, as it also has cities like Poza Rica, a town that has grown in importance over time. Catemaco is also a place full of magic and adventure, and in both places, we can find exquisite dishes.

Another site worth talking about is Catemaco since many tourists come here with the idea that it is a place full of witches and where they can enjoy an impressive visit to the mythical Monkey Island, which is located in the middle of the Catemaco lagoon.

Near Catemaco, 1.6 km away, just a few minutes away you can find the fabulous town of San Andrés Tuxtla, this like it's similar Poza Rica has grown over time and has developed as an ideal place to visit and spend a pleasant time.

On this site, you will be able to find different activities to do; nevertheless, the most outstanding thing is its gastronomy, where you will be able to find the famous memelas, which are filled with different stews or roasted meat; in addition to many other local food stands.

Food and places you can' t miss

Traditional food of VeracruzWithout a doubt, one of the strengths of Veracruz is its gastronomy, since in this place we can find the already famous Mexican antojitos (snacks), in addition to its specialty because it is a city with access to the Caribbean Sea, you can find all kinds of seafood at different prices.

The food of the sea is the specialty of the house. In all Veracruz, we will be able to find different places to taste the best plates, examples of these places can be Villa Rica, Mardel or Coctelería de Chucho, in these restaurants not only you will be able to taste the best seafood of Veracruz, but that are cataloged like the best ones in the city.

One of the most common places that the city of Veracruz has, or the port of Veracruz as most of its inhabitants know it, is the famous Malecon of Veracruz, which has a length of 21 km, you can walk feeling the fresh sea breeze while watching the most crucial port activity in Mexico.

Similarly, another of the favorite places to visit during your trip to Veracruz is the fortress of San Juan de Ulua, which is located on a small island in front of the city of Veracruz, which you can visit and take a tour where they explain the great history that hides along with one of the most enigmatic characters of this place "Chucho el roto."

Then you can take the opportunity to visit the fabulous Veracruz Aquarium, which occupies an area of 3493 m2 and is composed of 80% natural environment and only 20% artificial. This makes it one of the best aquariums in the whole country.

Sports in Veracruz

Luis pirata fuente stadiumUntil recently, you could also enjoy the beautiful sport of first division football in the famous Luis "El Pirata" Fuente stadium. However, the team has been disaffected; however, great players went down in history here like Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Christian Giménez, and Miguel Layún.

However, the state still has sports on a large scale since the baseball team of Veracruz, Águilas de Veracruz (Eagles of Veracruz), is giving its all in the LMB to reap triumphs, so if you are a fan of the king of sports, you will have a great time in the city of Veracruz.

In addition to all of the above, Veracruz is known internationally for having the second-best carnival on the continent, only lagging behind Rio de Janeiro's gala. However, the carnival held in the city of Veracruz has the best atmosphere in Mexico and is visited by different international tourists.

Another of the biggest attractions that this city has are its beautiful beaches, which you can enjoy in full both in the city of Veracruz, as in the municipality of Boca del Rio, which is located a few minutes away from the city and in which you can find great hotels, restaurants, and beaches to spend a great time.

The state of Veracruz has a territorial extension of 71,820 km², where you can find different places to make your trip more pleasant and get to know a little more about the traditions they keep. Don't miss the opportunity to rent a car in Veracruz with City Car Rental and experience a road trip you will never forget.

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