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How to Spend 1 Day in Veracruz

How to Spend 1 Day in Veracruz

One day in Veracruz gives you enough time to visit popular attractions including the aquarium and San Juan fort, as well as to relax on the beach and experience the city’s vibrant nightlife. Here’s how to spend one day in Veracruz.  

Morning: Historic Veracruz

The highlights of the historic center of Veracruz—Mexico’s oldest port—are best seen on a walking tour. Stop to admire Veracruz Cathedral, with its white Neoclassical facade; stroll along the seafront malecon, or boardwalk, and browse the daily crafts market; and visit the City Museum. Don’t miss a visit to the San Juan de Ulúa fortress, which stands on a small island guarding the northern end of the harbor. Dating back to the 16th century, it was built to protect the city from pirates. You can explore the dungeon and barracks, and take in views from the ramparts. 

Afternoon: Marine Life and Mojitos

Veracruz Aquarium is the largest in Latin America, and it’s a popular destination for families, as well as animal lovers of all ages. Book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues and spot marine life including giant manta rays, sea turtles, nurse sharks, and barracudas. Next, walk to the Villa del Mar beach and order a mojito from one of the beach bars and cool off with a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. A tranquil alternative is the Manginga Lagoon, where you can enjoy boat cruises, kayaking, and bird watching in the mangrove forests. 

Night: Drinking, Dancing, and Dining

The Zocalo or Plaza de Armas is the main square in Veracruz, and it comes alive at night. Traditional marimba and danzón music fills the square, and local dancers take to the streets to show off their moves. Grab a seat at a terrace cafe for the best views. The modern neighborhood of Boca del Rio is another great spot to while away the evening. Watch the sunset from the beach, and then head to one of the many restaurants to sample local specialties such ascaldo de mariscos (seafood stew) orhuachinango a la veracruzana (red snapper in a spicy tomato sauce).

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Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

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Tlacotalpan is a popular Veracruz day trip, and this guided tour offers an easy way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in just one day. Along with a guide, learn about the city's Spanish and Caribbean architecture and visit the City Museum, before heading to Alvarado to check out the coastal trading town.
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  • 8 hours
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

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Spend a pleasant morning getting to know the city of Veracruz on this 3-hour guided tour. Enter San Juan de Ulúa, one of Veracruz’s most popular landmarks, and learn about the 16th-century fortress before it was converted to a presidential home. Stroll along the 'malecón,' or boardwalk, and see city highlights like the Zocalo and the Old Customs building. Wrap up your sightseeing with a drive through the well-heeled district of Boca del Río before being transported back to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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Mandinga Jarocho Taste

Mandinga Jarocho Taste

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Explore the historic coastal city of Veracruz on an affordable, half-day tour. Visit the oldest army base in Latin America, the 500-year-old San Juan de Ulua fort, and hear its legends from an informative guide. Experience the city’s rich culinary culture and musical traditions in the community of Mandinga. Then, cap off your introduction to Veracruz with a boat ride along its mangrove forested coastline.
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  • 5 hours
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Rowing at sunset by kayak

Rowing at sunset by kayak

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Sunset rowing (Isla de las conchas) enjoy the colors of the sunset from this beautiful island among the magical Mangroves. We are the only regulated company in Veracruz, we have license plates and safety certificates for each kayak, insurance and certified guides.
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Chachalacas beach and sand dunes

Chachalacas beach and sand dunes

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Visit Chachalacas beach on an ATV adventure through 550 acres (222 hectares) of sand dunes. Take a thrilling two-person ride on a 4x4 off-road vehicle and enjoy gorgeous views of the Caribbean. Travel with a small group, a bilingual guide, and all necessary safety equipment provided. Top off your trip with a visit to the historic town of La Antigua to visit the home of Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez.
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  • 6 hours
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Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

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Don’t waste time waiting in line for access to the Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark in Veracruz, a destination that’s ideal for families and thrill seekers alike. Instead, make the most of your visit and spend more time cooling off in the water by booking skip-the-line admission tickets in advance and beating potentially long queues on the day.
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  • 8 hours
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