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Veracruz Travel Guide

Plan Your Veracruz Vacation

Veracruz State is a long, slim crescent bordering the Gulf of Mexico, about five hours east of Mexico City. The port city of Veracruz is a big draw to the region and the logical jumping-off place. Although the beaches aren't quite the white-sand wonders of the Yucatán, they're cheerful and vibrant. Moreover, the state harbors pockets of colonial history, as well as some fascinating archaeological

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Taking the road less traveled Mexicans love to vacation in this state, but it's off the radar for most foreigners.
  2. Dining on amazing seafood Try it a la veracruzana, sautéed with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and usually green olives.
  3. Experiencing little-known ruins The ruins of El Tajín, which flourished from the early 9th to the early 13th centuries, are some of the most magnificent in Mexico.
  4. Watching men fly Paplanta's voladores spin from the top of an 82-foot pole in a breathtaking Totonac ceremony that makes bungee jumping look tame.
  5. Joining in the danzón This stately dance from Cuba is a cornerstone of Veracruz's eclectic culture.

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