Veracruz Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Veracruz - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Tlacotalpan 6

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Xico 2

Coatepec 2

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Acuario de Veracruz

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Veracruz is home to one of Latin America's biggest and best aquariums. One tank alone has 2,000 species of marine life native to the...

Baluarte de Santiago

  • Museum/Gallery

The small fortress is all that's left of the old city walls. Like the Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa, the colonial-era bulwark was built...

Boca del Río

  • Beach–Sight

About 4 km (2½ mi) south of Playa Mocambo is Boca del Río, a small fishing village at the mouth of the Río Jamapa that is quickly...

Cempoala

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Cempoala (sometimes spelled "Zempoala") was the capital of the Totonac people. The name means "place of 20 waters," after the sophisticated...

Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa

  • Military Site

During the viceregal era Veracruz was the only east coast port permitted to operate in New Spain and, therefore, was attacked by pirates.

Mandinga

  • Beach–Sight

Mandinga is 8 km (5 mi) south of Boca del Río, and is less frequented by tourists. ...

Mocambo

  • Beach–Sight

Veracruz City's beaches are not particularly inviting, being on the brownish side of gold, with polluted water. Decent beaches with paler,...

Museo Histórico Naval

  • Museum/Gallery

In an impressive set of buildings that once housed navy officers, the Naval History Museum tells how the country's history was made on...

Museo de la Ciudad

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum in a lovely colonial-era building tells the city's history through artifacts, displays, and scale models. Also exhibited...

Paseo del Malecón

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Everyone seems to come here at night, from cuddling young couples in search of a secluded bench to parents with children seeking the...

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