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

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  • 1. Acuario de Veracruz


    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 Gulf of...Read More

  • 2. Baluarte de Santiago


    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 as a defense...Read More

  • 3. Boca del Río


    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 getting sucked...Read More

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. 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. This...Read More

  • 6. Mandinga


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

  • 7. Mocambo


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

  • 8. Museo de la Ciudad


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

  • 9. Museo Histórico Naval


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

  • 10. Paseo del Malecón


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

  • 11. Zócalo


    Also known as the Plaza de Armas, this square has distinctive portales (colonnades) and bells that compete for your attention. The hands-down...Read More

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