Tampico is a city in Tamaulipas.
Tampico is served by General Francisco Javier Mina International Airport (TAM) . There is one flight per day to/from Houston via United Airlines, and several others via Monterrey, Guadalajara, Reynosa, or Mexico City.
Terminal Central de Autobuses de Tampico is the main bus terminal for the city and has several bus lines serving it.
Alternately, Tampico is located a six-hour drive or bus ride from the Mexican border with either McAllen or Brownsville, Texas.
Driving is the easiest way to travel around Tampico. Speed limits and red lights are enforced - other laws tend to be rather lax.
Taxis are relatively safe to take in and around Tampico at any time of day or night, but as always, use caution when traveling alone.
- Bullfights - Several times a year, the local cattle ranchers host a matador show, which usually lasts 3-4 days.
- Colonial square downtown, with nearby market, beautiful old cathedral, and very good shopping.
- Huasteca Culture Museum (Museo de la Cultura Huasteca, INAH), Cp. Ma. Alejandrina Elias Ortiz, 833 256 8717, . Guided tours available. Daily 10am-6pm. Adults 33 pesos, students free.
- Laguna del Carpintero in downtown.
- Metropolitan Cultural Center (METRO), . Opened in 2004, featuring international ballet and symphony.
- Playa Miramar is a popular beach destination for residents of Monterrey. The beach is safe and relatively clean, though some work needs to be done by the local residents and authorities on this count, especially during the high season.
- Las Escolleras, Cd. Madero (casi parte de Tampico). Further south from Miramar, like 2km of rocky pier with racoons following you, expecting to be fed (with whatever you have, cookies, chips...) right next to the border to Veracruz edit
- Restaurante La Troya, on the northwest corner of the main square, is a good place to eat or drink a beer with a great view of the square, but expect to pay more than you might elsewhere.
- La Caverna, 405 Heroes del Canonero, is a life-saver. Decent beer, good pool tables and an affable barkeep/owner.
- La Hacienda, 16 de Septiembre #702 PTE Ampliacion de la Unidad Nacional (Right outside the back entry of the Soriana Ampliacion under parking lot). Mexican "Antojitos", good variety of Mexican food and delicious deserts! It's open from Thursdays to Tuesdays from 7pm to almost 12am. fair. (22.284319,-97.847714) edit
- Hotel Regis, Francisco I. Madero No. 605 Ote. A great budget option, the rooms have fans and private bathrooms with hot water. No attached or included parking, but if you're traveling by motorcycle they'll let you roll your bike into the lobby for the night.
- Puebla costs between 300-600 pesos (depending on day and time) and takes 9-9.5 hrs. Air condition is cooling the bus down like crazy, take blankets or warm cloths