'''Veracruz''' is a large city in the state of [[Veracruz (state)|Veracruz]] in [[Central Mexico]]. It is
known for perhaps the best nightlife in the state, and its spacious downtown area near the harbor (zocalo) comes alive with music and dancing with a strong Cuban influence. Highlights are the annual carnival celebrations around February when the party atmosphere is particularly raucous and hotel rooms become difficult to find.
Veracruz City has a rich history. It has been the main gate of the country for sae travelers and products since its foundation. In this region the Spanish got in Mexico in the XVI century and remain for three centuries changing for ever all the region that now is Mexico. The San Juan de Ulua fortress located in an Island in from of the city, was the last place where the Spanish were combated in the XIX Century. Veracruz population has been faced four alien invasions, where they defended the city and got for it the title of "Four times Heroic".
There is some pretty architecture in the city, including two historic fortess, several museums as well as those historical building in the "Malecon". A few beaches can be found north of Veracruz but the beaches and water are not very clean; beach lovers might want to go north to [[ Tecolutla]] or south to [[ Los Tuxtlas]].
About 20 km northwest from Veracruz city is the point at which [[Hernan Cortez]] originally landed in Mexico. The Port of Veracruz remains the core of its economy. The locals call their city "Puerto" (port) to differentiate the city from the state of Veracruz. ==Understand== Local language is, of course, Spanish. More than half (but not all) of the hospitality workers we encountered spoke English. Local people is know as "jarochos", this denomination is not only for the people of the city but for the whole region of the State of Veracruz known as "Llanuras de Sotavento". The jarochos are very friendly people that love to be outdoors. Because of the weather, almost between 25 and 32 degree Celsius the people is very social. But in some months between January and March there are high winds from the North up to 120 Km/h, they are known as " nortes" .
==Get in==Veracruz has a little international airport and a bus station. Is is connected with an important road with Mexico City through the Cordoba City and it has other important roads, one cross the Golf of Mexico coast and other one go to Xalapa, the capital of the State.
Only US city to fly direct is from Houston, Tx via Continental Airlines. There are many options from other Mexican cities, most notably Mexico City. The airport is about 10km west of downtown.
Railway is not working for passengers since about 1995.
You can drive with a comfortable bus from the bus hub located at the Metro stop San Lazaro in Mexico City. The trip takes around 5 1/2 hours. You can also take a Bus from Puebla which takes 3-4 hours.
When arriving at the bus station, you can buy a voucher for a taxi which then will drive in front of the bus station. The station is located on "Tuero Molina" street and "20 de Noviembre" avenue. The bus station is located only about 10 blocks (1 km) from one of the main turistical places of the City, "Villa del Mar".
In relation with developed countries, taxis are very cheap. A journey cost between 2.50 and 5.00 USD according to the zone that you want to go. But you must agree the cost before you get in the taxi . Be sure to take only good condition autos with air condition.
* <see name="San Juan de Ulúa Castle" alt="" address="Zona portuaria" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Tu - Su, 9:00am - 5:30pm
" price="">Last fortress of the Spanish Empire, later used as a prision during Porfirio Díaz' government, known as one of the most cruel prisons of that time, you can hear horror stories of torture. The castle is located near the piers near downtown and you can access it walking.</see>
* <see name="Baluarte de Santiago" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Last standing part from the wall that used to sorround the old city.</see>
* <see name="Museo Agustin Lara" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The former house of famous music writer Agustin Lara, now is made a museum.</see>
* <see name="Downtown" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">To watch people dance "danzon" a traditional cuban music adopted in Veracruz. You can see the cathedral and enjoy a drink at Los Portales.</see>
* <see name="Boulevard" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Walk seeing the see, or run, skate, bike by the boulevard.</see>
*Villa del Mar
* <do name="amphibian" alt="" address="Lerdo 117" directions="" phone="(229) 931 0997" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.amphibianveracruz.com" hours="" price="">Offer activities like rafting, snorkeling, gotcha. Also offered in English, special prices for groups.</do>
Meals depend on where you eat, you can eat great sea food in Boca del Rio and Mandinga and Alvarado ( but for this last one you have to travel about 45 minutes). Look for the Palapas ( huts) and you can have a great meal for little money.
* '''Hotel Bello Veracruz'''[http://www.hotelbello.com/inicio.html]. Great hotel, reasonable prices, swimming pool but no beach.
* '''Hotel Villas Dalí'''[http://www.hotelvillasdali.com/]. Also great at reasonable prices.
* The '''Fiesta Americana Veracruz''' and '''Fiesta Inn Veracruz''' are located in front of the beach but more expensive. It has a world class swimming pool, it's modern and clean, and is a nice upscale place to stay with kids. It has wired Internet (no wireless), so bring your own RJ41 cable.
* '''Hotel Camino Real'''[http://www.caminoreal.com]. Great hotel, but expensive.
small town [[Catemaco]] lies nearby. The bus takes only 2 1/2 hours and you'll find some nice beaches, water activities and more.