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Veracruz (state)

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Veracruz (state)
Veracruz en México.svg
Flag of Veracruz.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Xalapa
Government Mexican State
Currency Mexican Peso (MXN)
Area 71,826 km2
Population 7,773,408(2012 est.)
Language Spanish(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 127V/60Hz(North American(U.S.) plug)
Time Zone UTC -6/-5

Veracruz is a coastal state in Central Mexico. Veracruz recently replaced Chiapas as the poorest state in Mexico, so expect lots of young European backpackers to soon "discover" it as Mexico's next hip destination.


Veracruz has traditionally been less of a tourist destination than pacific parts of Mexico due to its hot, humid weather. Yet the area incorporates a range of climates, from the damp jungle areas in the northwest to the cooler, mountainous heights of Xalapa (also spelled Jalapa). Highlights are Xalapa with its colonial architecture, the laid-back beach towns such as Tuxpan and Tecolutla, and partying, rowdy Veracruz in the south.


Other destinations[edit]

  • Coatepec
  • El Tajín - historical site - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tecolutla - beach town
  • Úrsulo Galván
  • The Emerald Coast (la costa esmeralda)- a long stretch of coast north of the city of Veracruz (puerto) that is well known for its fine beaches and beach camping. Offers something of a Baja experience on the Gulf coast of the country.


Although the hot, humid summer weather can be unpleasant for many visitors, it creates a very lush, green landscape that can be beautiful along the southern half of the state.


Spanish and some English.

Get in[edit]

Xalapa is about a five hour trip from Mexico City.

Get around[edit]

By Bus, motorcycle, bike, horseback, or on foot

see[edit][add listing]

Ruins, old colonial cities, and lush green mountains reminiscent of Costa Rica


Do[edit][add listing]

The whitewater rafting around Xalapa is some of the best in north america.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Veracruz (city) is famous throughout Mexico for its seafood feasts. The Cuban/African influence is stronger here than on the Pacific coast and the plates bear some resemblance to Cuban dishes. Though not cheap, the seafood restaurants will likely be a highlight to any trip to Veracruz.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Good fresh fruit drinks are widely available.

Stay safe[edit]

City of Veracruz has a bit of violent crime, elsewhere its mostly just petty theft.

Get out[edit]

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