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Travel Warning WARNING: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico including Tamaulipas due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Tamaulipas, issued April 13, 2015, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

(14 May 2015)

Government travel advisories:United States
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Quick Facts
Capital Ciudad Victoria
Government Mexican State
Currency Mexican Peso (MXN)
Area 80,249 km2
Population 3,374,200(2012 est.)
Language Spanish, English(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 127V/60Hz(North American(U.S.) plug)
Time Zone UTC -6/-5

Tamaulipas is a state in Northern Mexico.


  • Frontera - The area along the Mexican-US border.
  • Sierra Madre - Mountainous region along the West of the state.
  • Gulf Coast - Tropical region along the coast.
  • Huasteca - Cultural region beginning at the southern tip of the state.


Other destinations


Tamaulipas lies between Nuevo León and the Gulf of Mexico in the north of the country. It shares a border with the US state of Texas in the north and the states of San Luis Potosí and Veracruz to the south.


Get in

Get around


  • Presa Vicente Guerrero - This large lake lies about 30 miles northwest of Ciudad Victoria



  • Fish - The coast has many "fishing hotels", hotels with their own piers for easy fishing access. The state has a number of lakes as well.



Stay safe

As of April 2011, Tamaulipas has become very unsafe even for Mexicans. The big problem now is the cartel wars (CDG, Z) that are terrifying all Tamaulipas. Traveling north to south has become very dangerous.

The San Fernando area (around 100 km from the north) is one dangerous spot these days. In this region was the discovery of an illegal graveyard where they found more than 100 bodies, some of them were slaughtered with cruelty by the Z cartel, so best not to visit Tamaulipas now. If you really have to, take some measures not to draw attention from drug cartels (no fancy clothes, not too much money, etc).

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