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Veracruz Harbor

Watch the busy maritime activity, admire grand architectural structures and visit a 16th-century Spanish colonial fortress at this historic port.

Veracruz Harbor (Puerto de Veracruz) is a working harbor and the location of several significant city landmarks. On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz Harbor was a trading center during the Spanish rule of Mexico. Explore an imposing castle, built to store treasures and ward off pirate attacks. Witness modern-day maritime activities while strolling along the waterfront promenade.

Start your tour at the Gran Plaza del Malecón, a vast square surrounded by striking works of architecture. Gaze up at the 164-foot (50-meter) tower of Carranza Lighthouse rising above an early 20th-century neoclassical-style building. Note the contemporary design of the Torre de Pemex, a corporate office tower decorated with reliefs by the artist Francisco Zúñiga. Monuments here are dedicated to the revolutionary leader Venustiano Carranza and the Prussian naturalist Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

Partake in a favorite city pastime and stroll along the waterfront Malecón (Paseo Insurgentes Veracruzanos). Observe the variety of boats, including fishing trawlers, freighters, naval ships and yachts coming and going. Wander to the end of the piers for views of San Juan de Ulúa Castle and out over the Gulf of Mexico. Browse handicrafts stalls and watch local children having fun diving into the waters of the harbor.

Take a taxi to San Juan de Ulúa Castle, erected in 1565 to protect the riches of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Join a guided tour of the castle’s battlements and prison cells. Hear stories of raids by Dutch, English and French pirates. Learn about its use as a shipping warehouse, storehouse for New Spain’s gold, prison and royal palace.

The port is east of the historic center of Veracruz. Several major city attractions are just a short walk away. At the Zócalo, the city’s main square, people-watch from a café terrace and visit Veracruz Cathedral. Discover centuries-old cannons at the Bastion of Santiago and browse maritime exhibits at the Naval Historical Museum.

Veracruz Harbor is busiest early in the evening, when local residents come out to enjoy relaxed walks. San Juan de Ulúa Castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday and has an admission fee.


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Lodging Near Veracruz Harbour

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Hotel Colonial de Veracruz

Hotel Colonial de Veracruz

Miguel LerdoNo. 117, Veracruz
3.4
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Veracruz, this hotel is steps from Zocalo and Veracruz Cathedral. Cascada el Encanto and City Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$53
Emporio Veracruz Hotel

Emporio Veracruz Hotel

Paseo Del Malecon No 244, Veracruz
4.3
of 5, from 287 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Veracruz hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Carranza Lighthouse and Veracruz Cathedral. Cascada el Encanto and Naval Historical Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$56
Fiesta Inn Veracruz Malecon

Fiesta Inn Veracruz Malecon

General Figueroa No 68, Veracruz
4.2
of 5, from 42 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Veracruz, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carranza Lighthouse and Veracruz Cathedral. Cascada el Encanto and Naval Historical Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$44
Gran Hotel Diligencias

Gran Hotel Diligencias

1115 Independence Avenue Downtown, Veracruz
4.2
of 5, from 189 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Veracruz, this spa hotel is steps from Zocalo and Veracruz Cathedral. Cascada el Encanto and City Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$41
Veracruz Centro Historico

Veracruz Centro Historico

Av Independencia Esq Miguel Lerdo, Veracruz
4.1
of 5, from 133 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Veracruz, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Zocalo and Veracruz Cathedral. Cascada el Encanto and City Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$22
Oriente & Suites Hotel

Oriente & Suites Hotel

Calle Miguel Lerdo 20, Veracruz
3.5
of 5, from 30 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Veracruz, this hotel is steps from Zocalo and Veracruz Cathedral. Naval Historical Museum and Cascada el Encanto are also within 5 minutes.

$28
Hotel Baluarte

Hotel Baluarte

Francisco Canal n 265 and 16 de Sept., Veracruz
4.2
of 5, from 118 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bastion of Santiago Museum and Veracruz Cathedral. City Museum and Naval Historical Museum are also within 5 minutes.

Hotel & Suites San José

Hotel & Suites San José

Mario Molina No. 168, Veracruz
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Veracruz, this hotel is steps from Cascada el Encanto and Veracruz Cathedral. Zocalo and City Museum are also within 5 minutes.