Veracruz Harbour showing a square or plaza, a sunset and a city
From volcanic peaks and coral reefs to port towns and pyramids, discover the stunning sights of this welcoming yet often overlooked region.

Veracruz is not one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, but those who spend some time in the state will find natural beauty and history at every turn. Scale a volcano, visit ancient pyramids and wander the streets of a historic port town. Experience a warm welcome in Veracruz’s towns and cities, which are not overwhelmed by tourism.

Often said to be one of the friendliest cities in Mexico, busy Veracruz is a tropical port town brimming with history. This is Mexico’s first port, the place where Herman Cortez and the Spanish Conquistadors first landed in 1519 and the oldest post-Columbian city in North America. Palm trees line the streets and main plaza, which comes alive at night with music, dancing and street entertainers. Stroll along the boardwalk and visit the aquarium, one of the largest in Latin America.

Explore the surrounding countryside, a region rich in agriculture, with coffee, vanilla and tropical flowers growing in abundance, and rural towns and villages offering a glimpse of old Mexico. El Tajin, for example, is the site of a mysterious ruined city complete with ancient pyramids. It’s located 4 hours north of Veracruz city.

Another impressive sight is the peak of Citlaltépetl, also called the Pico de Orizaba. This dormant volcano is Mexico’s highest, towering some 18,400 feet (5,600 meters) above sea level. Marvel at its snowcapped peak from the nearby town of Orizaba and attempt the tough but popular climb on one of many organized trips to the summit.

Adventure seekers can also go whitewater rafting, kayaking, canyoning and hiking among the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. Explore the lush cloud forests, which are filled with rare birds and plants.

When it’s time to hit the beach, head for one of Veracruz’s quieter stretches of sand. Find tranquility at one of the beaches along the Costa Esmeralda, a 31-mile (50-kilometer) strip to the north of Veracruz port, where the water is warm and crowds are few.

To reach the state of Veracruz, fly into the airport in Veracruz city or ride a bus from other Mexican cities. For the freedom to explore the region at will, consider renting a car.

Popular cities in Veracruz

Veracruz showing night scenes and heritage elements
Known for Live music, Cafes and Aquariums
Mexico’s first Spanish-founded settlement is an atmospheric port city home to colonial landmarks. It is a great jumping-off point for less crowded beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Carranza Lighthouse
  • Naval Historical Museum
  • Veracruz Cathedral
Mocambo Beach which includes a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
Boca del Río
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping
Beautiful beaches, tropical islands, colonial landmarks and mouthwatering seafood characterize this sleepy resort city set on the Gulf of Mexico.

Reasons to visit

  • Mocambo Beach
Known for Budget, Monuments and Natural parks
Trip time! Discover the monuments, parks, and castle in Córdoba.

Reasons to visit

  • Cordoba Cathedral
In the Ex-hacienda El Lencero you will find beautiful ducks. This Ex-hacienda is 20 minutes away from Xalapa in Veracruz and Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was one of the owners #lifeatexpedia #tlotravel #xalapa #exhaciendaellencero
Known for Museums, Natural parks and Coffee
Experience the museums, parks, and monuments in Xalapa!
The Paseo del Rio Orizaba is a free zoo that is located along the Orizaba River side. This tiger is one of four tigers that where rescued from a circus by the government an are now living in this zoo.
Known for Mountains, Rivers and Natural parks
Get away to Orizaba! Enjoy the mountains, riverfront, and history.
Known for Business, Adventure and Natural parks
Coatzacoalcos awaits: its adventures, parks, university life, and more!