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A lively port city with effervescent people, lots of native music and dance, and some charming old colonial buildings.

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Swimming Not one of Mexico's prettiest beaches, but generally calm, and usually warm

DivingReef and wreck diving near offshore islands

Hikingwww.amphibian.com.mx organizes spelunking, rock climbing and so on in wild Veracruz state

WalkingWalk the malecon and the Old City, although it's often humid

KayakingSome kayaking in the area through local outfitters

BoatingHarbor tours leave from the seawalk of this busy port and navy base

Good FoodExcellent seafood! Huachinango Veracruzana; pompano; fresh and saltwater shrimp; crab, mixed shellfish cocktails; chile chipotle rellenos. Boca del Rio has atmospheric shanties; coffee is native to the region

ArtExcellent photo gallery at Instituto Veracruzana de la Cultura

Club SceneMainly locals; clubs mainly south of Playa del Horno

MuseumsTour ruined San Juan de Ulua Fort; city museum & maritime museum

RuinsRuins of 16th- through 18th-century San Juan de Ulua Fort

SightseeingAquarium de Veracruz; beaches; museums; lots of free, live music

Spanish SchoolSeveral Spanish language and immersion schools

HandicraftsNot the best folk art

Sporting Eventsbaseball & soccer teams

JungleIt's lush and tropical outside this old port city.

ColonialCity center has many beautiful tropical colonial buildings

OceanA port city with beaches primarily south of town.

RiversVeracruz state known for its many rivers

TownA city whose central area feels like a town.

CityCreature comforts of a city but hardly big-time

HumidBreak a sweat before breakfast, although ocean breezes help

SingleNot a bad place to meet others

Winterperfect for a winter escape

Summerhot & humid

International AirportDirect flights from Houston; most flights through Mexico City

RemoteAttracts seekers of Mexican culture

Expensive HotelsHoliday Inn, Fiesta Inn, Howard Johnson

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