The city of Veracruz is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is known for perhaps the best nightlife in the state, and its spacious downtown area near the harbor (zocalo) comes alive with music and dancing with a strong Cuban influence. Highlights are the annual carnival celebrations around February.
In downtown Veracruz, a large marble-tiled zocalo, called the Plaza de Armas or Plaza Lerdo, is the heart of the city's lively nightlife. It is lined with arcades that house bars and cafes. On a nearly nightly basis large groups of people sit outside in the plaza enjoying food, drinks and cigars, while they watch musicians and dancers that perform in the square. The "Malecon" harborfront walk along the docks draws many tourists, more from within Mexico than foreigners. The city has several beaches as well, like Villa del Mar and Mocambo.
Things to see and do
* The "Malecon" harborfront walk along the docks
* Downtown area -Plaza de Armas or Plaza Lerdo
* San Juan de Ulua Castle
* Carranza Lighthouse
* "El Grand Cafe de la Parroquia" - the most famous coffehouse in Veracruz
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Peso (MXN)
Language - Spanish
Land Area - 241 km²
Population - 500,000 approx
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time - GMT minus six hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 52
Port Location - The port is located within easy walking distance of the downtown area of Veracruz.
Transport Links - The city is served by General Heriberto Jara International Airport, located on the outskirts of the city, It serves Spain-Veracruz, Veracruz-Galveston TX, Veracruz-Merida, Veracruz-Cancun, Veracruz-Monterrey and many others. The main service is Veracruz-Mexico city, with a flight every 1 hour.
The city also has railroad connections with the city of Xalapa, Veracruz every 15 minutes in first class bus, and every 10 minutes by second class bus. There is also service to Mexico City every 2 hours in premium class bus, every 30 minutes in first class bus.