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How to Spend 2 Days in Veracruz

How to Spend 2 Days in Veracruz

Two days in Veracruz means you have time to take in the city highlights, including the aquarium and San Juan fort. You can also relax on the beach and enjoy a day trip to Tlacotalpan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here’s how to spend two days in Veracruz.  

Day 1: Highlights of Veracruz

**Morning:**Explore the historic port, starting with a visit to the 16th-century fortress of San Juan de Ulúa. Book your tickets in advance to save time and climb up to the ramparts for a view across the harbor. Afterwards, stroll along the seafront malecon, or promenade, browse the crafts market for souvenirs, and admire central landmarks such as Veracruz Cathedral.

**Afternoon:**Visit Veracruz Aquarium—the largest of its kind in Latin America—to spot giant manta rays, sea turtles, and nurse sharks. Afterwards, stroll down to Villa del Mar beach, the city’s main beach, and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming, sunbathing, or sipping mojitos at one of the beach bars. 

**Night:**The Zocalo or Plaza de Armas—the main Veracruz square—is the place to be at night. Grab a seat at one of the terrace cafes and make the most of the happy hour drink deals as you watch the free entertainment. Street performers and dancers fill up the square around sunset, dancing to traditional marimba and danzón music.

Day 2: Explore UNESCO-listed Tlacotalpan

**Morning:**One of the most popular day trips from Veracruz is to the colonial city of Tlacotalpan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the Papaloapan River. Explore the city on a walking tour, stopping to admire architectural landmarks such as Candelaria Temple and House Rafael Murillo; pose for photographs in front of brightly painted buildings; and stroll around lively Zaragoza Square.

**Afternoon:**Many tours of Tlacotalpan include a stop in the historic town of Alvarado. Alternatively, return to the city and head north to Chachalacas beach. One of the more beautiful beaches in the region, it’s fringed with dramatic dunes. Adventurous travelers can try activities such as sandboarding and quad biking, or dive in to swim and snorkel along the colorful coral reefs.

**Night:**The modern neighborhood of Boca del Rio, just south of the historic center, is a popular spot to spend the evening. Watch the sunset along the beachfront, be entertained by street performers along the main street, and then tuck into regional cuisine at one of the neighborhood restaurants.Caldo de mariscos (seafood stew) is a menu staple. 

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Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

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Tlacotalpan is a popular Veracruz day trip, and this guided tour offers an easy way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in just one day. Along with a guide, learn about the city's Spanish and Caribbean architecture and visit the City Museum, before heading to Alvarado to check out the coastal trading town.
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour, San Juan de Ulúa Castle & Aquarium

Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour, San Juan de Ulúa Castle & Aquarium

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Spend a pleasant morning getting to know the city of Veracruz on this 3-hour guided tour. Enter San Juan de Ulúa, one of Veracruz’s most popular landmarks, and learn about the 16th-century fortress before it was converted to a presidential home. Stroll along the 'malecón,' or boardwalk, and see city highlights like the Zocalo and the Old Customs building. Wrap up your sightseeing with a drive through the well-heeled district of Boca del Río before being transported back to your hotel.
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Mandinga Jarocho Taste

Mandinga Jarocho Taste

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Explore the historic coastal city of Veracruz on an affordable, half-day tour. Visit the oldest army base in Latin America, the 500-year-old San Juan de Ulua fort, and hear its legends from an informative guide. Experience the city’s rich culinary culture and musical traditions in the community of Mandinga. Then, cap off your introduction to Veracruz with a boat ride along its mangrove forested coastline.
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Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

While in Veracruz, take a guided day trip to the historic towns of Tlacotalpan and Alvarado. Admire the beautiful colonial architecture of Alvarado and at the same time, gain insight into Mexico’s history after the Spanish conquest. In UNESCO-listed Tlacotalpan, see city landmarks and immerse yourself in the local art from the 19th and 20th centuries during visits to two charming museums. Hotel transport included.
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Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

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Don’t waste time waiting in line for access to the Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark in Veracruz, a destination that’s ideal for families and thrill seekers alike. Instead, make the most of your visit and spend more time cooling off in the water by booking skip-the-line admission tickets in advance and beating potentially long queues on the day.
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