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Veracruz Tour Guide Home Page

Veracruz Tour Guide
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
and including Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico

Study Spanish in Xalapa (Jalapa) Mexico and visit cathedrals, the symphony orchectra, and arts centers as you take Spanish Immersion classes.

Architecture, Anthropology, Museums, Forts, Historical Sites, Harbor, Beaches, Coral Reef, Spanish Immersion, and much more

Veracruz–the Best Place in Mexico for Foreign Tourists.

It's safe. It's old. It's traditional. And even today it remains undiscovered.

In the city and close-by out of town, there's more to do and see than most people ever have time.

Veracruz is easy to get to by plane, bus, or car.

Veracruz Tour Guide Home
and a quick look at the past
Museums and Historic Sites
and Galleries and Libraries
Forts and Fortifications
plus Layout of the Walled City
Coral Reef, Beach, and River
Scuba, Snorkel, and Surface
Major Outdoor Locations
Zocalo, Malecon, and more
Folk and Fine Arts
Zocalo, Malecon, and more
Commercial Locations
Zocalo, Malecon, and more
City Map of Veracruz
showing the waterfront
State Map of Veracruz
a road map
Websites about City and State
places for more details
access to sites of interest
a bigger summary of the site


Thirty miles from where Cortez and the Conquistadors came ashore, thirty five miles from the large ruins of the Totonac empire that was the first to join Cortez against the Aztecs, Veracruz dates from 1519. It received the gold and silver the Spaniards took from all of Mexico and held it until warships arrived to carry it Spain.

It suffered priate attacks bad to the point that the old city built a fortified wall around itself. Four times it was attacked by foreign naval forces. It has served as the colonial capital, and it has served as the seat of the federal government.

Its harbor was the end of the line for shipping routes coming in from the Atlantic. The Veracruz Coral Reef System with its 15 major structures shelters the harbor but offers only several safe approaches. Veracruz's prominence in trade and its constant contact with Caribbean colonies (and then Caribbean countries) kept it at the center of culture and cultural change.

Today it has the wonderful complexity of being an old and traditional city and a modern city at the same time. Veracruz loves its traditions and loves sharing them with foreigners.

Veracruz is a tourist town, but almost all the tourists are Mexicans themselves. For holidays and vacations from all over the country they come to Veracruz's beaches. Very few foreigners come to Veracruz.

Unlike Cancun, Acapulco, and such centers, coming to Veracruz is coming to Mexico. The locals are warm and friendly. They are as curious about you as you are about them. They'll want to visit. From the moment you arrive you'll be actively participating in the true, wonderful, and exciting life and culture of Mexico.

Tour of the City

Guidebooks pay little attention to Mexico's Gulf Coast. That's good and bad. It's good in that it's left the Gulf Coast relatively undiscovered. It's bad in that tourists have a harder time finding their way around. This site fills that void.

It talks about lots and lots of places to see while you're in the City of Veracruz. Also it tells you about places close by but outside the City. Additionally it gives you links to sites that talk about the rest of the State of Veracruz. The navigation bar in the lefthand column lets you see how the sixty some locations on the list are divided and lets you get directly to the places of interest to you.

You won't need tour guides or to join organized tours (but you can if you want--there are plenty of good ones in town). With this list, you can get around by picking up a map at the city tourism office and then walking and using taxis (they're safe). This list sets you free to tour the city the way you want to, concentrating on what interests you, and being in control of your time.

Origin of this Site

This list of sites around town was prepared by the staff of The Language Immersion School, Veracruz, Mexico to help their Spanish students choose where to go on daily school outings. The list proved so successful that the staff made it available to others, and finally they prepared this expanded list as a website to help foreign tourists.

Veracruz is an incredible destination for foreigners to vacation, and it's ideal for Spanish immersion. The Language Immersion School (American owned and operated) brings foreigners to Veracruz for Spanish classes at all levels.

We, the staff, hope you'll have a wonderful time with this virtual tour of the city. We also hope you'll come vacation in Veracruz, tour the city live, and visit with its people–the warmest and friendliest in the world. In Veracruz, you're constantly actively involved in the exciting and heart-warming life of Mexico.

contact info:
We at The Language Immersion School will be happy to answer your questions.

Come to Veracruz, Mexico and Tour the City.

Enjoy History, Ruins, Architecture, Beaches, Forts, and the Coral Reef.

Come Participate Actively and Safely in the Daily Lives of the People of Mexico.

And come study Spanish with us at

The Language Immersion School, Veracruz, Mexico

for highly successful, fun, and exciting Spanish Immersion.