Veracruz Journals

Puerto Jarocho

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A March 2006 trip to Veracruz by JesusW

Holida Inn Veracruz Boca del Río Photo, Veracruz, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The port of Veracruz still carries a lot of tradition and the old flavor of life.

Isla de Enmedio

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Attraction | "A Different Beach"

Landfall Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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The sand in Veracruz is dark and coarse, not my favorite I have to admit. And after being at the Caribbean side of Mexico I'm totally spoiled, but we had a picnic at Isla de Enmedio (the Island in between) in front of Anton LIzardo, a bit south of Boca del Río.Anton Lizardo is a very small town devoted to fishing and there are two scuba diving operators that take you to the reefs in the area. One of the surface intervals spots is Isla de Enmedio a protected island in the middle of the area. The Island is extremely tiny, only a little pier, lighthouse and a small house for the operator and that's it. You can go around the island in less than an hour walking at an extremely sl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2009

Beware of the North Gales

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Nortes Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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Veracruz sits in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, it normally has a very hot and humid weather, being south of the Tropic of Cancer at sea level.Year round dress code includes t-shirt, short, sandals and maybe a cap or hat. But during Winter months there are the "Nortes" or "winds from the North" some of them can reach gale force and be unpleasant and a bit dangerous, a "regular" one can have winds of 80 km/h and gusts of over 110 km/h. but strangely, local people continue their lives as if nothing. Me as a tourist was trying to stay inside at all times but life keep flowing almost as normal. The biggest problem with such strong winds is that it carries lots of sand, so if you stay out in t...Read More

Nieves del Malecon

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Restaurant | "Ice Cream in a Hot Day"

Fresh tropical flavors, all year long Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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Veracruz is famous for being very hot and humid most of the year, I as a tourist look towards that, but not being used to the this hot themperature even with the coolest shorts and t-shirt, some refreshment is mandatory after walking the touristic spots, fortunately ice cream is at hand.Nieves del Malecon sits just in front of the market by the main pier at the sea wall (malecon) and just one block from downtown. Even if you have never been to Veracruz you won't have trouble finding them, there are always "pregoneros" (guys shouting at their lungs capacity) with their chant: "guero, guera, guero, guera....." in such an energetic (and comical) way, that you would take notice when you are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2009

Mariscos El Bayo

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Restaurant | "Great Fresh Seafood at Reasonable Prices"

A small palapa Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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Mariscos El Bayo didnp't ring a bell when someone mentioned it as a lunch option, but it was very near and the place looked clean and comfy, so we gave it a try.Service is efficient and prompt, which in a hot beach place is not exactly common. The menu is not very extensive but that is good in my book, you should limit your service to what you are good at and not offering too much alternatives is very good when one is drooling just looking at the menu.I had the shrimps with melted cheese, to die for!!! My friends ordered the shrimp casserole, a thick stew with lots of shrimps "swimming" in it and also lots of cheese. Well, the place is so good that we had to go several m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2008

Holida Inn Veracruz Boca del Río

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Veracruz Boca del Río"

Holida Inn Veracruz Boca del Río Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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The Boca del Río area has grown a lot in the latter years and has become the fancy and expensive side of Veracruz, there are tall hotels and a big shopping mall. Also, all the convenience stores like Home Depot or Office Max are in the area.The Holiday Inn Boca del Río is just a few feet from the Plaza de las Americas mall, you can even walk there. The hotel has a new tower and the view is great you have the Gulf of Mexico and the pool area. The lobby area is ample and well illuminated, you can hold a business meeting there without trouble, and also the restaurant faces the ocean and pool with an ample glass facade.The swimming pool is really ample and connected to the child's area, th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2006

Holida Inn Veracruz Boca del Río
Blvd. Ruiz Cortines 4298
Veracruz, Mexico
+52 229 923 2050

La Parroquia Cafe

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Restaurant | "La Parroquia"

La Parroquia Cafe Photo, Veracruz, Mexico
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The place is normally packed, so be patient, it's completely worth it.La Parroquia de Veracruz is a tradition in the port, the original restaurant was located at the main square near the church (Parroquia, so that's were the name come from, the coffee by the church) and after some renovation of the area had to move closer to the pier, but it just improved things for customers by adding more room without loosing the flavor and good price. It was a nice surprise for me to find a branch in the mall near my hotel at Boca del Río, I was a little bit suspicious at the beginning, but after the first sip of the coffee I was reassured the quality is the same.First, ask for a "lech...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2006

La Parroquia Cafe
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