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The metropolitan area of Veracruz comprises the municipalities of Boca del Rio, Medellin, and Alvarado. Even though its main activity is commerce, tourism is also a major activity of Veracruz.
The historic downtown of Veracruz is a good place to start your tour in this city. The main square, the cathedral, the city hall, and the famous Portales de Lerdo, are part of the attractions you should visit in this area.
Veracruz is also known for its calm and fine sand beaches, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports, including sailing and scuba diving. Parque Marino Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano is one of the main reefs in Mexico, located across from the coast of Veracruz. Some of the most famous beaches in Veracruz are Villa del Mar, Playon de Hornos, Costa de Oro, and Mocambo, all of them ideal for sunbathing and enjoying a well-deserved relaxing day by the sea.
An attraction you cannot miss when visiting Veracruz is a ride on the streetcar. This tour takes you around the city, so you can admire the view from the boardwalk and the boulevard of Manuel Avila Camacho, while traveling in an accurate replica of the most popular urban transportation used in the early 20th century.
The fortress of San Juan de Ulua, built on an island, is within a short distance. The building dates back to the 16th century and was erected to defend the city from pirate attacks. It is located north of the city.
The aquarium of Veracruz, considered the largest in Latin America, is situated on Playon de Hornos and it is an ideal place to spend the day with the family. Its amazing salt water fish gallery houses around 200 marine species and it is 4.5 meters (14.7 ft) deep.
Other attractions a set little far away, but worth visiting are the archeological sites of Zempoala, which is 45 kilometers (27 mi) from Veracruz, and Quiahuiztlan, 80 kilometers (48 mi) away.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).