The Port of Veracruz is the oldest and most important commercial seaport of Mexico, as well as one of the busiest destinations due to its beaches and cultural richness
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The Port of Veracruz was founded by conquistador Hernan Cortés in 1519, one year after explorer Juan de Grijalva visited the area. From that moment Veracruz became a major seaport where the Spanish arrived to make conquest expeditions deeper into the Mexican territory, or where they departed to sail back to Spain on ships loaded with goods.
Veracruz is a city with a great historical and cultural legacy that you can see in its buildings. At the historic center you will see civil and religious buildings of the colonial period, being the most significant the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor Square, the City Hall, the Venustiano Carranza Lighthouse, and Reforma Theater. Also, in the surroundings of the port you can visit fortifications as Baluarte de Santiago and Fort San Juan de Ulua, which were built to defend the city from the constant pirate invasions of the 16th century.
Regarding beaches, Veracruz offers a wide variety of beaches with calm swell, ideal for families. Some of the most famous and popular beaches are Hornos, Costa de Oro, and Mocambo. In addition, part of the Veracruz Reef System, which is about 10 million years old, is located by the beaches of Veracruz. Veracruz also offers prestigious hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues to welcome the tourists who visit this destination.
Other must-see places in the Port of Veracruz include the Boardwalk, a corridor by the sea, where you can buy crafts and see regional folklore shows, or listen to marimba and bamba music. For family trips, the Veracruz Aquarium, the largest in Latin America, has areas that are home to marine life ranging from fish to dolphins and penguins. Los Portales is a corridor housing some of the most traditional restaurants in the city, some of them have been open for more than 200 years.
If you are looking for a unique party atmosphere, you should come to Veracruz in late February and early March (although dates often vary), when the Carnival of Veracruz is held, which has been recognized as the world's happiest, surpassing even the famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil. During this celebration you can enjoy a colorful parade with live music that invites you to dance, along with events as La Quema del Mal Humor, and traditional dances such as danzón. This celebration dates back to 1925 and remains as strong as in those days.
Veracruz also has details of modernity, in the commercial area of the city you can find some contemporary shopping centers, such as Plaza Las Americas. For business travelers, this city is home to one of the most important trade fairgrounds in Mexico: the World Trade Center Veracruz, which has an area of 20,589 square meters (211,243 sq ft).
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).