I found the city of Veracruz to be a place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The port city has to offer long and incredible culture and history. There are ample diversions for the visitors. I strolled around Malecon and visited the UNESCO World Heritage sites. In case you are interested in the real Mexico, its history, its everydayness, its folklore, and local life, this is the place to be. Here is a list of things that I think you can do and see in Veracruz.
- Stroll the Malecon
Malecon is a relaxing place to take a walk. However, there is more to this place than just aimless strolling. You can watch street performers or buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. Here, I found a crafts market which sells traditional handicrafts like Guayabera or a hammock.
- Listen to some music in Zocalo
Veracruz’s people are known as the Jarochos. They are pretty friendly and lively. The culture of the city is festive and laid-back. The primary square of the city is known as Zocalo, the social center. You can have your breakfast here in one of the outdoor restaurants and cafes. You can also visit during the evening to listen to some marimba music and dance to Danzon, the combination of ballroom dancing and Cuban rhythm.
- Visit Veracruz Aquarium
Apart from offering educational shows and displays, Veracruz Aquarium is the largest one in Latin America. It is also the marine research center. Here, you will find an extensive range of sea-life from the Gulf region and other parts of the globe. Check out nurse sharks, sea turtles, manatees, barracudas, and giant manta rays. The best part about this place is that you can swim with the dolphins if you want. I fed the shark and had a lifetime experience.