Introduction

From Catemaco, a mostly paved, 92km-long road runs toward the coast, passing through what's known as 'the Switzerland of Mexico' (presumably because of the green hills and cows) before it reaches the lagoon-side town of Sontecomapan, known for its boat trips through the mangroves. Further north along the coast, it passes by the idyllic fishing villages or La Barra and Montepío, renowned for their seafood, and several beautiful, pristine beaches, including those at the appropriately named villages of Playa Hermosa and Costo de Oro, before turning inland again and rejoining Hwy 180, some 22km north of Santiago Tuxtla. Take a day or two to slowly explore some of least-visited and most beautiful parts of the Veracruz coast.