Playa Tecolutla


Stretching for miles, this black-sand beach is extremely popular with Mexican holidaymakers. On weekends and holidays it's packed with families picnicking on plastic chairs by the water, buying snacks from wandering vendors, riding giant inflatable bananas and splashing in the waves. On weekdays, expect to have the place largely to yourself.

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Nearby Veracruz attractions

1. Museo de la Ciudad Teodoro Cano

20.12 MILES

This small and immensely satisfying museum displays the fine paintings of celebrated local artist Teodoro Cano (b 1932). His monochromatic and super…

2. Volador Monument

20.19 MILES

There are fine view's from the hill atop which towers this 1988 statue by Teodoro Cano portraying a volador musician playing his pipe and preparing for…

4. Parque Israel C Téllez

20.22 MILES

The bustling heart of Papantla, there always seems to be something going on in or around this zócalo terraced into the hillside – head here on Friday…

5. El Tajín Chico

23.76 MILES

El Tajín Chico was the government area of the ancient city and would have been home to the ruling classes. Many of the buildings at El Tajín Chico have…

6. Plaza Menor

23.78 MILES

Beyond the Plaza del Arroyo in the south of the site, flanked by pyramids on four sides, is the Plaza Menor (Lesser Plaza), part of El Tajín’s main…

7. El Tajín

23.8 MILES

No one knows for sure who built this mighty pre-Hispanic city of around 20,000 inhabitants (The Totonacs? The Huastecs?), which is why archaeologists…

8. Juego de Pelota Sur

23.81 MILES

Some 17 ball courts have been found at El Tajín. The Juego de Pelota Sur dates from about 1150 and is the most famous of the courts, owing to the six…