Top Choice Museum in Veracruz City

Museo Histórico Naval

Occupying a former naval academy, the Museo Histórico Naval has had a recent overhaul and some of the dusty old exhibits have become exciting, interactive displays that offer a titanic lesson in Mexico’s maritime he…
Top Choice Plaza in Veracruz City


Any exploration of Veracruz has to begin in its zócalo (also called the Plaza de Armas and Plaza Lerdo), the city’s unofficial outdoor ‘stage’ where inspired organized events overlap with the day-to-day improvisatio…
Aquarium in Veracruz City

Acuario de Veracruz

One of Veracruz' biggest attractions and allegedly the best of its kind in Latin America, this aquarium still falls a long way short of similar establishments in the rest of the world. Situated 2km south of the cent…
Fortress in Veracruz City

Baluarte de Santiago

Until 1880, Veracruz was a walled city surrounded by mighty medieval defenses. The Baluarte de Santiago, the only surviving fort of nine, was built in 1526 beside what was then the waterfront. Slowly crumbling, it l…
Arts Center in Veracruz City


On the southeast side of the zócalo, this small arts center has rotating photographic and video exhibitions. It’s spread over three floors of a restored colonial building, though sometimes only the ground floor is o…
Museum in Veracruz City

Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz

Worth a visit for the charming colonial-era building alone, the Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz does a good job of recounting the city’s history from the pre-Hispanic era, and also gives a feel for the essence of thi…
Fortress in Veracruz City

San Juan de Ulúa

The city's colonial fortress has been almost swallowed up by the modern port, and you have to squint to pick it out amid the container ships and cranes across the harbor. The central part of the fortress was a priso…
Museum in Veracruz City

Museo Agustín Lara

A monument to one of Veracruz' most famous musical icons, this museum displays a range of Agustín Lara’s personal belongings, furniture and memorabilia in the musician’s old city residence. It is situated just off B…
Monument in Veracruz City

Altar a la Patria

Two blocks inland from the malecón is the 1998 Altar a la Patria, an obelisk marking the buried remains of those who defended Veracruz during its numerous conflicts.
Cathedral in Veracruz City


The 18th-century Cathedral is in the town center.