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Veracruz City is situated in the state of Veracruz, which is one of the 31 states that, along with the Federal District, make up the 32 federative entities of Mexico. The state is situated in Eastern Mexico and shares its borders with the states of Tamaulipas in the north, San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo to the west, Puebla in the southwest, Oaxaca and Chiapas in the south as well as Tabasco to the southeast. Much of the eastern border is on the coast and Veracruz takes up a large part of the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
The state is particularly noted for its mixed ethnic groups and its large indigenous populations. These different influences can be clearly seen in the region’s cuisine as many different groups were attracted to the area because of the port of Veracruz. This has resulted in the city having a blend of cultures which can be seen in the food and music which has strong Spanish, Caribbean and African influences.
The topography varies widely in the area from the narrow coastal plains to the highlands of the eastern Sierra Madre and the region’s elevation goes from sea level to the Pico de Orizaba which is Mexico’s highest peak at 5 610 metres. The coast is made up of low sandy strips that are interspersed with tidewater lagoons and streams and the majority of the coast is narrow and sandy with changing sand dunes as well as small shifting lagoons and points.
The climate within the city of Veracruz is described as a savannah tropical climate, with a distinctive wet season from June to October, which comes in the form of large tropical thunderstorms, originating from the moist atmosphere above the Gulf of Mexico. The season that is most popular with visitors and tourists is the dry season from November to May, which ushers in clear skies, considerably lower humidity and slightly cooler temperatures.
The average daily highs in the summer months go up to around 31°C and the lows drop to around 24°C, while in the winter months the average daily highs are around 24°C and fall to 18°C. The city also receives over 1700mm of rainfall every year.
The city is served by the General Heriberto Jara International Airport, which runs a daily service to Mexico City as well as an international service to Houston and Dallas. Veracruz is also linked to Mexico City by a four-lane toll highway which goes via Cordoba and Puebla. It is easy to arrange your car rental at the airport, or if you prefer you can book online. Car hire is one of the best ways to get around this wonderful city and enjoy all the sights on offer.
[EST] Mon - Fri: 03:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun : 03:00 - 11:00
[GMT] Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun : 08:00 - 16:00