The Gulf of Mexico is one of the largest gulfs in the world, connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Florida Strait and to the Caribbean Sea through the Yucatan Canal.
Some of the main rivers of North America empty their waters into the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal region; this contributes to create a very rich variety of habitats like marshes, bays and lagoons, making this area a top destination of tourism in Mexico. The principal ports and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are located in Campeche, Tampico and Veracruz.
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The state of Campeche has 326 miles of coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Campeche City was built atop a pre-existing Maya city and it is located in the northern part of the state. Campeche is a very peaceful place, ideal to enjoy with both family and friends. All along the coastline there are beautiful sandy and endless beaches into a rustic and less developed environment. In the last few years some of the beaches of Campeche were declared a preservation area.
The most popular beach is Playa Bonita which is located only 5 miles from Campeche City’s downtown. There are palapas where you can hang the hammock, and small bars offering beverages in a relaxed environment. Other beaches that you can visit are Seybaplaya and Sihoplaya, none of them are further the 24 miles away from Campeche City.
Tampico is located on the southern tip of Tamaulipas state, and it is one of Mexico’s main economic engines. Well known for its natural landscapes, Tampico is surrounded by rivers and lagoons, which makes it a very interesting place to explore; its downtown has an impressive mix between modern architecture and historical buildings.
One of the major tourist attractions of Tampico is Miramar Beach, which is located only half and hour (by car) from the Historical Town of the city. Miramar Beach has 6 miles stretch of fine sand and calm waters and it is the ideal place to enjoy aquatic sports such as sailing, jet-skiing and fishing. At Tampico you will find rustic shade palapas at the shoreline, a popular recreational center with playgrounds, bar and restaurant service, and nice hotels.
Veracruz is characterized for having many festivals on which the entire city comes alive with music and dancing spectacles that have a strong tradition. The most important archaeological site of Veracruz is El Tajin, a pre-Hispanic city which was built by the huastecos and experienced its main development between the 850 and 1150 B.C.
The best beaches of Veracruz over the Gulf of Mexico are in the Emerald Coast, characterized by the intense green color of the water and high temperatures. The most popular beaches are La Guadalupe, La Vigueta, Casitas and Maracaibo. There are many bungalows and hotels in Veracruz, as well as nice restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes, most of them based on seafood.
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