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The medium sized port city of Veracruz, with deteriorating city centre, has a charm to it that is hard to miss. Located in the state of Veracruz in Mexico, it seems to lack all the hustle and bustle of the larger and more popular tourist destinations at the same time it does have a certain bit of seediness to it, making it all the more interesting. The city is located right on the water making for fun urban beaches, sadly with the view of container ships and oil rigs off in the distance. Its main claim to fan is being the site of where Cortez landed his first ship in 1519.
In general most of the travellers in Veracruz are middle class Mexicans or business men in the import-export/oil trade making for an interesting place. If looking to break up the long journey from the south to the north Veracruz is a great place to spend 2 nights just to stretch your legs.
The Zocalo in Veracruz is small but has lots of charm. The square is lined with the main cathedral, which was built in the 18th century, a few government buildings and some old hotels that are some of the oldest hotels in all of the New World. In the evening the hotels set up cafe's on the square offering good food at an ok price. Musicians also show up in the evening and others set up stalls to sell crafts to locals. This is also a great place to watch local couples enjoy the evening air.
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Although urban beaches lacking the romance and beauty of some of other beaches in Mexico, these beaches do offer a good chance to relax. In general the further south you go the better the beaches will be along the coastline of the city.
Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.
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ADO Bus station is located on the edge of town and has service to almost every city and town in the country.
|Casa De La Luz||Bernardino Aguirre #15||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Nautico Inn Veracruz||Primero de Mayo 591 entre Abasolo y Diaz Aragon||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Playa Veracruz||Valencia #28 Col. Ignacio Zaragoza||Hotel||73|
|Hotel Suites Mediterraneo||Carret. Mocamo - Boca del Rio Km 121 s/n, Col. Pla||Hotel||-|
|Counter Culture Party Hostel||Xicotencatl 1835||HOSTEL||86|
|Hotel Ziami||1o de Mayo 1592 Entre Altamirano y de la Llave||Hotel||-|
Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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