By Brandy Simpson
Veracruz
Mexico
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Located in Eastern Mexico, Veracruz is largely considered the most historically important city in all of Mexico.  Established in 1519, Veracruz is Mexico's largest and oldest port.  Being a port city, Veracruz is a popular destination due to its unique blend of cultures.  The food and music of Veracruz have a distinct Spanish, Caribbean, and African style.  Veracruz is the perfect destination for history buffs, as well as nature lovers.

A must-see in Veracruz is the Castle of San Juan de Ulúa.  Built in 1564, the Castle of San Juan de Ulúa is a large complex that includes a palace, prisons, and fortresses.  The complex is located on an island that looks out over the seaport of Veracruz.  The Castle of San Juan de Ulúa has recently been renovated, with the prisons and fortresses now open to the public.  While the presidential palace has not yet been fully restored, you can instead visit the new museum that details the Castle's extensive history.

EscapeWizard.com suggests the City Museum of Veracruz as another great museum to visit.  This museum covers the entire history of Veracruz from the first expedition that landed on the island of San Juan de Ulúa to modern times.  Located in the city's historic center, the museum is free to the public and serves as the perfect starting point on your trip to Veracruz.

In order to reach Veracruz, you can fly into the General Heriberto Jara International Airport (VER) which offers daily service to Mexico City and international service to Houston, Texas.  To book your flight to Veracruz today, please visit the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Let EscapeWizard.com help you find the best hotel or resort in Veracruz by clicking on the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Although there are a lot of historical sites to visit in Veracruz, the city also offers a number of activities that are fabulous for nature lovers.  While in Veracruz, EscapeWizard.com recommends stopping by the Veracruz Aquarium.  This aquarium is considered the most important in Latin America due to its modern technology and its thirteen unique exhibitions.  Visitors can walk through a glass tunnel and watch as sharks swim around them. 

Avid beach goers will enjoy the splendid beaches that Veracruz has to offer.  For the best scuba diving, visit any one of the beaches or islands located within the Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano National Park.  If you like to play sports, be sure to visit the Playa Martí where there are nets set up for both soccer and volleyball.

EscapeWizard.com urges you to pay a visit to the main plaza of Veracruz, the Plaza de las Armas.  Known as Zocalo to locals, the plaza is considered the cultural heart of Veracruz.  On any day of the week you can see people playing dominoes, dancing the danzón, and selling food.  There are a great number of shops and restaurants to visit in the area.  The city's Municipal Palace and Virgen de la Asunción Cathedral are located within the plaza as well.

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Hotels in Veracruz
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn
Calle Morelos 225, Col. Centro, Veracruz, Mexico
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The Holiday Inn Veracruz - Centro Historico hotel is a great place to stay while visiting the Mexican city. It is comfortable and located near many wonderful attractions. The historic hotel is in the downtown area of Veracruz.  You’ll enjoy the lovely details in the hotel, such as the mosaic decorations and the old fashioned chandeliers.

The hotel also features a business center if you must get some work done while you’re traveling.  The center allows guests to check email and surf the internet, as well as offering printing and copying facilities. There are fax and secretarial services available as well. The rooms, also include a workspace with a desk and lamp.

Guests will be pleased to find the recently renovated Health and Fitness Center. If the equipment provided isn’t up to snuff, there is also an off-site center available for guest’s use. An outdoor pool offers guests the chance to swim for fitness, or relax and cool-off.

The rooms are well appointed and guests will feel wonderfully taken care of.  Daily housekeeping and same day dry cleaning take many worries out of traveling.

The rooms themselves are decorated in Latin décor. They offer guests a comfortable bed and free high-speed internet. Of course it can be tough to travel internationally; therefore the Holiday Inn has provided a power convertible for use. Included is a private bathroom with bathtub. There are also an iron, ironing board and hairdryer, so guests can feel put together even after a long journey. The room also includes a coffee maker. Many rooms also feature individually controlled air conditioning so guests can find the perfect temperature that suites their needs.

As a standard, guests will pleased to find a free morning newspaper delivered to room each morning. The hotel’s concierge services and bellman are happy to help guests with any needs.

Cafe La Parroquia is the restaurant inside the hotel. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves meals that are traditional to the region.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Veracruz - Centro Historico hotel. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).