Located in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Atlantic Ocean between the coasts of Mexico, the United States and Cuba, the City of Veracruz is the most important commercial seaport of Mexico, and has a formation of reefs made up of a group of islets and 17 coral reefs covering an area of just over 128 acres which stretches along Veracruz, Boca del Rio and Alvarado, turning this area into a popular spot for diving.
The Veracruz-Boca del Rio area has excellent services for tourists and a warm humid climate with an average annual temperature of 25 º C (77 F).
The most popular beaches of Puerto de Veracruz are:
Hornos Beach: Approx. 3.5 km (2 mi) from the main square, next to the Veracruz Aquarium. This beach has lifeguards, umbrellas and lounge chairs, and restaurant service. During the high season, you can rent boats, kayaks, jet skies, snorkeling equipment, or take a boat tour to different places like Sacrifice Island and Cancuncito Beach located in Boca del Rio.
Villa del Mar Beach: Located 500 meters from Hornos Beach. This beach offers lounge chairs, umbrellas, restaurants, and boat tours to Sacrifice Island and Cancuncito Beach located en Boca del Rio.
Marti Beach: Located on the border between Veracruz and Boca del Rio, it is located 5 km (3 mi) from the Portals of Veracruz. This is the beach for football fans and beach volleyball as it has goals and a net.
The most popular beaches of Boca del Rio are:
Mocambo Beach: One of the busiest beaches in Boca del Rio. It has a camping area, a spa, is monitored by lifeguards during certain hours, and it is within walking distance to the prestigious hotels and commercial area of Boca del Rio.
Anton Lizardo Beach (near Boca del Rio in the municipality of Alvarado):
Located 23 km. (14 mi) from Veracruz’s main square, this beach is known for its fine sands, gentle waves and for containing 11 of the protected reefs in the Veracruz Reef System. It is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as being the site of predilection of the Guacama Sport Fishing Club.
Love Island: It is 1 km. (½ mi) southeast of Boca del Rio and is connected to the mainland. The island has a traditional seafood restaurant. Swimming in its beaches is considered a bit dangerous due to strong waves.
Cancuncito: Cancuncito owes its name to its shallow waters which range between 3 to 10 meters (10 to 32 ft), and are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It is a small sand bank, near Sacrifice Island, which formed in 1988 due to Hurricane Gilbert. This area is protected by SEMARNAT, part of the Central Veracruz Reef Reserve. To get there, you must go on a boat tour from Hornos Beach or Villa del Mar Beach.