Located on the Gulf of Mexico, in the Atlantic Ocean sea area between the coasts of Mexico, the United States and Cuba, the City of Veracruz is the most important commercial seaport of Mexico. The waters of its coast has a reef system formed by a group of islets and 17 coral reefs covering an area of just over 52 hectares that extends along Veracruz, Boca del Río and Alvarado turning this area into the place for diving.
The area surrounding Veracruz-Boca del Rio has excellent tourist services and a warm humid climate with an average annual temperature of 25° C.
The most popular beaches in Veracruz are:
- Playón de Hornos: Approximately 3.5 km from the Zocalo, next to the Veracruz Aquarium. It has lifeguards, shade, lounge chairs and restaurant service. During high season, you can rent boats, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling gear and boat tours to the Isla de los Sacrificios (Island of Sacrifices) and the beach, La Playa Cancuncito located in Boca del Rio.
- Villa del Mar Beach: 500 meters from Playón de Hornos has lounge chairs, shade, a restaurant and a boat tour to the Isla de Los Sacrificios and the beach, La Playa Cancuncito located in Boca del Rio.
Marti Beach: Located on the border of Veracruz and Boca del Rio, 5 km from the Ports of Veracruz, is the beach for soccer fans and beach volleyball since it has goals and nets.
The most popular beaches of Boca del Rio are :
- Playa Mocambo: One of the busiest beaches of Boca del Rio. It has a camping area, a spa, is monitored by lifeguards, although check their hours, and is within walking distance of a prestigious hotel and the commercial zone of Boca del Rio.
- Anton Lizardo Beach is near Boca del Rio in the City of Alvarado. Located 23 km from Zocalo in Veracruz, it is characterized by its fine sand and gentle waves and the protection of 11 reefs of the Veracruz Reef System. This place is ideal for snorkeling, diving, as well as being the favorite place for the Guacama Sport Fishing Club.
- Isla del Amor (Island of Love) : One kilometer southeast of Boca del Rio. Connected to the mainland, the island is known for its traditional seafood restaurant. Swimming is considered a bit dangerous due to strong waves.
- Cancuncito beach owes its name to its crystal clear, shallow waters and ranging from 3 to 10 meters, which makes it an ideal place to practice swimming and snorkeling. There is a small sandbar located near the Isla of los Sacrificios, which formed in 1988 due to Hurricane Gilbert. This area is protected by SEMARNAT and belongs to the Veracruz Reef Reserve Center. To get there, it is necessary to rent a water taxi from the Playón de Hornos or the Playa Villa del Mar.