The city of Veracruz, often referred to as "el Puerto de Veracruz," was the first city founded by Spaniards in Mexico. They first arrived in 1518 under the command of Juan de Grijalva; Hernan Cortes arrived the following year and founded La Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz (Rich City of the True Cross). As the country's principal port of entry, the city played an important role in several wars, and is one of the state's primary tourist draws, particularly during Carnaval when the city comes alive with music and dancing with a strong Caribbean influence. Whether you're in the port city for Carnaval, or some other time of the year, there's plenty to do in Veracruz. Here's our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Veracruz.
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