Airports: (Airport Code VER): General Heriberto Jara International Airport or Veracruz International Airport is an international airport located at Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico. It handles national and international air traffic for the city of Veracruz.
Currency: The Peso is the official currency of Mexico, although the US Dollar and other major currencies are widely accepted as well.
Climate: November through January are the coolest months. Temperatures can range from 57F/14C to 79F/24C in the day. May through September are the hottest months, with temperature ranging from 75F/21C overnight, to 95F/33C in the daytime. The rainy season begins in late May and torrential downpours are common during July and August; the high temperatures do moderate in these months, as the rains cool things down although the humidity levels soar. Temperatures and humidity reach their peak during September and October.
Water Temperature: During the peak summer months of June through September, sea temperatures may reach as high as 85F/25C; in other months, the sea temperature will average around 65F/18C.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Mexico, but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.
Vera Cruz diving offers good diving and is situated on one of the most important reef formations of Mexico. There are about 14 different dive sites to be visited and each dive spot has 2-5 different dives. Each one of the spots has 2 to 5 different dives. Depending on the divers level there are dive sites for beginners as well as intermediate and some for the well advanced divers.
The water temperature fluctuates between 25 and 30°C/77°F and 86°F in April to October and 12 to 24°C/54°F to 75°F from November to March. The cold water usually arrives full of plankton from the deep open sea and when this mixes with the warm water it turns to a deep green color. Therefore in the hottest weeks it could form the phenomenon red tide in certain areas nd decrease the visibility to 10-20feet/ 3-6 meters. A few days presiding the full moon the sea has wave movements known as “rebalses” and these affect beaches, tips of bays and Islands exposed to the sea. This may also lower the visibiity depending on the spot.
The underwater topography is sandy, rocky and mountainous just like the coastline with some underwater valleys, walls and small caves with small soft corals (gorgonians), trees, fans and hard corals, type ripio in different formations. Very common here are acroporas and mushroom corals almost totally different compared to the Mexican Caribbean bottom..
The marine life is colorful and you’re most likely to encounter angel fish, butterfly fish, manta rays, moray eels, stone fish and white spotted eagle rays just to name a few. In fact if you’re lucky you may even spot turtles, and nurse sharks.
The coral surrounding Vera Cruz is comparable to the tongue and groove reefs off the Yucatan. Trans-oceanic commerce over the past five centuries has engendered numerous unfortunate contact between the coral reefs and shipping, which has created a system of artificial reefs to complement the natural coral systems.
The port of Vera Cruz is situated at the entrance of the city. Facing it’s beaches is one of the most important reef systems of Mexico. It’s declared a national marine reserve because of its coral which preserves the biodiversity of the port. It’s an ideal sport for diving to admire the marine beauty in these 6 reefs.
The Island of sacrifices is opposite the port of Vera Cruz. It’s name is derived from the sacrifices that the first inhabitants of the Island used to carry out. Surrounded by some of the richest and most beautiful coral in the world this island is ideal for diving and snorkeling.