COSTA ESMERLDA (MANGLARES TECOLUTLA)
COSTA ESMERLDA (MANGLARES TECOLUTLA)

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COASTAL STRIP RUNNING FROM NAUTLA TO TECOLUTLA

Between the port of Nautla and the Tecolutla River stretches a coastal strip 40 km long known as "Costa Esmeralda," named after the intense green color of its waters. It is located 170 km from the Port of Veracruz and 340 km from Mexico City.

This destination combines beautiful natural landscapes with good tourist infrastructure, including three and four-star hotels, as well as bungalows and trailer parks.

If you're into archaeology and exploring natural landscapes, the village of Casitas holds a small, almost hidden archaeological site called Hueytepec.

Costa Esmeralda

What to See in Costa Esmeralda

Tourist Attractions of Costa Esmeralda

NAUTLA

The Port of Nautla is located 160 km from Veracruz and 43 km from Martínez de la Torre. It's a small town with buildings influenced by French architecture.

The Nautla and Misantla rivers flow into the sea, forming bars, estuaries, and tranquil beaches, resulting in Nautla being surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.

In a small community called "La Peña," which is close to Nautla, there's an interesting attraction called the Capitaine Drouaillet Family Museum, where objects from a French family that emigrated from the banks of the Nautla River in the 1830s are preserved. The museum exhibits antique utensils, work and household tools, photographs, personal items, and offers guided tours in Spanish and French.

TECOLUTLA

This is a small coastal town where you can enjoy beautiful beaches and natural attractions. Tecolutla also has its share of estuaries, canals, and mangroves that can be explored by boat to appreciate the local flora and fauna.

Additionally, you can visit the Community Marine Museum. Here, you can learn more about the marine life in the area. The exhibition highlights a preserved garfish and a gigantic eel measuring almost two and a half meters.

If you want to learn more about the local fauna, you can visit the Tecolutla Aquarium, with its marine life exhibition, ideal for young family members.

Another place you can visit near Tecolutla is the Vida Milenaria Turtle Camp, where they protect hawksbill, green, and leatherback turtles. From May to September, small turtles are released, making it an unforgettable experience.

Just 15 km south of Tecolutla lies Ciénega del Fuerte. This is a protected area with one of the few virgin jungles in the country and a network of channels surrounded by mangroves, home to a rich fauna. You can explore the jungle and navigate the interesting channels in canoes or boats.

You can also visit Barra Boca de Lima, where the Lagartos Estuary is located, habitat for hundreds of birds, garfish, and blue crabs. Additionally, it offers an impressive view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Further on, Barra Texistepec is also a nice place where you can enjoy the beach and the nature. 

In “La Peña” which is located very close to Nautla, there is an interesting attraction that is the Capitaine Drouaillet Family Museum, where objects from a French family that emigrated to the banks of the Nautla River in the 1830s are preserved. The museum displays antique utensils, work and household tools, photographs and personal items, and offers tours in Spanish and French.

What to Do in Costa Esmeralda

Choose your Adventure in Veracruz

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN COSTA ESMERALDA

Visit the Archaeological Zone of Paxil - Tlalocan

Explore Ciénega del Fuerte

Enjoy the beaches of Costa Esmeralda

Enjoy all water activities

In Tecolutla, you can book diving tours, jet ski excursions, banana rides, and boat trips.

Enjoy nature

Costa Esmeralda is an ideal place for nature lovers.

If you're interested in getting close to nature, you can explore the bars, estuaries, and jungles around the area and learn about the rich biodiversity of the region while enjoying a day full of adventures, whether it's a boat ride through the mangroves or walking or biking through the jungle.

Enjoy turtle release

Another recommended activity is releasing turtles. Near Tecolutla, there's a turtle camp, and from April to October, you can have the incredible experience of releasing small turtles.

Get thrilled with rafting

If you're into more adrenaline-pumping experiences, you can try rafting down the Tecolutla River.

Enjoy Fishing

You can fish in its coastal waters, where you can find plenty of tilapia, crab, shrimp, oyster, shad, red snapper, and bass.

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