My wife and I spent 6 nights in Veracruz at the Hotel Diligencias. Normally, we wouldn't stay in a "high priced spread" but got a last minute deal on hotels.com. We needed a rest from our hectic schedule in Chiapas. Fantastic hotel, right on the Zocalo. They gave us a front corner room on the 3rd floor, street noise wasn't distracting but we had great views.
Music is always on the menu around the Zocalo. Marimba, guitar, accordion, harp, and orchestra all play throughout the week, often at the same time! It was a pleasure to watch a Sunday afternoon presentation of Jarocho style music and dance in the square followed by a brass band playing sultry latin Danzon after sunset. Or to venture around the corner to hear latin hip hop beats played by an energetic DJ. Veracruz is music all around.
We visited the aquarium. Very nice presentation and cool after the mid morning warm up.
At Mercado Hidalgo we walked the rows of stalls, and my wife found the woven bag she had been looking for, but no huaraches for me. We ate lunch at one of the taco stands and were serenaded by a 4 piece Jarocho band, viva La Bamba!
We had desayuno at La Parroquia, where the Lechero surprised my wife with his showmanship,
and ventured south to Plaza de Americas for a glimpse of modern shopping in the city. We had lunch at a chinese buffet there, Chino is popular in Mexico.
We had seafood at a small family restaurant off the Zocalo, where eating with locals instead of tourists was the norm.
We walked along the Malecon at sunset.
And all too soon we had to leave, Veracruz, we will return.