Just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville is a beautiful glimpse into Matamoros, Mexico. Our friendly neighbor invites visitors to add an international flavor to their visit and enjoy all Mexico has to offer.
Art and handcrafts from all parts of Mexico can be found in the shops and markets of Matamoros. The goods include the leather, silver and gold jewelry, talavera pottery, Zarapes, boots, and art. Many shops are just across the Gateway International Bridge. However, more shops are just a short taxi or tour bus ride away at the Juarez Market. Some of the shuttles have pick-up points near the Gateway International Bridge.
Matamoros offers many restaurants to suit many tastes. From traditional Mexican fare to regional seafood dishes and even great steaks, visitors are sure to be satisfied. The dining experience often takes on added dimensions with costumed servers and mariachi music.
Many sites in Matamoros take you back into a colorful past. The Casa Mata Museum is a rich, historical reminder of numerous military actions that have resulted in the abbreviation “H.” to precede Matamoros, which conveys the meaning “heroic.” At Plaza Hildago, visitors can discover a marvelous cathedral built in 1825 and renovated historic buildings such as the city hall and the Matamoros Casino. The “Museo del Agrarismo Mexicano” depicts the agricultural heritage of the State of Tamaulipas and Mexico with numerous exhibits and authentic artifacts from the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
Matamoros has a beach on the Gulf of Mexico known as Playa Bagdad. Thatched palapas dot the beach. Regional fishing tournaments are held year-round and camping on the sand is a tradition among the locals. The many celebrations include the Expo Fiesta in June and July, Mexican Independence in September, the Festival Internacional de Otoño in October with acts from around the globe, the Day of the Dead in November, a vast display of Christmas lights across the city, and Semana Santa at Easter. Plan a trip around one of these events and it will be a pleasant experience.
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