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Adrian

Jul 10, 2004, 4:55 AM

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'Vivo En Tampico' Part 2. The Beach.

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Tampico's beach is actually not in Tampico but Cd. Madero. It is a wonderful expanse of clean sand and clear waters, with only a gently rising surf. The tide does not go in or out very much and the underwater plain is quite large. One can safely walk out 50 feet or so and still the water is only at thigh level. There are wooden recliner chairs and palm frond shades to rent by the day (for MN$35 or so) and, on the whole, there are few people about.

Domestic tourism crowds the beach at certain times of the year (especially Easter when the crowds from Monterrey arrive) but, generally, there are few sunbathers about for so much sand. I was amused to see that one may drive one's vehicle to the water's edge (if so wished). Indeed, by night, many folk do just that - the local police generally don't bother the revellers and only patrol infrequently.

The beach's heyday came to an end with the violent destruction wrought by Hurricaine Hilda in September 1955. Prior to that, the Tampico playa was a favoured destination for both international and domestic tourists. It had a thriving boardwalk and nightlife, serviced by regular streetcars from downtown. Sadly, it went into decline and by the 1970's was heavily polluted from the nearby Pemex refinery. There are many wooden shack cantinas - relics from that era - along the beachfront road as well as an extensive shanty town on the northern road to the beach.

However, there is redevelopment along the beach with many new vacation villas and hotels under construction to complement the 'Club Maeva' - a luxury package hotel - and the smaller, though no less exclusive, 'Brisas Del Mar'. Cynics have suggested that the local government of Cd.Madero is selling beach property as a means of raising tax revenue to fund efforts to retain its independence from Tampico. It is sad, perhaps, that the beach may lose its tranquility but one would hope that with rising tax revenues, greater efforts would be made to safeguard the cleanliness and facilities of this valuable tourist resource.

Next – ‘Downtown’
Adrian



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Jul 12, 2004, 5:44 PM

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