Regions and States

Tamaulipas crestThe state of Tamaulipas is part of the the Gulf Coast Region of Mexico, along with the states of Tabasco and Veracruz. The state capital is Ciudad Victoria. Other large cities include Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo and Tampico.

The state shares 370 kilometers (230 miles) of the U.S. border with Texas and is home to hundreds of major maquiladora (in-bond) manufacturing plants. The southern half of the state is supported by the petroleum and petrochemicals sector, centered on the port of Altamira, Tampico and Ciudad Madero.

The Gulf Coast of Tamulipas is a popular destination for overland tourists.

Here are select articles and recipes related to Tamaulipas:


Tamaulipas-Style Fajitas: Fajitas al Sombrero

Driving northward along the Tamaulipas coast, the traveler goes from the tropical region of the Veracruz border to the plains of south Texas. A mid-point on the journey is the small town of San Fernando, which has one of the best norteño beef restaurants around. A specialty there is a dish called Fajitas al Sombrero, the “sombrero” being […]


Mexican cowboy beans: Frijoles charros

A Norteño dish originating in Tamaulipas, this is the classic accompaniment to the grilled beef dishes of northern Mexico. It is an ideal make-ahead dish, especially good with barbeque, improving as the flavors come together. Although the initial cooking of the beans can be done in a pressure cooker, a slow-cooking pot, such as a clay casserole, […]


Driving from Guadalajara to Laredo and back

I would love to be able to read detailed accounts of how you drive from one place to another in Mexico, with tips on hotels, tolls, pitfalls, choices of routes and all the other things that make a journey easier and help you avoid getting lost. In talking to people I find there’s great interest […]

Brownsville-Matamoros Ferry

The Brownsville-Matamoros Ferry: crossing the Rio Grande from 1818 to 1929

Old is good, especially when it’s a freshly discovered newspaper from April 1929. It’s exciting to read things that happened even before the stock market crash was to occur that coming October, leading America into one of the bleakest periods in our history. That sad period also saw the close of the oldest institution on […]


Laredo and Nuevo Laredo: Four good reasons to visit a border town

Regardless whether you translate la frontera as “border” or “frontier,” the images evoked are often negative: lawlessness, dusty streets, harsh climes, and a general disregard for human life. Even in an historical context, frontier life means living on the edges of civilization. When outsiders first encounter a Texas-Mexico border town, such images are often brutally reinforced. The […]


Barra del Tordo, Tamaulipas is paradise close to home

You can stop looking for paradise. It’s only 5 hours south of the Texas/Mexico border at McAllen or Brownsville. Most guidebooks dismiss the Gulf Coast uninteresting. They couldn’t be more wrong. El Paraiso Resort at Barra del Tordo, Tamaulipas is an ecological cornucopia. To get there, drive down Hwy 97 or 101 to Hwy 180 […]

The Zacatón Sinkhole

Did you know? Mexico has the deepest water-filled sinkhole in the world, in Tamaulipas

As vertical shafts go, this is a seriously deep one! Long considered to be “bottomless” since no-one had ever managed to find the floor, we now know it is precisely 335 meters (1099 feet) deep, making it the deepest water-filled sinkhole anywhere on the planet. The El Zacatón sinkhole is on El Rancho Azufrosa, near […]

David Christian Newton at Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre © Marvin West, 2015

Mexico beauty and genius

It has been said that beauty is where you see it and genius is all around, waiting to be identified. Beauty — Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre is an adobe house and little wildlife refuge on the banks of Rio Corona, at the end of the road, 25 or 30 miles from Ciudad Victoria, […]

Map of Tamaulipas

Map of Tamaulipas

Map of Tamaulipas Map of Tamaulipas SCT, 1999.


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