The state of Tamaulipas is ready for business—in fact, a full 80 percent of its tourism is generated by the business industry.
And with 370 miles (596 km) bordering the Gulf, numerous lakes, rivers and beaches, it’s also an excellent venue for hunting and fishing.
Average temperatures are around 76º (24ºC) to 82ºF (28ºC), generally warm and humid. The highest average monthly rainfall occurs in August and September.
The Tampico International Airport (TAM) receives daily direct flights from Houston; you can also fly into Mexico City or Monterrey and connect on a short one-hour flight.
In town, top marks go to the 203-room Holiday Inn Tampico Altamira for its Executive Suites and location near the Industrial Zone and the local golf course. The four-star Hotel Inglaterra in the historic center of Tampico has been serving clients for over a hundred years, with 70 well-appointed rooms overlooking the city, swimming pool, gym, business center and meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 200 people.
The five-star Camino Real Tampico’s upscale facilities are evident from its sleek modern Mexican architecture. This two-story facility offers 100 rooms and suites surrounded by tropical gardens and space for events and meetings for up to 1,000 people. Strategically located only a few minutes from the Convention Center, the historical downtown area and the airport, as well as the Altamira Industrial Complex, the Best Western Expo-Metro is a four-star facility has 60 rooms and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 persons.
The 93-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Tampico Zona Dorada is on the city’s main avenue, with over 300 ft² (26 m²) of flexible meeting space. The 201-room all-inclusive Club Maeva Miramar is a favorite for its seaside location, ample facilities for events of up to 800 people and proximity to the Lagunas de Miralta Golf Club.
ExpoTampico’s modern facilities offer areas for conventions of up to 8,000 attendees with 96,875 ft² (9,000 m²) of expo space and 27,878 ft² (2,590 m²) of meetings and convention space. Tampico’s Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, also known as El Metro, is divided into several sections including a theater for up to 1,100 people; 10,763 ft² (1,000 m²) of exhibit space in the gallery; and room for 320 people in its Experimental Theater.
Tampico’s colonial heart is closer to New Orleans than Madrid, worth an afternoon of picture taking, especially around the Plaza de la Libertad, remodeled and surrounded by Art Nouveau buildings. Groups will want to tour the Huasteca Cultural Museum then head out to Las Flores Pyramid, located right in the city for a sample of the indigenous past of Tampico. The area is also renowned for its sport fishing tournaments both deep sea and fresh water.
Fishing tournaments are a popular pastime on Chairel Lagoon, the most important reservoir in the region, also fun for canoeing, jet skiing and more. Only half an hour from Tampico’s historical center, the beach at Miramar is an ideal place for a sandy day of recreation. Groups of up to 100 can board the tour boats at Colonia Morelos that will take them on a three-hour tour of the Panuco River, which crosses through Tampico and Madero.