Area Code -- The telephone area code is 229.

Climate -- Veracruz is hot and humid most of the year, but the hottest months are May and June. In the winter, strong winds, known as nortes, occasionally bring cool, even chilly, weather.

Drugstore -- Farmacía Las Torres, Av. Díaz Mirón 295, at Cañonero Tampico (tel. 229/923-5807), is open daily 24 hours.

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 060.

High Season -- The peak tourist times are Carnaval, Easter, July and August, and December. Veracruz is more popular with Mexicans than with foreigners.

Hospital -- The Hospital de María is at Alacio Pérez 1004, between Carmen Serdán and 20 de Noviembre (tel. 229/931-3626 or -3619).

Post Office -- The correo, on Avenida de la República near the Maritime Customs House, is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 4pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.