To the south, Punta Gorda is an undiscovered paradise filled with hard and soft corals. Plentiful tropical fish fill in this underwater rainbow.
The marine park at Anton Lizardo has yet to make its way into Mexican diving fame. Healthy reefs, sharks and macro await discovery by the masses.
Because of its prominence as a naval port, Veracruz is home to several diveable wrecks, including US warships lying in as little as 30ft (10m) of water.
There is no bad time to dive the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, Veracruz remains constant year-round with only slightly lower temperatures during the winter months.
December to April is considered the best time to visit Veracruz. At this time, the heat and humidity is noticeably less. Therefore it is the most popular time to dive in the Gulf of Mexico. Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book your dive holiday as early as possible in order to secure the best rate.
On average, water temperatures vary between 77 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) near Punta Gorda. To the north, water temperatures are usually two to three degrees cooler, especially from December to April.
May to November is the most comfortable time for diving the north Gulf of Mexico. The waters warm ever so slightly to match the year-round temperatures of destinations like Cancun and Cozumel.
However, it’s best to keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.
Divers who like guided dives will want to stick to the reefs and wrecks at Veracruz and Anton Lizardo. To get off-the-beaten-path, head to Punta Gorda.
As the dive sites off of Veracruz are not dived with extreme regularity, it’s possible to be surprised in this region. Migrational patterns are not yet known so it’s possible to see anything from whale sharks to bull sharks at any point in the year.
Common species include groupers, snappers, Queen angelfish and Honeycomb cowfish. Eagle rays, tarpons and octopus can also be found occasionally. The backdrop to your diving adventures will most likely consist of Massive starlet coral, Boulder brain coral and Great star coral. These three species form approximately 70% of the reefs in the area.
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