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Stephen-KarenConn Says: In various publications we have seen this Spanish-style plaza called the Main Square, Higlado Square, and Plaza of the Constitution. Regardless of the name it is the main square or plaza in Matamoros and is a small island of green and tranquility in the heart of the bustling...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Matamoros City Hall (Presidencia Municipal H. Matamoros) is the seat of government for this thriving metropolis of almost one million people. It is an imposing three story structure originally built in 1831. Over the years the building has undergone many changes. It was last...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Known to most people locally as simply "El Mercado," the market is a five block long pedesterian street in the center of Matamoros. It is the primary place in the city most tourists visit, however it is not a market for tourists only. We saw perhaps 20 or more local people...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: In 1958 Pope John XXIII created the New Dioceses of Matamoros and assigned as Cathedral the Church of Nuestra Senora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge.) First built in 1832, it has suffered many hurricanes and has been rebuilt many times, always maintaining its original French...
The Black Cat Bar is the cheapest in Matamoros. This is located on the second floor of a liquor store about 100 yards on the Matamoros side of the B&M Bridge. The BCB offers the cheapest beer prices I found in the city- buckets of ten bottles of your choice for 9 USD! Their tequila is cheap, but watered-down (my friend took 22 shots). This joint is in a prime geographic location as those lodging in Brownsville, TX can walk back across the Rio Grande in just a few minutes if things get weird. Party hard but be sure to keep up with the group!
Dress Code: casual- jeans, shorts, sandals, and t-shirts are fine. guys should probably have some kind of sleeves.
Written Nov 8, 2005
Stephen-KarenConn Says: The New International Bridge (Nuevo Puente International) is the easiest way to get from the United States into Matamoros. Individuals may drive their automobiles across, but most U.S. insurance companies do not cover you in Mexico, and Mexican insurance is required by law....
There are lots of souvenir shopping opportunities here and Americans frequently hop over the borderto take advantage of the cheaper prices. So stock up on your tequila and sombreros. Note dollars are perfectly acceptable.
Written May 26, 2007
Although access across the border is easy , the guards on both sides of the Rio Grande take their jobs very seriously. Heed the warnings against carrying drugs, firearms, or any other forbidden items across the border. A Mexican jail is no place to spend your vacation, or an American one either for that matter. U.S. citizens can usually cross with only a photo ID such as a drivers license; a passport or even a birth certificate raises fewer questions.
Updated Apr 13, 2004
Favorite thing: The El Mercado, the market but when you go to some restrooms in Mexico, there is not always toliet paper so you might want to carry some in your purse, car or bag.
Fondest memory: Took a drive on the beach, I was with someone that had been there when they were a child and could answer some questions I had, like there are food and beer vendors up and down the beach, I had questions about the food. However I did not eat at the beach but we did drink beer which is sold on the beach as well.
Updated Apr 13, 2010