Casamata is the only remaining fort, from a series of several small forts which surrounded Matamoros in the mid 1800s. Since 1970 Casamata has housed a museum of regional history, along with a historical library. Although the staff was friendly, we thought the place to be dimly lit and the artifacts poorly displayed. The descriptions are entirely...more
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 city. Although we were told the place is crowded on weekends, only a few...more
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 reconstructed in 1995, to reflect the French Creole style of the original...more
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 for every Gringo. Just about anything can be bought here, and the prices are...more
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 Creole style. The Cathedral is a magnificent old structure, but not as...more
This is located right in the middle of the Zona Peatonal (Mercado). It is about 10 minutes, driving,...more
Calle 6 y Matamoros 603 Esquina, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Good for: Couples
Av. Pedro Cardenas 5001, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 87396, Mexico
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
This is not the place to eat if you want to experience the real Mexico. It obviously caters primarily to American and Canadian tourists. All of the signs and menus are in English, and everyone we saw eating there was Anglo-Saxon. However, after walking all morning through the streets of Matamoros, being hot, sweaty, tired, and hungry, the familiar...more
10 Reviews and Opinions
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.
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. Only an idiot would try to avoid it. Insurance companies are located on...more
Immediately after crossing the New International Bridge into Matamoros you will see a large bus stop. From here one can catch a bus to anywhere in the city, or the entire country. A fundamental knowledge of Spanish would be helpful, as most of the bus drivers are not bilingual. However, by asking around you can usually find somone eager to help...more
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.
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.
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.