La Pesca, Tamaulipas
La Pesca – Tiny Jewel on the Gulf
Elevation – Sea Level
Climate – Hot, humid
Daily average: 20 to 25 Celsius
Monthly variation: Slightly warmer in the summer
Rainy season: June to October
Hurricane season: July to October
High Tourist Season – Christmas, Easter
Population – 3000
Industry – Tourism, fishing
Driving to La Pesca
From Brownsville Texas. An easy 4 – 41/2 hour drive. Go through speed bump hell in Matamoros down the 180 to Soto La Marina (approx 270 kms) and make a turn east towards the Gulf on Highway 70. It is a 50 km drive to La Pesca past a navy base and onward.
From CD Victoria drive East on Highway 70 until you reach the coast – approximately 170 kms. Good Roads
About La Pesca
(Some gardens or little orchards with citrus, mango, papaya and coconut lead you in as you gently roll down and around the gentle curves of Highway 70 – a two lane country road that leads you towards La Pesca – a tourist town on the edge of discovery.)
La Pesca or “the fishing” is a tiny town situated on the Gulf of Mexico some 50 KMs or so from the Tropic of Cancer. Sitting on the mouth of the Rio Soto La Marina and the Lagoon Almagre, the town lives up to its name. Serious fishers also come to La Pesca for the abundance of different fish: trout, snook, tarpon, shrimp, crabs and baitfish.
La Pesca is a Mexican destination where money is pesos and English is a foreign language. It is a weekend retreat and attracts those from Monterrey and CD Victoria who need a little beach time at the end of the work week and on holidays.
The town remains small and simple. Mini-supers. A number of stalls or houses with fresh Camarones for sale. Cervezas. Come buy them here the signs cry. A small tourist area includes a few stores selling the occasional beach flip flops or beach balls. There are no Starbucks with double foam lattes, McDonalds or Wal-Mart’s. It is not flashy or pretentious; rather the mood is simplicity at its best. Honest.
Off the beaten path with good prices, decent restaurants and no frills dining.
A striking beach lies just East of town. Great for long walks, picnics and silence. You will be impressed with the flocks of parrots and other incredible birds in the waters and along the river. Bring binoculars and a good camera.