Cabo Rojo

Veracruz, Mexico

Cabo Rojo satelite image

     Cabo Rojo is a long sand bar cape extending 70 miles south of Tampico, in Veracruz State, Mexico. It encloses La Lagoona de Tamiahua, a large brackish lake with numerous islands.  It is called Cabo Rojo, or Red Cape because the sands on the beaches have a reddish color when wet. I believe that Cabo Rojo received its present form due to wind and water currents. 

  The Lagoona has a north south canal cut on the north end to connect it to the Rio Panuco as an inland waterway. On the south there is an outlet at the town of Tamiahua.  A new channel was dug at the Barra de Tampachichi.  The area is sparsely populated with small fishing villages and camps along the lake shore.

   Isla de Lobos, Arrecife Medio and Arrecife Blanquilla are small coral reefs located near the tip of Cabo Rojo in the western Gulf of Mexico. They lie offshore from Laguna de Tamiahua and about sixty miles from Tampico. Territorially it is part of the State of Veracruz. It is of more than ordinary interest because it is apparently the northernmost surface reef in the western Gulf. There are rocky substrates further north which do not have reefs. Thus Cabo Rojo forms the dividing line between two faunal provinces; tropical to the south, and subtropical or warm temperature to the north. Although currents are poorly known in this part of the Gulf, it is apparent that a branch of warm, clear oceanic water permits the growth of reef corals in this area.

Laguna de Tamiahua is included on The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance

Playa Miramar
Playa Hermosa

Barra Tampachichi
Isla de Lobos and The Coral Reefs South Beach   La Playa Sur Tamiahua
And then there is the Crater!
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Tamiahua Crater 90 miles in diameter between Tampico and Tuxpan, Veracruz. Mexico

This is a satellite image of Cabo Rojo and the surrounding area. At the top on the coast is Tampico y el Rio Panoco. At the bottom on the coast is Tuxpan and Rio Tuxpan. This is as it would look from about 200 miles altitude.

A half circle can be seen stretching from Tampico to Tuxpan, centered half way between on the laguna shore. From Tampico to Tuxpan is about 95 miles distance.

This impact was centered on what was the coast line at the time, so only the west half of the Impact Site is now visible as the half circle in the image

More about the crater here.

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Playa Caracol

The North Beach

Playa Miramar

The Main Beach, Madero, Tamaulipas

Playa Hermosa

South of El Rio Panuco in Veracruz State

Sailboat Design

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Sea Shells of the Beach

Some good photos

The Birds of Tampico

Photos with some movies

The Sky

The Moon, The Planets