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Mexico City, the country's capital, sits 450 miles south of Matamoros.
To reconnect with the sights and sounds of nature, round up the family and head to South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, located 30 miles away from Matamoros. Another good option is Brazos Island State Park, 25 miles away.
Tourists based here often make their way 5 miles north to Brownsville to experience University of Texas at Brownsville and Gladys Porter Zoo.
It's worth paying a visit to Harlingen, a regional center just 25 miles to the northwest of Matamoros. This area has a range of tourist attractions, including Museums of San Benito, Treasure Hills Golf Club and Iwo Jima Monument. If you still have time left, some other great places are Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course and Victor Park.
When you hear nature's call, follow the lead of health-conscious locals and try mountain biking or rock climbing.
This area offers a selection of things to do outside that will help you chill out and unwind Time spent cycling or shore fishing will be sure to recharge your batteries.
If the sun is shining while you are here, get out and enjoy some water activities. Swimming and snorkeling are two possible ways to cool off.
Miserable outside? Don't worry. Tamaulipas features a variety history museums and theaters.
Get the blood pumping and refresh your mind with some fun outdoor attractions. This region offers a wide range of gardens.
Age-old tales come alive at the historic sites of Tamaulipas. Don't leave without checking out its old towns.
Tamaulipas is home to a number of churches and cathedrals. These give you a chance to get a feel for the region's spiritual nature.
Trying out different cuisines is one of the best ways of getting to know an area. So be sure to visit some of the region's restaurants and cafés.
Any self-respecting foodie should ensure they order cabrito en sangre (goat in blood) and acamayas (fresh water prawns) before surfing the menu for other local dishes.
Perhaps one of the sincerest gestures you can give to the people you meet along the way is to go to the trouble to speak some common phrases in their language. Buenas tardes is Spanish for good afternoon. ¡Buena suerte! will also come in handy. It means good luck.
National pride is at a peak on the 16th of September for Independence Day.
After you've spent the last of your Mexican pesos and it's time to go home, remember to say a last "Hasta la vista" to Matamoros.
General Servando Canales International Airport is the closest airport at about 4 miles to the south, so just make sure you give yourself enough time.
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Situated in Matamoros, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Casamata Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Stillman House Museum and University of Texas at Brownsville. Historic Brownsville Museum is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.
Situated in Matamoros, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Casamata Museum, University of Texas at Brownsville and Stillman House Museum. Gladys Porter Zoo and Historic Brownsville Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Matamoros, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Casamata Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Stillman House Museum. University of Texas at Brownsville and Historic Brownsville Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Matamoros, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Casamata Museum, University of Texas at Brownsville and Stillman House Museum. Gladys Porter Zoo and Historic Brownsville Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Matamoros, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Casamata Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Stillman House Museum and University of Texas at Brownsville. Historic Brownsville Museum and Gladys Porter Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Matamoros, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Casamata Museum and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stillman House Museum. University of Texas at Brownsville and Gladys Porter Zoo are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Brownsville, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Valley Baptist Medical Center, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site and Gladys Porter Zoo. Historic Brownsville Museum and Stillman House Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in the heart of Los Fresnos, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Little Graceland and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bobz World and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. Museums of San Benito is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.