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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

The twin cities of Laredo [1], Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2005, are situated on the banks of the Rio Grande. Laredo, which has a population of 207,787, has been governed under seven national flags. Nuevo Laredo has a burgeoning population of 355,827. The twin cities are collectively referred to as Los Dos Laredos. The weather is moderate in winter months around 68°F (20°C) but sizzling in mid-summer around 100°F (39°C). This city is the commercial hub of the South Texas Plains, which is primarily an agricultural region. It offers entertainment, education, and cultural resources that fit well with its Hispanic heritage. Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Get in

By car

Laredo is accessible by car via Interstate 35, and US Highways 59 and 83. I-35 is the U.S. portion of the Pan American Highway that stretches from Central America to Canada.

By air

Laredo International Airport (IATA: LRD) (ICAO: KLRD), [2] has scheduled direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth (80 minutes), Houston (80 minutes), and Las Vegas (165 minutes) via American Eagle, Continental Express, and Allegiant Air.

  • El Metro, [3] is the city's municipal bus service, offering scheduled routes as well as paratransit services. Laredo is quite spread out, so car rental is an attractive local transportation alternative.


Historic attractions in old Laredo include Plaza San Augustin (where various dance, music and crafts festivals take place throughout the year), the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, and El Mercado, the old city hall.


Wildlife game abound in south Texas, so Laredo is a popular destination for hunters and fishermen. Birders can spot the Great Kiskadee, White-tipped Dove, Green Jay, Scrub Jay, Red-billed Pigeon, Audubon's Oriole and possibly the White-Collared Seedeater in the region.

  • Lake Casa Blanca International Park, 5102 Bob Bullock Loop, [4]. 7am-10pm. Activities include picnic areas, fishing, and camping (nightly site fees $15+). $4.  edit


Mexican souvenirs and crafts are plentiful in local marts, especially the myriad importers along San Bernardo. For example, visit Marti's [5] for antiques, furnishings, folk art, jewelry, ceramics and local in Nuevo Laredo or San Antonio, Texas, where Marti's is now open at 310 W. Commerce, downtown, San Antonio.

  • Thomas Grocery, 206 Juarez Ave, +1 956-729-7379.


Southwestern and Mexican cuisine restaurants abound in Laredo. Here are two examples:

  • El Tesoro Club, 1000 Zaragoza, in La Posada Hotel,[6], Tel: (956) 722-1701. Famous for its Sunday brunch.
  • El Pescador, 207 Shiloh Drive, Tel: (956) 725-8207, and 3919 San Dario, Tel: (956) 724-8958 specializes in Mexican seafood.

Also, beef is a popular item on any menu in this area.

  • Sirloin Stockade5301 San Dario Ave, This is a buffet and steak restaurant in one. Many choices and you will never leave hungry.


The drinking age in Texas, as in all of the U.S., is 21, the drinking age in the state of Tamaulipas, as in all of Mexico, is 18. Many Texan high school seniors and college students from San Antonio and Austin make their way to Nuevo Laredo to drink.

  • Courtyard Laredo, 2410 Santa Ursula Avenue, +1 956 725-5555 (fax: +1 956 724-8848), [7].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Laredo, 700 W. Hillside Road, +1 956 722-4533 (toll free: +1 866 722-4501, fax: +1 956 722-5133), [8].  edit
  • Holiday Inn, 800 Garden St., +1 956 727-5800, [9].  edit
  • Motel 6 Laredo North, 5920 San Bernardo Avenue, +1 956 722-8133 (fax: +1 956 725-8212), [10].  edit
  • Motel 6 Laredo South, 5310 San Bernardo Avenue, +1 956 725-8187 (fax: +1 956 725-0424), [11].  edit
  • Residence Inn Laredo Del Mar, 310 Lost Oaks Blvd, +1 956 753-9700 (fax: +1 956 753-9702), [12].  edit
  • SpringHill Suites Laredo, 5940 San Bernardo Ave., +1 956 717-0800 (fax: +1 956 717-0822), [13].  edit
  • La Posada Hotel, 1000 Zaragoza St. (at International Bridge #1), (956) 722-1701, [14]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: noon. Historic hotel built in 1916. Spanish colonial style.  edit

Stay safe

As in all the border towns, always be aware of your surroundings.

NON-US NATIONALS: Non-US nationals are recommended to carry their immigration documents with them even if they don't plan on crossing the border into Neuvo Laredo, Mexico. There are check points on your way back from Laredo where you might be asked to show your immigration documents. If a non-US citizen having a valid US visa decides to cross the border and enter Mexico, he/she should be prepared for a long wait time at the CBP detention center/check post to get back into US. The wait time will most likely be long even if you have all the necessary documentation. The long wait experience might not be a pleasant one, but can be minimized by crossing at off hours or using alternative crossings, such as the Colombia bridge.

Get out

Day trips by car can take you to Zapata TX (less than 1 hour to the south) for hunting, fishing and nature observation/birding; and to Kingsville (less than two hours to the east) a ranching heritage town, and home of the King Ranch Museum. Cross over the bridge to Nuevo Laredo and visit nearby San Ygnacio, Camargo City, Ciudad Mier, Ciudad Miguel Aleman and Ciudad Diaz Ordaz for a taste of Mexican history, environment and lifestyles.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

LAREDO, a city and the county-seat of Webb county, Texas, U.S.A., and a sub-port of entry, on the Rio Grande opposite Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and 150 m. S. of San Antonio. Pop. (1900) 13,429, of whom 6882 were foreign-born (mostly Mexicans) and 82 negroes; (1910 census) 14,855. It is served by the International & Great Northern, the National of Mexico, the Texas Mexican and the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass railways, and is connected by bridges with Nuevo Laredo. Among the principal buildings are the U.S. Government Building, the City Hall and the County Court House; and the city's institutions include the Laredo Seminary (1882) for boys and girls, the Mercy Hospital, the National Railroad of Mexico Hospital and an Ursuline Convent. Loma Vista Park (65 acres) is a pleasure resort, and immediately W. of Laredo on the Rio Grande is Fort McIntosh (formerly Camp Crawford), a United States military post. Laredo is a jobbing centre for trade between the United States and Mexico, and is a sub-port of entry in the Corpus Christi Customs District. It is situated in a good farming and cattle-raising region, irrigated by water from the Rio Grande. The principal crop is Bermuda onions; in 1909 it was estimated that 150o acres in the vicinity were devoted to this crop, the average yield per acre being about 20,000 lb. There are coal mines about 25 m. above Laredo on the Rio Grande, and natural gas was discovered about 28 m. E. in 1908. The manufacture of bricks is an important industry. Laredo was named from the seaport in Spain, and was founded in 1767 as a Mexican town; it originally included what is now Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and was long the only Mexican town on the left bank of the river. It was captured in 1846 by a force of Texas Rangers, and in 1847 was occupied by U.S. troops under General Lamar. In 1852 it was chartered as a city of Texas.

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  1. A city in south Texas, United States.
  2. A city in north Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  3. A town in Cantabria, Spain.



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