Laredo Essential Info


The twin cities of Laredo, 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.

Non-US nationals are recommended to carry their immigration documents with them even if they do not plan on crossing the border into Neuvo Laredo, Mexico. There are check points on your way back from Laredo where they might be asked to show your immigration documents.

Non-US citizen having a valid US visa who decide to cross the border and enter Mexico should be prepared for a long wait at the CBP detention center/check post to get back into US, even with all the necessary documentation. It might not be a pleasant one, but can be minimized by crossing at off hours or by using alternative crossings, such as the Colombia bridge.

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Fun Facts

  1. Laredo is also known as “The Gateway City” & “The City Under Seven Flags”.
  2. Laredo is one of the oldest border crossing points along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the nation's largest inland port of entry.
  3. The biggest festival in Laredo, Washington's Birthday Celebration is held all month long during February, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists.
  4. Laredo was the capital of its own country for a short period of time,The Republic of the Rio Grande, from January 1840 to late fall of that same year.
  5. Laredo, originally named Villa San Agustin de Laredo, was founded May 15, 1755 by Don Tomás Sánchez. T

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