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Huatulco, Mexico

Bahias de Huatulco, or Huatulco (pronounced Wha-TOOL-Co) as it is more commonly known, is a destination resort area located on Mexico's Pacific Coast in its most southern state of Oaxaca. 

The Huatulco area is centered around the small towns of La Crucecita, Santa Cruz, Chahue and Tangolunda. It is a FONATUR ('Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo') project and one of its most successful designated tourist areas. FONATUR is also responsible for the resorts in Cancun, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, and Loreto Bay.

Huatulco's tourism industry is centered around its nine bays; four of which have been designated as ecological preserves where no development is permitted.

Huatulco's main attractions are its nine bays and thirty-six beaches, many of which are pristine and undeveloped, and accessible only by boat.... Read more

Huatulco, Mexico

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Bahias de Huatulco, or Huatulco (pronounced Wha-TOOL-Co) as it is more commonly known, is a destination resort area located on Mexico's Pacific Coast in its most southern state of Oaxaca. 

The Huatulco area is centered around the small towns of La Crucecita, Santa Cruz, Chahue and Tangolunda. It is a FONATUR ('Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo') project and one of its most successful designated tourist areas. FONATUR is also responsible for the resorts in Cancun, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, and Loreto Bay.

Huatulco's tourism industry is centered around its nine bays; four of which have been designated as ecological preserves where no development is permitted.

Huatulco's main attractions are its nine bays and thirty-six beaches, many of which are pristine and undeveloped, and accessible only by boat. With the help of local guides and tour operators, one can explore the beaches and bays in relative privacy, or if you choose you can scuba dive or snorkel to see the abundant tropical fish and the beautiful coral reefs.

In addition to the beautiful bays and beaches, one can explore and shop in the small communities of the Huatulco area, such as La Crucecita, Santa Cruz or old

Santa Maria Huatulco

(the district's municipality).

When doing so, one can travel between the communities by bus or taxi. The entire area has a "small town" feel about it and is rarely crowded with tourists with the exception of the Christmas and Semana Santa (Easter) holiday periods.

Approximately 80% of all tourism in Huatulco is domestic in nature and only about 20% of Huatulco's tourism is foreign, mainly because direct international air access is limited to flights from several Canadian cities, Chicago and Houston all others having to make connections through Mexico City. The peak season for foreign tourism is typically December through April.

The numerous small towns making up Huatulco such as Santa Cruz, La Crucecita, Chahue, and Tangolunda are located in an "ecological zone" with much of the area being protected from future development. All of these areas are serviced by modern water and sewage treatment systems so that you can actually drink the water from the tap (unheard of in most Mexican resorts) and no sewage waste goes into its pristine bays. Huatulco has been awarded the Green Globe certification, the only resort in Mexico to receive this prestigious award (Green Globe is the worldwide benchmarking and certification system for the travel and tourism industry across the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental management).

Climate

Sunshine can be expected about 330 days a year with an average temperature of 28 °C (82.4 °F). The dry season extends from December to May and the rainy season is from June to November. The amount of precipitation has a definite effect on the local vegetation, being brownish in the dry season and very green in the rainy season.

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Huatulco, Mexico: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the pier at Santa Cruz Bay. There is a small must-visit village (La Crucecita) just in a 20-minute walk. If the weather is too hot, you can take a taxi (it's cheap).

Get around Huatulco, Mexico


The area is extremely easy to get around. Renting a car is not necessary as cabs are plentiful and fairly cheap, and where the shopping, restaurants, hotels and many beaches are concentrated is not a huge area. If you do prefer to rent a car, Budget, Avis, and Advantage are companies located there, among others. It is best to reserve a car in advance to get the best rates.

It is best to agree on a price before getting into a taxi. Locals do not tip taxi drivers, although tourists may be expected to. There are some signs around which have posted prices to certain beaches or towns. Another option is to rent a driver for the day if you want to go farther afield, to Puerto Escondido for example.

What to see in Huatulco, Mexico


  • La Crucecita village
  • Coffee plantations. There are a number of coffee plantations which are still in operation and give tours, including Finca (farm) Las Nieves, Finca Monte Carlos, Finca Margaritas, Finca El Pacífico, and Finca La Gloria. Finca El Pacífico is known for the organic coffee it produces called "Pluma Hidalgo," and it is surrounded by waterfalls and ravines. Finca La Gloria is known for the butterfly sanctuary "Mariposorio Dain Biguid", where dozens of species of butterflies can be seen and the "Llano Grande Falls". The Río Copalitilla has its source here as well.
  • The Bocana del Río Copalita. The Bocana del Río Copalita is a 2,500-year-old archaeological site located about ten kilometers from the bays, which is open to the public. The name means "place of copal" and covers an area of about thirty-five hectares. It is believed to have been on the border between Zapotec and Mixtec dominions. Landmarks of the site include a main temple, a temple dedicated to a serpent god, a Mesoamerican ball court and a site museum.

What to do in Huatulco, Mexico


Due to its location at the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Huatulco is a great location for all kind of outdoor activities. Most guests visit Huatulco because of its beautiful beaches. During their vacation travelers tend to enjoy activities such as snorkeling, rafting, deep sea fishing, and outdoor activities. Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca offers a lot of wild rivers and tropical jungle. The combination is perfect for adventure tours.

What to eat and drink in Huatulco, Mexico


You can find a big diversity of seafood along with traditional food such as Tlayuda, Mole Oaxaqueño, Cecina and the exotic Chapulines (edible insects). There are many places where you can go to eat some of these dishes. Almost every beach has a big seafood offer, especially "La Entrega" and "Magueyю" In "La Crucecita" you can go to the downtown and around the main park, there are many local restaurants where you can find great quality and prices. As any Mexico destination, one of the most important experiences of the place is the food it has to offer.

Shopping in Huatulco, Mexico


Huatulco has numerous option for great shopping, including markets, art galleries, gift and souvenir shops, kiosks, vendors, etc.
Popular items include embroidered clothes, pottery, Alebrijes figures, jewelry, etc. 

Safety in Huatulco, Mexico


The area is considered safe. Use your common sense just like in any other place. Stay alert and take usual precautions - and you'll be fine.  
Sun is the main danger so don't forget to use your sunblock. 

Language spoken in Huatulco, Mexico


Spanish is the main language. English is widely spoken in tourist places. 

LOCAL TIME

5:31 am
September 16, 2019
America/Mexico_City

CURRENT WEATHER

24.44 °C / 75.992 °F
light rain
Mon

18.79 °C/66 °F
heavy intensity rain
Tue

18.76 °C/66 °F
heavy intensity rain
Wed

19.65 °C/67 °F
moderate rain
Thu

19.75 °C/68 °F
moderate rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

MXN

1 USD = 0 MXN
1 EUR = 0 MXN
1 GBP = 0 MXN
1 AUD = 0 MXN
1 CAD = 0 MXN

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