Along a seventy-mile stretch of Mexico's Pacific shore, four towns include seemingly every stripe of simpatico beach getaway. Surfing, ecotourism, hippie chic, and luxe family all coexist—and, blessedly, without any crowds.Condé Nast Traveller
Huatulco's appeal comes not just from its location on the shores of the Pacific, but also from its weather. The area boasts 320 to 340 days of sunshine a year and an annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82 F).Canada.com
Huatulco attracts its visitors with nine bays, 36 beaches and an average year-round temperature of about 80 degrees. By offering bird-watching, coffee plantation tours, live music and Oaxacan cuisine, it is becoming a haven for those seeking a diverse yet relaxing experience.Seattle Post
Trip Advisor Honors Huatulco with the #6 position on its 2010 List of Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in the World.TripAdvisor
Huatulco stretches 22 miles along nine bays between the Coyula and Copalita rivers. It lies about 300 miles east of Acapulo, but there are no bunched-up high-rise hotel strips to mar the scenery, just soft sands, clear ocean, striking cliffs and dense forest.New York Times
Huatulco, Mexico is a hidden gem in the travel industry. Discover it for yourself today!
The Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco has a whole back room dedicated to this amazing art form. Each piece is handmade at the shop; in fact, before you even enter the boutique you will be greeted by Lorenzo Hernandez at his workstation. Lorenzo is awesome, do not pass up an opportunity to purchase one of his master crafts.
La Crucecita is centered around the main square or "the zocalo" which is an attraction all its own. This grassy area lined with wide stone paths is often a platform for street musicians and artists to showcase their work. Coupled with benches and beautiful stone structures, The Zocalo makes a great backdrop for a stroll.
Located on the square in La Crucecita is the gorgeous church – Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. This parish is home to the largest painting of the virgin de Guadalupe in Mexico.
The Friends of Music Huatulco group work hard to promote local, national and international musicians by staging performances in amazing seaside venues. Check out jazz shows, traditional Mexican music, flamenco, choral with instruments, a capella quintet, chamber music concerts and more.
Although it may sound confusing, there are actually two Huatulco's in Oaxaca, Mexico. Santa Maria Huatulco is the original Huatulco, dating back to the 1500's. This town offers a glimpse of Oaxacan history as you meander through its cobblestone streets. Santa Maria is located approximately 8 miles west of the Huatulco international airport.
Most of us live in places that pump pollution into the air around our homes. Not in Huatulco! Huatulco is one of the few places to earn the EarthCheck Gold Certification.
Even if you are only in town for a week or two you will find that learning a few basics can really help you get around. If you´re out and about in town, don´t be surprised if someone asks you to exchange some english for some spanish vocab.
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Sunday lunch @ Los Vaqueros – In Mexico, family meal time is always important, especially on Sundays. One place to witness it and enjoy first hand is at La Finca de Vaqueros. The original restaurant is in Pochutla, about an hour drive away, and their local restaurant is located behind the Corona beer distributor. The crowd starts to come in around 3pm and people have been known to stay until late evening. The delicious Mexican BBQ, draft beer, house mezcal, and SINGING COWBOYS make this restaurant a must – see. We suggest you go on the weekends, when the cowboys are usually more keen to sing and dance!.
Located about 1hr 45 minutes from Huatulco. Puerto Escondido is a getaway even for the locals, with its stunning panoramic beach views and vast selection of entertainment. This is a surf town and where there is surf there is smoke. Make a friend and have a great meal.
If you are cruising on your bike, roll on down to La Crucecita and stop for a refreshing drink or maybe some ice cream. Then just find a place in the shade, beat the heat and take in all the locals and tourists passing by. Zamora is a great place to make a leisurely stop.
La Luz Azul Art Galery and Workshop, located at Chacah #306, 1 block south of the southeast corner of the zócalo, is the home of Artist Rafael Ortega produces paintings, drawings, sculpture, and murals. Stop in and pick up a one of a kind souvenir of your stay in Huatulco.
These traditional clay creations are locally known as "Barro Negro" and date back several centuries. They make excellent souvenirs as each piece is hand sculpted and truly unique. You can get your Barro Negro at the Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco.
Hunt down everything from hand carved masks to intricately woven rugs made on location. The Brightly colored, handcrafted and painted 'creatures' known as Alebrije or "winged dreams" will catch your eye as soon as you enter the Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco. For the most unique Alebrije in Huatulco, visit César Blas Martines in the Mercado De Artesanias in Santa Cruz.
There is a man named Felix Martinez Molina in Southwest Mexico who carves the most amazing hand carved masks known as Huave masks. Felix and his family have been carving these masks for more than a quarter century. You can get a Huave Mask of your own at the Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco.
When it comes to fishing in Huatulco, there is definitely more than meets the eye. If you find yourself in San Agustinillo or in Huatulco in general, take a minute to watch, chat with and appreciate the hard work – and family oriented nature – of the local fishermen. If you're lucky, you may even catch them bringing in a boat full of sharks!
Hop in your rental or hire a driver to take you down to Juchitan where you can experience the true Zapotec matriarchal society and colorful market. People in this region speak their orginal dialect with Spanish as their secondary language. The market may be shocking to some, but be sure to walk upstairs and see all the amazing textiles on display.
Volunteer your time - @ the Huatulco Red Cross, Bacaanda Foundation or with Un Nuevo Amanecer. Depending on your area of interest or expertise, the Huatulco community can always use your help. If you are a doc, EMT or nurse, the local Red Cross can sure use your help. If community activity, handy crafts and education are your preference, be sure to look up the Bacaanda foundation in Tangalunda.
There are various local publications and blogs (including ours) that are always looking for a new perspective on Huatulco. Whether short notes, trip logs or photo journals, we would love to publish them for you.
After Christmas, Day of the Dead is the next most important holiday in Mexico. You will see families visiting their dead relatives with gifts like mescal, beer, cigarettes, etc; special tamales, bread and chocolate are made just for the occasion. There will be mariachi and norteno bands playing songs and many people in the street dressed up in ornate costumes. Don't be shy, feel free to take pictures or request a song from the bands, but be sure to be respectful of the families celebrating the loss of their loved ones. If it is possible, try to head to Oaxaca for the festivities. They celebrate in a huge way each year.
One of the best parts about heading out to the markets when visiting another country is discovering all the wonderful local goods you can buy. The next best thing is getting a great deal. Find a market then find a merchant with a few things you like. Everything has a little bit of wiggle room but be fair.
There is nothing like the feel of the open road. Cruising down the blacktop with the Pacific Ocean stretching out beside you. There are plenty of rental shops in and around Hautulco including Oaxaca Rent Car, Hertz, and Europcar. Oaxaca Rent Car is the cheapest option and doesn't require that you purchase extra insurance.
This is a hidden treasure, not often visited by tourists. This market, located about 45 minutes north of Huatulco, is a Monday extravaganza. Merchants from all the mountain pueblos make their way to this Mexican town to set up shop for the day selling their wares. Here you will find incredible deals on local pottery (cookware), fruits & veggies, clothing and footwear, etc. It is a good idea to take a driver with you who can help you navigate around as you can easily get lost in the crowds and endless streets of merchants.
The markets in Santa Cruz are a great place to pick up some silver. Don't expect it to be super cheap though. If you are looking for real silver, the first stamp to look for is "925", this means that the jewelry is 92.5% silver. You may also see "950" indicating that it is 95% silver, expect this to be more expensive. The second stamp to look for in "Mex" or "Mexico" this is an important one as often vendors try and fake the "950" or "925" but leave off the "Mex".
If you are looking for unique pieces, check out the boutique jewelers at Maria Bonita and Daniel Espinosa
Súper Che is located in La Crucecita – away from the main square – on the Boulevard Chahue across from the Hospital. If you are driving down the main road you can't miss it. If you walk in and find the language barrier to be overwhelming you will be happy to find an area devoted to popular brands and foods you are more accustom to.
You know you want to make the people you left home in the cold jealous. Track down some free wifi and show off your tan! Public WiFi in Huatulco can be found at Café Casa Mayor upstairs on the zócalo in La Crucecita, Plaza el Madero, the beach clubs at Playa Chahue, Mision de los Arcos in La Crucecita, and West Park Café on Calle Gardenia 1302, La Crucecita. Paid WiFi internet access can be found at internet cafes and in the resorts around town.
What could be more soothing to the soul than a morning yoga class? The Yoga Huatulco website has a complete schedule of all available classes. Classes are usually held in the ocean front park of Santa Cruz. Picture yourself watching the palm trees sway in the breeze, listening to the birds chirp their morning song, and hearing the waves lapping on the beach as you stretch your worries away. Regular yoga retreats are also scheduled.
Visit the Cosméticos Naturales de Mazunte, S. de S.S and discover the amazing story behind this Natural cosmetics shop that offers a wide range of eco friendly products. Founded by key players at The Body Shop and 15 local families, Mazunte Natural Cosmetics is a must visit for those interested in Eco Tourism. Not only will you be helping the local economy but you'll be walking away with some phenomenal products!
Take it all in as you ride through charming neighborhoods and stunning lookout points. Head to Tangolunda for your bike rental if the villa or resort you are staying at does not have one for you. If you want to hit some trails and ride, you can get in touch with Aventura Mundo. They offer a variety of guided tours or you can rent bikes and discover the area on your own. This company can be found in Tangolunda plaza, near Tangoluda Bay.
Known for its mountainous terrain, Huatulco is the perfect place to work on those hill intervals! The Huatulco fitness secret is to get up bright and early if you're planning to get a run in. With temperatures quickly rising with the sun, it's important to put foot to pavement as early as possible. Many main roads have sidewalks where you can run (the coastal road offers wonderful views). A great and easy route is to run along the main road from Santa Cruz towards Tangolunda Bay. Bring drinking water! The tropical climate can easily cause dehydration.
Huatulco Fitness is a traditional fitness center (gym) offering all the usual equipment – stationary bikes, eliptical machines, treadmills, etc. along with all the weight equipment you need. They also offer classes, including: aerobics, zumba and some salsa. Day passes are available for about $5/day. The gym is open 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. The class schedule is posted online here(however only in Spanish).
Xquenda Spa, adjacent to Chahue Beach, is home to an olympic sized pool that you can use for a fee if you would like to include it as part of a spa treatment day at this deliciously wonderful local day spa. What better thing to do than reward an intense swimming workout with an indulgent morning of spa services? This spa also offers a unique Oaxacan steam-hut experience (Temazcal).
Santa Cruz is all a buzz with excitement once a year while hosting the ITU Triathlon. If you happen to be in town during the event, head down to cheer on runners, bikers and swimmers in the amateur and pro divisions. [If you are a superstar go here to enter and set the pace.]
If you are lucky enough to be in Huatulco during a full moon, plan ahead and find yourself a spot to watch the moonrise! The unique location of Huatulco makes it one of the few places where you can watch both the moonrise and sunset. Do not miss out on this phenomenon! Get together with some friends on the beach or on the rooftop for cocktails and watch the fiery red ball creep out of the Pacific Ocean. This is surreal experience to say the least. Conejos and Bocanna are the best spots to take it all in.
Since you are already on the beach watching the moonrise, and there's no one else around….why not strip down, do some cartwheels and skinny dip under the moon and stars! Be free my friends - be free!
This spot will make your heart skip a beat. With dramatic cliffs that melt into the water facing an incredible view of the open Pacific, sunrise over this beach will offer the perfect surrounding for that special moment. You can take a very private stroll along this quiet beach and listen to the sounds of romance as the surf crashes down on the La Bocana shores in front of you.
The beautiful beaches and exotic backdrops of Huatulco's scenery provide the ideal location to host your destination wedding. Get your friends and family on the plane or elope with your significant other. Your friends will be jealous of your awesome wedding.
After your dream wedding ceremony in Huatulco, the new thing to do is "Trash The Dress". Get the bridesmaids together and go play in the sand. This is definitely a moment to be captured for posterity so give Samuel Luna a call and have him swing by with his camera for some great pics.
So maybe you are getting married in Cancun or Acapulco. Why not make the short trip to Huatulco to celebrate an ultra romantic honeymoon?
Whether you choose to stay at one of the area resorts or rent a more private villa, Huatulco is a place where you can get away from the busy holiday crowds and find some real alone time with your new bride or groom. For those who choose to get married in Huatulco, there is no need to go anywhere. You are already in Paradise!
Huatulco is famous for its nine bays and 36 beaches. It is difficult to see them in all in one trip. You might have to come back a couple times since you will no doubt find yourself sidetracked with activities like snorkeling, mud baths, jet skiing and sunbathing that will eat away at your day.
It exists but you are going to have to be adventurous to find it. It will not be easy to reach.
Can you find it without asking someone?
If you're triping and traveling from beach to beach, why not write your name in the sand. If you send it to us we will post it on our Facebook page in a special album!
Grab a stick - really any stick will do... then write your name in the sand with it.
Whip out your phone or camera and take a picture of your stylish sand signature then...
While you have your camera or phone out taking a pic of your autograph, why not huddle the family together in front of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean backdrop for a memorable family photo.
Throughout the High Season in Huatulco there is a good deal of traffic in the Santa Cruz harbour. Kick back on the beach for a closer look or watch the Navy and Cruise Ships roll in from a distance.
Winton Churchill from Barefoot Consultants regularly posts great shots of the massive ships from his balcony.
You can swim in many parts of the ocean along Huatulcos coastlines. Some portions are more challenging than others and should be left for more advanced swimmers. The best ocean swimming conditions can be found in Tejoncito. A local swimmer won a national 5km competition in Acapulco last year…do you think you could beat his time?
When you are travelling in a group with children, sticking to kid friendly locations is mandatory. The top three beaches to take the little ones to are Maguey, Tejoncito and Santa Cruz Beach. Bring your beach ball or buckets and shovels and spend a great day with the family.
TIP: Be careful in Tangolunda and Chahue, both of these beaches have a pretty strong undertow
Taking the time to stroll the Huatulco shoreline comes with a bonus that sparkles in the mid-day sunlight. Interspersed among small seashells is a bounty of sea glass that is ripe for the plucking. Strike the mother load of these gems in Puerto Angel, a sleepy fishing village a little less than an hour's ride from Huatulco.
A great way to spend the afternoon in the sun. Find some friends and head down to the beach for a friendly match. If you want to join a game, some folks over on Tomzap like to play pretty regularly. Look for posts from Wayne Overby.
Kathy Taylor is another person to seek out if you want to get into a game or two. Now three years running, the beach volleyball game hosted by kathy Taylor at Sunset Beach behind the Pemex in Santa Cruz.
If surfing is your thing, then La Bocana is going to be your best bet as far as beaches go. It is also the home of Bocana Surf School where you can rent a board.
You are on vacation - who says you have to fill your hours with things to do? One of the best things about Huatulco is the fact that you can stretch out and just pass some time. Pick your favorite beach or pick a park bench, in one of the many beautiful gardens and soak up the sun and tranquility
Get your PADI open water certification through Gravity Sports Divers in Huatulco. Luca and Nata will be your PADI instructors and will ensure that you are well taken care of. They are all very thorough in their testing and provide an enjoyable, confidence building experience. The equipment is first rate and the dive sites are very rewarding.
It's not every day that you get the chance to see a giant sea turtle or manta ray in their natural habitat. With an impressive 30+ dive sites each full of marine life and rock formations, Huatulco is a great place to scuba dive!
Well I don't know, but head to Maguey to catch a glimpse of one of the coolest creatures in the ocean. The sea horse tends to stay in shallow depths and travel in adorable pairs. More advanced divers can reach depths of 130 ft. and see Red Snapper and Amberjacks in their natural habitats.
Hands down, the most beautiful dive spot in Huatulco and perhaps the entire Pacific Ocean. As one of the protected ecological zones in Huatulco, this is the absolute epitome of a tropical oceanic paradise! See living coral, sea turtle, sea horses, eagle rays, lobsters, mantas, sharks and moray eels. This is a fantastic dive site!
El Naufrago is a shipwreck located below the lighthouse in Huatulco. This 50+ year old wreck is really just a big debris field, with only the boiler, anchor and chain, and deck cargo of small tracked vehicles remaining to show that it once was a ship. There are always some brilliant blue and yellow sweepers and Moorish idols inside the boiler. Down on the flats, you'll probably see some monstrously large rays.
Divers can spot Eagle Rays and all kinds of aquatic life at this nearby dive site. Beginners have to access volcanic rocks without having to go in holes. Experienced divers will enjoy experiencing the odd sensation of going to and from the holes using the surge to propel them. The views at La Montosa are amazing and it's rare to see other divers here.
Tapesco offers great depths and impressive rock formations that are perfect for exploration. This dive site requires advanced open water diver skill level. Located further from shore than most Huatulco dive sites – the attraction of this site is the depth.
Every Friday night, Dreams celebrates Mexican night complete with a mariachi band, folkloric dances and an amazing Oaxacan buffet. Stop by and enjoy dancing, moonlight and unlimited drinks – it is an experience to remember. Admission is $45/adult. Fiesta Mexicana runs from 7 to 11pm.
In the Dreams and Camino Real Resorts you can take a seat at the pottery painting station and paint a wall hanging or other crafty ceramic item. The experts will glaze and touch it up for you to pick up later that day or the next as a great souvenir to take home!
The ocean front spa at Secrets is amazing ... Let your body, mind and spirit surrender to the pleasures at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia. For those guests seeking a sanctuary for the senses, the spa will offer an atmosphere of pure indulgence, elite services and quality products. You'll experience an invigorating and peaceful experience.
The beach club gives you access to a large restaurant and bar where they serve reasonably priced meals. They also have an expansive drink menu that allows you to sit back and relax on the beach with a cool cocktail in hand.
For those of you that spend a full winter in Hux, the Barcelo offers memberships with access to gym, pools, steam room and beach loungers
Camino Real is a 5 star resort located on Tangolunda Bay – giving you access to all the resort amenities you could want. Their full upscale breakfast buffet often doesn't get the recognition it deserves because the resort doesn't do all inclusive however it's the nicest in the area.
You know when you watch the movies and see all the gorgeous homes with stunning views? Most people don't live like that in real life...but in Huatulco you can!
There are many amazing rental properties available year round in Huatulco that are often cheaper than the area resorts. For a list of available properties send a quick note to Judy then go ahead and kick up your feet in some of the most beautiful properties on the planet.
Once you spend a little time with the amazing people in Huatulco you might just want to plan to come back for good. If that is the case, you are going to need to buy some property.
There process of buying property in Huatulco can be tricky at times. Valerie from Palm Properties Mexico can assist and is happy to help you navigate the process with ease.
Explore the bays of Huatulco on a stunning 42" cabin cruiser yacht. Enjoy this millionaire experience as you sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful surroundings. You will have the opportunity to see as many as 6 bays including; Santa Cruz, Maguey, Organo, Cacaluta, Chachacual and San Agustin. This is truly an amazing way to spend a day in Huatulco. If you have a group of 6-10 people, chartering a local yacht can be as affordable as jumping in a panga or on a crowded party boat.
In general, most property owners can only spend a portion of the year in their vacation. By setting up a rental program, you will enjoy the extra income to offset your annual costs and even start producing a healthy reserve fund for the property.
When you choose to rent one of the private villas in Huatulco, you are provided with world class kitchens but you have to cook for yourself. For a very low rate you can arrange to have a local chef visit you as often as you wish to prepare you authentic Mexican dishes right in your own space.
When vacationing in a place like Huatulco, many want to experience the culture; and what better way to do that than in an engaging cooking class? There are more than a few options available to you when it comes to classes so be sure to ask around when you get to town.
There are a variety of fresh food markets in and around La Crucecita. The freshest and best prized produce is avaiable at Fruver. All produce comes in on Tuesday and Friday morning - if you wanty anything special get there when the delivery truck arrives.
Enjoy dinner under a palapa style roof surrounded by gracefully hung lanterns at the Azul Profundo in the Camino Real Resort. If you give prior notice, Azul Profundo will set up a romantic table for you directly on the beach.
Terraza is the place for great food and great service. Their 'Fresh Catch' options along with their premium cut steaks make for a well rounded menu that is sure to please a variety of palates. The head (French) chef Olivier creates some amazing dishes that will have you coming back time and time again.
A favorite dining spot with locals and tourists alike, Viena has become a landmark for great food and fun. Its two Austrian hosts (Helmut and Manfred) will welcome you with open arms to see if their Schnitzel makes the cut! This is truly one of the best spots for fresh salad and fusion cuisine in Huatulco.
Oaxacan chocolate offers a unique flavor and texture which is more muted than folks are used to in the US or Canada. It is a quite grainy in consistency. Several flavors of chocolate are available to choose from including vanilla, milk chocolate, mocha and dark chocolate. The 'traditional' Oaxacan chocolate flavor contains cinnamon and almond. The chocolate is sold in balls, bars and chips. Pick some up at La Probadita in La Crucecita before you leave town.
It isn't everyday that you can enjoy a margarita in a treehouse bar! This unique setting is worth a visit. Built on a platform among the treetops, this bar offers a very different and upscale atmosphere. It's a great place to grab a nightcap after enjoying a dinner at the Quinta Real's incredible 5 star restaurant, overlooking Tangolunda Bay at night. Sky Lounge is Huatulco's only true Martini bar.
If you're feeling particularly adventurous you can pick up a jar of grasshoppers - an ideal item to bring out at your next social gathering! These tasty local treats are cooked/fried in lime juice and salt and are quite good (once you get over the idea of putting a grasshopper in your mouth). They offer a really unique flavor and texture and are definitely something different to bring home with you!! Best served with Guacamole, stop by an pick some up at La Probadita in La Crucecita.
Mexico's great ranch expanses have spawned a whole Vaquero or "cowboy" culture and Los Vaqueros is a cowboy bar/restaurant of the finest order. To accompany your cerveza, their standard fare is charros (delicious beans in a tomato sauce), and a "mixta" platter that includes arrachera (marinated steak), chorizo, ribs, and quail. If seafood is more your speed, Los Vaqueros is also the place to be.
Mole is the name given to this unique Oaxacan sauce available at La Probadita in La Crucecita or the huatulco market. Mole is a thick consistency, much like a paste. It has an impressive list of ingredients; 7 types of chiles, bananas, pears, apples, cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, onions, garlic, plain cookies, spices, sesame seeds, almonds, raisins and peanuts. Despite the long list of ingredients the mole comes in just two flavors, Red (hot) and Black (sweet). The only differences being, in Red Mole there are more chiles and less chocolate, while in Black Mole there are less chiles and more chocolate.
There is nothing like sipping on a glass of fresh juice from a blend of exotic fruits. When you are passing through La Crucecita be sure to stop in at Zamora. With 18 advertised blends of fruits and vegetables available daily, you will absolutely find something delicious to wet your whistle. Located across the street from Oasis Café on the southeast corner of the main square.
If authentic Mexican food is what you are in search of, look no further than El Sabor de Oaxaca. Located just off the main square in La Crucecita, this restaurant serves up some tasty traditional dishes. Plato Oaxaqueño : A dish including Oaxacan cheese, chile pork meat, Oaxacan style fillet, Sausage, small tortillas, beans, Avocado sauce, black mole, and stuffed chile. This dish serves two people, and as you can see, is perfect for meat lovers. Because El Sabor de Oaxacan is so popular, it is recommended that you make reservations during the high season (Mid-November to Mid-April).
Surprisingly, there is quite the Italian presence on the Oaxacan coast (due to a cult sixties Italian movie filmed close by), and the pizza is excellent at quite a few restaurants in town. La Crema is a funky throwback to the sixties with its head shop and batik bedspread ceiling, serves up crispy thin crust pizza from its wood-fired traditional domed pizza oven.
Another great place to grab a slice of pizza is La Teresina on Colorin – a tiny place with old Italian family recipes
Head down to La Casa del Mezcal is on Av Bugambilia to sample a wide variety of locally produced Mescal. For something really special, pick up a bottle of the Anejo/Reposado combination and bring it down to the beach with you to watch the sun go down. For those who can't handle the Mezcal straight, pick up a few Crema De Mezcal which are flavored, creamy blended varieties of the popular spirit. The more popular flavors are Cappuccino, Piña Colada, and Mocha (similar to Baileys liqueur) but many are available.
The Pollo en Barro at Santa Clara is absolutely AMAZING! A whole chicken slow cooked in clay with a mix of chiles and herbs. This dish is definitely one to seek out during your stay.
La Crema is a Huatulco institution - you see everyone from wealthy Mexico city patrons to famous surfers. Spacious but dark, this quirky, rock-themed den boasts loud tunes, the best cocktail list in town and delicious wood-oven pizza. The hard-partying university students knock 'em back while eyeing the action from a perch overlooking the Plaza Principal.
If you happen to be in Huatulco during the Film & Food Festival you are in for a treat. The Municipality of Huatulco, The Huatulco Hotel Association and the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Oaxaca and others support this anual event, intended to be a celebration of food - the oldest form of cultural identity - and film - the cultural expression of our times.(More info is available on their Facebook page)
Film screenings are held outdoors followed by food tasting related to each of the films.
Inspired by Luis Buñuel´s devotion to gastronomy - the art and science of food eating/culture with a particular focus on the gourmet. One of the highlights of this event each year is the Paella contest.
New for 2013, this tour has been designed to offer a laid-back view of Huatulco Real Estate. The tour showcases properties starting at $95K climbing to $1.8M – so no matter what your real estate dreams are made of, you'll find an option that fits. After the 1.5 hour land tour – you take to the water for a private yacht charter aboard the luxury 52' cabin cruiser for a sunset tour of the bays! And the best part is…THIS TOUR IS FREE OF CHARGE!
Jet Skiing on the ocean is not at all like the chill lake rides Canadian and American tourists may be familiar with. Hitting huge waves at full speed is awesome! It's also not all that unusual to spot a sea turtle paddling by or some dolphins off in the distance. Definitely an experience that shouldn't be missed!! Huatulco Water Sports is a professional bilingual company renowned for their jet ski/snorkel trips. Luis, the owner/operator has even been known to jump off and catch a lazy fish sunning on top of the water!
Start off in Santa Cruz and head to four bays where you will get a chance to suit-up and view Huatulco in a whole new light, underwater. Depending on water conditions, your guide will take you to different snorkel locations, to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Bays include, Santa Cruz, Maguey, Organo, and Cacaluta.
The Parque Eco Arqueologico provides a beautiful spot to walk around while viewing ruins of a historic significance. Although it should be mentioned that some of the ruins have been reconstructed in order to give a better perspective of what they once looked like. Located near La Bocana beach in an area called Copalita only an 8 minute drive from town.
A hidden secret on the Copalita river, accessible only by boat or raft…you can visit a local effort being made to protect these native creatures. Existing only on local donations – this preserve is a way to get to know these reptiles a little more intimately!
Trips to the waterfalls are usually bundled with trips to the coffee plantations. You will be gone a full day (10am back about 4:30pm). The falls are beautiful beyond words!! There are places to swim and cool off in the water. After your hike up to the falls you will find a tiny plantation and an awesome meal. The ride up and back is very bumpy – be prepared.
For an absolutely unforgettable "spa" experience, head down to La Bocana beach for an authentic Zapotec mud bath. Loved by locals, the silt in this region turns to mud, called "lodo," which reportedly has medicinal healing powers and has been used by several indigenous tribes for hundreds of years. Get a full-body mud treatment that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Beware! Your clothes will be stained by the mud.
Hire a captain to cruise the Pacific waters in the early part of the year as the whales are making their annual migration journey. Many different types of whales have been spotted along the coastline – which breed of whale are you going to spot???
A great experience for groups of all ages. The ATV tour offers a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon. Whether you prefer to man your own ATV or double with another driver, this tour will take you from the city to the jungle to the shores of a beachfront tropical paradise.
There are many Panga Boats to be found as you stroll the beaches of Huatulco. Many of them can be rented for a small fee with or without a captain. To find a Panga Boat for hire simply stroll down to the beaches.
There are many catamaran tours out of Santa Cruz which include beverages, guided snorkeling and a stop for lunch.
The zip lining tour takes you on an exciting ride above 600m of treetops. The views alone make this tour a must for those who've ever wanted to experience the feeling of soaring like a bird.
This 130 hectare agro-ecological development is only about an hour from Huatulco, in the foothills of the Sierra Madres. Swim in the grotto, eat fruit right from the trees, this is probably what Eden looked like. From beehives to earthworms, it is an evolving example of sustainable agriculture and deep respect for the planet.
Aventura Mundo is probably the most experienced tour company in the area. Rocket through thirty-five Class IV rapids and arrive exhilarated and safe at your destination. Offering both advanced and beginner level excursions Aventura Mundo's rafting tour is an excellent group activity. These guys also do bike tours and combination iguana farm and low key river tours.
Although many movies play in Spanish, some of the big hollywood films are in english and subtitled in Spanish – they do show the same hollywood hits found in the United States and Canada.
The museum opens daily at 10:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm, with admission of $25 pesos a person, a very inexpensive option for a day tour. Be sure to pick up a brochure on your way in, as it is an excellent source of information on the center (Available in both English and Spanish). Perfect for kids, the museum attached to the center offers a variety of aquariums where you can view all types of turtles, both salt and fresh water. There is also a gift shop on site that is perfect for picking up a few souvenirs to take home.
Every once in a while a person comes across an event almost too incredible to describe, and this phenomenon – known as arribadas – is one of them! Sea Turtle nesting usually begins in June and continues for a few months. Puerto Escondido and Mazunte are the beaches with the most activity during nesting season.
Visit Finca el Pacifico, one of the only working – organic – coffee plantations in Huatulco. Gain a new appreciation as you walk through a typical days work on the plantation; from production to consumption. Finca el Pacifico is located about a 2 hour drive into the mountain from Huatulco.
Huatulco is renowned for being one of the best places for fishing Marlin as well as Sailfish and Tuna. Try your luck in the waters of Huatulco where you'll enjoy a great fishing day and also admire the spectacular Huatulco Bays.
Huatulco has some great rivers for kayaking no matter what your experience level. For novice whitewater kayakers, the four mile highway-to-ocean section of the Copalita is a great learning area, with some fun little class I-II rapids and a lot of bird life.
In true Mexican tradition, local municipalities and groups often host these types of events in celebration of national holidays, elections, or any other important date that merits a real FIESTA.
Cock fights are also held in celebration of national holidays, elections, or any other important dates. While these types of gatherings may seem a little extreme to some, they are a definite way to see another side of the very rich Mexican culture.
Perched on the rock outcroppings you can observe the locals catch surprisingly large species of sea bass, rooster fish, and yellow tail jacks amongst others depending on the season. These guys look like pros and they only use a handline! No rod and reel here folks.
A day in the saddle offers a different perspective of Huatulco´s natural wonders. Whether you are galloping along a virgin beach, or ducking your head to trot under the low hanging branches of 100 year old tree, this is a fantastic way to see Huatulco. You won´t hear any engines roaring or smell any gasoline...just you and your trusted 4 legged friend.
Located in the town of Santa Maria Huatulco, west of Santa Cruz Huatulco. This is an important protected area. This park covers 11,890 hectares (29,368 acres) and has some 9,000 lowland jungle plant species in its gallery forest and mangroves. Spot more than 701 bird species including hummingbirds, pelicans and hawks or look out for some of the 470 reptile species, including black iguanas, salamanders and snakes.
Nestled in the tropical location of Bahias de Huatulco, is a gem of a golf course, Club de Golf Tangolunda. Gemlike because of it's emerald St. Augustine fairways and Bermuda greens, and the many faceted challenges that make this a golfer's dream.
Length: Blue tees 6851 White Tees 6366 Red Tees 5605
Par: Men 131 Women 128
Cost: low season – 1,200 pesos and high season – 1,400 pesos
*All inclusive rates includes: tee time, shared golf cart, practice balls, tees and two bottles of water.
Pro-shop: limited items, better bring your own, but there's equipment available for rent.
The Festival Las Aves en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas started in 2006 and has become somewhat of a tradition in Huatulco/Oaxaca since then. Events included presentations, films, workshops, excursions to the countryside. The event is sponsored by Parque Nacional Huatulco (CONANP), la Sociedad Mexicana de Ornitología y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Seriously though, Huatulco is a great place for bird watching. Aves de Huatulco (Birds of Huatulco) has a total of five bird watching locations to choose from. Travel through beautiful terrain as your experienced guide takes you on an adventure.
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