A Classic Mexican Market in Huatulco
Located in the Santa Cruz square, this quintessential Mexican market offers access to dozens of local vendors. Making it an ideal spot to go to if you are in the mood to barter and get some great deals!
The products offered can, more or less, be broken down into four main categories that can be seen below along with some tips from experience:
BEACH WEAR & GEAR: Everything from towels and sarongs to tubes and toys can be found here in surplus.
*** Quick Tip #1:
This market is a perfect place to pick up some kids toys for a day at the beach and at a great price!
*** Quick Tip #2:
Often you will notice that the exact same sarong can be found at multiple vendors, so be sure to shop around to ensure the best price.
A varied selection of beautiful woven textiles can be found here which are distinctive to the area. For a wider variety of local textiles, you may want to venture into La Crucecita where you can visit the actual textile factory.
*** Quick Tip #3:
Beach bags are a good price, but are very cheaply made. The colors have been known to bleed onto other fabrics. However, if you soak them in salt water and let them dry, it will set the colors.
SILVER & BEADED JEWELRY:
There is a misconception that all silver purchased in Mexico will be cheap, this is not always the case – especially at jewelry shops in Huatulco. What is true, however is that Mexico maintains its status as the largest producer of silver in the world, supplying 14% of the worlds silver consumption. As of 2010 unfinished silver was selling for as much as .56 cents a gram. So when dealing with vendors take into consideration the overall value of the silver in addition to the time and effort put into making it. With that being said,
*** Quick Tip #4:
Be aware that vendors are just trying to make a buck so when it comes to more of the generic jewelry or products in general, particularly with beaded jewelry, make sure to check that it is a locally produced item. It’s not out of the question that you may find a “made in China” stamp or sticker somewhere on the item…just make sure you find it before you buy the item and not after you get home!
*** Quick Tip #5:
How to identify 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”.
Traditional black clay pottery native to the area can be found throughout the market. These beautiful pieces would be a perfect addition to any home, so be sure to check them out. Locally known as “Barro Negro”, these clay pots date back several centuries making them the one of the most traditional crafts of this region. It wasn’t until the fifties that a woman discovered the ability to darken these once much lighter pots. The buffing process is what gives the clay its true color and shine. Soaking and settling the clay to remove impurities can take up to a month. Upon completions, pieces take approximately 20 days to finish, so take this into consideration while bartering.
***Quick Tip #6:
When shopping at markets in general your best bet is to bring cash, there are bank machines available in Santa Cruz (nearby you’ll find the Scotiabank ATM).
This Artisan market is ideal if you are in the mood for some light walking and hunting for a deal. As was mentioned above, the same or similar products can be found at several different vendors, giving you an excellent opportunity to strike a deal!