Where To Buy Food, Clothes And More In Huatulco
A favorite past time for many on vacation is the joy of a good shopping find or fun-filled bartering at the local markets. Huatulco offers many great spots to dig for new treasures to bring home with you! Below, you’ll find shopping options near your Huatulco hotel broken-down by area locations:
1. Santa Cruz
This area offers the traditional Mexican market. Offering rows of vendors selling Mexican artesania including dresses, bags, pottery, blankets, glassware, hammocks, t-shirts, jewelry, and more. Many of the vendors carry the exact same items so you can often get your bartering hat on here and work on getting the best bang for your buck. They will often assess how much they think you’ll spend and start there…it’s pretty entertaining! Many tourists coming to Mexico expect to find that inexpensive silver accessories, but Huatulco is not known for its cheap jewelry. Most of the shops weigh the silver and price it accordingly. It is much more difficult to barter for this type of purchase. Often merchants will let you walk away before dropping their prices.
Adjacent to the marina in Santa Cruz, you’ll find a few higher-end boutiques selling designer jewelry and the like. The starting point for items in many of these shops is around the $100 USD mark and up (to over $5,000 USD). Although you can negotiate the prices with a little more refined bartering, they still won’t offer you a cheap-find. However, you will likely walk out with an incredible piece of timeless jewelry. The designers hosted by these boutiques love to use natural stone and coral in their creations, often coming up with stunning settings and eye-catching centerpieces to any outfit. One of the most notable jewelry boutiques in this area is Maria Bonita.
One more boutique you should make a point of visiting if you’re looking for a timeless piece of jewelry is Daniel Espinosa – located on the curbside beside Real Marina Blue Condos in front of Santa Cruz Marina. This designer boasts worldwide boutique locations and has created custom pieces for several A-List celebs.
Other shops in Santa Cruz are scattered around the restaurant area and curbside. These include local pharmacies, grocery markets, liquor stores, and tourist shops.
Plaza Chahue, although primarily commercial storefronts, includes one shop worth mentioning: Artesanias La Fortuna. This shop offers a variety of handmade jewelry and onix fixtures at great prices! If you’re willing to lug an onix framed mirror or onix light fixture home on the plane – this shop is a must see. I remember reflecting on the fact that similar items found in the US or Canada could easily be three to four times the cost of these gems! Well worth the inconvenience of bulky hand-luggage – there is a good chance you’ll find something new to enjoy in your home offering memories of your time in Huatulco!
3. Tangolunda Bay
Being the main resort bay, you can find a resort boutique at every resort on this Huatulco strip. Most of these shops include your typical resort merchandise such as branded t-shirts, suntan lotion, basic toiletries, beach toys, bathing suits, etc. However, the boutique found at Quinta Real is top of the pile when it comes to resort shopping. Here you’ll find a small selection of women’s clothing (dresses, skirts, tops) and jewelry, among other odds and ends. The only reality you face is the over-valued tourist price tags. In all liklihood, you could find jewelry at one of the above mentioned jewelry boutiques in town that would top anything found here. You pay for convenience – nada mas.
4. La Crucecita
This is the town center offering your classic Mexican town square experience – complete with artisan shops galore! Here you’ll find every kind of tourist shopping you could want. You’ll find hand-painted pottery as well as the signature Oaxacan black pottery called barro negro. There are lower-end jewelry shops, t-shirt shops,liquor stores, food markets, glassware shops, tourist memorabilia, pharmacies, swimwear, among other shops. Most of these shops are found on the streets that form the boundaries of the central park square in town.
At night, you will find a variety of local artisans on the pathways through the park square. You will be able to find truly hand-crafted finds such as shell-based jewelry (popular with children), handmade stationary/journals, leather-work, pottery, etc.
Just beyond the artisan-based shopping square, there is a small indoor shopping mall. Although stores change over from time to time in this mall, there are a couple of worthwhile shops to take a look at. There is a great children’s shoe boutique where you can find high-quality Mexican shoe brands. There is also a lovely women’s clothing boutique where you will be able to find some beautiful linen dresses, skirts and tops. Beyond these shops, you will find a couple of beach shops selling a variety of swimwear and beach accessories and a couple of jewelry shops.
One last stop you may want to make while in La Crucecita is TELAR ESCOBAR which can be found on the corner of Cocotillo and Bougainvillea. This shop is a local weavers shop that makes beautiful Mexican clothing, bedding, and tablecloths on site. You will find the widest selection of Mexican clothing here…and probably the best quality in the region.
6. La Entrega
This well known family-friendly swimming beach offers access to wandering artisans selling their fares on the beach. Don’t expect to find anything overly unique here…it is your typical inexpensive beach jewelry and knick knacks. If you can wade through the swarms of people to get to the artisans…you might find some inexpensive souveniers.