Located away from the ocean, a little northeast of Santa Cruz is La Crucecita, a charming area known as "town". Centered around the main square or "zocalo" are a number of awesome restaurants, shops as well as the beautiful church, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Some of the more notable spots to eat are Onix, Terra Cotta, El Sabor de Oaxaca, Santa Clara, Rigoletto, Los Portales and La Red.
When you stay in La Crucecita you are really in the center of it all. There are plenty of villas and condos for rent in the area.
La Crucecita is a great place to do a variety of shopping, from grocery to souvenir. Located here are a number of touristy shops offering beautiful authentic pieces perfect to take back home. Also found here are a variety of fresh food markets as well as local superstore, Súper Che. This is a great area for a casual stroll and some light shopping.
The Santa Cruz beach (Playa Santa Cruz) greets many beach lovers looking to improve their tans. It is often a busy spot due to its proximity to popular tourist spots and the marinas. The calm waters off this beach are some of the best for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. There are spots close by that rent equipment or that can even take you out by boat to other, more remote beach locations.
In very close proximity, you will also find Playa Entrega. This 600 foot stretch of beach is one of the best locations for family ocean fun!
It is also home to one of the infamous historical events in Huatulco's history. Locals and tour guides will be anxious to share stories about how Vincente Guerrero, war hero and president, was betrayed by Francisco Picaluga on this very beach ultimately leading to his murder in Oaxaca City.
Although there are no tours directly in La Crucecita, its location near the highway provides a great opportunity to drive towards the mountains. In fact, a scenic 2-hour drive up the mountains takes you to Finca el Pacifico a 100-year-old working coffee plantation! That may seem like a long trek, however the picturesque views are often considered a tour all their own!
If you are looking for some good quality – authentic- souvenirs to take home, this is the place to go. La Crucecita offers everything from hand-crafted pottery to bottles of mescal.
For instance, La Probatita offers a wide selection of authentic Mexican mescals in addition to mole, chocolate, and grasshoppers for the adventurous!
If grasshoppers and alcohol are not what you're looking for, be sure to check out the Museum of Oaxacan Crafts. This impressive little shop has an expansive selection of authentic products. Including- but not limited to-, decorative masks, sculptures, pottery and a back room dedicated to hand woven tapestries that will blow your mind.
If you find yourself in Huatulco for a prolonged period of time, you will most likely become familiar with Súper Che; a superstore located slightly off the town center on the main road. Súper Che is a great place to pick up some groceries if you don't have time to hit up a fresh food market.
Along the same lines as Súper Che, La Crucecita is home to a small mall that offers a decent variety of shops as well as the towns Cinema. Although the movies play in spanish – they do show the same hollywood hits found in the United States and Canada.
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.
La Crucecita is just a short way from the Santa Cruz Harbour where all kinds of large ships roll in. 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.