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Welcome to Huatulco in Mexico!

huatulco mexico coast

Huatulco is a stunning collection of beautiful pacific coastal bays for which the centerpiece is the town of La Crucecita, located on Mexico’s popular Pacific shoreline in the state of Oaxaca. Huatulco’s tourism nerve centers are its nine bays known as Bahias de Huatulco, which has been shortened to simply Huatulco in recent years.

La Crucecita Huatulco

You’ll find Huatulco is one of Mexico’s most relaxed destinations due to its amazing charm and warmth of the locals. Huatulco is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place.

The centerpieces of Huatulco’s charm are undoubtedly its nine pacific bays, encompassing no less than 36 beaches and numerous inlets and coves, each with its own unique character and ecology. All are noted for their dream-like beaches of golden sand and crystal clear water, yet the bays remain charmingly unspoiled, sometimes accessible only by boat, making these less prone to crowds but equally exquisite. Huatulco is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Huatulco you may wish to check out the Huatulco hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Huatulco? We also offer extensive day trips in Huatulco. This unique place has simply amazing things to see. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Huatulco Mexico.

Huatulco offers a wide variety of accommodations from bed and breakfast rooms for rent, small economy hotels, luxury VIP oceanfront villas, vacation condominiums, as well as numerous luxury resorts standing on or near the seashore of Tangolunda Bay. To name but a few you have the Camino Real Zaashila, Quinta Real Huatulco, Las Brisas, Dreams Resort & Spa and the Barceló Hotel.

Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains convene with the Pacific Ocean roughly 500 km south of Acapulco, Guerrero. The current population of Huatulco is around 50 000.

Restaurant Huatulco Mexico

Whether you are visiting Huatulco in Mexico for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Huatulco will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Huatulco will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Huatulco Restaurant districts.

Huatulco Festivals

Huatulco Music Festival for the Earth

The Music Festival for the Earth or in Spanish, Música por la Tierra offers music and culture in an event intended to raise awareness about the environment. The Huatulco event features a number of rock and popular music groups from around the world.

Huatulco Tourism

Bahias de Huatulco

The Bahias de Huatulco, Bahia meaning Bay in Spanish, is divided into four specific districts. Tangolunda is the area where the large fashionable resorts are located.

Tangolunda Huatulco

Then there’s Santa Cruz, which is a quaint town with the main marina and the world renowned Santa Cruz beach. Finally there’s the crowning jewel town of La Crucecita, which is a small township just inland from the beach area which provides tourism services to the area, and the Chahue vecinity between Santa Cruz and Tangolunda.

The Bahias de Huatulco, (Bays of Huatulco) are actually made up of a sequence of nine bays and numerous small coves stretching along 26 kilometers of jagged coastline, including 36 white sandy beaches. The most popular bay is Bahía de Santa Cruz, which is just south of the town of La Crucecita. It is also the areas epicenter of commercial and tourist activities, with a big pier where cruise ships from around the world dock. Many tourist focused businesses can be found here such as; hotels, craft shops, discothèques, bars, restaurants, excursion agencies, sailboat excursions as well as scuba diving, snorkeling and jet skis for rent. Many weddings and baptisms are celebrated on the beach and coastal area called the Capilla de Santa Cruz. Playa Santa Cruz, is the best known of the beaches and can get quite busy at times.

Santa Cruz beach Huatulco

Playa Santa Cruz is 250 meters long, with soft white sand, turquoise blue water and a myriad of services to suit all tastes.

Main destinations in Huatulco

Bahia Chahue Huatulco

The more developed areas of Huatulco due east of Santa Cruz and include bays of Bahia Chahue, Bahia Tangolunda and Bahia Conejos. Bahia Chahue is 2 km east of Santa Cruz and its name means “fertile or moist land” in Zapotec. It has a yacht marina for large and small yachts along with three principal beaches; Chahué, Esperanza and Tejón. Despite these being quite wide beaches, their moderate surf makes them less-visited than those in Santa Cruz. Just 3km east of Chahue is Bahía Tangolunda, which has five principal beaches; Ventura, Manzanillo, Tornillo, Tangolunda and Rincon Sabroso.

huatulco Rincon sabroso

The particular attraction of these is the water which varies between cobalt blue and emerald green. Most of the most prestigious hotels are located on this bay. Residencial Conejos is 4 km east of Tangolunda and has some of the most impressive residential homes in the area, some of which are available as upscale vacation rentals. The mouth of the Rio (River) Copalita is slightly east of Bahia Conejos and it has a long zone of beaches. To the east of Río Copalita are beaches extending all the way to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Barra de la Cruz Huatulco

Two of these beaches are Barra de la Cruz and Playa Mojon. Some excellent surf waves can be found at these beaches which makes them particularly popular with surfers and Jet Ski riders. One of the best and easiest to access is the Barra de la Cruz beach. Playa El Mojon can, at certain times of the year, have some respectable waves for surfing and is also a great location to explore the surrounding coastline and valleys.

Huatulco National Park

To the west of Santa Cruz, the beaches are less urbanized; in fact most of this area belongs to the Huatulco National Park, a federally protected area for wildlife and fauna. Huatulco National Park contains 6,375 hectares of lowland jungle and 5,516 hectares of marine areas, encircling the bays of Bahia Maguey, Bahia Organo, Bahia Cacaluta, Bahía Chachacual and Bahía San Agustín. A must for snorkelers and divers, these bays offer the most important coral communities of the Mexican Pacific. Over 700 species of animals live in the park as well as numerous species of colorful fish. Despite being a protected zone, it is open to scuba diving, bird-watching and hiking. Huatulco was awarded the Green Globe International Certification in 2005 as a sustainable tourist region. An impressive feat for Huatulco as it was the first sustainable tourist community in the Americas and the third worldwide, after Bali in Indonesia and Kaikoura in New Zealand. Bahia Organo is named for the cacti that grows here. It is 240 meters long and accessible only by boat. Bahía Maguey is about 1/2 km long and is accessible by car or on foot. Both of these bays have exquisite and pristine white sand and waters of various hues of blue and green. Bahía Cacaluta and Bahía Chachacual are only accessible by boat, and there are utterly no human constructions of any kind. Bahía San Agustin is the furthest west and the biggest of all the bays. It has 1 km of beaches between 20 and 80 meters wide. There are also small islets inside the bay itself which are popular with visitors who swim out to these with relative ease. Large parts of the Bahias de Huatulco resort area are located within an “ecological zone”; much of the area is protected from future development, and the area is supported by efficient modern water and sewage treatment plants so that no waste goes into its immaculate bays. Huatulco has been awarded the Green Globe certification, and it is the only resort in Mexico to receive this prestigious award making it a favorite with sustainable tourism visitors.

Huatulco History

huatulco history

Local legend has it that under Spanish rule pirates looted Huatulco, but that they didn’t succeed in stealing its beauty. The warm Pacific Ocean washes the shores of Huatulco’s 36 stunning beaches, extending across nine bays boasting warm waters and golden sands. The area was a flourishing commercial port and favorite haunt of pirates and British navigators such as Sir Thomas Cavendish in 1587 and Sir Francis Drake in 1578. A famous deed happened during the War of Independence in January 1832, when the Mexican Picaluga brothers betrayed the revolutionary General Vicente Guerrero on the coast of Huatulco and sent him to a firing squad on the “La Entrega” beach found in this area.

huatulco contruction 1960

The government tourism development agency (Fonatur) began planning the area’s main resort in the 1980s and in 1988 the Bahias de Huatulco (bays of Huatulco) National Park was declared a protected nature reserve with a world-class tourism infrastructure of luxury hotels, nightclubs, discos, restaurants, and golf courses and a the little gem city of La Crucecita.