Walking through town
We took a cab to the local hardware store to pick something up. Since it was about 15 block to the downtown area, we decided to walk around. It was so nice and peaceful. It was a chance to see somespots that were out of the way from most touristy places.
We went to a pharmacy and tried to buy something (lip balm) for my wife. Well, me limited Spanish and the lady's limited English made it an adventure. It was fun. It is something that makes the whole trip. Working through the language barrier and ending up with results.
- Family Travel
Church on the Main Plaza
Like most Latin American towns, the central park has a church on one side. We were in town in the early evening and found that the church was open. The whole downtown was lively. We decided to go to the church to take in the beauty of it.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Zip Line - Rancho Tangolunda
Once we tried a Zipline in Cancun the year before, we got hooked. The zipline here was through the jungle and was by far better then the one in Cancun.
My wife and daughter thought the guy running the thing was hot......whatever....
It was a nice trip but the scenery was not much since it was very dry. I imagine that during the wet season things would look great. There are plans on expanding the zipline.
We will definately be going back next time we go to Huatulco.
- Family Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
found our tropical paradise
There aren’t many one runway, open air, jungle style international airports in the world but when you find one, it’s normally a good idea to plan a trip there. Ko Samui Thailand, in the Bay of Bengal also comes to mind but in this instance we’re talking southern pacific Mexico, almost to Guatemala.
You know you have arrived when you exit the plane and are greeted with a warm flower scented embrace of tropical air.
It’s a short hop into the bustling modern but colorful and quaint town of La Crucecita
The first thing you notice different about this place is how clean and well maintained it is, unlike so much of Mexico.
Palm trees grace the median strip islands of tree lined boulevards reminiscent of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo but without the hordes of tourists. These boulevards stretch for miles along a dramatic coastline which harbors numerous American, Canadian and European all-inclusive resorts and breathtakingly beautiful boutique hotels, villas and upscale residential developments. It has the quiet sophistication and grace of Manzanillo without all the commercial/industrial clamor and chaos.
You drive through a gorgeous seaside/jungle golf course that has a Pebble Beach feel and presence and is meticulously maintained.
Here is a coastline like no other…..Nine bays for which the area is most famous and derives it’s name, Bahias de Huatulco, are: Conejos, Tangolunda, Chahue, Santa Cruz, Organo y Maguey, Cacaluta, Chachacual, Riscalillo, San Agustin. Many of the bays have several gorgeous beaches that beckon you with serenity, solitude, and an odd sense that you are the first person to lay eyes on them.
One of the bays, Santa Cruz, has a cruise ship pier and a bustling little town of the same name. A remarkable thing happens sometimes when you meet an expat from Europe, Canada, or the U.S. and they all say the same thing. “We got off the cruise ship and fell in love with Huatulco. We were struck by its cleanliness and charm and the warmth of the people….We found a condo or villa and made an offer all in the same day! We knew we had found our tropical paradise.”
Huatulco’s international/cosmopolitan appeal is exhibited in it’s splendid array of restaurants and gathering places, French, German, Irish, Swiss, Canadian, U.S. and, of course the renowned cuisine of Oaxaca. There’s always something unique about a place that draws such diverse international interest.
The more adventurous travelers will rent a car and tour the coastline either west a 30 minute drive to the picturesque fishing village of Puerto Angel or an hour and a half to Puerto Escondido a world class surfing destination and a vibe all its own, colorful, festive, and exciting, especially if you’re young and love big surf. Heading east, my first hand knowledge ends at Playa Bocana, a mere ten miles or so down the coast. I look forward to more exploration this direction, all the way to Guatemala!
Here is a short list of things we have yet to do in Huatulco:
A road trip to Oaxaca
Top notch scuba and snorkeling companies and guides like Hurricane Divers.
Bay tour is a must
Approaching uninhabited coves and bays by sea gives the sense of discovery and the excitement of exploration that must have been experienced by the great explorers. This is an experience everyone should make time for. The guides are experienced, the cooler holds your lunch and beverage choices and the day is all yours to snorkel, explore, and enjoy the boatside company of dolphins and whales.
Deep sea sport fishing charters abound.
The isthmus of Tehuantepec, creates seasonal winds that create what is called upswell, the warmer surface water moving out to sea and the colder deep water rising to the surface bringing rich nutrients and food to the surface and creating a “feeding frenzy” of sport fish. It’s the time for unforgettable sport fishing.
A very nice marina for the serious yachtsman or cruiser. It is well maintained and managed
Most people try to cram too much action into their vacation….Sometimes doing nothing at all is the best therapy for rejuvenation.
Many vacationers have been to Huatulco before, sometimes many times before.
Bahia de Luna is a Swiss owned retreat that occupies its own private bay.
Genteel yet rustic and natural, As with all memorable experiences, it is what is unveiled slowly and subtly that most captures our hearts, minds, and imaginations.
First class condominium projects abound for the person who wants the security and certainty of their own sanctuary without all the difficulties of maintenance and upkeep associated with individual properties.
Vacation home exchange opportunities abound for swapping with others around the globe so ownership here is not about isolation and lack of travel and exploration opportunities. When you own, you can trade all over the globe.
The architecture is mostly Mediterranean, dazzling white stucco with domes, turrets and graceful arches with much gorgeous stone, wrought iron and rich sumptuous woods. One property in particular embodies all of the above, Sueno del Mar in Chahue Bay near the new marina and next door to not only a very well appointed beach club and entertainment facility but also a European spa and health club and situated at the edge of a very beautiful city park..
Its spanking new and mostly sold out. I can easily see it swapping well for a ski vacation in Chamonix, a stay on the Cote d’Azur, Tuscany, Rome, Paris, or any of the world’s great destinations.
A very good naval hospital and medical services as well as home to a naval installation which adds an overall sense of protection and security missing from so much of Mexico or anywhere else for that matter.
Mexico’s tourism department, Fonatur is committed to growing the area into a world class destination which will surpass many of the older, more well know tourist hot spots.
I think we’ve, “found our tropical paradise”.
Jim and Mary Spicka
Not Just Another Resort Destination
If you’re interested in leaving the resort for an activity, your options are numerous. Offshore Fishing - Sailfish, Tuna, Red Snapper, etc. You can tour Huatulco in several ways: tour of the magnificent bays on board a catamaran, horseback ride across the beach or the jungle, take a guided ATV tour. Some other activities to consider are diving, snorkeling, and golf. There is an 18-hole Golf course located in the middle of a completely natural environment.
Jeep Jungle Tour – For this, I would recommend hiring a guide. This thrilling ride will take you directly up into the mountains and into the jungle. The highlights of this adventure are experiencing “ecotourism” at it’s finest by exploring the massive undeveloped, untouched jungle, the coffee plantation, and the water falls. You will travel winding one lane (two-way) roads and pass through many villages to arrive at the coffee plantation. When we visited, we saw little signs of coffee but we enjoyed the nature, wildlife, and natural butterfly conservatory located at the site. Not far from there, you will hike down through the jungle to the natural falls where you can take a dip or swing from a rope swing.
Puerto Angel and Zipolite – For this, you will need to rent a vehicle or hire taxis for a 1 to 1-1/2 hour drive west. Puerto Angel is a small town with a large marina where many fisherman gather, depart and dock. The beaches in Zipolite will knock your socks off. We suggest you check out La Playa del Amor (clothing optional). Travelers beware that there are reports of crime in Zipolite mostly involving pickpockets and theft. The long and the short of it is once you leave the hotels, don’t take anything of value to the beach; and don’t walk away from your belongings if you want to keep them.
The Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga is located a few miles west of Zipolite at Bahía. Hours of operation are kind of hit and miss.
- Water Sports
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Rafting the Copalita River
The Copalita River's source is high up the Southern Sierra Madre and it's waters flow through deep canyons into the Pacific Ocean. We booked the trip through Apple Vacations-they had a kiosk in our hotel. We were picked up at 6 am by very friendly english speaking guides. The drive up the mountain took about an hour and was spectacular. We drove through thick jungles and had the opportunity to see how the locals lived. Many people were living in "homes" with no walls. A barefoot child ran out to the road as we passed with a dead armadillo he caught-which I suspect was for dinner. Despite the obvious poverty, I did not see one person who looked sad, hungry or discontent.
There are 3 different sections of the river ranging from Class I-V. Tell your guide if you are experienced. We made the mistake of not informing them and we were taken on Class I-III. The river looked like Choclate milk but was very clean. The scenery was spectacular, withlush jungle vegatation and high cliff wall on either side of us
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Sailing through Huatulco Bays
The best of Huatulco are its beaches, a lot of virgin beaches along 9 bays near there. The most beautifull for me is Cacaluta Beach, My wife and I were the only ones in the 2Km long beach. It's indescriptible and the most beautyfull beach i have ever seen.
If you like extreme sports, try rafting at Copalita River, it's a very exciting experience, even for fist timers. You can book a day in the river at Copalita River Tours at downtown Santa Cruz. No Photos in this place unless you have a waterproof camera.
Playa de Maguey...
Huatulco Bay’s vegetation is considered exuberant, because the main tree species can be found there, such as tepguaje, cazarate, poppy, figus mecianos, colorín, as well as low thorny jungle, thorny bushes, gallery woods and mango mangrove swamps by the seashore…
After a nice day we arriving back in the Marina. Notice that more agencies offer such a trip. Here you see the Tequila boat. Chatting with other people we notice that there is not much difference on both tours…
The same day we arrived in Huatulco, we already booked a boat trip for next morning. This is the best way to know what are the beaches and their location…
This is a fine Canadian fellow we met on the boat.
Unfortunate he was out of money, so we shared our food with him…
Playa de Santa Cruz…
The reason we went there was for an evening walk and was very enjoyable there. The sunsets were very nice…
Playa de Santa Cruz…
Later I remind that almost all the time it was in the evening on our visit there…
Playa de Santa Cruz…
I was looking very strange when I saw the pictures at home after our vacation. The only pictures I had from Playa de Santa Cruz where took in the evening…