Santa Cruz Huatulco Travel Guide

  • Huatulco
    Huatulco
    by CDM7
  • Santa Cruz Huatulco
    by CDM7
  • Santa Cruz Huatulco
    by CDM7

Santa Cruz Huatulco Things to Do

  • Boat trip...

    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…

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Restaurants

  • perfect view of Tangolunda Bay...

    The Quinta is one of two non-inclusive's on Tangolunda Bay. It is an intimate hotel comprising 28 rooms, lushly landscaped, impeccable design details and a perfect view of the bay. For dinner I started with a seabass and octopus ceviche with cactus salad in a soya and habenero vinaigrette (105.00). Then had chilies stuffed with cheese and...

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  • Lot's of Fun

    The whole experience was great. Went with a co-worker and his family. The drinks were cold. The food was very tasty. The service was quick.The staff would goof around and have a mock show with little instruments. They manage to get my kids and one of Arnie's daughters up there with them. It was like our own little party. It was all good.

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  • Best carne al Pastor

    Announce itself as providing some old recipy for carne al pastor which is spiced meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie.Serves them as five small tacos (2,50 USD) or a plate (about 4 USD if I remember correctly) I do not know their hours of operation, we were always eating some between 20-22h, 1-2hrs before completing with some more food from other...

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Nightlife

  • Nice little Pub

    This was located on one side of the central park. It is a small pub but the drinks were cold and the staff was friendly.(Personally I thought the waiteress should have been a model).This was a great spot to watch people wandering by around the main square. Casual

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  • How to dress and where it is...

    Also here are no rules about dressing. Just wear what you want and enjoy the music and your drink…

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  • Another nice bar...

    Selva is a Spanish word for jungle. Enjoy this place by sitting very nice under the trees in this half open pub. A great place for those who like the Rolling Stones or watching to live soccer games…

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Transportation

  • Taxis

    Getting around Huatulco is easy and inexpensive by taxi. One can easily determine the fare as it is posted on the dashboard of the taxi. There are many taxi stands around town and the cabs are clean. Our most expensive fare was $5 US and was to Santa Cruz.

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  • Water taxi...

    Taking a water taxi is also very popular in Huatulco. You are been able to take a small boat from or too the beach you want. Those water taxis are cheaper then a normal taxi as they take more then one group/family with them. And in the mean time they can fish as well…

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  • Walking and taxi…

    Moving around in Huatulco we did most by food to keep us healthy.For further places as some beaches we did by taxi. Taxis are not so expensive at all in Huatulco.Even now, a taxi is still an unknown transport on VT...

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Shopping

  • Sarongs From Indonesia

    La Crucecita has a large selection of shops that sell pottery, sarongs, clothes and crafts. Not being much of a shopper, I only browsed through the items quickly. I wanted to buy a sarong and found that most of the items that are sold here are from Indonesia-I could not find much in the way of local goods. I gave up and enjoyed yet another rita!

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  • Market Hall…

    Whoops, I almost forgot to tell that the Mescal in Huatulco is one of the best in Mexico…

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  • Market Hall…

    For us it was not necessary to buy food because we always were eating in a restaurant. So, Elsa went for souvenirs and me for tequila ;-)

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Local Customs

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    by scheel1430 Written May 22, 2007

    Unlike most American restaurants, the servers will not bring you your tab after dinner or drinks before you ask for it. You can wait and wait and wait but they will not bring it until you ask. To do so, say "La Cuenta, por favor."

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger in Huatulco

    I recently had my face beaten to a pulp in a bar in Huatulco. When I checked with a witness she told me that some weeks previously she had been savagely attacked in the street and her bag cut from her with a knife as she lay writhing from the pain of the blows to her face. When I mentioned this to another friend she told me that the same thing had...

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  • Boat ride rip off

    There are several great places to snorkle in Huatulco. We went to the harbor where the boat owners practically attack you as soon as you get out of the car. We told the captain we wanted to drive to this one area, and he told us it was inaccessible by car. He charged us $80 for what would have been a 10 minute ($5) cab ride.

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  • Rattlesnakes…

    I can not say I saw rattlesnakes on the beaches or town, but when we came back from the waterfalls we saw this one on our way. We stopped the car and some (brave) people went out to beat it dead. Then I took this picture. Later a guy took of the rattle to put it is his guitar. It seems that it makes the sound better…

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Tourist Traps

  • Coffee plantation tour...its not even in...

    We were lucky as we didn't book the coffe plantation tour, but many did, and all said the same; it was over priced and the plantation itself has been closed for about 4 years and there wasn't even a coffee tree to be seen anywhere!!

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  • Folkloric dancing…

    See chapters above please... If you don’t like they cheat you then don’t go.You will find the same in most big hotels, maybe in yours. When it’s not in your own hotel, you always can go to another one to see a show, what is aloud…

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  • Folkloric dancing…

    Ok, so most people, including us, were buy those tickets. After a long search we found the location and we found out immediate that there was not free food and drinks. Now, the show was more are less fine, but we didn’t get what they promised.

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Off The Beaten Path

  • Cacti in Mexico

    Please see my 'crafts and Tourist attractions' page for the full write up.To me the talk was boring ----well, no, not boring but it was hot and humid and my attention span was short. So I wandered around the place instead!My wife enjoyed the talk; once it was finished we were served cold drinks and fruit.Oh, look at the photos of the cacti ---one...

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  • Craft Time!

    Please see my 'craft and tourist attractions' page for the main write up.This was a 20 minute stop to have a brief talk about the basket weaving etc. and then you have an opportunity to buy the things!

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  • Traditional herb garden

    Please see my 'crafts and tourist attractions' page for the main write up.If you're English (or maybe from somewhere else that has strong gardening traditions) this may be a disappointing visit. The herb gardens are sparse but the hospitality is excellent.

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Sports & Outdoors

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    by Ronald_T Written May 23, 2003

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    The best sport you can do here is of course swimming and is good for your health, although Elsa is more taken a siesta in the sea ;-)
    Walking in this great nature is good as well of course…

    Siesta in the sea...

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Santa Cruz Huatulco Favorites

  • Food, food, food

    We like going out and have a great meal after a hard day of sitting on the beach. Since I did not write down the name of the restaurants, it is hard for me to write tips about them. We did find that most places we went to, the food was good to very good. The only bad place was the resort we stayed at (go figure).For some reason, my son, who eats...

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  • Catholic temple of Guadalupe…

    Of course is there more to see like this beautiful Holy water font…This is the end of my Santa Cruz Huatulco page, but more will be found on my Santa Maria Huatulco and San Pedro Pochutla page as it is a part of our vacation here. I hope you all enjoyed as we enjoyed our vacation…

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  • La Crucesita…

    La Crucesita is the main square (now downtown) in Huatulco and developed in the past by the fishermen’s, who were living on Santa Cruz Bay when the place went a tourist spot. Now you find on the Santa Cruz bay nothing else then hotels and of course the beautiful marina.Now La Crucesita is a beautiful main square to relax, enjoying your newspaper...

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