Our Opinion of Huatulco
Huatulco is Mexico's only environmentally friendly Green Globe 21 certified destination. It is definitely a smaller and quieter destination, although it is growing in popularity. You won't any find fast food or chain restaurants here, as opposed to Cancun which is very commercialized. There are lots of beautiful golden sand beaches and the water is very clear with plenty of marine life in certain areas.
With its may secluded beaches and hot, dry climate, Huatulco is known as a laid back, beach lovers paradise. Singles may find Huatulco a little too quiet, but it is an excellent destination for couples and families. Our most popular all inclusive resorts here are the Dreams Huatulco, Las Brisas and Barcelo Huatulco.
One of Mexico's newer resort havens, Huatulco (pronounced wha-TOOL-koh) has everything that makes for a perfect vacation: modern hotels, a great variety of activities, and a sunny, dry climate.
Many of the nine bays and 36 golden beaches in the area remain undeveloped and accessible only by boat, since much of the area is a national wildlife preserve. Tangolunda Bay has deluxe hotels, an 18-hole golf course, deep-sea fishing, reef diving, and five lovely beaches. There's no big city here, but the two small towns of La Crucesita and Santa Cruz make for a pleasant outing with their cafés and colourful shops.
Day trippers will want to head to nearby Puerto Escondido where lush vegetation gives the city a distinctly tropical character. Sightseeing in the area includes bay tours, eco-excursions and horseback riding. Come see why Huatulco vacations are quickly becoming one of Mexico's most popular choices.
Things to know about Huatulco, Mexico Vacations
Activities & Sports
Activities on a Huatulco vacation include a large range of water sports, such as boating, sailing, kayaking and water skiing. Sailboat tours are available to the rocky island of Montosa, which is inhabited by hundreds of birds. Or you can rent boats in neighbouring Santa Cruz and take a sea trip to Tangolunda. The beautiful Santa Cruz and Tangolunda bays of Huatulco are perfect for surfing.
Huatulco and San Agustin are ideal for snorkeling. A boat will take you to the magnificent La Entrega Beach where you can observe the countless marine species that inhabit the Pacific, including coral reefs. An attractive place for scuba diving and observing octopuses, sea urchins and molluscs, apart from the ubiquitous fish, is Isla Blanca, midway between Bahia de Chahue and Bahia de Santa Cruz.
Dining & Nightlife
Oaxacan, Mexican, and International specialties can be found at palapa (open, thatched-roof) restaurants by Huatulco's sea front. There are many restaurants located around the main square in La Crucecita as well as in Santa Cruz where the beach is lined with eateries.
Nightlife on a Huatulco vacation is more laid back than at other resort destinations in Mexico and nightclubs are primarily located in the hotels but you can still find some spots for a night out. Pink Palm, La Pena, and La Mina are discos found in the nearby towns.
Santa Cruz and La Crucecita both feature colourful markets, cafes, and shops where you can find artwork, crafts, and silver goods. Look for famous Oaxacan pottery made from black clay and embroidered blouses and dresses.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours.
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes.
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average temperatures of 28C .
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when traveling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.
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