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Huatulco is composed of three distinct areas. Santa Cruz Huatulco is the resort area, Crucecita is the residential, restaurant, and shopping area, and Tangolunda Bay is the main beach area until other bays are developed.
Huatulco is located 680 km (425 MI) southeast of Acapulco, 277 km (172 MI) south of Oaxaca City, and 111 km (69 MI) east of Puerto Escondido.
Huatulco is becoming one of Mexicos newest resort destination projects. Originally a small fishing village, major hotels and an airport were built in the 1980s in anticipation of further development. However, construction slowed giving FONATUR, a government tourist agency, a chance to preserve ecological zones. This was their intention all along. Only two of Huatulcos nine bays have been developed, although paved roads give you access to eight of them.
Average temperatures in Huatulco are highs of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures vary little from month to month. From May to October is the rainy season, with the most rain falling in September. November to April is the dry season.
The high season in Huatulco is December to April, expect rates to increase during this time. Its recommended that you obtain reservations for Easter and Christmas weeks. Huatulco has many luxury hotels and only a few budget hotels. Hotel options may include equipment rental, pools, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, massage services, gyms, complete travel and tour agencies, and water-sports centers. Rates range from US$30 to US$400.
The best restaurants, aside from the ones located in hotels, can be found in Crucecita and on the beach in Santa Cruz. Seafood is the most popular choice of food. Large menus and larger portions are typical of the restaurants here. At the Noches Oaxaquenas performers dance traditional folkloric dances while you eat.
Huatulco has only a few nightclubs and discos and thats where everybody goes. They are generally open until the early hours of the morning. For a quieter evening try the Ven Aca, a romantic piano bar and restaurant.
Gifts, crafts, jewelery, and souvenirs are the big sellers in Huatulco. Regional bestsellers are Oaxacan embroidered blouses and dresses and pottery made from dark clay. At the Museo de Artesanians Oaxaquenas, artists that make pottery, painted tinware, rugs, and woven tablecloths demonstrate their talents.
Seafood abounds in Huatulco. While the seafood is delicious, prices can be quite high. Italian, regional Oaxacan and pasta is also available.
Internet: The Internet Cafe open 9 to 9 daily, charges US$4 per hour.
Banks: All three area banks have automated tellers and money exchange desks. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.
Transportation: A rental car or taxi is necessary to get to the three different areas of Huatulco. Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful. A minibus service runs between the three areas and is cheap, fast, and reliable.
|WHERE TO GO:
Iglesia de Guadalupe: The ceiling in this church is covered with a large
painting of Mexicos Virgin Guadalupe.
La Crucecita: This small town, off of Highway 200, resembles a traditional
Mexican village. Inexpensive restaurants, shops, stores, a church, the
main plaza, even an ice cream store is located here.
WHERE TO EAT:
For an authentic Oaxacan meal, head to El Sabor de Oaxaca. This
popular restaurant is favored among locals and tourists. Several
specialties, the Mexican Grill, which comes with pork, beef, ribs
and sausage, and the Oaxacan Grill, which includes a sampling of
Oaxacan foods, and large breakfasts, are on the menu. For a variety
of seafood and international cuisine try the Don Porfirio. Indoor or
outdoor dining, on the covered patio, is enjoyed. The Restaurant de
Dona Celia, actually named Avalos but known for the owner, is popular
for its extensive menu, large portions, and its view of the Santa
Cruz Bay. Presidente Ernesto Zedillo has even stopped by for a meal.
The restaurant located in the Sheraton hotel specializes in Italian
dishes. Floral arrangements and lit candles in the evening lend an
air of romance to this restaurant.
|WHAT TO DO:
Beaches: Huatulco has nine bays that encompass 36 beaches. Only two
of the bays are developed but paved roads give access to the other seven.
Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, boat tours, fishing,
surfing, and sunbathing are some of the activities you can participate
River Rafting: Rafting down the Copalita River can be quite an
experience. Huatulco Outfitters and Eco Aventuras are two companies that
will take you down the majestic river.
Golf: The Tangolunda Golf Course, adjacent to Tangolunda Bay,
offers an 18-hole course. Green fees may vary depending on how many
holes you want to play, whether you take a golf cart, and even what
time of the day you show up at.
Tours: Several operators offer boat, horse, or ATV tours. Cantera
Tours offers an all-day boat tour of the bay. Glass bottom boats are
available for rental to tour the Santa Cruz bay.
Bicycling: Mountain biking is popular in the Copalitilla Cascades
area. Guided tours are offered at the locations where mountain bikes can
Fishing: Fishing is popular no matter what the season is. Dorado,
tuna, sailfish, wahoo, blue marlin, yellowfish tuna, and even sharks are
caught. Local fishermen fish all year-round, and might take you out in their
pangas (small fiberglass boats) to try your hand. Huatulco is a good place
to fish because it is mainly sport fishing, not a fleet of commercial boats.
Its recommended you fish during the day due to oil tankers moving in the
waters at night.
Scuba diving & Snorkeling: Most resort hotels have their own
dive facilities, but some dive masters may not be certified. You can
arrange tours, courses, and equipment rental at Action Sports Marina
located at the Sheraton.
Other Activities: Rappelling, horseback riding and swimming is
popular in the Copalitilla Cascades area.
|WHERE TO SHOP:
The best shopping in Hualtuco can be found along the Santa Cruz Bay
and in Crucecita. The Santa Cruz Market, which is open from 10am until
8pm, as well as the Crucecita Market sell items such as souvenirs,
embroidered dresses and shirts, as well as pottery made from dark clay
that is indigenous to the Oaxacan area. In Crucecita, the Paradise shop
sells resort and beach wear, some of which comes from India and Bali.
The Museo de Artesanias Oaxaquenas, which is not a museum but a store,
has artists demonstrating how they make the woven tablecloths, tinware,
rugs, and pottery as well as having these items for sale. Its
recommended that you avoid going at noon, as thats when the artists
take their breaks. You can find fresh fruits and vegetables, souvenirs,
sandals, postcards, and gifts at the Mercado Municipal.
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