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Our activities are the ideal way to organise your holiday. You'll need a bit of planning to really get the most out of Huatulco, particularly when you wish to schedule in plenty of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's evident that you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou're excited to get out and see what life is like for locals. You're eager to sign up for the most essential activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book group tours on Expedia, and you don't need a map.
The purpose built resort of Huatulco is Mexico’s newest large-scale development and visitors have needed little persuasion to try out the 36 beaches that are available in the nine bays here. There is some history behind the shiny new resorts here, however. Sir Francis Drake and Sir Thomas Cavendish hunted Spanish galleons in these waters, and the Mexican revolutionary Vicente Guerrero was betrayed here, at a beach called La Entrega – ‘the handover’. The relaxed feel to Huatulco is helped by its distance from most large population centres although there are still plenty of facilities, restaurants, nightclubs and shops to be found here. With a well-protected national park nearby, teeming with wildlife and birds, and some fantastic beaches, Huatulco is a great place for a relaxing holiday in the sun.
La Crucecita — The small town on the edge of the resort area has some fantastic local artisans and craftsmen who make rugs and carpets. The church of our Lady of Guadalupe is a charming example of a Mexican church, dedicated to Mexico’s patron saint. With street food, mescal and interesting restaurants, this makes a great cultural getaway.
Santa Maria Huatulco — The small town of Santa Maria Huatulco is the main population centre in the area, just north of the airport. You’ll find various amenities here and access to some of the great forests of the area.
Santa Cruz Bay — One of the nine bays that makes up Huatulco, Santa Cruz operates a regular market for clothing and beach items. Several restaurants are nearby and you can also use the Santa Cruz dock to find boats that depart for the many other beaches in the vicinity.
Huatulco National Park — Visitors will find some of the best coral reefs and shoreline flora and fauna in the national park. You’ll need a guided tour to gain access but the wildlife and scenery is breathtaking and a great way of spending some time exploring if you want a break from the beach.
With nine bays to choose from and dozens of beaches, there’s no shortage of waterfront activities in Huatulco. La Entrega is one of the great beaches, with many palapa beachside restaurants to choose from. The bays of San Augustin, Cacaluta, Conejos and El Organo are beautiful and offer some great variety for the sun seeker. To really get off the beaten track, take a boat from Santa Cruz to one of the beaches that is not accessible from land, such as Chachuacual Bay. Wander into La Crucecita to find out a bit more about Oaxacan culture and maybe pay a visit to the local church, or hop on a tour into the national park.
There are several golf courses to pay at Huatulco, and there are some opportunities to hike and ramble through the countryside, but most people are in Huatulco for the beaches. Naturally there are lots of different water-based activities available here. For a quiet, relaxing time, take a motorboat tour of the nine bays, where guides will point out where Sir Francis Drake visited in 1578. The waters have some great reefs, perfect for diving and there are courses available – snorkelling for those who like to keep on the surface. Step up a gear with a rafting expedition, quad bike tours, kayaking and canyoneering on the Zimatan River. Or, you can take a mangrove tour to meet turtles and crocodiles lurking around the bays.