Destinations & Resorts
Holidays to Huatulco Mexico
Holidays to Huatulco
Huatulco ( pronounced Waa-Tool-Co ) is located on the Pacific Southwest coast of Mexico and part of the Oaxaca province. Huatulco’s calm bays are ideal for a full range of water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, jet-skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. If you're a diver or snorkeler, you'll find yourself surprised by just how crystal clear the waters of Huatulco are. The area’s rugged shoreline and many coral reefs create pockets of diverse undersea life just waiting to be explored. Tangolunda and Santa Cruz have the best water sports facilities of the nine bays (including jet skis and wind surfing). Here’s an overview of the nine bays from east to west.
Santa Cruz bay has a jetty from which various motorboats, sailing boats and yachts embark on winding trips around the nine gorgeous bays. It boasts a dock specially designed for cruise ships and – for the hours spent on dry land – a charming square dotted with stalls, a handcraft market and shopping center, along with numerous restaurants, bars, and discos.
Tangolunda bay is the main hotel zone, home to Huatulco’s top hotels, and an ideal choice if your taste is for the luxurious and supremely developed. This is also the perfect place for sailing, diving, snorkeling, renting jet skis, and even a spot of golf on the area’s exclusive golf course. Chahue bay also offers its share of tourist attractions: it is home to a sizeable marina for yachts, a shopping center, bookstore, cafes and restaurants. It is also famous for its Guelaguetza park, a striking venue for festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Check in advance to see what's on during your visit.
Huatulco is packed with ancient Indian history. In pre-Hispanic times, it was first inhabited by the coastal Tututepec tribe. Zapotec, Mixtec and Aztec merchants established an important trade route through the region, and slowly, the town of Santa Maria Huatulco began to grow.
One of Huatulco's archeological sites is the Bocana del Rio Copalita complex and museum, easily accessed at just five miles from the town. The earliest remains of this pre-Hispanic site date back 2,500 years and lie on the ancient boundary between the Mixtec and Zapotec areas. The site, known simply as Copalita, has been in the process of excavation since 1988 by an expert team from Mexico’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). You can access the ancient building complex where the ruling class would have lived in the first six centuries B.C., including the Templo Mayor (Main Temple), Templo de la Serpiente (Temple of the Serpent), and the Ball Court with its vast stones engraved in low relief. The site's 86 acres, brimming with ancient history, are just waiting to be discovered.