Huatulco offers nine secluded bays including Bahia Conejos, Bahia Tangolunda, Bahia Chahue, Bahia Santa Cruz, Bahia El Organo, Bahia El Maguey, Bahia Caculuta, Bahia Chachacual and Bahia San Agustin. Currently, only two of the bays are developed - Bahia Tangolunda and Bahia Santa Cruz. Conejos, Tangolunda, Chahue and Santa Cruz are accessible by car. The rest are enjoyed from boat trips which easily arranged for at the harbor.
Tangolunda, "Place where the gods live" in Zapotec, is the well developed hotel center where six major resorts encircle the bay. Several beaches line this bay including Playa La Hierbabuena, Playa del Amor, Punta Praiso and Playa La Entrega where a coral reef is just a few feet offshore.
Bahia Santa Cruz, the site of the original fishing village, is the second developed area with Cruise Ship Docking, party boat day cruises along the bay and deep sea sport fishing at it's best. The village of Santa Cruz has a shady main square surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and a few Mexican style, middle class hotels.
La Crucecita is located a mile or so inland from Bahia Chahue (Chah - way) and is considered the city center of Huatulco. La Crucecita has a charming town square including a lovely old church and all the restaurants and shopping a reasonable person could ask for. Chahue is the central and largest of the nine bays with significant planned development in progress.
Huatulco offers activities for travelers of all ages and interests. Families can head to Club Mediterrannée for a special getaway, while golf enthusiasts and singles can try the majestic Golf Club and high-energy discotheques in Tangolunda Bay. The Tangolunda Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Huatulco, featuring 18 holes, par 72, and a course measuring 6,851 yards.
Some of the best ways to explore Huatulco is via sea excursions, horseback riding and dune buggy. Several water sports such as coral reef diving, water skiing and sailing in San Agustín Bay and Isla Blanca are also available, along with exciting trips to coffee plantations in the mountains. Bicycles for rent in Santa Cruz and La Crucecita are ideal for experienced cyclists interested in long-distance rides and gorgeous sightseeing. More adventurous travelers can head to Huatulco´s whitewater rapids in Río Copalito for a thrilling ride.
Like all of Mexico’s major resorts, Huatulco Bay offers several places to have a drink or go dancing, including the Magic Circus and Polson discotheques. La Crucecita features a number of French restaurants at affordable prices; Tangolunda and the Casa Real, at the Sheraton Hotel, offers Oaxacan and European specialties; and the Cavendish restaurant bar in the Punta Tangolunda Mall is known for its Caribbean delights.
Shopping is another popular diversion in the city, with several places carrying craftwork from different parts of Oaxaca. The most popular place to find local artwork is the handicrafts market in the Plaza de Bahía de Santa Cruz, while shops in La Crucecita and Tangolunda, including Platería Malti, La Placita and El Arte Mexicano, carry fine art and trendy clothes.
Huatulco is a vacation paradise surrounded by wonderfully lush vegetation and dreamy Pacific beaches. The city is an ideal place for enjoying nature’s adventurous marvels and man’s ingenious creativity.