Huatulco Vacations

Las Bahias de Huatulco (the Huatulco Bays), or Huatulco, is a beach destination made up of nine bays with 36 beaches. Huatulco is located on the Pacific coast of the state of Oaxaca.  Huatulco stretches out over 22 miles of coastline between the Coyula and Copalito rivers. They boast 36 beautiful white-sang beaches.  The biodiversity and pristine landscapes make Huatulco a favorite destination of nature lovers.  It has diverse activities like diving by its beautiful reefs, kayaking in its rapids and sport fishing. If you want something quieter, you can also take a horse ride.

There are nine bays in Huatulco, and the area offers a variety of beach experiences. Most have blue-green water and the sand ranges from golden to white. Some of the beaches, such as Santa Cruz, la Entrega and El Arrocito have very gentle waves. Most of the development is centered around a few of the bays. Tangolunda is the largest of Huatulco’s bays, and is where most of Huatulco’s large resorts are located. Santa Cruz has a cruise ship port, marina, shops and restaurants. Some of the beaches are completely pristine and only accessible by boat.  To learn more about all the beautiful beaches of the Mexican Riviera, visit here.  Now view our Huatulco Travel Guide to help plan your next Mexican Riviera vacation!

Huatulco Weather – When to Visit

October through February are the driest, sunniest and nicest months for visisting Huatulco with temperatures in the 70s. Avoid the rainy season from June through September when humidity is high, temperatures are in the mid-80s, and most of the rain occurs during these months.  Huatulco experiences a peak in tourism from December to April, so visit in October or November to avoid the crowds.

Huatulco Attractions
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This agro-ecological reserve is located about 40 minutes into the mountains from La Crucecita, the center of Huatulco, and is one of the area’s most popular daytrips. Walk along the riverside trail lined with tropical flowering plants and finish with a swim beneath the waterfall. The land is also home to an organic fruit grove and plenty of birds and butterflies. Guests can explore the land independently, but the tours are highly recommended. Tours last a few hours, are offered in English and include breakfast, and lots of fruit samples.

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This pre-Hispanic site is located just north of Huatulco’s La Bocana village. In comparison to other ruins in Mexico, it’s a tad underwhelming, but it is the only archaeological site around and definitely worth a visit. Those interested in Mayan history will appreciate the small museum, the ball court and two small temples that have so far been excavated. There’s also a short jungle trek to a cliff side lookout with a great view of the ocean.

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La Crucecita is the main town and business centre of Huatulco and is a perfect daytrip for boutique shopping, relaxing at sidewalk cafes and sampling authentic Oaxacan cuisine. Walk around the main square and the town’s bustling market to try mezcal, mole and fried grasshoppers before checking out the Museum of Oaxacan Crafts where it’s possible to buy crafts including decorative masks, sculptures, pottery and colorful textiles.

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Out of all the bays, San Agustin is the hardest to get to, the least developed and considered the most stunning, perhaps even one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Located at the far west end of Huatulco, this beach gives visitors an idea of what the rest of Huatulco once looked like before the tourism boom began. There are no resorts or fancy hotels, just a few seafood shacks and relaxed, friendly villagers. Visitors can spend the day relaxing on the pristine white sand beach surrounded by rocky islands and towering cliffs. The water is warm, clear and gentle and there’s excellent snorkeling just a short swim from the shore.

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One of the largest and most impressive bays in the Huatulco area, Tangolunda is also the most developed, with a string of luxury hotels, a golf course, and a small shopping mall with restaurants across from the Barceló hotel on Boulevard Benito Juárez. There are few amenities directly on the beach, but you can inquire about a day pass at the Barceló or Dreams. Expect to see lots of vendors plying wares such as silver jewelry and inexpensive wooden toys.

Things to Do in Huatulco

Paradise Found 7-Bay Cruise

Enjoy a day cruise along the coastline of Huatulco. On a modern catamaran, cruise the series of bays that surrounds the city with views of the Sierra Madre mountains in the background. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and have lunch on the beach. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for marine life like turtles, whales, and dolphins.  Read more about Paradise Found 7-Bay Cruise

The Emerald Falls Experience with Lunch

Experience Huatulco’s natural beauty with this eco-friendly adventure in the Sierra Madre Mountains. After a convenient hotel pickup, watch for tropical birds and reptiles, learn about the region from an informative local guide, and soak up the amazing waters of Emerald Falls. Then, enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch—it’s included in the tour price.  Read more about The Emerald Falls Experience with Lunch

Huatulco Discovery: Land and Sea

Explore all Huatulco has to offer on this 8-hour comprehensive tour by land and sea. Visit the Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the town’s zocalo, or town square, and La Crucecita. By boat, explore the seashore and stop at the Bay of Maguey for some swimming and snorkeling. Round-trip transportation from Huatulco hotels included.  Read more about Huatulco Discovery: Land and Sea

ATV Ride to Llano Grande Waterfalls

Many parts of Mexico are off-limits to most vehicles, but you’ll venture deep into the southern Sierra Madre on a sturdy ATV, with special access to areas few travelers are able to see. Learn the ins-and-outs of coffee bean cultivation from real-life experts. Then, you’ll make your way through the jungle to the Llano Grande waterfall, with a chance to dive into the pounding, crystalline waters. End the day with a traditional Oaxacan lunch.  Read more about ATV Ride to Llano Grande Waterfalls

Ocean Spray Mountain Coffee Plantation Tour

Visit the highlights of the Sierra mountains south of Oaxaca during this 8.5-hour tour. Learn about the coffee-making process at a family-owned plantation and swim in the lagoon at Magic Falls. Traditional lunch at the plantation and round-trip transportation from select Huatulco hotels included.  Read more about Ocean Spray Mountain Coffee Plantation Tour

Best Huatulco Restaurants

Azul Profundo  $31 – 60

If you’re in the mood for some amazing seafood, be sure to check out Azul Profundo located inside the Camino Real resort. Their self-titled Thai-Mex fusion includes some traditional French influences that result in a well balanced seafood menu.  Although there are some alternatives, this is absolutely a seafood restaurant and they showcase it well. Telephone:  52-958-583-0300  Web:  Azul Profundo.

La Terraza  $11 – 30

Terraza offers a ‘fresh catch’ seafood menu with quality that doesn’t go unnoticed. Their ever-changing menu makes it difficult to recommend any one dish in particular, however, both the seafood and high quality steak makes this an excellent dining choice. When you visit, the menu for the day is available in both English and Spanish, which removes the guess-work for those still trying to perfect their Spanish.  Telephone:  52-958-587-1157 Web:  La Terraza.

Las Cúpulas  $31 – 60

This restaurant offers a succulent selection of regional, domestic and international cuisine. In addition to their standard menu, you have the option of choosing from their Presence Menu, which is a fusion of the best dishes found throughout the Quinta Real hotel chain.  Las Cúpulas restaurant is located just off the Quinta Real lobby in Huatulco, Mexico. Its prime location, perched high atop a cliff, gives you amazing views of Tangolunda Bay.  Telephone:  52-958-581-0428  Web:  Las Cupulas.

Finca De Vaqueros  $11 – 30

Finca De Vaqueros is a ranch style barbecue joint offering well priced meals and an experience you won’t soon forget.  This grill house offers a laid back dining experience perfect for anyone looking to have a good time. As you dine, it is typical for your waiter to bring out complementary chilled mescal adding to the festivities. In fact, the staff at Finca De Vaqueros are known for breaking out the Mexican karaoke as the mescal flows.  Telephone:  52-958-587-0807  Web:  Finca De Vaqueros.

Café Viena  $11 – 30

When it comes to restaurants in any area, it’s the locals that know where to go! Located near Tangolunda Bay, Café Viena offers a mouth-watering menu that has made them a top contender amongst the locals. Their interesting blend of Austrian and Spanish dishes creates a unique menu that pleases a variety of palates.  Telephone:  52-958-5760  Web:  Cafe Viena.

Best Huatulco Bars & Nightlife

La Papaya

The trendiest night club in town, normally busy on Fridays and Saturdays, is where the locals meet and mix with the tourists, which creates a nice international atmosphere. The music selection ranges from Spanish rock from the ‘80s and ‘90s, to reggaeton, to club and commercial house music.  Telephone:  52-958-587-1011  Web:  La Papaya.

La Crema

This exotic restaurant-bar in La Crucecita has already become a tradition in the Bays of Huatulco. Live music is presented on some weekends and customers can spend the evening sitting back on a comfortable sofa, relaxing on a cozy chair or dancing to everything from rock and reggae to salsa.  Telephone:  52-958-587-0702  Web:  La Crèma.

Top Huatulco Hotels

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa


Tucked away on the secluded coastline of Conejos Bay, surrounded by golden sand, extraordinary rock formations and sapphire waters, this fabulous AAA Four Diamond resort offers adults an escape to serenity, romance and unlimited luxury.  Guests can choose between 8 gourmet restaurants and 4 stylish bars, no reservation or wristbands are needed. The hotel also has a nightclub and daily entertainment staff.

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa – All Inclusive


This hotel is on Tangolunda Bay in Oaxaca and features a full-service spa and 6 gourmet restaurants.  Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, six swimming pools, including a large infinity pool, and an Explorer’s Club for Kids. Six bars are also available at the Resort Dreams Huatulco. On-site dining options include Italian, seafood, Pan Asian and traditional Mexican cuisine.  Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.

Quinta Real


This luxury beachfront hotel offers guests ultimate relaxation, unrivaled hospitality and elegant accommodations.  Indulge yourself in the hotel’s large variety of amenities and facilities. Experience the beautiful natural surroundings from one of the hotel’s pools, plan the day’s activities with the on-site tour desk or enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants.  The Huatulco Quinta features an elegant fusion of Mexican and Moroccan architecture, complete with luxurious amenities. Hand-painted furniture, marble bathrooms and private balconies, every stay is sure to be memorable.

Quinta Bella


Quinta Bella Huatulco is located in Santa Cruz Huatulco, 29 miles from Mazunte and 27 miles from Zipolite. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.  Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. Some units feature a sitting area where you can relax. Enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the sea or mountains.   The hotel also provides bike rental and car rental.

Princess Mayev


Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chahue Beach and Marina Chahue.  2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and a bar/lounge are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include spa services, concierge services, and dry cleaning.

26 Comments

  1. D'One deSade

    In need of a vacation and I believe I might have found my next Mexican Beach Travel Destination! You make Huatulco sound very delightful. Usually end up on the Gulf/Atlantic side. Think its time to try out the pacific side! Thanks for all of the helpful info.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The water will be more refreshing on the Pacific side 🙂 You will love Huatulco! Let me know if you need any further information, and thanks for visiting Huatulco Vacations.

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  2. Tammy

    This place looks beautiful. I’ve been to many places in Mexico, but not here. Looks like it’s time to plan another trip so I can visit this place and go horseback riding and snorkeling. Thank you so much for writing about this and introducing me to a new vacation destination. 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Tammy, horseback riding on the beach cannot be beat. I love it, and know you would too. This is a great place in Mexico without all the crowds. You’ll have a blast. Thanks for reading!

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  3. travel and treatz

    Travel Blogger here 🙂 I have been looking at other travel blogs, just to see what is out there.
    I haven’t really thought about Mexico for beaches just yet, But you certainly put it on the radar for me, and you have done an awesome job! Maybe we can work together 🙂

    Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, maybe we can work together. That sounds like a great idea. Travel is endless, that is for sure. I love beaches, and have been a LOT of places, so this is perfect for me ? Thanks for reading!

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  4. Anna

    That looks like a really fun place to visit! We have been in Mexico couple of times, but have never heard about this hidden gem. We are currently planning our family vacation and this place brought my attention. It looks like there are a lot of family activities to pick from. Do I understand correctly that this place does not have as much tourists compared with other vacation destinations in Mexico?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is a great hidden gem! You would absolutely love it, and yes less tourism here than places like Cancun, Cozumel, and Cabo among some. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  5. Brandon

    You’ve done a great job with this article I can’t thank you enough. I’m an aspiring traveler so I’m noting down all the best spots that I want to visit. The fact that the best time to visit Huatulco is in October through to February works best for my schedule. I’m in New Zealand and enjoy these beaches but I’m looking for ones even better! Thanks for all the pictures too.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Brandon and I am glad you found my post on Huatulco Vacations helpful for you. Please let me know if you need anything else.

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  6. Brian

    Hi Leahrae. What an incredibly beautiful looking place on our planet. I would definitely be interested in the scuba diving activity. This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. You listed some night-time spots and I was wondering if there were any cultural events as well?

    Thanks also for your fabulous site. It’s a pleasure to go on a mini-travel to all the locations that you have reviewed.

    All the best,

    Brian

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Huatulco Vacations Brian. Yes, you will find that there are quite a few cultural events going on in Huatulco. Too many for me to list. A good place to find them is at viator.com. Thank you so much for visiting!

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  7. Kevin

    Looks like a nice spot to vacation. We’re just went through our third Nor’easter in the past 2 weeks. It’s getting old. I live in a beach community, but can only enjoy the beach in summer. Looks like there are beautiful beaches there and can’t beat temperatures in the 80’s. Looks like I’ll have to renew my passport. Thanks for the information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Kevin, and yes, get busy on the passport.  That can take a few months to get back.  Thanks for reading Huatulco Vacations.

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  8. Tony Spagnolia

    How are the waves in Huatulco? Usually Pacific coast beaches are good surf destinations and that would be a plus for me if I could surf while visiting. Huatulco really does look beautiful so may just have to go even without surfing! I like diving too so that is a huge plus!

    -Tony

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You can surf there.  They do have some rough waters.  My son surfs, so I know what a plus it is to be able to surf while vacationing!  Thanks for reading about Huatulco Vacations.

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  9. Yemi

    Show me a beautiful beach destination, and I will show you where I want to spend my next vacation 🙂 I just love beautiful beaches with their clear waters and whites sands. My dream is to live close to a place considered a beach vacation destination.
    The video shows the place to be a family friendly destination too which is good for someone with young kids like me. The safety warning is a little of a bummer though, but it’s good that safer alternatives of moving around are mentioned. I have never been to Mexico, but it’s definitely on my list! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been to Mexico many times, too many to count. Always with my son in tow. I think that if you are aware of your surroundings and travel safely, then everything will be fine. Huatulco is a great beach destination with so much history as well! You will love it!

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  10. Tabsmark

    How lovely – I could do with a beach holiday. I liked the activities offered around the place, particularly Hagia Sofia. Nature is the best go-to holiday I think. It is quite different to anything we have here in Victoria Falls. Thanks for reccomending things to do and suggesting various holiday destinations.

    Thanks
    Tracy

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    1. admin

      You are welcome Tracy and thanks for visiting Huatulco and BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  11. Camille Garcia

    Wow! An amazing post you have here. I feel like I could book a trip right now. The information is very thorough and I feel well taken care of with the presentation that you have here. Its too bad that they have travel warnings for Mexico as spots such as Huatulco are so enchanting and pristine. Well, thank you for this post that you have written, I will share it with friends or family who wish to vacation or visit there!

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    1. admin

      Glad you enjoyed Camille. Let me know if you have any more questions about Huatulco and the Riviera Maya.

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  12. Amy

    Paradise! I’m seriously looking into this as a vacation destination, and your post was just lovely to read. I especially like the idea of going to La Crucecita. I love the idea of shopping, relaxing with a cocktail at the sidewalk cafes and tasting the authentic Oaxacan cuisine.
    I’m a little concerned about the safety of travel, but as you say, taking first-class buses during the day should be fine. Thanks for this great post in the middle of a snowy New York winter!

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    1. admin

      You are very welcome Amy. Glad you enjoyed reading about Huatulco!

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    2. Jessica

      Sign me up! I would love for my family and I to get out of freezing New England! This place looks very nice and it would be amazing to visit. I love the words “All Inclusive”! Maybe this will be a future destination for me!

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      1. admin

        Yes, you and your family would love it. All Inclusives are great! Just pack your bags and go. Huatulco is a wonderful place, you will love it!

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