Things to do in Huatulco
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1.Bahía de Cacaluta
Bahía de Cacaluta is the largest Bay in Huatulco. It is located southwest of the main beach of the bay of Santa Cruz. It is the perfect place for you to spend your day relaxing while admiring the natural beauty of white sand and blue hues of water. Cacaluta Bay also has an abundance of natural vegetation for you to enjoy and explore. The main highlight of the bay is that it resembles a heart which serves to be a perfect scenic beauty.
It is recommended to get to the Bay via a boat but you can also rent a car to get there. There are no external sources at Bahía de Cacaluta so make sure you pack your snacks and water. If you want to explore the inner waters a little more, you can go snorkeling as well as diving at the deeper side of the beach. You may even recognize this beach from the famous movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien” because it was filmed here.
Address: Northwest downtown Santa Cruz, Cacaluta Bay, Huatulco, Oaxaca
2.Huatulco National Park
Huatulco remains one of the best places in Mexico to enjoy your vacation. Huatulco National Park is one of those places in the area that you should not miss out on. This Park was registered as a protected area but was later declared as a National Park in 1998. Designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, this place is home to more than 130 species of mammals, 282 species of birds, 400 species of butterflies, 86 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a huge variety of water species.
Spread across an area of 11,890 hectares the Park has bays, lagoons, streams, reefs, and forests through which the protected wildlife species migrate. If you are looking to connect with nature then this National Park is the best for you to visit. You can hike and explore the place on your own or you can also take a guided tour.
Address: Carretera, Acapulco- Salina CruzOax., Mexico
Timings: 9 Am to 6 Pm
3.Watch the beautiful Cascadas Mágicas
Now, who doesn’t love watching beautiful waterfalls!? If you want to come a little closer to nature then this place is a must go for you. The vegetation, animal life, bird life, scenic beauty everything is just perfect here. Have a great time watching the beautiful waterfalls and discover tropical plant life with beautiful flowers and tall trees. There are approximately 30 waterfalls in this area and you can take your desired time watching each of them.
Swimming is allowed here so you can swim in the blue hues of water. There are some deep pools too in which you can take a dive. If you are one of those adventurous people then be sure to climb up to a cave and jump into a waterpool deep enough for you to dive in. I am sure it’s going to be a wonderful experience for you.
Address: Cascadas mágicas acceso, San Miguel del Puerto, Oax. , México
Timings: 8 Am to 9 Pm
4.Bahía San Agustin
Bahía San Agustin might be a hard beach for you to access but it’s totally going to be worth your efforts. It is one of the top beaches in Huatulco and is considered to be the best-kept secret in Oaxaca. If you are a beach lover then we highly recommend you going to this place. As this beach is hard to access you will find less of a crowd and can have a fun and peaceful time when here.
You will be in the company of your own solace and enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful surrounding waters and wide stretches of sands. The fun part is that camping is allowed on the beach so you can enjoy your time there by lighting a campfire and indulging in some barbecue food. Bahía San Agustin usually has mild and gentle waves so you can even go snorkeling and diving into the water.
5.Playa la Bocana
Playa la Bocana is one of the most famous beaches in Huatulco. The beach is located where the Copalita river drains into the Pacific ocean. The amazing stretches of white sand are beautiful to watch beside the turquoise waters. If you are planning to stay by the beach, there are a few villas nearby which are worth your money.
There are a few restaurants beside the shore too where you can enjoy a good meal with your friends and family. So whenever you are in Huatulco don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this amazing beach.
Address: 70988 Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Timings: Open 24 hours
6.Parque Ecoarqueológico de Bocana Copalita
After having a relaxing day at the Beach, your next destination should be Copalita Ecological Park. It’s about a 10-15 minutes walk from La Bocana beach. Mexico is known for its age-old ruins. Parque Ecoarqueológico de Bocana Copalita also has some of these thousand year old ruins. If you are bored and want to go hiking by the beach side then this Park has got you covered!
There are various hiking trails at this place which lead up to the clifftop so make sure to pack your walking shoes if you want to dwell into the adventure. There is also a small museum nearby which provides a glimpse into the fascinating history of indegenous people of Oaxaca. You can explore the place on your own or hire a travel guide if you want to know deeply about the history of this place and the works of art in the museum.
Address: Huatulco, 70989 Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Entrance Fees: 40 pesos per person | 500 pesos to hire a guide
7.Visit The Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia is an Ecological Park in
. It is about 9 km northwest of Santa Maria Huatulco. A visit to Hagia Sofia is going to be the best for you if you want to admire the exotic tropical plants with beautiful birds and butterflies. There are about 60 varieties of organically grown floral plants that serve as beautiful visuals to the eye.
You can visit there and enjoy the beauty of all the amazing flowers, vegetables, herbs and trees that are grown here. You can stroll through the trails admiring these beautiful pieces of nature. The tour of Hagia Sofia takes about 4-6 hours. You are also served with an organically prepared meal when you are there. Visiting this place is going to be a wonderful and relaxing experience for you.
Address: Oaxaca K.m 38, Santa Maria Huatulco, Oax., Mexico
Timings: 8:30 Am to 4 Pm | Closed on Sundays
8.ATV tour at Sierra Madre del Sur Mountain, Puerto Vallarta
Tired of walking around beaches and want to get back to something adventurous!? ATV tours should be on the top of your list! The Sierra Madre mountain region is famous for this adventurous activity. The range is located near the Pacific coast and is a few hour’s drive from Huatulco. It is going to be a very exciting experience for you to drive one of these while enjoying the natural vegetation of the mountains. There are several tours that will be provided to you to choose from.
You can choose from among the options that suit your craving and experience. Some of the A-listed ATV tours in Sierra Madre region are Jorullo Bridge ATV Tour, Sierra Madre ATV adventure, Rancho Vista Paraiso ATV tour and Vallarta Adventures UTV tour. Don’t forget to put on a ton of sunscreen when you are out in the mountains. Also, carry with yourself a few pairs of comfortable clothes as they will come in handy.
9.Diving and Snorkeling
Diving and Snorkeling in the beautiful waters of the Huatulco region should be on the top of your to do list. While most of the tourists cater to Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the Pacific coast can prove to be a better option. It’s less crowded and gives you the opportunity to enjoy your own element and explore the place better in the unpolluted waters.
The beaches around this coast are perfect for you to enjoy diving, snorkeling and other water sports. You will get to witness beautiful fishes, sea turtles, dolphins and many other water organisms. Some of the best places where you can participate in these activities are –
- Cacaluta Island
- Chacha Cual Bay
- La Entrega Beach
If you like adventurous stuff and don’t fear heights then you should definitely get the thrill of zip lining. It is an experience that your adventurous heart will love the most. You will get to fly above the trees and witness an incredible view.
Visitors safety is of the utmost priority and hence all the equipments are changed every 2-3 years. You will be dropped from a height of 600 meters and the entire trip will lead to an adrenaline rush in your body! It is going to be a very exciting experience for you.
Address: Blvd Benito Juarez S/N | Plaza Chahué Local 9 Bahías De Huatulco, Oaxaca | C.P. 70989
11.Take a Street Food cooking Class
If you are into food and follow some channels related to it, you would know how Oaxaca is famous around the globe for its amazing cuisine. The rich blend of spices and flavors will make you fall in love with Mexican cuisine. If you want to bring a souvenir home from your trip to Huatulco then it might as well be a local recipe from the country. Plan your day accordingly and get yourself enrolled for a cooking class.
These classes are usually held for a duration of 3-4 hours and you will get to know all about the dish and the history related to it during the class. Some of the best food items whose recipes you can learn are Tlayudas, Black beans, Stuffed chilli Poblanos, Tortillas and varieties of Tacos. If you are looking to book a class then check out this link.
12.Mud Bathing at La Bocana Beach
Beaches are the best destination for you to relax. La Bocana Beach in Huatulco is famous for its mud baths. It is an exotic experience for the visitors. And the best part is you can enjoy the mud bath at only $5 (100 pesos) per person! And if you want to get a massage along with it it will be available to you at $7.50 (150 pesos). There are ladies who would offer to do the job for you.
Firstly they will cover you up in this special type of mud from head to toe. Now you can roam around the beach to let it naturally dry under the sun. After that, the lady will give you a gentle massage to remove the mud from your body which will create an exfoliating effect. Trust me you are going to love this experience at La Bocana Beach!
13.Relax yourself at Zipolite Beach
When you have had enough of traveling and exploring and just want to relax at the sight of beautiful sunsets falling into the turquoise waters, Zipolite beach should be your go-to place. It is also Méxicos’ only legal nude beach. But if that puts you in an uncomfortable mood, don’t worry because clothes are allowed too.
Zipolite Beach is located along the southern Pacific coast and has a population of only 1000 people. Due to the smaller population, this place is very peaceful and quiet. Locals and tourists generally come here to relax lounging around the beach, take a dip in the ocean, and enjoy local Mexican cuisine. Visiting this beach is going to be the most comforting experience of yours in Huatulco so don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Zipolite beach.
Things to keep in mind before travelling to Huatulco
- Huatulco is a place full of beaches and you will be exposed to the Sun most of the time so be sure to pack a strong sunscreen with you.
- Pack your best walking shoes as you will have to walk a lot around the places.
- Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit in your suitcase.
- As the Covid situation is still in existence it is advised for you to carry sanitizers and disinfectant sprays with yourself while on tour. The places are usually sanitised regularly but it never hurts to be on the safer side!
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