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Bahías de Huatulco
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Introducing Bahías de Huatulco

Mexico’s youngest planned coastal resort lies along a series of beautiful sandy bays (bahías) 50km east of Pochutla. This stretch of coast had just one small fishing village until the 1980s. The developers have trodden fairly gently here: pockets of construction are separated by tracts of unspoiled shoreline, the maximum building height is six stories and no sewage goes into the sea. Huatulco (wah-tool-koh) is a relaxed, relatively uncrowded resort with a friendly atmosphere – though between October and May an average of four cruise ships a month dock in Bahía de Santa Cruz. The cruise market has helped to spawn all sorts of active pursuits for visitors here.

The Huatulco bays are strung along the coast for 15km west and 10km east from the harbor at Santa Cruz Huatulco. The ‘downtown’ area, 1km north of Santa Cruz, is called La Crucecita, with a street grid focused on the leafy Plaza Principal. The other main developments are at Chahué and Tangolunda to the east.