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Introducing Bahías de Huatulco

Mexico’s youngest planned coastal resort lies along a series of beautiful sandy bays, the Bahías de Huatulco (wah-tool-koh), 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. For now Huatulco is still a relaxed and relatively uncrowded resort, though between October and May an average of five cruise ships a month dock at the pier in Bahía de Santa Cruz.

The cruise market has helped to spawn all sorts of active pursuits for visitors here, but Huatulco is not a place to stay very long on a tight budget.

The Huatulco bays are strung along the coast about 10km in each direction from the harbor at Santa Cruz Huatulco. The ‘downtown’ area is La Crucecita, 1km north of Santa Cruz, with a grid of straight streets focused on the leafy Plaza Principal. The other main developments are at Santa Cruz Huatulco, Chahué and Tangolunda.