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“A welcoming return to Huatulco”
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boise
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
“A welcoming return to Huatulco”
Reviewed 1 July 2009

Just returned from two weeks in Huatulco Mexico. June is the "rainy season" Everything is lush and green and the jungle is alive with the calls of birds and everything is in bloom. Some rain every afternoon and sometimes you can't really tell it's raining because it can be so soft and light. Quite different from the dry winter season.
The area is booming with new condominium,commercial and hotel projects swarming with workers. A beehive of activity. Just as clean and welcoming as ever.
If you want to experience a quieter, more genteel locale with top notch dining and magnificent bays and beaches, neat as a pin and pleasing to the eye, then consider Huatulco.

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Deridder, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
36 reviews
59 helpful votes
“Wonderful fishing/bay tours/sightseeing/snorkeling excursion with Tino Hernandez”
Reviewed 22 June 2009

My wife and I went fishing with Tino Hernandez on his boat, the Snook & had the best excursion of my entire life, especially considering the cost. Several of the people we met went on different fishing/bay tour excursions with many of the different guys there, and all had great times, but I can brag on Tino because we were the only ones in our group of friends or other people we talked to that caught sailfish during our week there. In fact, I caught 2 - one at 100 pounds!!! We not only fished, we did bay tours, stopped and had our Mahi that we also caught cooked at Aye Caray, snorkeled a bit, saw dolphins & sea turtles, you name it! All in all, we left at 7 am and got back to the resort at about 7 pm, so we definitely got our money's worth, and never felt rushed. Tino was absolutely focused on ensuring we had a great time & of course, since we were the only ones we knew that caught a sailfish (actually 2), I can certainly brag on our guy Tino!! Contact info is [ --XXXXXXXXXXX@XXXXX.XXX-- ] & his cell phone is [ --XXX XXX XXX XX XX-- ].

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Jackson, Wyoming
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
55 helpful votes
“Huatulco: Fonatur vs. Nature. Fonatur wins!”
Reviewed 14 April 2009

Warning: this review was written by someone who visited Huatulco in the two weeks leading up to Easter. I have been to Akumal, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, (and several Caribbean islands) but not Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. Your results may vary.

Tourism is big government business in Mexico. I've finally figured that out after 5-6 trips there. Huatulco is touted as this "less-developed" more sleepy alternative to the other places Fonatur has really screwed up, like Cancun. I guess Huatulco is undeveloped compared to Cancun like Des Moines is undeveloped compared to New York. It still ain't Mayberry. There are hundreds of workers busily painting the curbs white, trimming the grass and bushes on the endless medians. Massive viaducts await the rainy season's effluence. Impressive infrastructure is evident everywhere, limiting any sense of quaintness or wildness, but providing easy-driving roads and clean water. While the resorts are limited to one bay, any other one you can drive to is lined with palapa restaurants and teeming with people. If you want a beach with few people, you have to hire a boat (at least if Easter weekend is upon you) There is a supermarket that is often jammed with people. You sense that Huatulco was ramping up for another big development push just before the global economic crash. It is a one-hour plane ride from the most populous city on the planet Earth. Just a fact.

Things we loved:

The variety of beaches.
The general friendliness of the locals.
(the cultural interest of) being vastly outnumbered by locals on most beaches.
The easy access to a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The beautiful backdrop of mountain scenery.

Things we didn't love:

The cruise ship dock and it's resulting impact.
(the crowds of people when) being vastly outnumbered by locals on most beaches. I know that by Waikiki and Cancun standards these beaches are not crowded. By my standards many are.
The chillier Pacific waters.
The often green, low-visiblity waters.
The non-english-speaking panga drivers. We generally liked being surrounded by the different culture and language, but when you're working as a guide in Mexico, you should pick up at least a little English. (It goes both ways. We regret not having more Spanish)

Observations:

Was Huatulco created as part of NAFTA? There are more Canadians down there than Americans. (not that there's anything wrong with that.) Of course, most of them are too busy reserving lounge chairs by the pools at the Tangolunda resorts to get in your way at the more remote beaches.

What's with the endless median strips? I'm sure it keeps drunk drivers from running into eachother, but it's irritating to have to drive a quarter mile past your destination if it's on your left, then make a u-turn. I won't even get into the hybrid roundabout intersections designed by an engineer with a tequila dependency.

La Crucecita is a nice town where you can get a nick-nack or some really cheap fresh produce, or a good fish dinner.

If you want to see a recreation operation in a country with evidently very little concern for safety or liability, go to Rancho Tangolunda, where you can ride a zip-line (where the bus ride up is scarier than the tyrolean traverse) Go paintballing or romp around on an ATV. And when it's all over, check out the dust bowl campground, the strange little captive while boars, or pet the way-overhandled, near-death puppies trying to hide in the stack of old tires. Fun!

Where can I buy stock in the company that sells Fonatur its white paint? Every day there are dozens of dudes breaking their backs painting the curbs white. It's impressive.

The beaches we visited, in order of preference (and the beaches all are truly nice) :

1) Playa Riscalillo. Nice little beach. Best snorkeling we did.
2) Playa India. Most picturesque and nice swimming.
3) La Bocana. Best waves, cool rocks, broad and beautiful, dramatic river mouth. Some surfing, good boogie boarding.
4) Playa Entrega. Friendly locals, easy access, solid snorkeling.
5) Conejos Bay. Nice hike in, broad and beautiful.
6) Playa San Augustin. BIG. Many palapas. Probably great if it's not the day before Easter.
7) Tangolunda. Land of the resorts, where the white people live (along with the rich Mexicans down from DF), sitting perched on coveted lounge chairs at the edge of the infinity pools overlooking the bay. (Salt water and sand are yucky, and the waves are scary!)

Huatulco was probably a really cool place 15-20 years ago. Even now, if you had a panga captain you could communicate with and a few days, knowing the lay of the land, it could live up to it's eco-oriented propoganda.

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San Diego
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Where to go in Huatulco! Best Undiscovered City in Mexico”
Reviewed 14 February 2009

If your thinking about Mexico you have to check out Huatulco. I sailed my boat from San Diego to Huatulco Mexico and it is by far my favorite spot! Great Night life and unbelievably beautiful bays, great fishing and in general very cool atmosphere! For the coolest English speaking bar in mexico with food check out the Tipsy Blow Fish with a very cool band playing classic English music. Only thing I would stay away from would be Onyx restaurant. After eating there I got very, very sick and the staff was rather rood and service was not up to what I was use to in Huatulco. Other then the two days I was sick from Onyx food, it has been a great trip.

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Grande Prairie, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Huatulco, Mexico - In a Condo !”
Reviewed 8 June 2008

We stayed here in a friends condo and was wonderful. When you stepped off the condo grounds you were right there with the locals - not alot of tourism but there is some. Very relaxing and safe feeling we were 4 girls and never felt scared of the location or people. There is lots of shopping and things to see. It is a beautiful place!

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