is one of Mexico's most laid back and relaxed resorts. Currently in its
early stages, development is proceeding under a carefully balanced
master plan. In fact, Huatulco is the hemisphere's first "eco-tourism"
resort. The majority of the area's 52,000 acres are to be held as
ecological reserves. Strict building codes dictate hotel architectural
styles. Buildings are limited to six stories in height.
Of the nine bays targeted for development, today only three
are "tourist ready."
Tangolunda is the most developed of the bays, with six
ultra-modern resorts (including the largest Club Med in the western
hemisphere). An 18-hole golf course, a shopping area, several
restaurants, and five lovely beaches round out the attractions. This is
the grandest of Huatulco's bays and most suited to upscale visitors.
Chahue (CHAH-way), the bay next to Tangolunda is the area's
largest. A marina is under construction that will soon receive cruise
ships. There are currently no hotels open on this beach; however, about
a mile inland is the city of Crucecita (population 7,000) with several
tourist class restaurants, a disco, a good municipal market, a charming
four star hotel, and an attractive main square.
The bay of Santa Cruz and the city of Santa Cruz Huatulco
were the area's principal settlement when development began in the early
1980's. Here are two very pretty central plazas, each surrounded by
shops restaurants and bars. These plazas face a marina, from which
cruises of the area's nine bays depart. A short distance away is Playa
Santa Cruz, a popular beach for sunbathing and watersports.
At present Huatulco's sightseeing, dining and nightlife are
just emerging. For now, the resort offers deluxe seclusion, excellent
swimming, water sports and a 18-hole golf course.
Nearest major airport:
Huatulco, Mexico (HUX)