A tiki hut with a pair of tanning chairs out on the beach on Huatulco, Mexico
NATURAL OAXACAN WONDER

Cruise to Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco is an authentic Mexican town in the Oaxaca region that thrives on preserving its natural beauty. Cruise to Huatulco and explore the charming old town of La Crucecita, where you can visit the Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church — its cupola features a 20-meter painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the largest of its kind in the world. Fill up at one of the many streets stalls serving carnitas and tamales. Then, explore one of the nine different bays and 22 miles of rugged coastline: Head to Santa Cruz for gentle waves or the crystalline waters of La India, accessible only by boat. Or see exotic waterfalls and lush jungle vegetation at Cascadas Magicas.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Mexican Peso (MXN)

Things To Do in Huatulco

A big rock coming out of the ocean on the Cacaluta Beach in Huatulco, Mexico

Coastal Bliss

A big rock coming out of the ocean on the Cacaluta Beach in Huatulco, Mexico

A big rock coming out of the ocean on the Cacaluta Beach in Huatulco, Mexico

Coastal Bliss

Take a boat ride out to the remote beach at Playa Riscalillo, where you can snorkel the crystalline waters and coral reefs. Or check out expansive Cacaluta beach, where the movie "Y Tu Mama Tambien" was filmed. Or visit Bahia San Agustin, surrounded by rocky cliffs and palapas, open-sided thatched-roof buildings, where you can cool off with a cold cerveza.

Magical waterfalls in Copalitilla and Llano Grande in San Miguel del Puerto in Huatulco, Mexico

Cascading Magic

Magical waterfalls in Copalitilla and Llano Grande in San Miguel del Puerto in Huatulco, Mexico

Magical waterfalls in Copalitilla and Llano Grande in San Miguel del Puerto in Huatulco, Mexico

Cascading Magic

The Cascadas Magicas — or Magic Falls — are shallow waterholes reachable after hiking through the jungles of the Sierra Madre mountains. On your way there, you can stop at different organic coffee plantations and taste the Mexican version of a cup of joe.

A cup of mezcal, a local alcohol in Huatulco, Mexico
A cup of mezcal, a local alcohol in Huatulco, Mexico

The Taste of Mexico

Sample real Mexican flavors during a mezcal tasting tour with your Mexico cruise. There are several available in venues like Casa Chahue and Cielito Lindo Centro, where you can try the different varieties of the popular mezcal, a distilled alcoholic drink made from the agave plant.

Local cuisine with a crusty tortilla, beans, and sun dried tomatoes in Huatulco, Mexico
Local cuisine with a crusty tortilla, beans, and sun dried tomatoes in Huatulco, Mexico

Local Cuisine

Huatulco's cuisine is famous for its use of strong flavors like guajillo chili, poblano peppers and mole, the classic Mexican sauce with onion, garlic, cinnamon, cumin and dark chocolate. Taste them in dishes like tlayuda, a kind of Oaxacan pizza of meat, beans and vegetables on a toasted or fried tortilla. If you're feeling brave during your Huatulco cruise, try chapulines, the seasoned grasshoppers available from many street stalls.

Piles of traditional colorful Mexican hats sold in souvenir shops
Piles of traditional colorful Mexican hats sold in souvenir shops

Shopping

Head to Santa Cruz for traditional souvenirs like hammocks, sombreros (hats) and colorful glassware. Check out Plaza Chahue for jewelry and onyx fixtures. And stop by La Crucecita square for local artisan items like Oaxacan barro negro (black clay) pottery, handmade fans and jewelry made with shells.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Make a stop at the Copalita Ecological Park and Ruins for a view into Huatulco's past and its commitment to the preservation of natural resources.
2 Get closer to Huatulco's nature at your own pace by renting a scooter or a motorcycle.

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