Although Huatulco is famous for its 36 golden beaches and nine unspoiled bays, its real claim to fame is its travel industry. What makes Huatulco so different? The travel industry here is based exclusively on green conservation! Bahias de Huatulco (bays of Huatulco) National Park was declared a protected reserve in 1988 so even though it’s chocked full of luxury hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, discos, and golf courses, they’re all run on renewable energy and have a maximum building height of six stories. The result? You get all the modern comforts of a luxurious resort, while still being surrounded by unspoiled nature, scenic archaeological sites and miles of beaches. When you travel to Huatulco, you won't get just a great beach vacation, you'll also get a unique opportunity to experience the untamed natural beauty of Mexico. So if you enjoy having a comfortable, luxurious vacation that leaves no footprint on the Earth, then a trip to Huatulco is for you! Who says you can't enjoy a great beach vacation and do something good for the planet at the same time?
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Mapping Out Mexico
Why is Mexico everything to everyone? A quick visit to the east coast sums it up. Cancun’s got nightlife and a party scene while Cozumel offers outdoor adventure like diving and snorkeling. The west coast has even more to boast. Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta both offer beaches, world-class hotels and great golf courses, making them perfect family vacation spots. However, adventure-minded travelers will want to head to either Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which has a similar vibe, but with the feel of an upscale city. And for the escapist, Huatulco and Manzanillo boast virtually untouched natural beauty. While each destination is uniquely different, they all have their own special way of showing you the magic of Mexico.
Learn the Legends
Ancient legends passed on from generation to generation state that the Toltecs and Quetzacoatl came from this pristine and lush area of Mexico.
While these ancient people laid the foundation for later Aztec and Mayan myths, you'll start seeing mythology come to life. As you continue exploring Huatulco’s natural landscape, you’ll be able to hike through the same forests, snorkel through the same oceans and swim through the same turquoise waters that inspired the legends. It’s literally like taking a trip back in time!
Laze by the Beaches
Have you been looking for a sunny beach vacation, but prefer to escape the crowds? Then Huatulco’s secluded beaches were made just for you.
Huatulco’s main attractions are its nine bays and 36 beaches, many of which are pristine, undeveloped and accessible only by boat. Sounds too good to be true right? Stop dreaming and escape to a golden-sand beach that you can call your own! While in Huatulco, you can learn what it’s like to reconnect with nature as you swim, snorkel and spend the day working on your tan.
Bahias de Huatulco National Park
Bahias de Huatulco is a national park unlike any other. In 1988, the park was declared a protected reserve, so you’d expect it to just be a lot of wilderness and wildlife right? In Huatulco, nothing is ordinary.
Bahias de Huatulco is not just a protected reserve, it's also a hotspot for luxury hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, golf courses and a small urban zone called La Crucecita. All of these places are run on renewable/wind energy, so even though it promotes a good time, the preserve is completely natural and leaves no footprint upon the land.
If you find yourself in Huatulco, we recommend you stay at Hotels- Barcelo Huatulco Beach, Las Brisas Huatulco, Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa or Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa for a luxurious beach vacation in paradise.
Take a Trip Back in Time
As you explore the bays of Huatulco, you’ll learn exactly why it thrived as a port under Cortes’ control. The bay is a perfect, natural vantage point for ancient Spanish ships.
When you walk along the pristine sands of Huatulco’s nine bays or hike across its miles of jagged coastline, you’ll be able to see exactly why this unspoiled paradise was vital to the region's ancient economy. If you want to do something extraordinary, Huatulco is a beach vacation and a trip back in time all in the same setting.
Save the Planet in Style!
If you didn't already know, the town of Huatulco operates completely on 100% renewable energy. Don’t believe us? Then, you’ll have to see it for yourself.
All of Huatulco’s energy is wind-driven. Due to the fact that Huatulco is at a point in Mexico where it’s most narrow along the Atlantic and Pacific coast, the region consistently enjoys sea-spun winds. Not only that, but this little spot is proud that none of its water treatment allows pollutants to float into the ocean. If you want to be part of the solution, instead of the pollution-creating problem, vacation here and support Huatulco's planet-saving efforts!
Huatulco Quick Facts
The main language is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply is 110 volts with two-prong outlets
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Huatulco.
Drink and brush your teeth with bottled water only.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
The peak travel season for Huatulco runs from December to April.