Santa María HuatulcoMexico

Scuba dive above coral reefs, sunbathe on one of the many beaches and peruse small Mexican pueblos in the traveler’s paradise of Huatulco.

Huatulco is a major travel destination on Mexico’s southern coast. It comprises dozens of picturesque beaches of different types and sizes along the Pacific Coast. The region is ideal for a holiday, whether you intend to scuba dive among coral reefs and colorful fish or enjoy local delicacies in charming oceanfront pueblos.

Drive or take a boat from Santa Cruz to La Entrega (The Surrender), one of the more isolated beaches in the Santa Cruz area of Huatulco. Sunbathe on soft sand while the kids play with buckets and shovels. Take a swim in the Pacific Ocean’s calm waters. Bring scuba equipment or rent snorkeling gear right at the beach to swim with fish around the colorful reef.

Break for lunch or dinner in one of the charming restaurants along the bay. Fresh oysters are a specialty; remember to barter to get the best price. After the crowds thin in the late afternoon, stay for the sunset in quiet seclusion.

Make a visit to nearby Playa Chahué, which is surrounded by mossy cliffs and hills. Lie on the often deserted beach listening to waves crashing against the rocks. After your day of sunbathing, take an evening walk through the town of La Crucecita (The Small Cross). This charming area has a plaza, shops and traditional restaurants where you can buy homemade ice cream. Listen to typical Mexican music, such as folk and mariachi, as you sip a tropical drink of coconut water or mescal.

Spend a beach afternoon at the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) long Playa San Agustín in the western Santa Cruz region. Dine along the beach at one of the small restaurants serving fresh seafood. Scuba dive in the calm waters or snorkel over the shallow reef.

Reach Huatulco from Mexico City by plane, bus or boat. Many visitors pair a trip to Huatulco with one to Oaxaca, 230 miles (370 kilometers) to the north. After a few days exploring the cobbled streets of the inland colonial city, take a welcome sunbathing break on Huatulco’s beaches.

Top Hotels in Santa María Huatulco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Seccion Hotelera Bahia de Conejos, Lote 8, Santa María Huatulco, OAX

Nestled on the beach, this Santa María Huatulco resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bahías de Huatulco and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Huatulco Beach. Playa Conejos and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (376 reviews)

"Gorgeous place and maintained in excellent condition ,beautiful grounds, staff very friendly and helpful always - Very "Disney" in attitude . Food excellent and presentation to detail very appealing. Seafood restaurant had the only place with small servings and atmosphere lacking inside but balcony ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive
Camino Real Zaashila
Camino Real Zaashila
4 out of 5
Blvd. Benito Juárez No. 5, Bahia De Tangolunda, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is CA $127 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Santa María Huatulco hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bahías de Huatulco and Huatulco Beach. Chahue Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (812 reviews)

"Beautiful Beach, views, pools. Location is perfect and the grounds are breathtaking. The staff was warm and accommodating even during this time of uncertainty."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Camino Real Zaashila
Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive
Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd Benito Juarez #4, Santa María Huatulco, OAX

Nestled on the beach, this Santa María Huatulco resort is just steps away from Bahías de Huatulco and Huatulco Beach. Chahue Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (365 reviews)

"Clean and we'll planned out spaces.staff was friendly and helpful. Beautiful beach and pools"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2020

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Santa María Huatulco

La Entrega Beach
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La Entrega Beach

4/5(83 reviews)

Relax on the golden sand or discover a colorful world of underwater creatures and coral at this scenic beach, known as Huatulco’s natural aquarium.

Chahue Beach
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Chahue Beach

4/5(76 reviews)

Play volleyball and soccer on the soft sand of Chahue Bay’s longest beach, a favorite spot among locals and tourists for outdoor recreation.

Zaachila Beach
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Zaachila Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Visit this quiet beach on the Bahía de Tangolunda for safe swimming, pretty sunsets and boat trips around picturesque islets.

Top things to do in Santa María Huatulco

Coastal Bays Boat Tour
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Coastal Bays Boat Tour

CA $35
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Huatulco and La Crucecita Sightseeing Tour
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Huatulco and La Crucecita Sightseeing Tour

CA $24
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Llano Grande Waterfalls Tour
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Llano Grande Waterfalls Tour

CA $61
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Heavenly Beaches Tour
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Heavenly Beaches Tour

CA $43
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Journey Through The Pochutla Marketplace
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Journey Through The Pochutla Marketplace

CA $68
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Tour Huatulco
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City Tour Huatulco

CA $37
Per adult

Reviews of Santa María Huatulco

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 13, 2020

Will defintely go back, can't wait.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

Cascade tour was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Really liked it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Beautiful, friendly and safe place to visit. Stunning views of ocean and mountains everywhere you go. No time share people bugging you. Helps if you know a bit of Spanish. Very hot. Great food. Lots of artisans. Not much night life.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

It’s quite touristy. Better to go to La Crucecita

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

You should understand and speak spanish more fluently in this town or you will not see the true nature of the cultural identity of La Crucecita! Simply said English does not cut it in this town!

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