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Santa María Huatulco
Travel Guide

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

Camino Real Zaashila
Camino Real Zaashila
4 out of 5
Blvd. Benito Juárez No. 5, Bahia De Tangolunda, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $142 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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

4.2/5Very Good! (860 reviews)

"Beautiful place!! The food is delicious! And the staff always willing to help you."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2021

Camino Real Zaashila
Quinta Bella Huatulco
Quinta Bella Huatulco
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Chahue No. 1000, Bahia de Chahue, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is CA $95 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this P Chahue hotel is just steps from Bahías de Huatulco and Chahue Beach. Huatulco Beach and Huatulco National Park are also within 3 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (603 reviews)

"Staff is super friendly and the restaurants they have on site are amazing which are 5 different ones. You have to try the empanadas and congas. Everything is clean and everyone has a good attitude. The only downfall is the beach, the waves are too rough so its not recommended to swim there. But there ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Quinta Bella Huatulco
Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive
Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Paseo Benito Juarez S/N, Bahía de Tangolunda, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is CA $282 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Santa María Huatulco, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Bahías de Huatulco and Huatulco Beach. Chahue ...

4.2/5Very Good! (680 reviews)

"the beach was just perfect and all the amenities were great"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Santa María Huatulco

Posada Mexico
Posada Mexico
2 out of 5
Av. Roca Blanca sn, Col Roca blanca, San Pedro Pochutla, OAX

Situated in San Pedro Pochutla, this beach cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Shambhala and Zipolite Beach. San Agustinillo Beach and Puerto Angel Beach are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
Posada Mexico on the beach

"Posada Mexico is a nice place to say directly on the main beach in Zipolite. The management and staff are kind and welcoming and the restaurant has amazing breakfast options with tables on the beach so that you can eat in front of the ocean with a delightful breeze. Nice, clean, and safe place to ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 29, 2020

Posada Mexico
Villa La Luna de Miel Mazunte
Villa La Luna de Miel Mazunte
3 out of 5
Callejon del Armadillo no number, Santa María Tonameca, OAX
The price is CA $34 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated by the ocean, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of National Mexican Turtle Center and Mazunte Beach. Zipolite Beach and San Agustinillo Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)
Two nights in Mazunte

"Tree house experience complete with few bugs but very large , comfortable bed and awesome views! Location was great to beach, punta cometa and restaurants was ideal. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2019

Villa La Luna de Miel Mazunte
Celeste Beach Residences & Spa
Celeste Beach Residences & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Lote 1, Manzana 12, Residencial Conejos, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is CA $328 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Located in Santa María Huatulco, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bahías de Huatulco, and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Huatulco ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)

"Smaller complex and fantastic amenities. Very low key and quiet with small restaurant that was delicious. Staff was really friendly and cheerful. Good gym, private beach and very quiet. The rooms are extremely spacious and have everything you could want in kitchen tools, outdoor kitchen, big outdoor ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2020

Celeste Beach Residences & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Santa María Huatulco

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 13, 2020

Will defintely go back, can't wait.

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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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