Santa María Huatulco

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Chahue Beach featuring a beach and tropical scenes

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.

Where to stay 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
The price is $134 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
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.
4.2/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Staff was great so friendly and accommodating. I was allowed a early check in since I had an ealry flight. Loved the bar drinks and the beach was right in front of the hotel. Beach was calm enough to swim. Loved the relaxing atmosphere the hotel offers. I loved the hotel and will return in the near ..."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Camino Real Zaashila
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 $294 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (745 reviews)
"The food and the staff very friendly and helpful I don’t like the elevators they have 2 but one was out of service"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive
Las Brisas Huatulco
Las Brisas Huatulco
4 out of 5
Bahia de Tanglounda Lote 1, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is $142 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nestled on the beach, this Santa María Huatulco resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bahías de Huatulco, Huatulco Beach, and Chahue Beach. Playa Arrocito and Playa ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Nice beds."

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Las Brisas Huatulco
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.
Villas & Resort Luz de Luna
Villas & Resort Luz de Luna
3 out of 5
Mza. 2 Lt 14. Resid. Arrocito, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is $113 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Chahue Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Huatulco National Park and Violin Beach. Cacaluta Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (43 reviews)
"I love the views... everything was perfect..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Villas & Resort Luz de Luna
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 $299 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (28 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
Condo Arrocito at Huatulco beach, Oax.
Condo Arrocito at Huatulco beach, Oax.
Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is $320 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Situated by the ocean, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Arrocito and within 3 mi (5 km) of Huatulco Beach and Chahue Beach. Playa El Tejón and ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Great holidays with minor remarks
"We had an amazing time at this apartment: the place is spacious with a breathtaking view on the ocean, easy access to a lovely little bay and several great swimming pools. The compound is very well kept and the staff friendly. The air conditioning needs to get fixed (it was too loud in one of the ..."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2021

Condo Arrocito at Huatulco beach, Oax.
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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