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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.

Where to stay in Santa María Huatulco

Top Hotels in Santa María Huatulco

Hotel Marina Resort
Hotel Marina Resort
3 out of 5
Tehuantepec 112, Bahia de Santa Cruz, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is $69 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in the heart of Santa María Huatulco, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Playa Santa Cruz and Chahue Beach. Huatulco National Park and La ...

3.6/5Good! (344 reviews)

"Great location at affordable prices. Restaurant food could be better. Did not like the mandatory 300 pesos per person consumption for their bacanda beach club. And hours should be extended past 6pm."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Hotel Marina Resort
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 $112 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (833 reviews)

"The staff was Awesome! The Hotel is in a Beautiful location. They upgraded us to Ocean Front! The breakfast menu has limited items but, the food was Okay and why complain? It was free breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Camino Real Zaashila
Princess Mayev Hotel
Princess Mayev Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Punta Santa Cruz Mza. 1 Lote 4, Col. Sector C, La Crucecita, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
The price is $60 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

This family-friendly Santa María Huatulco hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Santa Cruz and Chahue Beach. Huatulco Beach and Huatulco ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (502 reviews)

"All the personal was great cordial and professional. Location was very nice with a great view of the Bahia We enjoyed very much"…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Princess Mayev Hotel
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
The price is $25 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"It is one of the nicest properties in Zipolite The grounds the rooms Irma and her staff are amazing"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 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 $27 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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! (33 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 $306 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

The beaches are the best part of Huatulco. The town is a bit boring.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 7, 2020

Nice place to relax or do something different than the usual

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Large grocery store very convenient and well stocked. New restaurants in the area near the best western. There are many good restaurants to choose from in La Cruceita. Many new places to stay being built, older places are being given a fresh look.

5/5 - Excellent

Stacy

Feb 24, 2020

We have been too Huatulco numerous times and will continue to return. The people are amazing. It is safe, the weather is gorgeous, and the local food is SO YUMMY!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Small town with safe 'feel' and fantastic setting. Could be amazing with tiny improvements. I.e. better trained staff, better wine, real glasses. Average age off peak is 60+ but blaring music and party elevating DJs give a containt ' let's party '

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

The weather couldn’t have been better and everyone we talked to said that it is always like that. Friendly people everywhere we went, from shop owners, restaurant workers, to taxi drivers.

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