Experience relaxing Santa María Huatulco: its beaches, snorkeling, entertainment, and more!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Romantic and Relaxing

Top Hotels in Santa María Huatulco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Quinta Bella Huatulco
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Chahue No. 1000, Bahia de Chahue, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
$79
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.4/5Excellent! (402 reviews)

"We had a wonderful time! we extended our time. We added two additional days. We will def. return one day! Great staff, great hotel and clean place overall!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Quinta Bella Huatulco
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Las Brisas Huatulco
4 out of 5
Bahia de Tanglounda Lote 1, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
$141
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.1/5Very Good! (896 reviews)

"Loved the place, the beach and the food. The staff was very helpful in every way. Transportation from the room to the lobby was never a problem. Concierge did an awesome job. My kids enjoyed it much and we all left feeling very satisfied. Definitely recommend it and would come back."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Las Brisas Huatulco
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Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Paseo Benito Juarez S/N, Bahias de Huatulco, Santa María Huatulco, OAX
$197
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.2/5Very Good! (590 reviews)

"Excellent service. All areas are spotless and super clean. We Love the food. The shows were excellent and very professional."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Barceló Huatulco - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Santa María Huatulco

La Entrega Beach
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La Entrega Beach

4.5/5 (74 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (71 Ratings)

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 (14 Ratings)

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

Top activities in Santa María Huatulco

ATV Waterfall & Jungle Tour
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ATV Waterfall & Jungle Tour

$140

Steer your way through the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre del Sur on this adventurous ATV excursion. Cool off in the shallow waters of the Llano Grande waterfalls, visit a coffee plantation, grab lunch, and get tickled by the fluttering wings of exotic butterflys at a local garden.

Huatulco and La Crucecita Sightseeing Tour
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Huatulco and La Crucecita Sightseeing Tour

$23

Discover the bustling streets and welcoming ambiance of La Crucecita, Oaxaca, a charming coastal town brimming with history and culture.

Coastal Bays Boat Tour
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Coastal Bays Boat Tour

$30

Set out for a cruise along Huatulco's paradisiac bays and pristine beaches, including Santa Cruz, El Órgano, Maguey, and more. Spend a day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun at the virgin beach of Chachacual.

Heavenly Beaches Tour
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Heavenly Beaches Tour

$38

Spend a memorable day beach hopping in the picturesque Huatulco Bay area. Snorkel, swim, and soak up the sun on the soft sand on some of Mexico’s finest shores. Enjoy an optional meal of delicious seafood to top off your relaxing day.

Mountain Waterfalls & Coffee Plantation Tour
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Mountain Waterfalls & Coffee Plantation Tour

$76

Get in contact with nature and enjoy the beauty of the Llano Grande waterfalls aboard the safari “Machito bananas” which is, Continue one hour and a half of way to the sierra sur to be at this fantastic place with the beautiful falls of crystal clear waters, a cup of 100 percent organic coffee and natural Jacuzzis will be awaiting for you.

Wellness Retreat Huatulco
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Wellness Retreat Huatulco

$1,702

Itinerary Yoga Sessions Pass By: Yoga Huatulco, Various Locations Santa Cruz, Huatulco Mexico

Reviews of Santa María Huatulco

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
144
4 - Good
56
3 - Okay
14
2 - Disappointing
3
1 - Terrible
0

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

The best vacations and place I have ever been.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 28, 2019

We will be back

4/5 - Good

Rumbo

Aug 21, 2019

I highly recommend the trip to the water falls.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

I am looking for a place to retire. I think this is a great place to do just that.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Great. Clean please and peacefull

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 8, 2019

Clean and safe place to take your family

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