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Santa María Huatulco Attractions

With coral reefs, golden beaches, palm trees, and grass-roofed pueblos, Huatulco is the perfect setting for a vacation on Mexico's southern coast. Legend has it the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl came from these lands at the base of the Sierra Madre del Sur, and the area still holds a rich collection of secrets for history buffs, restless naturalists, and laid-back vacationers alike. From broad waterfalls and cool plunge pools to ancient Zapotec cities and rolling waves along the coast, you can find plenty of things to do in Huatulco.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Santa María Huatulco

La Crucecita

A great starting point for any visitor, La Crucecita features a lively collection of restaurants, shops, fresh food markets, and a superstore, with plenty of villas and condos just a quick walk away. A forested hill stands in the middle of town, and the shops around the zocalo are packed with touristy gifts and authentic souvenirs alike.

Tangolunda Bay

Most of Huatulco's luxury resorts can be found in this pocket of the coast, which not coincidentally offers a terrific combination of sheltered waters and long, curving beaches. A public-access route runs between the private beachfronts to let you enjoy access to the water at Tangolunda Bay.

La Bocana

The place to be for surfers or lovers of open ocean, the coastal retreat of La Bocana offers villas fronted by photogenic beaches under high, rocky cliffs. The nearby river mouth offers a place to go for a freshwater splash if you want a break from the waves, and the Zapotec Mud Baths offer up another way to relax with some fine earth taken right from the river.

What to See in Huatulco

It's not hard to notice that Huatulco has a lot of beaches. What you can really appreciate, though, is the selection, from the rows of yachts and fishing boats at Marina Chahué to the snorkeling and rich marine life of La Entrega and the jet skis and beach soccer games along Chahue Beach. If you're more in the mood to head inland, the archaeological site of Bocana del Río Copalita includes a ball court and a temple to Quetzalcoatl that dates back 2,500 years.

Sightseeing in Santa María Huatulco

Lovers of the outdoors have all kinds of options for passing the time around Huatulco. You can dive in the water for a snorkeling tour, get a surfing lesson, or admire the beaches on a sightseeing cruise. If you want to give the easy rapids along the Rio Copalita a try, then you can take out a raft and get paddling. Or if you want to charter a boat for some deep-sea fishing, there's plenty of giant sailfish waiting for you.

If you're in the mood to see what the actual countryside looks like, you can join a tour into the jungle and see the waterfalls that pour down out of the mountains or get an exclusive look at the plantation where some of the region's finest coffee is grown and processed. Take an ATV ride to visit remote trails and an iguana farm, or just relax with a few holes at one of the region's best golf courses. If you've got a couple days free, there's nothing like an overnight journey to see the ancient city of Monte Alban and the landmarks and lively streets in Oaxaca de Juarez.

Things to Do in Santa María Huatulco with Kids

There are plenty of awesome experiences in Santa María Huatulco that the whole gang will love. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences around.

Free Things to Do in Santa María Huatulco

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's possible to have a blast in Santa María Huatulco without handing over a cent.

Marina Chahue - This is a buzzing location where you can soak in the atmosphere and discover local life.

La Montosa Island - Just being near the water will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

Chahue Beach - Enjoy a nice, leisurely stroll by the water and perhaps even dip a toe in.

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Though S might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Chahue Beach and La Entrega Beach.

Santa Mar’a Huatulco Centro

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Santa Mar’a Huatulco Centro and surrounding area, you can visit Parador Turistico Shluuna and Hagia Sofia Botanical Garden.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Santa María Huatulco on a sunny day?

When the weather is fine, these activities are hard to resist:

What to do in Santa María Huatulco on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down, these indoor activities will keep you busy (and nice and dry!):

Are there cheap things to do in Santa María Huatulco?

If you're on a smaller budget, you may like to add the following cheap and cheerful tours and activities to your schedule:

What can you do in Santa María Huatulco for free?

Your time in Santa María Huatulco needn't cost a bundle with free attractions like these to keep you entertained:

  • Zipolite Beach
  • Huatulco Beach
  • La Entrega Beach
  • Chahue Beach