Posts Tagged 'Oaxaca'

Touring the Bahías


The Bahías de Huatulco are made up of nine bays strung along nearly 20km of coastline and backed by forest.  Each separated from the next by several kilometers, the bays can be dificult to access by land.  A full-day boat tour is one of the best ways to visit the bays and gain some valuable insight into the history and dvelopment of Huatulco.  Here are a couple of the highlights:


Bahía Santa Cruz is the principal bay with beaches, the harbor, and cruise ship pier.  Easily reached by car from La Crucecita and the airport, it’s the jumping off point for visiting the other bays and beaches.


Located within the boundaries of the Parque Nacional Huatulco, Bahía Cacaluta is the beach where scenes from the movie Y Tú Mama Tambíen were filmed.


La Crucecita

La Crucecita

While in Huatulco we’re staying in the town of La Crucecita, 1km north of Santa Cruz and the beaches.  The service town for the resort, La Crucecita is where the bus stations, internet cafés, the market and virtually the only budget accomodations are located.  Collectivo taxis are available to shuttle people to and from the beaches for about $0.50.

We lucked out and found a nice little room at Posada Lido that’s well within our budget.  Located right in the center of town, less than a block from the Zocalo, we have our own bathroom and cable television.  Although, as it turns out our ceiling leaks whenever the people upstairs shower, which is kind of amusing and explains why the friendly owners keep the bed positioned in the center of the room, something I had wondered about when we first arrived.

La Crucecita would be an interesting place to visit even if the beautiful resort and beaches weren’t located just a kilometer away.  The people here are friendly and welcoming, much more so than in Puerto Ángel.  In the evenings the Zocalo comes to life with crowds of locals and tourists showing up to listen to live music and peruse the stands of the numerous street vendors.  It reminds us of what we’ve been missing about city life while beach hopping down the coast these past few weeks.

The town is also home to the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, a modern church with a giant image of the Virgin painted on the ceiling (pictured here) as well as several other interesting paintings throughout it’s interior.


Las Bahías de Huatulco


The newest of Mexico’s big coastal resorts, the Bahías de Huatulco, doesn’t make it onto the itineraries of many backpackers.  Even so, Carlos and I, in the spirit of seeing as many places as possible, decided to pass through on our way south to Chiapas.  Exiting highway 200 onto the well paved and well maintained, palm tree lined highway that runs from Huatulco’s International airport through the town of La Crucecita and out to the beaches at Santa Cruz it felt more like we were driving through Florida or California than Oaxaca.  And we found it hard to believe we were less than an hour’s drive from the towns of Puerto Angel and Zipolite.     

Huatulco’s development began in the 1980’s.  Prior to that time this stretch of coastline consisted of little more than a few small fishing villages.  Since then, the Mexican government has invested more heavily in this area than it has in others along the coast of Oaxaca.  However, lower than expected occupancy rates have slowed development and pockets of developed areas are separated by pending construction projects and unspoiled shoreline.  Even as the resort area remains a work in progress, prices are higher here, especially along the beaches and in Santa Cruz, than anywhere else along the Oaxaca coast.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!



Happy New Year!  And what better way to  welcome in the New Year than on the beautiful beach in Zipolite.  The celebration begins with a giant bonfire and traditional ceremony right out on the sand followed by the releasing of hundreds of candlelit paper boats into the sea.  After which, everyone disperses to one of the many beachfront reggae bars for dancing, fireworks and a midnight toast of jamaica water and mezcal.  I only wish that everyone from back home could have been there to celebrate with us!

¡Feliz Navidad!


Playa del Panteón, Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

Playa Manzanillo


Located along the sheltered bay of Puerto Angelito just 1km west of Puerto’s main beaches is Playa Manzanillo.  Unlike its neighbor to the west Zicatela, Manzanillo boasts calm, clear, warm waters perfect for swimming.  Just ask Carlos who, over the past week, has taught himself to swim and has been happily floating around ever since.  The sloping beachfront also makes for excellent lounging while taking in all the sights.

Having moved from Dan y Carmen’s to our new temporary home at Cabañas Edda we no longer have access to a swimming pool, so stumbling upon such a great swimming spot was perfect.  Our only regret, that we didn’t discover Playa Manzanillo sooner.  Here are a couple pictures of our cabaña at Edda’s:








More rustic, without cable tv, a private bathroom, or an ocean view it’s kind of like camping on the beach.  Our cabaña at Edda’s is only costing us around $8/night, less than half of the $19/night we were paying at Dan y Carmen’s.  That being said, it might be time to sample some of Puerto’s excellent seafood restaurants!

Procession to the Sea


On the final day of celebration of the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad the statue of the patron saint is carried out to sea in an elaborate procession.  Accompanied by live music and following a trail of firecrackers, the statue is carried from the church to the beach, hoisted aboard a boat, and carried out to sea.  pc180112

Puerto’s entire fishing fleet is on hand to carry the town’s faithful into the sea alongside their beloved statue.  Flowers are thrown into the water and a ceremony held, after which the prcession returns to the beach and the fiesta continues well into the evening.