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Paradise Found! Great choice of Hotels (Photo courtesy of Agua Azul la Villa) Hotels, Rest. and Bars

Statement by the writer: "In this part I am giving my personal opinion based on my personal experiences. I am not involved in any way with any of the businesses mentioned. I am aware that there are many other hotels, restaurants and bars that are good and worth a visit. I am merely giving the readers some idea´s of what is available in Huatulco."

Accommodation

There are some 25 hotels in Huatulco with a combined total of over 2,500 beds. The 5 star hotels are located in Tangolunda, they are the only hotels on the beach here in Huatulco. "Quinta Real" is probably the nicest and most luxurious, "Camino/RealZaahshila" and "Crown Pacific" would be my other favorites. Not quite a 5 star but very comfortable and with beautiful views is "Casa del Mar". In Santa Cruz there are some 4 star hotels (not far from the beach) like "Hotel Marlin" and "Castillo" which is a good alternative if you´re looking for "all-inclusive". In La Crucecita and Chahué you´ll find the rest of the 3 and 4 star hotels as well as various "posadas" or boarding houses (literary posada means "inn" or "lodge"). In La Crucecita I would recommend "Mision de los Arcos" , very close to the central park, and in Chahué "Posada Chahué" and the "Costa Eden". There are also some B&B´s, "Agua Azul La Villa" in Conejos and "Huatulco B&B" in Chahué and a variety of condos and rental villas. A very nice complex of condos and villas with beautiful views is "Sueno Real" at Punta Santa Cruz and there various villas in Conejos like "Villa Pacífico" and "Azomalli" for example. A nice green appartment complex is "Betacentauro" in La Crucecita. We, Hurricane Divers, offer packages with Hotel Marlin in Santa Cruz, but we can also help you out if you prefer another hotel or another location or if you would like to rent an appartment, house or villa. For more information on our packages, go to Packages Click here to go to the page on Packages

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Paradise Found! Restaurant "El Rancho" near Puerto AngelRestaurants

There´s a wide range of restaurants in Huatulco most of which are located in La Crucecita, Santa Cruz and Tangolunda. The international cuisine includes Argentinian, Italian, Japanese, French and Spanish but the Oaxacan food is definitely worth a try. For that I would personally recommend the restaurant "Sabor de Oaxaca" in La Crucecita, opposite the market. They have a very extensive menu, service is good and the prices very reasonable. For a nice steak you may want to try "Tostados Grill", at the central park in La Crucecita. Try the "Arrachera", a typical Mexican Steak and very tender meat. The "Oasis", also in the center, are good as well and apart from the regular food they offer Japanese food. Another restaurant I like very much is "Terra Cotta", in the Hotel "Mision de los Arcos", delicious food, good service and incredible breakfasts! In their café they offer very nice sandwiches and baguettes. Throughout La Crucecita there are a lot of local little restaurants, most of them are simple, nicely priced and have daily menu´s for those of you on a tighter budget. In Chahué you´ll find "L´échalote" (formerly Mambo Cafe) with a varied menu and a Swiss Chef. It´s close to Posada Chahué which has a pretty good restaurant as well. In Chahué you´ll find a very pleasant place called "Café Vienna" run by two Austrians. In Santa Cruz there´s the "Jardín del Arte" located in Hotel Marlin which has a French style cuisine and on the beach you´ll find a variety of restaurants mainly known for their seafood. My favorite is "Ve el Mar". In Tangolunda the restaurant "Azul Profundo", on the beahc of the Hotel Camino Real/Zaashila is probably the most exquisite and romantic. Other places in Tangolunda to enjoy the view over a nice breakfast is Hotel Casa del Mar and the golf course.

If you´re willing to drive 45 minutes you should try "La Finca", on the road to Puerto Angel. It´s a simple straightforward place with a variety of grilled meats from the barbeque, draft beer and they may suprise you with a live musical performance by the staff. There open in the afternoons.

The latest additions: "Onix" in the center of La Crucecita, above "Los Portales". Excellent for a nice dinner and good service. Close by you'll find "El Agave", with some very nice Italian and Asian specialties on their menu, amongst other things.

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Cafe Dublin (Photo courtesy of the owner: Victor)Bars

If you´re looking for a Cancun style nightlife with wild parties going on all night, I´m afraid Huatulco is not the place for you. There´s the discotheque "La Papaya", close to Chahue Beach, and there are a few other disco-type places. There are a whole bunch of local little bars, mainly in La Crucecita. On a corner of the central park you´ll find good old "La Crema" with a more international atmosphere and their pizzas alone would be reason enough to pay them a visit. Another bar is the "Camelot" between Chahué and Santa Cruz, which is beautifully designed in medieval style. If you like a more European style bar or pub, go by my favorite: "Cafe Dublin", opposite La Crema. It´s owned by an Scott, from San Diego, and they usually have Guinness, good music and they serve a mean hamburger!

New: The beginning of 2007 a new bar opened at the central park: "The Tipsy Blowfish". You can sit inside or outside, they have a pool table and dart board and serve food as well. Joe and Courtney from Houston are the owners.

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The Beach of Santa Cruz now, 1500 years later............ History

Huatulco supposedly comes from the word "Quauhtolco", from the Nahuatl language, a language spoken by the Aztecs. They named the place when they invaded the region. "Quautolco" means: "place where they worship wood", and the explanation for that name you´ll find in the following mysterious legend.

According to this legend, around 1500 years ago, an old white man with long hair and a long beard came from the sea with a huge wooden cross. He drove the cross deep into the sand of the beach of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz means Holy Cross in English), so that it stood upright and and proclaimed: "I leave here the symbol for all your remedies. You must worship and respect it, for there will come a time when you will know the true God and Lord of Heaven and Earth". He stayed for a while with the Indians until one day he had to leave because "his presence was required in other places". During the centuries that passed the Indians worshipped the cross and never tried to move it, as the old man had indicated. They did use small splinters of the wood that had come off, in their medicinal brews, as a remedy for many diseases.

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Saint Thomas

Some historians believe this old man must have been Saint Thomas, one of Christ´s apostles who crossed Asia to finally reach the Land of Anahuac, as this area was called back then. Another reference to Saint Thomas is a footprint left in a huge, round rock called "Piedra de Moros", near the village with the same name.

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The Church of Santa Maria in 2000 (Photo courtesy of www.tomzap.com)The Miraculous Cross

Attracted by the valuable cargo of the Chinese and Spanish ships sailing along the Mexican Coast, Huatulco had its share of pirates coming by. In the year 1579 the English pirate Fransisco Drake plundered Huatulco, at the time only inhabited by a few Indians and even fewer Spanish soldiers. He took what little cattle and food they had. In 1587 his countryman and collegue Thomas Cavendish came also to plunder Huatulco. Finding nothing of value he burned down the place and ordered the huge wooden cross, standing on the beach, to be destroyed. To everybody´s suprise they couldn´t even damage it, neither with axes nor with saws, even fire left it untouched. Finally he decided to tie his ship to the cross and sailed out to topple it, only to be left with broken ropes and the cross still intact. Just a few years later Cavendish died in a storm off the coast of Brazil.

Being told this story, the bishop of Oaxaca sent some of his ministers down to Huatulco to take care of the cross and make sure it was duly worshipped. From than on Huatulco became a place visited by the faithfull from many places to see the Holy Cross and take away a splinter of it. This went on untill the base of the cross was so narrow that it was feared it would fall over. In 1612 it was sent to the city of Oaxaca where it was broken up into pieces and several smaller crosses were made from its wood. One cross was sent to the Vatican, another one remained in the cathedral of Oaxaca and a third cross was placed in the church of Santa Maria Huatulco. The Puebla Chapel is said to also have one of the crosses in its possesion. Huatulco still celebrates the day of the Holy Cross every year on the 3rd of May.

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The Beach of La Entrega in 2001La Entrega

Another interesting little story is how one of the most popular beaches in Huatulco, La Entrega, got its name. During the war for independence, in the 19th century, Mexican President General Vicente Guerrero was taken prisoner. For some reason they transported him by ship to Huatulco. This ship the "Colombo", arrived at Huatulco on 30 January 1831, at a beach in the Bay of Santa Cruz where the prisoner disembarked. From that moment on the beach was called La Entrega which means "the delivery". From there Vicente Guerrero was transported to Oaxaca where he was sentenced to death and executed on 14 February of the same year.

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Huatulco, Mexico How to Get Here

Huatulco is located on the Emerald Coast of the Pacific Ocean, in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. We´re about 500 km (300 miles) or eight hours driving East-South-East of Acapulco.

For a map of Mexico, see Maps Click here to see the maps

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From Abroad

Huatulco has an International Airport with a direct flight coming in from Houston and in the winter season there are charter flights from the US and Canada, to my knowledge from the following cities: Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Continental offers direct flights from Houston. National flights come to Huatulco from Mexico City, although there is a company offering flights from Oaxaca City. You can fly directly to Mexico City from cities in Europe, South America and the US. If you´re driving down from the US, you´ll need at least two days (and probably more) from the border down to Huatulco. We are pretty close to the border with Guatamala, from Guatamala City it´s about 12 hours by car.

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From Mexico City

Bahías de Huatulco is 1 hour flying from Mexico City and approximately 12 hours driving by car. By car you can choose between driving via Acapulco or via Oaxaca, the option via Oaxaca and Salina Cruz is generally preferred. By bus it is approximately 15 hours. From Mexico City there are regular flights to Huatulco 2 to 4 times a day.

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Paradise Found! Breathtaking Views in the MountainsFrom Oaxaca

From Oaxaca it is a short trip by plane to get to Bahías de Huatulco. By car you have 2 options: the scenic route through the mountains, via Pochutla or the more comfortable drive via Salina Cruz. The distance over Salina Cruz is longer but because the roads are so much better, it is the easiest option. Either way it´ll take about 6 to 7 hours. If you have the proper vehicle and you are a competent driver, not afraid of hundreds of bends or parts of the road missing, you may find it interesting taking the route through the mountains. Opinions vary if the spectacular views are worth the risks. By bus the travelling time either way is a few hours more.

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