We are in our late 30s and have been to Huatulco in 2009. We have travelled AI in the Mayan Riviera, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Cuba & Dominican...Huatulco is still tops our favourite as it is not as touristy nor crowded & is clean, beautiful and yes, still safe.
Hot, hot 30s during the day. Bring your sunscreens/glasses, hats, light airy clothing & surprisingly not humid (need moisturizer for those w. dry skin). Although the heat was welcomed, think i would rather go bk next time in the fall/winter. AC & fan in room was fine but could be bit loud for the light sleeper.
Chk in was quick, the ride zipped us to the estrellas complex. Rm was fair size overlooking the ocean. Clean. Safe was easy to use. Shower bit tricky as you need to turn both knobs and sometimes there was no hot water. True there are few cracks in the tiles but no probs. No tub for those wondering.
Tips: Bring own towels. Ones provided were rough.
Do NOT flush too much TP down the toilet. Easily clogs. Happened once in the night, surprisingly found that the phone lines were DEAD. Thkfully next morning the janitor came up like in 5 mins after our call to fix the issue.
Saw bug spray provided in closet but didn't really see big bugs in the room...there were these tiny tiny bugs by the sink....i just dropped some peppermint oil all around and that seemed to repel them.
Bring your own hair dryer..one there is not effcient enough.
King bed was firm but good.
Lotsa walking...about 10mins scenic walk to the main lobby where the restaurants, entertainmt & beaches were. You could always call for the carts for a ride. We walked more in the evening as it was cooler.
Find the Bontanica garden to chk out flowers, many singing birds, hummingbirds & squirrels.
Just before the lobby sort of a stone platform is always a big iguana lounging about in the mid afternoon sun. Few hanging out on the rocks through out the grounds and by the beach walk way.
Look for the 4th non swimmable beach. Secret beach is behind the mexican restaraunt.This where they used for weddings and private evening set up dinners. Good for pics. Lotsa of colorful birds.
Chk out the fast crabs on beach side rocks.
When you head up the long stairway from the first bar/washrm area, do not walk too close to the right side. Few people have bumped their heads into these wall platforms that stick out.
You can refill your water bottles infront of the main bar. LOOK into the water dispenser first. We found this bee floating in it.
Main buffet always had seats. We were surprised there was a line up about 20mins on the wkend...long wkend for the locals and there was a tennis tournament on the property. Never seen so many local families w. kids before all about...no problem but they left as fast as they came.
Main buffet had variety. Always meat/fish options, salads, good sweet papaya, sweet desserts, breads.You won't starve but food was just average.
Fresh green juice in the bk:fresh mix of celery, parsley, oj & nopal juice is very refreshing.
Do NOT overload on the cheese & creamed desserts like the 3 milks cake. Although very good, they leave them out rm temp and yes, caused STOMaCH TROUBLES. Not just us, others mentioned this. Hit me one morning, so weak i had to rest...thkgdness for the probiotics i brought to take...but all good by late afternoon...we just avoided eating them the rest of the trip.
Beef, fish & shrimp sometimes over cooked ....take less to avoid wasting. Hard working waiters worth tipping.
Beach by mexican restaurant had waiters coming by asking if you needed drinks. People snorkled here and were able to see lots of fish. Calm and not as busy as the main and kid's beach.
The gym, basket ball and tennis/squash courts were barely used by guests. Didn't see anyone with golf clubs.
Cab rides were cheap to La Cruceita. Safe. Bring pesos. Told by local that many taco places open up in the evening only.
Tips: If you were to stand looking out of the church, cross the park to the market area, to the right of the market, 2-3 blks you can what the locals uses as daily grocers..you see butchers, clean fruit & veggies stores with variety of fresh items, dried chiles & herbs. Few tortilla makers.
From the park, look for big sign PALETAs, this is where you can get popsicles & slushes. Just nearby is the bakery across the artesian weaver shop (note, if you head further behind another blk & half on Flamboyan st is another weaving place called Textilarte with 3 or 4 weaving machines with better prices on products).
Chk out wooden colorful creatures known as alejebres. All sizes. Best price at the oaxacan crafts shop which is few doors down from El Sabor restaurant.
Chk out mexican opal pieces. Note small opal rings should only about 35ea. Shops across organic coffee place is cheaper and willing to size & make deals more readily than the places that have salesmen taking customers to their stores. Also shops surrounding main market are the ones where you can make more deals.
Pluma coffee is cheaper at the coffee plantations.
Wished we had more time to try the Sabor oaxacan restuarant, terra cotta & gone bk to the kristal which was one of our most memorable meals.
If u are up for it, talk to your rep or ask for taxi driver Eduardo from the bell boys. He offers english tours for good prices. We had arranged a 3hr guided tour of the monday market at pochutla....sadly we had to cancel due to the stomach issue. $80USD for 2.
Garden or eco lovers have to chk out Hagia Sofia sabiduria sagrada. They provide pick up service, breakfast, 2hour walking tour full, traditional lunch & a dip in a nearby mini waterfall. 50usd ea was WAY worth it. Beautiful plants, deep in the forest, a definite big project. The manager spent the whole time with us, talk about personal service...we were the only ones out there! More details on my Hagia sofia post about this.
In Chahue is a day spa Xquenda. Had place all to ourselves! Relaxing massages & complimentary mud baths. You can use the pool, gym and access to the beautiful chahue beach. More info about this on my Xquenda spa post. 60usd ea. Fidel was very hospitable and even showed us the available rooms for rent.
I would go bk to Las Brisas if we got a deal . We paid 1045 ea. We would likely try other resorts or even the bbs or Xquenda suites.
Austa lluego Huatulco... for now!
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May 7, 2012
May 7th, 2012.
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