Can anyone recommend if the ocean is swimmable at most hotels (I am aware of Las Brisas having the best reviewed hotel beach for calm/snorkelling direct from the hotel) but are the rest of the properties okay as well? Is there a consensus on which hotels tend to have rougher and some calmer swimming from their beaches? Time of year patterns for better/worse?
What I am also asking is the strength of the ocean in general and the ability to swim comfortably. I see a lot of reviews that say "the ocean is too rough, so no swimming during our stay" and similar. I am not looking for a lake experience, I want waves/surf but I am not looking for the North Shore of Hawaii. I have stayed multiple times at Las Brisas Ixtapa and often they get similar reviews for ocean swimming (too rough) but I have never had an issue swimming there but I do see how some might. So, if I am fine for swimming in most scenarios, is it really as un-swimmable as many reviews indicate at the hotels in Huatulco?
We are also thinking of taking my mother here for her 60th birthday/early retirement next year, so is Las Brisas the most common recommendation for "easy swimming"? Our dilemma is we like the beach options at Las Brisas but the overall "average quality" impression of the hotel might sway us to other options.