We came 31 Dec - 8 Jan 13. First time for us going to an all inclusive and we couldn't afford one of the 5 stars so thought, what the heck, let's try it.
We enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel staff speak mostly Spanish but with a dictionary, charades and slow speaking you will have no trouble. Same with the town of La Crucesita. The food is "okay" but plentiful, and snacks like clubhouses, tortiallas and guacamole are just for the asking if you're not at the "meal time" and are still included. the beach is walking distance but the shuttle runs every 1/2 hour to and from. The town is also a 15 minute walk or a 25 pesos cab ride. Cabs are everywhere. The beach is where the "club house" is and again, food for lunch and drinks are all inclusive there. Some highlights to share for future visitors:
James and Magda, the Sunwing reps are great. Friendly and want to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. There are is a little Sunwing office attached to the hotel as well and Muriel was very helpful when I was looking for an ATM that would accept my card. The one right outside the hotel did not but there are 3 banks on the strip that accept the Coast Capital card. There are markets right across the street. I didn't find the price for shirts etc to be any better than here but you can definitely barter. We went on a snorkeling excursion ($25CDN ea) and that was a good 4 hours. We got picked up (it was only the two of us that day) by a driver and Alfonso who snorkeled with us. Short drive to that beach and we were in the water the whole time. There was a restaurant at the beach and you are free to get out and eat, do whatever, but we and Alfonso spent the whole time in the water. Excellent guide, again extremely friendly. When in town (By town I refer to La Crucesita) you are greeted constantly by people offering good places to go. Javier runs a jewely store where he gives one free margarita whether you buy anything or not! Jordan I met each time I went and he just hands me cards and shows me places to go. Both remembered my name each time they saw me. Gorgeous church in town, a must visit! Very safe to walk everywhere! You can have a load of laundry done just down the street for 25 pesos or through the hotel but of course that is more than the laundry service. Same day service. don't remember the fella's name but you just walk down the street until you see the last hotel on the right and across the street from it is a shop with the Eiffel tower etched on the glass doors. If no on is there, he runs the restaurant at the hotel across the street. He's French, his wife is Columbia and he makes the BEST crepes! I had the banana with Nutella .. YUM! Across the street is another hotel called the Skippers Club. Go there for a massage, best deal we found. 50 minutes couples massage for 500 pesos ea!!!! and it's done at the Skippers Club beside the pool. They close the drapes (it's outdoors), the beds are side by side, plays the music and you just relax for 50 minutes. The owners name is Tomy and she does massages as well and will come to your hotel room if you prefer, but we enjoyed listening to the pool fountain and being under a thatched room etc. you can book the day you want it, not long wait and we had ours at 7pm. Gustavo is the bartender at the hotel we had often, always smiling and cheerful. You do get wifi but it's best in the restaurant. I couldnt access my hot mail from their computer room on the 2nd floor because the keyboard is a little different but you can use them anytime. you can also sometimes get wifi in the lobby area. We wanted to rent a scooter so the BEST place for that is to go to the Marina Park Plaza (short taxi 25 pesos or walk) and ask for Carlos. We rented it for 3 days (24 hour periods) and paid 800 pesos total. No paperwork nothing. Good guy. They rent them across the street as well but for 600 pesos a day!! We tried to go on the highway 200 but the scooter isn't meant for that. We did take it though to Copalita to see the "ruins". There is an archeological site there at $10 Cdn each + $1 for parking but I didnt' think personally it was worth the trip. Just past that though is a funky little restaurant, very Mexican, where we had Corona's for $1.50CDN and got to feed a parrot tortilla chips! The young boy behind the counter took me out back to show me his snake!! Thankfully in a cage. They make their tortillas by hand in a wood stove. You can watch the woman make them from your table. The dune buggy we didnt do but we heard great things about it. The only thing that sucked for us was that the shower didn't drain in our room properly so our first night we flooded water right out to the hallway and they had no other rooms available so we waited until 2am to get into our room. Staff though were quick to get on it and get it cleaned up. We learned not to put the shower on full blast because they don't have much of lip to keep th water in and put some towels down as an extra buffer along the edge. Rooms are clean and made daily. You get a bag of coffee and some chocolates in your room and a little bouquet of flowers. Again, staff are great but if you're looking for a something that caters to you more, has more selection for food etc, this is not what you want. This is a basic all inclusive but well worth the money and experience. And drinks must be watered down because I seldom drink and was putting back 10 or so margarita's a night and not feeling it but if I had a beer or glass of wine, phew, felt that tingle. Tip wise, the housekeepers won't take the 10 pesos we left each day so we learned to leave a note saying "for you" or giving it to them directly. Oh, almost forgot! We had pizza at Mama Mia's in town and it was good, excellent service again and thin crust. They are big though so consider sharing one for 90 pesos! The offer a little bit of bread and dips gratis when you sit down. I'd say the pizza is about 12". We made the mistake of ordering one each so basically had a full pizza to take back to the hotel, which we gave to the housekeepers and they were pretty pleased. Nice treat and it feels good to make someone happy. We also had pizza at Solo's in town. A thicker crust and cut in squares. Honestly, we prefered that pizza. What else? The surf pulls you in and spits you back out, I can't remember the last time I laughed so much!! until I took my husbands advice and swam out a bit instead of trying to fight the waves haha .. water is WARM :) and the sun is hot! Wear sunscreen. Bugs .. or yes .. little mosquitos because we got bitten all over so bring bug spray and anti histamines. Won't damper your trip and you don't even see them, you just get bitten. Wait to buy some liquor at the airport. Got Kaluah for $16 CDN and a Vodka for $11 CDN. But you can buy some things cheap at Super Che and some of the markets. You will rarely see someone with a watch on. My husband had lost his so it was quite an adventure trying to find one! When we finally did none of them worked!! I asked one why no one seems to wear a watch and he said "We'd be too busy worrying about being late instead of just enjoying life"! So go there ... enjoy ... relax ... enjoy living life.
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- Hotel Castillo Huatulco Hotel & Beach Club, located in the main Bay of Santa Cruz, just a few steps from the handicraft market, area of banks and the main dock of cruises and tours, car rental and travel agency and only 5 minutes from the Centre of the Crucesita. 112 rooms, including: standard rooms with two double beds, rooms Junior with two double beds and a King Size, rooms Juniors and room Master Suites; Beach Club, two Restaurants, two Bars, two Swimming Pools, Children's area featuring all inclusive plans and plan E.P. ... more less
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