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“Great Mexico port”
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Southern California
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7 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Great Mexico port”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

I was recently on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas cruise ship. One of our ports was the town of Huatulco in Mexico. This port, with it's many bays, is a quaint, step back in time town. The area where the ship docks has a shopping area, small marina, and a swimming beach complete with water sports and beach side restaurants. Old town La Crucecita is within walking distance and there you can see the old cathedral and town square. The five bays are close by where you can swim, snorkel, fish or dive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2009

Another great spring break in Huatulco. The town and people are as welcoming as ever. We snorkeled at Playa La Entrega, a short trip from the Barcelo. Perfect for viewing a variety of beautiful underwater sights... for this first time snorkeler!

Relaxing stay at the Barcelo. The staff was very accommodating and helpful, wanting to make our stay a pleasant one. Plenty of sun, water, and relaxing time! We would go back in a minute!

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Colorado Springs
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15 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

Our week in Hualtulco was a relaxing surprise. Forget the hustle and bustle of Cancun and look forward to a jungle paradise where you can almost hear you stress level drop.

We stayed at Las Brisas, a moderate all inclusive resort. The facilities were adequate and the food was fine, but the setting was gorgeous. It's a large resort located on a private bay where you can lounge, swim, snorkel or kayak just a few steps from the hotel.

The large resort rambles from the beach to the top of the cliff with steps everywhere. If you need special handicap accomodations, this is probably not the place for you. The steep steps in the hotel and up to the multi-unit rooms are invigorating for the first day or two, but as the week moves on, the motorized busses are a welcome sight. They can get you to and from the main lodge and the three menu restaurants in just a couple of minutes.

The buffet food is fine, though tedious by the end of the week if you don't pace yourself. Our all inclusive package provided for two dinners in the ala cart restaurants. We especially liked the Mexican themed choice that was open to the beach.

The scenery can't be beat. We had wild turkey type birds to watch out our our window every morning, and the resident iguanas were constantly monitoring our comings and goings. We must have taken 200 pictures of the beautiful varieties of flowers and trees.

The three small villages near by have typical tourist wares, but also serve the local area families. Most of the staff speak fairly good English, but take you English- Spainish dictionary along if you need to bargain in the villages. Local prices are very reasonable.

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place

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Edmonton, Canada
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68 reviews
45 helpful votes
“Huatulco - Mexico's secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2009

Day 1 - January 20, 2009
Before we started, many people asked where Huatulco (WA-tool-ko) is. It is in the state of Oaxaca ( O-HACK-a) on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico (South-West coastline). Huatulco is actually the name of the municipality because it incorporates 9 bays and 36 beaches (playa).

Our alarm clock rang at 5am to get us up and we were on the way to the airport by 6am. At 6:40am, our daughter Diana dropped off us off at the Edmonton International Airport by the Air Canada ticket booths. We had to walk over to the West Jet booths as the Sunwing booth was located there. We did some manoeuvring as the weight restrictions were 20 kg a person.

Although I thought we were early, our seat allocation was the second row from the back on the pilot’s side of the plane. When we boarded the plane, the plane was half full from passengers who had gotten on in Calgary earlier.

We left at 9am. The flight was direct to Huatulco. The food was good and the flight attendants were pleasant. The in flight movie did not interest us. Alberta read and I did Sudhuko. We arrived at 3:45pm (CST-Winnipeg time)

One advantage to being on the back of the plane on a vacation package is that we were last to go through immigration and didn’t have a problem finding our luggage as it was all by itself.

Before boarding the bus to our all-inclusive resort The Crown Pacific we purchased an ice chilled Corona Light for $3 US. The ride took about 25 minutes. The sunwing representative Antonio told the Crown Pacific group he would meet us in the lobby at 9am.

At the front of the bus, the driver’s have tip basket as way to supplement their low wages. They also offload your baggage.

We walked into the open air lobby to get our room and towel key cards and blue wristbands.

As the Crown Pacific was on the side of a hill there is a shuttle service to the different units. There are 11 separate units. In Huatulco, no buildings can be more than 4 floors.

A group of ladies from Winnipeg said if you walked up you would need to be part mountain goat. They always took the shuttle up.

After unpacking our clothes in Room 604, we went out exploring. The adjacent unit was Unit 7. We were told if you wanted to upgrade for $20US a night this unit would be ideal as it contained a swimming pool, bar, and light eating. For a young family you could watch your kids from the quiet of your room. We felt we were close enough so we didn’t upgrade.

We each enjoyed a cinnamon Pina Coloda, before walking down the shuttle trail to the lobby.

We stopped at the lobby bar around 7:10 pm because buffet at the Beach Club did not open until 7:30pm and we were hungry. Alberta had another Pina Coloda and I had a Corona on tap.

Although the Beach Club buffet did not have as many offerings as past all-inclusives, they get good marks for their deserts. The main course tonight was grilled chicken or steak and was nothing to rave about. I found the thinly sliced steak highly seasoned. We enjoyed a glass of white wine.

We were still eating when the entertainment came on at 8:30pm. The dance troupe gave a polished performance, the principal dancers were from Mexico City while most of the other eight came from Huatulco or Oaxaca.

There is a pottery and bead merchant who has a booth located by the bar adjacent to the Beach Club. We looked at his wares after the show.

We then took the shuttle back from the Beach Club to our Unit 6 sated and tired from the long day.

Day 2 January 21
After we showered, I lathered up with sunscreen to start our day and opened the door to our outside deck. It was a reality shock – yesterday white snow versus today green with birds singing.

We walked down to the lobby to see what the Crown Pacific compound looked like in the daytime. The palm trees had been painted white on the bottom so the insects would not harm the plant.

We exchanged our towel keys for towels in the hotel lobby and then we met with Antonio, our Sunwing representative. Antonio mentioned that if we see a cloud to take a picture of it as clouds are rarely seen except for rainy season during April/May (It rains at night).

We signed up for the 3 tour package for $125 US each (saved $10US). The 3 tours were: the City tour today from 4-7:30pm; the Bay tour on Friday; and the Coffee Plantation tour on Monday.

After his presentation was over we had breakfast at the Beach Club. Alberta
had an omelette and I had 2 small cheese tortilla cooked on the grill as the main features of our breakfast.

We walked out of food area past the pool and looked for lounge chairs without towels. We found 2 chairs near the edge of the patio in the enclosed area and started tanning. A hawker came by and Alberta bought 2 straw hats to protect our heads from the sun. We had a couple drinks – Pina Colodas before we walked along the beach. “Our” beach is shared with 3 other resorts – Barcelo, Dreams, Camino Real Zaashila. We talked with 2 couples from Winnipeg and one from Tofield (He did contract work with Bantrel).

Around 1pm we left the beach and walked into the lunch buffet.

After eating, we got back to the room around 2:15pm. We showered and then relaxed. Alberta read more of her book and I watched TV. At 3:40 we left the room and walked down to the lobby area.

At 4 pm we were ready for our City Bus Tour. The Crown Pacific group loaded onto the bus where we met Eduardo (Ricky Martin), Danny (Lola) and the driver Marcos. We drove past the public Golf Course (18 holes @ $90 US) and then we picked up the rest of the group from Las Brias (the old Club Med) before we embarked on our tour.

We drove east by our bay, Tangolunda Bay and observed the adjacent bay, Chaue Bay which is the beginning stages of development for the all-inclusive resort Secrets. Our next stop we had a view of La Bocana where the Copilata River empties into the ocean. It is the water source for Huatulco and where the Body Shop gets some of its minerals.

We turned around and headed west to the Santa Cruz Bay. Within it is Santa Cruz which has a dock for Cruise Ships (One can shop here, however, when the cruise ships are not in town one gets lower prices) and many condos. The original people from here were shipped to La Crucecita (4 km away), when the cruise dock was put in. It is “touristy”.

We went past the Naval Station (no pictures allowed) to the top of the hill and viewed Santa Cruz from the other side. We also viewed Estrada Playa (beach) which has a coral reef and is good for snorkelling.

Next stop was the town of La Crucecita where our tour guide, Danny entertained us with scorpions, chocolate grasshoppers at a shop, while Eduardo watched.

Alberta enjoyed the chocolate covered grasshoppers.

Then we sampled Mescal. It is like Tequila and made from a different variety of the Agave plant. We had at least 7 shots of Mescal and purchased a bottle of pecan Mescal. It tasted like Maple Walnut. We also bought some amber jewellery for Diana and sugar cookie.

We walked over to a textile mill. I bought a belt for myself and a black Oaxaca pottery crucifix for Diana.

We then boarded the bus, drove 4 or 5 blocks and then disembarked in front of the church which is across from the town square. It is famous because it has a ceiling mural of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. We took pictures inside without the use of a flash because those are the requirements as well as visitors need covered shoulders.

The “Tipsy Blowfish” lounge (one of the places we were told to visit) faces the town square.

We arrived back at the Crown Pacific around 7:55pm. Sitting at the front of the bus we were able to catch the quick shuttle to the Beach Club for supper. We sat with a Mexican couple from Guadalajara and their 2 children to get a good viewpoint for the entertainment. We enjoyed a glass of wine and Caramel Flan for dessert. The performance was a take-off on Moulin Rouge.

We headed back to the room and watched TV for a while before we went to sleep.

Day 3, January 22
A simple day in which after showering, putting on sunscreen and eating breakfast, we found a pair of lounge chairs on the patio near the foot shower and kids cabana and enjoyed the sun.
Around 1:30 we had lunch and took the shuttle back to our Unit.
However, decided to go to the “7th floor” pool (It is on top of Unit 7). We noticed lady with a cast on her leg. Apparently, when two men from Edmonton went golfing (The course is right beside the Hotel on the west side) on Wednesday morning, one of the wives slipped in the tub and broke her ankle.
We had a drink and then back to our room #604. We found out what arrangement the maid left in terms of a towel design (Each day has been different).
We showered. Then, Alberta finished her book on our deck while I relaxed and then watched TV. The ambience of deck life where we sit in two chairs enjoy the fresh salt air, listen to the birds sing, and see green has a peacefulness all of its own.
We walked down to the lobby so we could use the Internet. They have 2 stations (30 minutes max).
Then we walked across Juarez Boulevard – two one-way streets crossing in front of the Beach Club. The streets separate the ‘sleeping quarters’ area from the ‘Beach’ area. The taxis wait on the lobby side and tour buses are between the two streets.
It was “Mexican Night” theme supper. We shared a table with a lady from Calgary and her two adult daughters, one who turned 29 on Monday.
The entertainment was good (the show starts at 8:30pm). The performers start work at 11 am. They are responsible for running the pool activities & kids programs and rehearsing.
I set the alarm on Alberta’s cell for the next morning. It was a good thing as our wake-up call never came.

Day 4 January 23
We had breakfast with Patti, a Canada Post worker, and Frank, a home renovation specialist, who live in Chestermere. They were not impressed with the jungle ATV tour they took yesterday, as they saw no animals.
The van arrived at 8:30 am. Cheryl & Steve from Edmonton and Alberta & I met the couple from Armstrong BC who were already aboard. They were staying at the Camino Real and said it was luxurious. We drove to the Santa Cruz dock and paid $7.50US each for snorkelling gear. On the boat we were joined by Colleen a travel agent from Mulhurst Bay and four of her friends. Colleen and Carla sat at the front of the boat.
Our guide was Pepe and our boat driver was “Popeye”
Our excursions first stop was to view “EL SNORTER”. A small cave that acts like a noisy blowhole as water rushes in and out because of the waves and shoots the water up high.
We were able to view about 4 different pods of pilot whales.
We also observed turtles swimming in the ocean. One turtle even had a bird on its back until we got to close. They don’t submerge right away as air ballast needs to be rectified. A manta ray jumped out of water twice.
The next stop was a Bay where one of the playas had a reef where we snorkelled.
Previously Alberta panicked when we had snorkelled at Cayman Cay in January 2004. This time, she learned to close her mouth over the mouth piece to seal to it. Without a proper seal water gets in the tube and you breathe in water, causing you to gasp and panic because you can’t get air.
She really enjoyed swimming with the fish, viewing the different coloured fish and exploring the reef. The boat driver brought up a sea urchin and starfish to view as well as a Blowfish.
We next stopped to view the configuration of an Indian cut in Stone. It was caused by water erosion.
We stopped at one of the Playas (beaches) in this Bay. It was only accessible by boat and was crowded.
There were many Mexican families. One of the attractions was the reef. Carla said it was a better place to snorkel than our first stop. However, she got stung 3 times. The local way of reducing the sting was by putting sand on the skin. She said it worked. This beach is protected National Park.
We stopped at another Bay for lunch. The playa with cabanas had an assortment of different coloured umbrellas. Our tour group went to the one with green umbrellas –“Ay Caray”. The food was great. Rita from Colleen’s group enjoyed the food.
Cheryl fell in love with the dog under the table. The hawkers never missed an opportunity to sell their wares.
Cheryl & Steve used the bathroom facilities in the back for a charge of 5 pesos each. We then laid out on the beach to enjoy the sun.
Before we returned to Santa Cruz Harbour, we observed “El Snorter” again. As the waves were higher it was more spectacular.
We saw another Manta Ray jump out of the water.
We got to see the East side of Santa Cruz Bay with the luxury houses and hungry pelicans.
We disembarked about 4:30pm.
Upon our return to the Crown Pacific, we showered to remove the ocean salt. We then headed to the 7th floor pool and bar. Alberta switched to Kahlua Coloda’s. My usual drink of preference is a single malt scotch so designed what a I called Tequila hombre – 3 oz Tequila, ice, and 3oz aqua (distilled water). The bartender shook his head when I drank the first one.
We decided we didn`t want the sushi supper which was being held at the pool restaurant. So, we went back to the room to change for supper at the Beach Club. We stopped at the lobby to use the internet around 7:45pm before getting to the Beach Club.
We got updates from others how their excursions were. The lady and he two daughters said the waterfall tour did not meet their expectations – too much walking in poor conditions. Patti & Frank really enjoyed the turtle and crocodile tour.
At 8:30 pm we observed the `Latino` dance performance, before heading back to the room.

Day 5 January 24
We slept in and forgot to put the privacy sign on the door, so we woke up listening to the maid trying to get into our room.
We walked down to the Beach Club for breakfast. Sylivi has been the cook behind the grill in the morning. She cooks the eggs how you like and my favourite cheese tortillas.
After breakfast we looked in the shops on Juarez Boulevard. They cater to the all-inclusive crowd and there are not that many of them. Alberta bought some ceramic turtles for work and a linen dress for our granddaughter Destiny. Prices on their alcohol especially flavoured Mescal were very reasonable.
We finished shopping around 1pm and had a light lunch buffet before going back to the room to change for today’s excursion. We took a taxi to La Bocana for 50 pesos. Before entering the little town you get to see how the taxis shocks are as it is probably the original cobblestone street. At the turnaround area is a small sign showing services offered by the local ladies – “Mud Bath”. It cost us 80 pesos each. It was like having a body masque.
Lucy & Flora took us about 250 metres to the side of the Coplita River where they applied a wet clay.
They started giggling because of my hairy back. With the green contexture of the clay Alberta proclaimed I was Shrek.
Princess Fiona looked good in her bikini. We walked another 400 metres to a calmer crossing point of the river beside a big rock. At this time Lucy & Flora “exfoliated” us – they rubbed the dried clay.
To remove the clay sheen we walked into the river to rub the sheen off with water. For Fiona who sat in the river, the ladies poured water over the princess as she tried rubbing off the clay.
We stopped at a restaurant overlooking the ocean and river on the edge of the town.
After many communication tries we ordered breaded shrimp and 2 beers. Not knowing Spanish we almost got uncooked fish. From our table, we observed people surfing and boogie-boarding. We even saw a fisherman throw his net into the ocean. His seagull friends were looking for leftovers. The turkey vultures feasted on a dead fish.
We waited for a taxi to take us back. It didn’t take long as a taxi came with his fare. - four young Mexican lads offloaded with their boogie boards.
We showered when we got back and still found clay behind our ears. The towels had light brown patches where the clay came off even after showering. But “Mud Bath” was well worth it.
We headed up to the 7th floor pool. Patti and Frank said they had a great time ziplining, although there was only two ziplines.
Judy & Doug from Medicine Hat (lucky people have 14 days in paradise) said they had taken bread to feed the fish at the east end of our beach and some people were snorkelling there.
We went for the supper buffet. The “Las Vegas” show was awesome. They did ‘Cirque du Soleil’ during one of acts. Elvis performed.
We had intentions of going to town after the show to meet with Cheryl and Steve at the Hootie Blowfish as it was Cheryl’s birthday, but we were too tired. We were sitting on our deck having a nightcap – pecan mescal, when I noticed Cheryl and Steve being shuttled up to their unit. We would have missed them if we went to town.

Day 6 January 25
We slept in as we wanted a Relaxing day in the sun. The first step is to go enjoy the outside deck.
After eating breakfast we tanned. My fair skin with its SPF15 coating started to get hot, so I went to the bar and had “Tequila Hombre”. When I finished my drink, I brought back aqua (bottled water) and a Kalhua Coloda for Alberta. But she wasn’t in her chair.
I tanned for another 30 minutes. As the ice had melted in her drink, I finished the Kahlua Coloda. When looked around I noticed Alberta aquacizing in the swimming pool. So I tanned some more until I got dehydrated, so I went over to the bar for another “Tequila Hombre”. When I finished consuming my drink I walked back to our lounge chairs. The action in the pool was water polo.
Alberta had moved over and was talking to Patti & Frank. The ladies got excited when then the silver hawker displayed his wares. They purchased rings.
We then had lunch, tanned some more and walked along the beach.
People were out seadooing, kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, and paddle boating.
We walked back to the Crown Pacific beachfront.
Then we went back to the room to cleanup and shower because a group of us were going to meet at 4pm in the lobby and then cab it to town.
Judy & Doug, Patti & Frank, and Alberta & I took 2 cabs to the Hootie Blowfish in La Cruciceta. The girls went in one taxi and the guys in the other. As the Blowfish wasn’t open until 6pm, we walked into the market the others didn’t find any to purchase so they started their Victoria beers at another restaurant-lounge before us. We bought swimming trunks for Joedy.
We walked over to the Blowfish for a beer and found out that a live jazz band started at 8:30 pm and the cooks had the night off (Sunday). Patti & Doug played pool. Meantime we asked another “Sunwing” couple from Fairview, Alberta to sit down with us. They were meeting his brother and group from Winnipeg (They were staying at the Flamboyant Hotel beside the Church and had just arrived).
They recommended the Italian food at “Il Rigolotti’s over the Pizza place across the square. We did the 5 block walk to Rigolotti’s only to find there was a one hour wait (with low ceilings it would be like being in a sweat house). We still put are names on the wait list. They suggested we go over to the Ice Caffe Venezia, 2 blocks over.
We were so hungry we ordered. It was kind of neat eating on the rooftop of a building. We ordered 3 focaccia pizzas and 3 dry salads (Caesar).
Like the scene in Dumb & Dumber, Doug tried out the hot sauce (he needed more water). When Patti wanted more pizza, Doug gave her one of his pieces which had the hot sauce. Patti tried to drown out spice with her beer.
After eating we headed back to the Hootie Blowfish for beers & jazz. At a different table was our tour operator Antonio. We invited him over to our table. Patti, Doug, Alberta & Antonio danced.
We headed back to the Crown Pacific around 10pm. Being the perfect gentlemen we let the ladies catch the first cab. We got our cab driver to go faster so we beat the ladies back to the hotel.
The performers were still hosting Casino night in the Lobby bar when we got there. I played 21 and would have been the big winner if I had won the last hand (all chips were to be put in).
There was an altercation going on behind us where a drunken Canadian was making racial slurs with security around. It seemed that cooler heads prevailed and he left. But rumour has it he came later back with a knife and as a result was thrown in jail.

Day 7 January 26
We got down for breakfast at the Beach Club around 7:45am so that we could be back by 8:30am to start our Coffee Plantation tour (Finca El Pacífico is known for the organic coffee it produces called "Pluma Hidalgo," and it is surrounded by waterfalls and ravines). We were joined by Cheryl & Steve and a lady from Regina.
Marcos Lopez, our tour guide came with a van and 2 other couples from Calgary. His taxi driver background made short work of the curving countryside.
We went through a military check-stop before we made a pit-stop at a gas station. We refuelled and some of the group made use of the 2 peso bathroom stop. Within 10 minutes we came to the center of the town, San Pedro Pochutla.
We parked by the church and city hall. We weren’t able to get inside city hall because political unrest meant that is was closely guarded by the police.
By the church there were murals. Most of the churches have similar architecture. However, the features to each one are unique.
After touring the church, we were given 20 minutes to tour the local market where every Monday local people bring their produce for sale. Fish, bakery goods and fresh produce were for sale.
Alberta couldn’t help but buy a key chain from a young lad (similar to a young girl selling girl-guide cookies). The market patrons enjoyed the ambience of the market.
We made one more bathroom pit-stop before our drive up the curving Sierra Madre hills to our final destination the coffee plantation owned by Antonio Gomez. Some of people in the van felt nauseated through the switchbacks. Having coffee, cold Hibiscus iced tea and a snack settled our stomachs. We found out that Danny’s group from Las Brias was sharing our tour.
Danny demonstrated how the coffee bean pickers tied down their baskets and how they carried the coffee bean bag down the slopes to the factory (6 basket loads equated to one bag). They get about 150 pesos a bag. At the high elevations it will take over 3 hours to bring down one bag.
The coffee plants start at 6000 feet and go to 10 000 feet and a conch horn sounds for the pickers to proceed to the next level. They have 3 pickings from mid-October to December. Although shack accommodation are provided, many pickers stay up the slope to conserve time, the wives usually brought up a heavy stove and rolling pin to make tortillas on site, and the kids also pick.
Some kids leave school to pick coffee beans. Those that are illiterate use a thumb print as a signature for payroll.
They had a specially designed trail to give those on tour a feel of what it would be like picking coffee beans. We even selected walking sticks to use as anchors for walk up the slope. On our trek the guides showed us coffee beans and cocoa beans (Danny said when he was young he picked coffee beans.)
They also said that banana plants were grown to make farming more year round. As everything is natural, they need to clear the quick growing underbrush from the coffee plants so they remain at peak – no chemicals all by hand. When we came to a waterfall we turned back on the other side of the ravine.
On our descent we passed by a couple of orange trees before getting back to the factory. One of the enjoyment of Alberta’s trek was the owner’s Chihuahua joined us.
We watched a video on coffee producing and that was followed by a tour of the facility. We saw where coffee was cleaned, dried, roasted and bagged.
The tour went over to the compost area. It was close to a ravine which I looked over observed a mother and her 5 children washing clothes.
We headed back to the owner’s house where is wife prepared a home-cooked meal: oven cooked spaghetti, pork, chicken, rice, black bean and guacamole. Topped off with iced tea made with Hibiscus, the tastes were exquisite.
We purchased 2kg of organic coffee. We were told his sister who owns the ONIX restaurant (on the 2nd floor), also sells his coffee. It is kitty-corner from the Hootie Blowfish.
Even though we were driving downhill, the ladies complained about being nauseated, so when we stopped our guide, Marcos put rubbing alcohol on the back of their necks. They didn’t complain any more but sure did lots of loud talking almost as if they had been drinking.
We arrived back about 5 pm. Alberta read while I watched TV. At 7:45pm, we headed down to the Beach Club for supper. We sat with Patti & Frank. At 8:30pm the entertainment troupe started their “All-Star Revue”. It was one of my favourites because it looked the performers were having fun as they changed into different roles – Elvis, Jim Morrison, Ricky Martin, Selina. Unfortunately they did not pose for pictures after their peformance
Judy & Doug, Patti & Frank, Cheryl & Steve, and Alberta & I met for a drink in the lobby bar night before we headed back to our rooms to pack (except Judy & Doug – they had signed up for 2 weeks).

Day 8, January 27
In the morning I had to inhale the beauty of our surroundings by sitting on the deck, look at the green vegetation and listen to the birds sing. I took out bread and put it on the deck railing so I could take a picture. Alberta said these birds sounds like a magpies.
We had a light breakfast before stretching out in the hammocks.
We walked along the strip to get our final souvenirs. Alberta bought a travel bag and I bought a painted wood turtle.
We stopped at the 7th floor pool/restaurant for a quick burger and then we went back to the room for final packing. We got the shuttle down with our luggage by checkout time 1:00pm. We went to the lobby bar for a final drink with the group before loading the bus to the airport at 1:30pm.
At the airport I bought a silver ring for myself.
We boarded at 4:30pm. We kept our immigration card so we didn’t have to pay $47 US extra to depart.
The Calgary group got out at 9:45pm and we got a new Sunwing crew (The old crew went to Huatulco and back - about 15 hours). They would be proceeding to Jamaica after we got off in Edmonton.
We landed at 11:30pm in Edmonton. After going through customs our daughter, Diana drove us home.

Huatulco has been my favourite vacation. Nature and man live in harmony. The pride of the residents of this area makes it a safe place. They don’t want it commercialized and I agree. Yes - to turtles, whales and beaches. No - to McDonalds and Walmart. Many tourists come back to the same resort annually.

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5 helpful votes
“A welcoming return to Huatulco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2009

Just returned from two weeks in Huatulco Mexico. June is the "rainy season" Everything is lush and green and the jungle is alive with the calls of birds and everything is in bloom. Some rain every afternoon and sometimes you can't really tell it's raining because it can be so soft and light. Quite different from the dry winter season.
The area is booming with new condominium,commercial and hotel projects swarming with workers. A beehive of activity. Just as clean and welcoming as ever.
If you want to experience a quieter, more genteel locale with top notch dining and magnificent bays and beaches, neat as a pin and pleasing to the eye, then consider Huatulco.

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