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The Hotel Zone of Tangolunda…

quinta real hotelTangolunda, Huatulco’s main hotel district, represents the one of the more developed areas of Huatulco. This is where the upscale hotels, like the Dreams, Camino Real Zaashila and The Quinta Real, are located along with areas for shopping, dining, and residential communities…and the sea beyond the hotels and homes is busy with lanchas (small motorboats), kayaks, and sailboats. This particular site was chosen by developers because of its five beautiful beaches located within one of the largest bays in Huatulco.

A professional 18-hole golf course, spread across 78 acres, can also be enjoyed in Tangolunda. The course is always in great shape and well-watered. However do not expect a typical resort-style course that allows for players to hit the ball wide and still score well. Most holes are bordered by a combination of trees, jungle, ponds and a concrete aqueduct. Precise shots are rewarded…And be sure to pause and enjoy the 13th hole with spectacular views of Tangolunda Bay. golf course

There are several options available for purchasing a home near this area. Just prior to the Bay of Tangolunda, you will find Residencial Arrocito, meaning “little rice” in reference to the pebbly sand on the beach. In this neighborhood, high-end villas mix with luxury condo residences and hotel-style private accommodations. Just past Tangolunda Bay, even more high-end, luxury homes & villas can be found in Balcones de Tangolunda, a large point overlooking the bay and resorts where most homes have spectacular ocean vistas…whale watching from the living room is a favorite past time for most of these owners. Homes and lots are also available for purchase in Residencial Campo De Golf, along the golf course itself.

The charming town of La Crucecita

9About a mile inland from Santa Cruz, and just a brief taxi ride, you will find La Crucecita, commonly thought of as Huatulco’s downtown. La Crucecita, meaning “the little cross”, offers a central plaza, called el zócalo, with a manicured park filled with large trees and a central kiosk where people enjoy lounging about on benches. You can explore the central market, enjoy a bite to eat, relax at a sidewalk café, and browse in local shops. You’ll also find banks, buses & taxis, and internet spots here.

The Church of Huatulco: La Virgen de Guadalupe
The main church in La Crucecita is a must-see for catholics and especially for those who want to pay their respects to the Virgen Of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. According to local legend this small church features the largest painting in the world, dedicated to her. It was painted by the Mexican artist Jose del Signo…word has it that the painting has even been nominated for the Guinness Book of World Records because of its size.

Restaurants of Huatulco
There is a variety of great food options available in a variety of prices, from sidewalk taco stands and traditional Oaxacan cuisine, to Italian pastas, Argentinian-style grilled steaks, Japanese sushi, French fusion, even Austrian and Thai food! There are several restaurants to be found around the main square of La Crucecita offering national & international dishes and cold beverages. And be sure to stop at one of the few Mezcal tasting shops for a sample of Oaxaca’s official drink! And if you don’t like mezcal the first time, don’t give up! It’s an acquired taste, meant to be sipped like aged scotch…
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Shopping in La Crucecita
If you like to shop, there many little stores to browse through around the main town square and in the side-streets surrounding, including the main market (mercado). You will find several silversmiths and, if you do not get the chance to go to the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, you can purchase colorful textiles and varied handcrafts that come from that region, including rugs, clothing, alebrijes, black pottery, and other local handcrafts. La Crucecita also boasts an indoor shopping mall and a movie theatre, called Cinemad – they even show movies in English!
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Overall, La Crucecita is considered to be the heart of Huatulco and it pulses at all hours of the day…even late at night you’ll witness lots of people & families milling about and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Please keep reading, as we explore the area of Tangolunda next…

So, is Huatulco an actual town?

santa-cruz-from-el-faroWhen someone refers to Huatulco, they are very often referring to the region that is actually known as the Bahias de Huatulco (the Bays of Huatulco) which are actually comprised of three main tourist areas: Santa Cruz, La Crucecita, and Tangolunda.

Although there have been fishing villages in this area for more than 400 years, and discoveries of nearby archeological ruins dating back more than 2,200 years, most of the buildings in modern-day Huatulco date back to the mid 1980’s when Fonatur came to this area to develop it as a first-class tourist destination in Mexico.

La Bahía de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Bay) was originally home to a small community of fisherman. Today the bay has become a busy tourist hangout and is a nice spot for swimming and snorkeling. You can arrange boat tours of the bays and deep-sea fishing trips at the marina and book your diving excursion at the local dive shop.

cafe huatulcoSanta Cruz is the perfect place to dine on the beach, mingle with the locals in the central zócalo, shop the small market for souvenirs and various jewelry stores for the best in silver…or simply sit under the trees and sip a cappuccino or latte at Café Huatulco, located in a traditional kiosk in the middle of the park.

One of the most popular bays in the tourist area, Playa Santa Cruz has a wide and long beach with a soft incline, white sand, and warm, gentle water. Here you can find tour boats, jet skies, snorkeling, and beach attire for sale, as well as great restaurants along the shore with the best fish and seafood in the area.

Furthermore, Huatulco has already begun figuring on the world cruise ship market, thanks to the Santa Cruz Cruise Dock, which can simultaneously receive up to two ships with an average of 3,350 passengers, plus 1,100 crew members each. Cruise ships now regularly dock in Huatulco between the months of September and April.

A variety of established residential homes and new condos are available in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, only blocks from the beach…and nearby Punta Santa Cruz offers very attractive condos and homes with stunning views from their perch on the point overlooking the bay and marina.

More about the areas of Huatulco to come in upcoming blogs as we spotlight La Crucecita and Tangolunda Bay!

Amigos de la Musica present Afro-Latino Jazz

Afro-Latino JazzJoin us at the Camino Real Zaashila Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 8pm for the next concert presented by Amigos de la Musica. This concert features the International Ensemble Taumbu and the exciting sounds of Afro-Latino Jazz. Tickets are $150 pesos and are available at the door.

Taumbu’s International Ensemble has performed in a variety of museums in Los Angeles, as well as memorable performances in numerous music festivals in California, as well as several jazz festivals throughout Mexico.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

HGTV’s new show “Live Here, Buy This” comes to Huatulco!

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Resort Real Estate Services is excited to be filming two episodes this week for Season 2 of the new hit television show “Live Here, Buy This” on HGTV Canada. We are thrilled to be showing off The Bays of Huatulco and the beautiful properties that we have to offer to interested buyers.

We look forward to updating you in the near future with the air dates in Canada, which are expected to be sometime this fall!

HGTV’s “House Hunters International” features Huatulco

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For the first time ever, House Hunters International came to Huatulco at the end of June 2012! Resort Real Estate Services is proud to be featured in not just one, but two episodes of this very popular international television show. And, of course, we are excited that Huatulco will be featured in this international spotlight. Be sure to tune in to HGTV on October 19th and 24th in the U.S. to view these two episodes. Consult your local listings for the hour. The episodes will air at a later date in Canada so we’ll keep you posted.

Seeking a Life Changing Vacation Property, HHI Episode #1

House Hounters International HuatulcoKim and her three children hail from British Columbia, Canada in the small town of Quesnel. Kim owns and operates a contracting business, while her children at the ages of 10, 15, and 17 all have a passion for travelling and exploring. They’ve travelled extensively around Mexico and the Caribbean. After experiencing the little known paradise of Huatulco, Kim is now looking for a place in the sun to recharge. Watch as House Hunters International travels to Central America’s top vacation properties in Huatulco, Mexico.

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Unwinding in Huatulco, HHI Episode #2

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For years agricultural consultants Brent and Kari lived to work. Now this hardwired couple wants to take it easy. With laptops and spreadsheets in tow, they’re heading south of the boarder to unwind. But in the serene and unhurried resort village of Huatulco, construction is the name of the game and finding a quiet home to work from is anything but peaceful. Will they be able to relax and get with Mexico’s mañana mantra? Find out, when House Hunters International works hard to take it slow in Huatulco, Mexico.

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The Bays of Huatulco: An Exclusive Market

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Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Huatulco is home to one of the most exclusive housing markets in Mexico. Whether you are looking for a vacation home, condo or investment opportunity, The Bays of Huatulco have it all. Foreigners can own property on or near the coast of Mexico via a secure bank trust called a “Fideicomiso” or a Mexican Corporation. Property values have held steady over the last few years and continue to hold strong, despite a weakened housing market in other parts of the world. Furthermore, the availability of financing and title insurance makes owning your dream home even more attainable.

With its quaint town center, authentic Mexican charm and low-density development, Huatulco is the most stunning and tranquil spot on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Situated where the Sierra Madre Mountains intersect with dense jungle and the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Huatulco is made up of 9 beautiful bays and 36 pristine beaches.

Take a moment to browse through our sales listings and find out what prospects Huatulco might hold for you. Remember there are all types of investment opportunities, but there are only a few that offer paradise in return!

Huatulco…at the forefront of sustainable tourism

Huatulco, with the help of government agencies and committed citizens, has not only implemented measures for the protection of the ecology, but has also implemented programs that identify and recognize Huatulco as one of the most advanced tourist destinations on an international level with regards to the protection of its environment.

Here are just some of the achievements in the area:

1998 – The Mexican Government declares an area of more than 11,800 hectares a protected natural area, known as Huatulco National Park.

2004 – Equipo Verde Huatulco (Green Team Huatulco) is established; coordinated by representatives from a variety of social, economic, cultural, academic and governmental sectors. It implements actions and programs in order to position Huatulco as a leading sustainable tourism community in Mexico and the world.

2004 – Huatulco adopts the EarthCheck Program for Environmental Administration, with an aim to obtain the international Green Globe certification, a methodology created for the evaluation and certification of sustainability for the tourism and travel industry.

2005 – Huatulco receives the international Green Globe certification, being the first and only tourism destination in the America’s to achieve this honor.

2009 – For the 5th consecutive year, Huatulco obtains the EarthCheck certification and, for the first time, masters the “Silver” distinction, for going significantly beyond “best practice” levels.

2010 – Chahué Beach is awarded the “Playa Limpia” (Clean Beach) certification by the Federal Attorney for the Protection of the Environment – PROFEPA, the first beach certified in the State of Oaxaca.

2010 – Huatulco’s environmental footprint was determined, taking into account all economic, tourist, travel and supply activities of the destination. A proposal is presented to neutralize carbon emissions, applying a voluntary green bonus program with an aim to become the first tourism destination in the America’s, and maybe the world, to be completely carbon neutral.

2011 – Huatulco receives the EarthCheck Gold Certification for having complied, in its entirety, with the necessary processes and having obtained very favorable results.

As a result of these “green” efforts, Huatulco is proud to boast that 100% of our electricity is clean, coming from a nearby wind electricity plant. Additionally, as result of low levels of fossil energy use, the energy emissions indicator in Huatulco is placed at 61% above best practice. Waste generation is also well below the national and global average, and weighs in at 7% above best practice. Furthermore, our Water Savings rating is almost 4 points better than Best Practice, as 95% of the water used is recycled or captured from rainfall…and modern water & sewage treatment ensures no waste enters the ocean.