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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…
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!
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!