Huatulco is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca and has one of the most scenic ports that we saw on the Mexican Riviera. The town is actually 18 miles of rugged coastline with many coves and beaches. Until 1983 it was nothing more than a fishing village until the government began to develop it as a planned tourist attraction.
My wife and I did not venture into the city due to the extreme humidity and heat, but our traveling friends did go into the village returning with a glowing testimony of the beauty of the town and the fascination of the area.
The region is surrounded by many new resorts that are extremely beautiful being developed by the government as their first eco-tourism area. It is very sensitive to the naturalness of the area but creating an allure for the jungle paradise with attractive hotels to stay while visiting the area. Because of this tourist have the ability to shop and learn as he relaxes.
The area is very beautiful and picturesque with its many bays and sun bleached coastline. There are many scenic drives, with a number of shops and towns within 30 to 40 minutes from the beaches. Or if you wish a boat trip to view the flora and fauna, there are many available. All in all it is one of the most beautiful ports that I have seen in some time.
Huatulco's is centered on its nine bays with 36 beaches and you will find a wide variety of accommodations from rooms for rent from small economy hotels, luxury oceanfront villas, vacation condominiums, bed and breakfasts, along with several luxury resorts standing on or near the shores of Tangolunda Bay.
Huatulco is located where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean approximately 500 miles south of Acapulco. The state of Oaxaca is a most diverse area because it was where the Olmec, Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations thrived.
Huatulco grew as a port under Hernán Cortés' control serving as a vantage point for Spanish galleons and a distribution center for supplies on the Pacific coast. The latter half of the 16th Century saw the area attacked by pirates Francis Drake and Thomas Cavendish - both of whom left their prints on the region's history and legends that continue to this day.
Until in the 1980s, Huatulco was little known except as a coffee-growing area. In 1984, a government agency dedicated to the development of tourism in Mexico, acquired 21,000 hectares of land to develop a tourism center, similar to that in Cancun. The plan resulted in the improvement of roadways and other infrastructure. It is one of the cleanest developments in Mexico.
Because the bays and coastline was so beautiful I took many photos with I will cherish for years to come.
And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up. -- Isaiah 28:4
Dr. Alton Loveless is the former CEO/President of Randall House Publications, Nashville, Tn.; He is a freelance writer and has written for assorted publications printed both nationally and internationally.