About Huatulco

Beach-lovers are spoilt for choice at Mexico's first eco-tourism resort and new cruise port, Huatulco, for there are 22 miles of pristine sand stretched across nine sparkling bays, each hidden from the other. Even within these, there are secret coves and hidden lagoons to discover.

On the Mexican Riviera coast, southeast of Acapulco and where the foothills of the Sierra Madre meet the Pacific Ocean, Huatulco is in the state of Oaxaca, an area of great natural beauty three-quarters of which has been designated as ecological preservation areas by the Mexican Government.

Once a small fishing village, Huatulco has been developed out of the surrounding jungle and now offers visitors a range of amenities from shops and restaurants to golf and every kind of watersport. Look out for the galleries and shops featuring handmade Oaxacan arts and crafts - they make delightful gifts.


Shore excursions in Huatulco

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Huatulco Overview and La Crucecita

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Capture the surrounding coastal views of Huatulco and enjoy a visit to La Crucecita.

Embark on a drive to the Bay of Tangolunda, where a photo stop will be made for you to admire a lovely panoramic view. From there, your drive will continue passing the Bay of Conejos before proceeding to La Crucecita.

A visit to the town of La Crucecita is a perfect way to become acquainted with Huatulco. After your guide leads you into the town, enjoy some free time to see the beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and browse its local shops. You’ll find a variety of local products, including Mezcal, the original Oaxaca version of the well-known Tequila and black pottery.

On your return, a photo stop will be made at the Santa Cruz Viewpoint. Here, you’ll have a bird’s-eye-view of Playa Entrega, one of Huatulco’s many beaches, with the ship docked close by.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minivan. The stop at La Crucecita is for approximately 1 hour, during which the amount of walking is at passengers’ discretion. The ground is uneven at each viewpoint and there are steps to negotiate on to and off the bus.

Land and Sea

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful bays from both land and sea on this delightful combination tour.

Take a scenic drive to the fabulous viewpoint overlooking the Bay of Tangolunda, a luxury resort area. Continue to downtown La Crucecita, where your guide will point out the evergreen Central Park and Church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Accompany your guide to a local store where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some wonderful local products such as black pottery, rugs, coffee, local chocolate, cheeses and liqueurs such as Mezcal - the original Oaxacan version of the well-known Tequila, during your visit you’ll also be treated to a local weaving demonstration. Afterwards enjoy a little free time to explore La Crucecita independently and browse some of the other stores for souvenirs.

Your tour continues to the Marina of Santa Cruz where you’ll board a catamaran for a scenic cruise. Enjoy the sights of Huatulco’s wonderful shoreline, passing by many small bays with more than 36 beaches, scattered between rough cliffs and mountains.

Your cruise continues to ‘La Bufadora’, the blowhole, to take a closer look at the natural features of an Indian face, engraved into the cliff over the years by the sea and wind. Sit back and relax with a light refreshment as you cruise by more secluded bays.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and motor-catamaran. Walking in La Crucecita is at passengers’ discretion. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the bus and catamaran. Passengers may choose not to accompany the guide to the local store, and have extra free time to explore La Crucecita instead.

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