Huatuclo lies on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, about six hours drive from the city of Oaxaca, nine hours south of Acapulco, and an hour by plane from Mexico City. It is a small, tranquil destination and has developed gradually over the last twenty years, under the watchful eye of the state tourism agency Fonatur. Huatulco was chosen because it has so many lovely bays and coves, most of which are great for swimming or snorkeling. Tangolunda Bay is where the luxury all-inclusive hotels are found, while Conejos Bay is now the home to a brand new Secrets resort.
Other bays have palapa restaurants for a seafood lunch or are virgin beaches, such as Cacaluta. The majority of bars, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are found in the picturesque town of La Crucecita, less than a mile from the nearest bay. Oaxaca is famous for its cuisine and boasts a wide range of colorful and exotic regional dishes.
As an international destination in Oaxaca, Huatulco has plenty of regional and international cuisine. A good example of this mix is the Terra-Cotta restaurant in La Crucecita, which is a part of the equally popular Misión de los Arcos Hotel. Terra-Cotta is clean, comfortable, and cool (good air-conditioning!), and the service is very good. As you enter there is a pleasant outdoor terrace, which is a great spot for coffee, cake, and ice-cream while you check your e-mail or watch the world pass by. Indoors, the restaurant offers excellent regional and international fare at fair fare prices.
The coconut breaded shrimp is a personal favorite, the pizza is exceptional, and the chicken mole and fish in poblana sauce are also delicious. If you drop in for breakfast you should definitely try the rather special French toast. For an elegant restaurant that offers predominantly Oaxacan cuisine, El Sabor de Oaxaca is worth a visit. Like the Terra-Cotta it is located in La Crucecita just off the main square, which locals generally refer to as ‘El Parque’. Good service and a pleasant ambience combine with excellent regional dishes to give you more of a feel for Oaxaca than most other local restaurants.
The stuffed avocado with shrimps is a tasty starter, and if you really want to go for it, try the Oaxacan favorite ‘chapulines’, which are grilled grasshoppers, though they are a bit pricey and may jump around in your stomach for a while. For the main course, a tasty option is the tasajo, a kind of dried/smoked beef that comes in different styles, or the delicious chicken mole with black, red, or yellow sauce.
For something more international, the Kristal Rose has great steaks, baked potatoes, and excellent desserts, L’Echalote in Chahue offers classy French cuisine, and the Café Vienna in Tangolunda is a nice terrace restaurant serving creative Austrian and Asian food; check out the delicious apple strudel (that’s Asian, I think). The Ocean Bar in Cosmos Residences in Arrocito has wonderful beach and ocean views from under a huge palapa, luxury amenities, and a varied menu including very tasty burgers.
I have lived and worked in Huatulco and it is still one of my favorite places in Mexico!
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