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Bahías de Huatulco
Travel Planning
Bahías de Huatulco

Bahías de Huatulco at a Glance

Bahias de Huatulco is a planned resort town on the Pacific coast south of Oaxaca. As the youngest of Mexico's planned resorts, Huatulco is still relaxed and not overly developed. You'll find beach amenities, but also stretches of undeveloped coastline. 

Huatulco is growing as a cruise ship destination and the port welcomes cruise goers who want to stop off at a warm, sandy beach and perhaps enjoy some of Huatulco's local seafood restaurants. Many visitors head to Huatulco to enjoy outdoor activities. Snorkeling, sea kayaking and eco-touring are popular pastimes. Nearby jungles, fruit orchards, rivers and gardens make for colorful and interesting day trips. 

Of course, you can just enjoy the beach and explore the "downtown" areas of the resort. Restaurants, bars and food vendors cater to an upscale crowd and you'll find all the trappings of a quiet, luxurious vacation. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Baias de Huatulco International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Tropical storms and hurricanes hit the region during the summer and fall. So stay alert if a weather watch or warning occurs.

      Safety Concerns Drug violence is in the area, however as a resort area Huatulco is a fairly insulated area. Petty theft, however, is a more common problem for tourists. Secure your hotel room and do not leave items unattended on the beach.

      Health Concerns Those not familiar with Mexican water should stick to bottles and request no ice when at restaurants.