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HUATULCO


OAXACA MEXICO

Huatulco is not so much a small town, but, originally, a sleepy village, La Crucecita, adjacent to a couple of beaches, 17, that has grown to encompass several small bays, protected from wind and wave, each harbouring their own unique beach(es) and swimming, or snorkeling, environment.

The beaches, or playas, are, listed here, in alphabetical order, Cacaluta, Chahue, Conejos, Consuelo, El Arrocita, El Tejon, Esperanza, Maguey, La Entrega, La Mixteca, Manzanillo, Organo, Punta Arena, Rincon Sabrosa, Santa Cruz, Tangolunda, Tejoncita, Tornillo, Ventura, and Yerbabuena.

According to a map I discovered, after I got home, there are actually a couple more, that don't have names.

When we drove into town, from Hwy. 200 we came upon a beautiful, wide, divided boulevard. Unbeknownst to us the first intersection, or second actually, if we had turned to the right, North, would have taken us to the main business district, La Crucecita.

(Hwy. 200.)
MEXICO HIGHWAY 200
(Hwy 200 - sign to Huatulco.)
TURN OFF TO HUATULCO
(Boulevard.)
AFTER 3 KM OF COUNTRY ROAD YOU REACH A NICE BOULEVARD
(House along the Boulevard.)
(Aerial view of Calif.)
BOULEVARD CHAHUE
(Aerial view of Calif.)

We drove merrily on, heading towards the water, enjoying the scenery, until we hit a major intersection.

Here we turned left, heading South, and followed a boulevard, out of town, so to speak, over hill and dale, until we came to Tangolunda and a sign that said `public beach'.

STREET TO TANGOLUNDA

(Boats along side the boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
BOULEVARD BENITO JUAREZ
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard peaks a hill.)
(Boulevard, large house on far hill.)

We didn't stay long at this beach as we were hungry and we soon decided that all the beach front that had cabanas was for exclusive hotels. The public beach had no facilities.

PLAYA TANGOLUNDA

(Entrance to jungle.)
(A sign at the entrance.)
WELCOME TO THE BEACH `TANGOLUNDA'
TO KEEP ITS NATURAL BEAUTY,
PLEASE DEPOSIT ALL REFUSE IN THE
CONTAINERS LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
(Paul standing at entrance.)
PAUL ENTERS THE JUNGLE, JUST A SHORT WALK TO THE BEACH
(Beach.)
A LARGE BEACH WITH NO FACILITIES

(Panorama of beach.)
LOOKING SOUTH WEST

(Panorama of beach.)
LOOKING NORTH WEST

We went back to the car and reversed direction on the boulevard, past the main intersection and up into the hills, on our way to Playa Cacaluta.

STREET FROM TANGOLUNDA TO PLAYA CACALUTA

(Boulevard.)
BOULEVARD BENITO JUAREZ
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
BOULEVARD SANTA CRUZ
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)
(Boulevard.)

Way down, at the bottom of the hill, we hit a dead end. A security officer told us the beach was a 3 Km. walk.

He also told us there were no facilities, so, like Playa Tangolunda, be sure to take; water, food, sun screen, etc.

We back-tracked to the boulevard and turned toward the water where we found a parking spot for a beach called Playa Maguey.

(Intersection.)
INTERSECTION TO MAGUEY
(Parking.)
PARKING AT MAGUEY

PLAYA MAGUEY

A young man named Diego, led us down a steep flight of stairs to `Ay Caray', a restaurant on the beach. Diego agreed to meet us at the end of the day and guide us into town where we would find a hotel for P200 a night.

(Entrance to a restaurant.)
SERGIO, IN RED, LEADS US TO THE RESTAURANT
(Sign for restaurant.)
(Interior of restaurant.)
INTERIOR OF AY CARAY

(Panorama of beach.)
LOOKING SOUTH WEST

(Panorama of beach.)
LOOKING NORTH WEST

(Boulevard.)
TOUR BOATS COME INTO THE BAY FOR THE AFTERNOON
(Boulevard.)
SMALLER BOATS FERRY THE PASSENGERS TO THE SHORE
(Boulevard.)
A MOTHER SHOWS HER DAUGHTER, SOMETHING OF INTEREST
(Boulevard.)
FOR A FEW PESOS YOU CAN HAVE
YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH AN IGUANA

After we left the beach, Diego was waiting for us in the parking lot. He was going to take us to a cheap hotel, but first he took us up the hill on the way to La Entrega.

(Soldier behind sandbags.)
(Military buildings.)

A soldier stands guard above some military buildings.

BAHIA DE SANTA CRUZ

At the top of the hill we were able to look down on Playa Santa Cruz, the cruise ship terminal and the navy docks. As there was a gun emplacement, with an armed soldier, on the edge of the hill, near the side of the parking lot, I refrained from pointing my camera towards the military installation, and vessels.

(Road curves around hill.)
(View of the bay.)

(Panorama of bay.)
BAHIA DE SANTA CRUZ

Near the edge of the parking, view point, are two, large, cacti.

(Large cactus.)
(Large cactus.)

A couple of colourful buildings along the route to La Crucecita.

(Colourful building.)
(Colourful building.)

LA CRUCECITA

Of course, Diego led us to a nice hotel, which of course turned out to be more than P200. It was P350, but we stuck to our guns and eventually he led us to a hotel that was P200.

That's 200 pesos per night for; 2 people, 2 beds, hot water, a seat on the toilet, a fan overhead, and quite. Lots and lots of quiet.

Of course he wanted to go in first, without us, so he could make his arrangements with the management.

Afterwards we gave him a ride to his part of town and slipped him an extra P20 for his troubles.

(Front of hotel.)
HOTEL SABALI 701
(Sign.)
701 Av. SABALI
(Interior of entrance.)
CORNER OF SABALI & VIOLETA

Located, in a very quite part of town, on the corner of Sabali and Violeta, it looks like it is the next place but the corner lot is hotel property and you can park in a fenced area if you wish.

Also, if you wish, to invest in Mexico, you can buy the hotel. The hotel is for sale. (958) 587-0133, Arturo Santos, no, he doesn't speak English.

Hotels, Inns, Posadas, Restaurants, areas with free wireless, El Centro, colonia, are all found in La Crucecita.

(Street.)
Av. BUGAMBILLIA
(Street.)
(Street.)
A SMALL PARK ON Av. BUGAMBILLIA
(Street.)
IF YOU SIT ON THE WALL OF THE PARK, CORNER of
Av. COLORIN Av. COLORIN, YOU CAN GET GOOD WIRELESS SIGNAL
(Park.)
EL CENTRO - Av. BUGAMBILLIA AT GUANACASTLE
(Park.)
EL CENTRO - Av. BUGAMBILLIA AT FLAMBOYAN
(A night shot of a train outlined with lights.)
THE NIGHT TRAIN TAKES TOURISTS ALONG Av. BUGAMBILLIA
(Street at night.)

That evening we went for a drive out to Tangolunda and when we were coming back to town we saw an elderly gentleman on the side of the road carrying a small jerry can.

Thinking he needed to go to the gas station we stopped and picked him up.

Yes, this was a very foolish thing to do. We were well beyond any buildings, it was pitch dark, and we hadn't passed a car on the side of the road.

However, I think, if banditos wanted us to stop, they would have used a young chiquita, not an old man.

As the man was getting settled into the back seat I could hear liquid slopping around in his can and I could smell gasoline so I knew his jerry can wasn't, completely, empty.

He didn't seem to be able to speak any English but when we said `Pemex', he said `Si'. So we took him to the Pemex station.

He didn't look all that happy when he got out of the car.

He didn't go to the station but walked in a different direction.

I suppose he wanted out somewhere else but didn't know how to ask us to stop.

Using an empty gas can to hitch a ride is a fairly common tactic in Canada, but his time, I think, it back fired.

LA ENTREGA

Though we had enjoyed our afternoon at Playa Maguey we wished to explore more of Huatulco, so we headed back up the hill that Diego had taken us the night before.

We went past the viewpoint where we had enjoyed the view of Bahia Santa Cruz.

(Road going uphill.)
PAST THE LOOKOUT ON THE WAY TO THE PLAYA
(View of water from the road.)
(Flowers hang over a wall along the road.)
(A building in the Y of the road.)
(Downhill, a view of water.)
(Cone shaped building at the bottom of a hill.)
(Parking area.)
NO ONE ASKED US TO PAY FOR PARKING
(Beach and the bay.)
(A colourful sidewalk leads to the restaurants.)
(A restaurant on the beach.)
I LOVE THE SHADOW ON THE SAND, IN THIS PICTURE

While Paul settled into the restaurant, I took a walk along the beach, then walked back, checking the menu at each restaurant.

I found that all the restaurants were charging, roughly, the same prices, except for the one furthest West.

Back, off the beach, with no roof on the beach, it was selling beer for 4 pesos less than the others.

They did have some tables and chairs under some trees, on the beach, and we settled in there.

Fooled by the shade of the trees, I didn't put any sunscreen on the top of my head, nor did I wear my hat.

The sun, shining between the leaves, gave me a rather nasty sunburn, on my bald spot.

(Zoom shot of a large house on a cliff.)
(People riding on a banana float behind a boat.)
(A picture of the bay, taken between my feet, while lying on the beach.)
EXPERIMENTING WITH MY NEW CAMERA WHILE LYING IN THE SHADE
(People in the water.)
NOT FLOTSAM, JUST ME FLOATING. OK, FLOTSAM

The amount of salt in the water and the lack of current in this small secluded bay allowed me to float in one position for a long time.

(Panorama of bay.)
BEYOND THE CLOSE POINT IS A SEMI PRIVATE BEACH

(Panorama of bay.)
THE FISH WERE PLENTIFUL AND COLOURFUL
IT IS A GREAT PLACE FOR SNORKELING

(Restaurant back from the beach.)

THE RESTAURANT WHO'S CHAIRS WE USED
(Sign for the restaurant.)

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