Part 4 - Beaches, surf and relaxation
The second part of the holiday was spent at the Bahias de Huatulco, a series of 9 bays along the Pacific Coast. When you hear the words Pacific Coast, you know that there are going to be waves! We discovered that not all the beaches are suitable for swimming!
This was the hotel we stayed in, a little more "luxurious" than our ecological bungalow.
Although Huatulco is more developed than Mazunte, it's still very quiet.
A hotel at the Playa de Chahue
The Playa de Chahue, beautiful sand... but no-one around!
We soon discovered that it wasn't a place to swim as the currents were dangerous.
So off we went a few minutes down the coast to Santa Cruz
Boats in the port at Santa Cruz
Ready to take people on excursions along the 9 bays of Huatulco
Sign seen at Santa Cruz
There were tables right along the beach where you could sit and order food and drink whenever you wanted
Shady tables along the beachfront
We arrived early and had the beach to ourselves!
People started arriving later on
My first coffee of the holiday... cafe de olla, Mexican-style
It was a sheltered bay and safe to swim... no waves at all!
Two seagulls eyeing us up
The small port at Santa Cruz
An "open-air" church on the beachfront... a roof and pews but no side walls... and incredible views.
fun activities... the banana boat, a water-bicycle and other things
The church at Crucecita, a small town inland
Crucecita is a typical Mexican town, full of colour
A local bus
Enjoying a meal at Crucecita
Ripe mangos on a tree
Looking towards the church from the small kiosko in the town square
La Iglesia de La Crucecita
The inside was covered in paintings
La Virgen de Guadalupe, painted right along the ceiling, is the largest painting of the Virgen in the world!
View over the Bahias de Huatulco
A small place called Bocana de Copalita
The coast is rocky along here...
...and popular with surfers
Riding the waves
Looks a bit dangerous by these rocks!
No lifeguards on duty!
The sand is blackish around here
Locals playing football
We visited a small locally-run iguana centre at Copalita where they breed iguanas and release them in the nearby National Park
Marc holding a young green iguana
Small green iguana
Iguanas are still caught for their meat!
Huatulco still hasn't been discovered by international visitors...we saw very few foreign tourists. Most were from the centre of Mexico and Mexico City. I hope it doesn't turn into a Cancun type of destination!