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Fun things to do in Huatulco: Attractions & Activities

By Ana Torres |

Discover the most fun things to do in Huatulco. Enjoy activities like taking a boat tour, visiting the coffee plantations and buying souvenirs. 

Planning your beach vacations in Mexico can be a complicated task. The variety of beaches that exists on the Pacific coast, the Gulf Coast, or the Yucatan Peninsula is impressive. However, we’re sure that no matter the destination you choose, you’ll love it. This time we present Huatulco, a great option for your next vacations located in the southwest of Mexico.

Where is Huatulco?

Santa Maria Huatulco, commonly know as Huatulco, is one of the best destinations for beach lovers. It’s located in Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca. This paradise formed by 9 bays and 36 beaches is the second most visited Mexican beach destination after Cancun. It offers relaxing experiences, mountain landscapes, virgin waterfalls and rivers of impetuous currents that are ideal to practice water sports. For foodie travelers, there are farms that specialize in coffee growing. Many of them offer accommodation and tastings for travelers.

Brief History of Huatulco

It’s said that the Toltec people arrived here in the pre-Hispanic era. They were accompanied by the god Quetzalcóatl, to whom the discovery and expansion of cocoa is attributed to. In order to leave a mark of their passage across the territory, the Toltec planted a huge log at the coast. Then, in the sixteenth century, during the viceroyalty, Huatulco became famous for its natural wealth. For this reason, it was plundered several times by pirate ships from the English kingdom.

The Best Time to Visit Huatulco

Summer is the best season to travel to Huatulco. Since it is a rainy season, the vegetation turns emerald green. This color, combined with the intense blue of the sea, offers a great view worth photographing.

In addition, this time of the year is perfect because it allows tourists to spend the whole day at the beach, sunbathing and enjoying the humid breeze.

The Nine Bays of Huatulco

Huatulco is famous for its nine bays: Conejos, Tangolunda, Santa Cruz, Órgano, Chahué, Maguey, Cacaluta, Chachacual and San Agustín. Each one houses unique ecosystems, some of which are protected by federal laws. Surprisingly, the natural world in this place coexists with luxury hotels, where you can stay and enjoy the gastronomic offer of its international restaurants. Have fun until dawn visiting local nightclubs and practicing sports such as rafting, rappelling or diving.

Conejos Bay
Tangolunda Bay
Santa Cruz Bay

Organos Bay

Chahue Bay
Maguey Bay
Cacaluta Bay
Chachacual Bay
San Agustin Bay

DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, recommends you stay in Santa Cruz Bay. It’s known for having the largest commercial and tourist activity in Huatulco. Moreover, it has white sand beaches where you can relax. If you want to visit all the bays in this town of Oaxaca, the best thing you can do is take a boat tour.

Huatulco Beaches

Huatulco is one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico. The beaches of this town of Oaxaca are characterized by having white sand and transparent waters. We recommend you visit Punta Arena beach, located in Conejos Bay. It’s a very quiet beach surrounded by cliffs that can only be accessed by sea. Another good option is Santa Cruz beach, in the Bay of the same name. It has temperate and calm waters in which you can do various activities. The beach in Maguey Bay is another great option, in which you can find a great variety of vegetation and fauna.

What to Do in Huatulco?

You can hire a boat tour at the tourist centers in Santa Cruz Bay. Although many hotels already offer this service, it’s better to hire the tour with certified agents to further ensure your safety.

In the tour, which lasts around four hours, you can visit the most famous natural attractions of Huatulco. For example, discover the Bufadero, the rock known as “La Cara de Piedra”, “Roca Blanca”, and “the heart of Cacaluta”. You are also likely to see dolphins, turtles, stingrays and even whales! Don’t forget the tour includes a stop so that you can practice snorkeling and then visit Maguey Bay. At this bay, you can swim and enjoy a delicious seafood meal. Depending on the time you choose for your tour, you might even watch the sunset from the sea.

Other Things to Do in Huatulco

If a boat trip isn’t your thing, we recommend going rafting on Copalita River, located 10 km from Huatulco. Kayak tours are also available. If you love adrenaline, practice rapelling or ziplining. End your day with a cultural bonus by visiting the Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park. You will have access to an archaeological site of an old Mixtec settlement and an on-site museum.

Huatulco Coffee Plantations

The tropical climate of Huatulco makes it one of the best places for growing coffee. Around the tourist area there are several plantations that produce top quality organic coffee. DINKtravelers recommends you visit “El Pacífico“, founded in 1887. Take a tour around the coffee plantations and discover the waterfalls and streams that surround it. Before you leave, buy some fresh coffee beans, either whole or ground. They’re the perfect souvenir of Huatulco.


Before your holiday ends, drink a traditional mezcal, a typical product of Huatulco. Also, buy some alebrijes. Their cheerful colors will remind you of the unforgettable beauty of this incredible coastal destination.

Now that you know more about Huatulco, we’re sure  you’ll want to pack your bags immediately and travel to this town in Oaxaca. In DINKtravelers, we know you’ll  fall in love with this place. Remember to respect the natural beauty  of Huatulco, and share your best photos of it with us.