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Welcome to Huatulco


A relatively recent tourism project by the Mexican government, Huatulco is an up-and-coming resort on the southern coast of Oaxaca. The meeting point of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains and the Pacific Ocean form 36 beaches on nine bays, home to a number of luxury resorts, economy hotels, and oceanfront villas and rated as some of the best beaches in Mexico.

Although there aren't many cultural attractions or archaeological sites in the area, the resorts have good restaurants and lively bars; and there are plenty of outdoor activities like deep-sea fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, scuba diving, golf and surfing. Catamaran rides to the dramatic Copalitilla Magic Waterfalls are a popular activity. The nearby towns of Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido are also great excursions from Huatulco.

Because there is no major airport in the immediate area, roughly 80 percent of the tourists on holiday in Huatulco are Mexican, giving the resort a different feel than the American-dominated culture in Acapulco, roughly 250 miles (400km) to the west.

Information & Facts

Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English is spoken in tourist regions.

Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100 centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money, but for safety reasons they should only be used during business hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours and offer a quicker service than the banks.

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