Linda and I travel quite a bit during the low tourist season in Mexico — which begins around the last week in August and extends until mid November. During this period of time, we can find lower prices on airfare, hotels and even tours.
One other benefit of traveling during the low season is that, in most cases, we don’t have to deal with the crowds and lines you will typically see at the same places during the high season.
This year we decided to end our travel season with a trip to Huatulco. Actually, it was Linda’s idea and when she first mentioned it, my initial response was, “Where is that?”
Just in case any of you were wondering the same thing, here’s a map:
Huatulco is located on the west coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. The population is only about 50,000 and tourism is the principal industry there.
I have to say, Huatulco is one of the cleanest cities/towns that we have ever visited in Mexico. Everyone seemed to make a concerted effort to pick up trash and to keep the city looking great.
Beaches and Bays
One of the things that makes this area special is that it has nine bays and 36 beaches. Due to the irregular coastline, you can get a very different beach experience depending where you go.
For example, if you want to surf, you can head to one of the local beaches where the waves come roaring in one after another. Once you’re done, you can drive a few minutes down the road — or catch a taxi for about $45 pesos — to a beach where the water is calm and you can sip a beer while you stand waist-deep in it.
Even the color of the sand would vary from beach to beach. Take a look at a few pics we took:
And, no — we didn’t make it to all 36 beaches, but we did visit a lot of them.
If you want to take a break from the beaches and enjoy some cooler temperatures, all you have to do is head inland and you’ll soon find yourself in the mountains. While you’re there, you might as well take a tour of one of the local coffee plantations.
We arrived at the beginning of the dry season and only a few days after a tropical storm had passed through the area. The weather was sunny and beautiful every day for the almost two weeks we were there.
This type of weather is typical during the dry season which runs from November until March.
Huatulco has its own international airport and there are numerous direct seasonal flights to destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The week we were there, the first flight of the season from Canada arrived.
Another way to see Huatulco is on a cruise. An average of 4-5 cruise ships visit the area each month.
When we announced that we were going to Huatulco, two of our readers contacted us to recommend the same local guide, Oscar Velasquez Ramirez. We decided to give him a try and he was outstanding.
He was knowledgeable, entertaining and very flexible when it came to changing the tour to meet our needs. We liked him so much that, with his permission, we decided to include his contact information in this post:
Óscar Valásquez Ramirez
Oscar Tours Huatulco
Whatsapp: +52 958-107-5579
Toll free number for the U.S. and Canada only: 1-855-830-0053
By the way, he speaks Spanish, English and French.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Although I am a Caribbean guy through and through, I really enjoyed our trip to Huatulco and I have no doubts that we’ll be returning there someday.