Huatulco, the first sustainable community in the Americas to be recognized with a Gold Certification by EarthCheck.
It has several bays with dozens of idyllic beaches, upscale resorts, shopping venues, restaurants, golf, and excursions that take in the ecological diversity of the area. Nearby Puerto Escondido relishes its surfer vibe, and is a great place to get away from it all.
Comfortable year round temperatures stay between 68ºF (20ºC) and 86ºF (30ºC), with dry season from November to April. The best waves come in from October through November.
The Huatulco International Airport (HUX) receives nonstop flights from Houston, Minneapolis and several cities in Canada. You can also connect through Mexico City for a short 1-½ hour flight. Same goes for Puerto Escondido, a one-hour flight from Mexico City or two-hour drive from Huatulco.
There are several 4- and 5-star properties on the luscious coast of Huatulco, among the largest are the Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa on Conejos Bay, with a 7,000 ft² (650 m²) Grand Salon that can accommodate up to 770 people; and the 351-room Barceló Huatulco Beach on Tangolunda Bay with 6 rooms and two ample gardens with space for events of up to 1,000 people.
Puerto Escondido has a mix of small hotels, villas and condos—a favorite for executive retreats is the Villas Carrizalillo Boutique Hotel with 12 private villas that can accommodate up to 45 people.
The Bays of Huatulco are the main attraction of this resort destination—best for snorkeling, diving and catching rays. The town itself is pretty quiet, with amazing seafood restaurants. Organize visits for golf outings on the 72-par course, tours of the Bay of Santa Cruz for the marina and the outdoor artisan’s market, and day-trips to the archaeological ruins in Copalita.
Puerto Escondido is home to the “Mexican Pipeline” that crashes on Zicatela beach (group surf lessons are always a hit.) The picturesque bay is fun by day and by night, with great seafood restaurants and places to hangout. Further inland there are eco-adventures at nearby Mazunte, a Pueblo Mágico, or Magical Town, where they specialize in eco-tours on foot, horseback or rowboat.