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Huatulco is a vibrant and exciting port of call located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.  The full name of this beautiful destination is the Bays of Huatulco and here you will discover an array of 36 stunning beach settings that drape beautifully along the many crescents.  This port of call offers a variety of exploration options but one of the most popular things to do here is to simply relax.  This point of the Pacific Shore is renowned for its majestic white sand beaches and incredible azure waters, so if you’re looking for a place to unwind, this is it.  Soak up the fabulous climate and blissful sunshine as you laze the day away before returning to your luxury cruise liner, sound good?  We think so to. 

If you wish to head ashore and explore the culture and history of this exquisite destination then there are plenty of excursions here to do so.  All cruise lines that visit here provide an excellent choice of tours to take in the best of this fantastic port of call.  To experience the best views of the island be sure to head for the Bay of Tangolunda, this is a regular stop point for tours here and it’s no surprise considering the superb panoramic views.  This is the ideal place for a photograph stop. 

To learn more about local culture and heritage, be sure to visit the neighbouring communities of the Huatulco area.  The Santa Maria Huatulco is a stunning church and great place to visit.  Here you’ll see the graphical representation of Huatulco’s history within the church itself painted on the walls.  From here you can also learn the ways of the locals and their age old traditions.  Learn more about the many different species of edible and medicinal herbs used here as well as gaining an insight into the perfect production of tamales and tortillas in a traditional Mexican kitchen.  For exciting ingredients, there is none more prominent here than the use of Nopal, the cactus used for many exquisite local dishes. 

La Crucesita is another great place to visit and offers a brilliant location to become acquainted with Huatulco.  Here you will see another beautiful church that is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe.  This area is also great for the many local shops and is an ideal spot for searching out the perfect souvenir to take home.  Popular goods here include, Mezcal, the Oaxaca version of Tequila and black pottery.  If you do visit here, on your way back to the port one of the best vantage points is at the Santa Cruz Viewpoint and this location is perfect for capturing the best of Huatulco.  From here you have a superb birds eye view of the Playa Entrega, one of the best beaches here and you’ll even see your ship in the distance, a great opportunity for a once in a lifetime photograph.

A popular excursion opportunity here that is only available with certain cruise lines, most commonly Cunard, is the chance to take in a Fiesta folkloric show.  These thrilling shows are fantastic and give a real sense of what Mexico is all about.  Soak up the tremendous atmosphere and enjoy the array of colourful costumes and Mexican rhythm.  Beats range from ‘La Bamba’ to ‘Polkas’ and ‘Tamboras’, this is a show not to be missed.

There is so much to see and do here that we have only just begun to scratch the surface of the exciting opportunities here to enjoy.  On top of the aforementioned options you can also take a cruise to discover the many secluded coves and intimate beaches around the islands including the curious rock formations of pristine Organo Bay.  There’s also the chance to take in Copalita, one of the most remarkable archaeological findings in the country over the last 20 years.  Here you will find a fascinating combination of both Olmeca and Mayan cultures.  Learn more about this incredible discovery and gain greater insight into the excavation plans, which could potentially span over the next 40 years.  There’s even a burial site here that dates right back to 500 BC.

These excursion opportunities are all great but if it is just spending the day enjoying the gorgeous sunshine here you long for then fear not as there are plenty of places to enjoy it.  La Entrega Beach is one of the finest around and here you’ll relish the enchanting setting.  Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of coral and spectacular marine life to be uncovered and there’s even the chance to head for Bat Cave, a great experience, located just a short distance from the beach itself.  This is one way to relax but if you feel like sampling a luxury retreat then head for the Las Brisas Resort, the ideal spot to relax and soak up the outstanding indulgence of the pristine swimming pools, boutique shopping and glamorous restaurants.

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