Bahias de Huatulco lies about 250 miles south of Acapulco, setlike a gem on the incredibly beautiful Oaxaca coastline, where thegreen jungle tumbles down to white, sandy coves. There are nine lovelybays and coves, each distinguished by its own characteristics andnatural beauty. There are no high rises in Huatulco, no glitz, noglitter, no garish signs; there are tropical foliage, refreshingseabreezes and the tranquility of the sound of waves crashing againstthe rocks and sand.
Santa Maria Huatulco is part ofthe history of Mexico. Its first settlements date back to about 300B.C.; there are still several archeological places which have not beenexplored. Beginning with the Spanish conquest, after the fall of thegreat Tenochtitlan against Spain, Huatulco became a thriving commerceport on the Pacific Ocean. In 1587 Thomas Cavendish attacked,plundering homes, burning the town and causing the inhabitants to flee.It then declined to a small fishing village. During the independenceBenito Juarez had the responsibility of government for Oaxaca; hestarted the road project to link the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, aswell as the road from Oaxaca to Huatulco.
Huatulcomeans 'place where people worship the wood'. Legend describes a largecross that was once placed in the middle of the beach by awhite-bearded man, identified as Quetzalcoatl by the indians, whotaught them to venerate it. Thomas Cavendish and his pirates tried todestroy it in many ways, yet the cross remained. The spot where thecross once stood is now occupied by an outdoor chapel; some splinters of the cross are preserved in a silver niche at Santa Maria Huatulco Church.
The best part of Huatulco is free, thegifts that nature has lavished on it - a pleasant temperate climate,vast pristine beaches, lavish vegetation and dazzling sunsets,embellished by the surrounding turquoise waters.