2014 – Mexico – Huatulco – Golfo de Tehuantepec
Image by Ted’s photos – Returns Early June
The ms Westerdam is parked at the cruise ship dock in Huatulco (Wah-TOOL-ko), Oaxaca, Mexico.
Due to a seniors moment I put a SD card in my camera containing most of the pix from here and hit "format card", lucky you, so what’s left is mainly some people portraits which I am going to put up all at once, or close to it, sorry in advance.
It is late April and still in the dry season as can be seen in the lack of green in the background foliage.
Until resort development began in the 1980s, Huatulco was little known except as a coffee-growing area. In 1984, FONATUR (Fondo Nacional de Turismo), a government agency dedicated to the development of tourism in Mexico, acquired 21,000 hectares of land to develop a tourism center, similar to that in Cancún. The existing population was relocated to Santa María Huatulco. The plan resulted in the improvement of roadways and other infrastructure. It also has populated areas mixed with "green zones" to make the area ecologically friendlier.
In addition to the beaches, there are small communities of Bahias de Huatulco, such as Santa Cruz, La Crucecita, or old Santa María Huatulco (the municipal seat). Transportation between the communities is available by bus or taxi. The entire area has a "small town" feel about it and is rarely crowded with tourists with the exception of the Christmas and Semana Santa holiday periods.
About 80% of all tourism in Bahias de Huatulco is domestic in nature. Only about 20% of Huatulco’s tourism is foreign, mainly because international air access is limited. Bahias de Huatulco has a small international airport just 20 minutes from the main resorts in Tangolunda Bay. The peak season for foreign tourism is typically from December through April.