TIP 1 - Remember to take your passport or photo ID ashore with you as you’ll need it to go too and fro through the pier gate.
TIP 2 - Take a hat and sun block.
TIP 3 - You may need bug spray.
TIP 4 - The bars at the beach have wifi but it’s very slow and be patient. It took me a long time to get connected. When in doubt ask someone who is connected for the password they used, as I was given the wrong one!
TIP 5 - Cabs into La Crucecita from the port are cheap – US$10 – US$12 each way. Go to the left hand side of the inside harbor to find them.
We docked at the port of Santa Cruz around 8am on 25 May – this was ANZAC Day for the Ozzies and Kiwi’s on board the Norwegian Star. I was up at dawn, to remember those lost their lives at Gallipoli on 25 May 1918 when more than 8,000 soldiers died.
The Star was berthed at a long pier very close to the beach – quite surreal to see, as it doesn’t seem possible for a ship of that size to moor there. Local men and women were dancing as I walked toward the exit gate – that’s always a nice welcome.
It was quite hot and VERY humid as I wandered around looking at the souvenir and jewelry shops along the beach. There’s a convenience store where you can buy most things including stamps for foreign postcards.
A group of us found a cab to take us into the town of La Crucecita, about a 10 minute drive – it cost 4 of us US$3 each, each way. Much cheaper than anything from the ship or locals trying to sell you tours.
The town is a small but busy area with a shaded park at the centre, and so far seems to be far from a tourist haven, which is great! The church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is across the road from the park. It has a beautiful hand painted interior and is a must see – make time to visit it! The town is a good place to experience authentic Mexican townlife. Not many people seemed to speak English but others who could, would help out, without even asking. There’s a busy market just off the square and plenty of bars and restaurants. I really enjoyed visiting this area of Mexico - such a welcome change after Cabo and Puerta Vallerta.
I headed back to the ship, picked up a towel and changed into my swimmers and went back to the beach for a swim. Just the way to end a visit to Huatulco.
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