Santa Cruz Bay, Huatulco

Santa Cruz bay has many beaches including Santa Cruz beach, la Entrega beach, Hierbabuena beach, and other five tiny beaches unnamed still, where the crystal waters display the whiteness of the sand and small coral reef formations. Some of these beaches are only reached by boat.

Some time ago, before the tourist complex which conforms today the whole place of Huatulco, a seasonal lagoon could be found at the rainy season where today the marina is located. For many years, Santa Cruz was the main port of the surroundings. Most people who lived here used to work in the sea. In fact, Santa Cruz was a fishery along several years. The waters of the coast are rich in many species of fish and other species; octopus, lobsters, mantas, sharks, snails, clams, tuna, marlin, and sail fish.

Travelers who could reach this spot in the eighties, in a journey of ten to twelve hours by the old road from Oaxaca City, tell that they found a tiny village at Santa Cruz bay where local people sell fish and fruits of the sea almost for nothing. Some of them have returned several years after and they can easily recognize the place as the one they visited once in the past. Worth to say that the place has not lost its beauty due to the tourist development factors; If it is a natural paradise, respectful of nature, it is due to the structural planning of the whole tourist complex. Santa Cruz is indeed the starting point of cruses by boat to the rest of the bays. There are banks, restaurants, hotels, marina, houses, a chapel, scuba diving and fishing services, the Mexican Army, immigration office, convenience stores, taxi service, handcrafts and souvenirs market, drugstores, telephone booths, discothèques, a park, cafeterias, and many other services. Where it used to be a tiny village where camping under the stars, eating fish and finding local and joyful people have become into the same beautiful spot at the beach with luxurious services. The good thing is that Santa Cruz beach remains clear and clean and many families visit it and get surprised by the greenish and warm water rocking softly the sand as it has been for many years.

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