In the final hours of our last day here in Huatulco, we have been packing and gathering our thoughts about the time we have spent here with our friends, getting to know this area, adventures from Pluma Hidalgo to La Bocana, meeting new people and tasting new cuisine.
Reminiscing about our trials and tribulations around Bahias de Huatulco and comparing them to our trip last year to an all-inclusive resort in Varadero, Cuba.
We both concluded the condo lifestyle vacation has suited us better due to our gluten-free and vegetarian diets. Which gave us latitude to cook our own breakfasts and sometimes dinners, too.
It also gave us the option to hang out by the pool getting to know the other residents around the condo from other states and provinces from America, Canada and Mexico.
The pool has its high times of the day as well as its low times and the bartenders and restaurant staff never turned up their speakers to that decibel that only drunken college students can hear. The choices in music were perfect for the surrounding tranquility and peacefulness of sunbathing, swimming in the pool or dining under the gazebo.
Living out of a condo gives you the longitude to travel to more than one beach. And from our experiences here not all beaches are created equally. There are beaches with restaurants (palapas), lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, and just plain old beach. You can swim, paddleboard, fish, snorkel, cruise, splash and play in the variety of waters. Some of them you can surf or body board and others you cannot.
Then there are the days when you want to go explore up or down the coast. It’s a simple cab fare of 100-pesos or less depending on distances being travelled. And if the distance is over 15-kms than you can hire the taxi for a day which includes a driver/guide. This typically costs up to 1,000-pesos again depending on the distance you want to travel? If you are less inclined for the driver/guide there is always the option for joining the locals on a bus and going along designated routes.
Time and time again we have explored the countryside over the last 10 days via the rental car which provided a larger exposure to this area of the province of Oaxaca. And I must say I am extremely grateful to our hosts Tony and Nancy and all of their friends for welcoming us into their lives and letting us enjoy this piece of paradise, as it has drastically changed this writer’s opinions, view and attitude towards Mexico and its people.