Sep 16, 2009, 8:21 AM
Post #4 of 10
Zorba, you are sooooo right. You are talking about Playa Carizzalillo. It is my fav beach in the whole world. But, of course, I've not been to all the beaches in the world. I took a friend there once, and he has been to hundreds of beaches worldwide. He was prepared to be underwhelmed by Playa Carizzalillo, but he said it was in the top three!!! One thing that makes it so special is that the ONLY access is by boat or by 167 steps down to it. That sorts out a lot of folks. I remember when the "down path" was just loose dirt and roots. I slid down on my fanny many times. By the way, the campground is now a housing develoment! Puerto Escondido IS changing, but still no A1s or beachfront high rises.
If you want to splurge, stay at the hotel perched on the cliff. They have done a fab job of renovating it, although one of my fondest beach memories is staying there 12 years ago for 100 pesos a night....really rustic. If you can't stay there, go to the restaurant at sunset. Fantastic !
It's sad for the locals that Bahias de Huatulco never "took off" as the govt. planned. It wasn't suppose to be a copy of Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, however. It was sensibly planned, I think, with very few beachfront hotels. The hotels are back from the beach. Some have a beach club. The 9 bays and 26 beaches are a virtual paradise in my opinion. I don't go there as often as Puerto Escondido, because Huatulco is spread out and to get around you really need a car. Can be done by taxi and a few buses also. Several beaches are accessible only by boat.
The govt. isn't giving up on Huatulco. The "super highway" from the city to the beach is under construction, shovel by shovel. Also, a tip to travelers. Sometimes the air fares from the U.S. to Huatulco are cheaper than to Oaxaca City and you can give yourself a beach vacation, before busing back to the city. It's about 1.5 hours by bus from Huatulco to PE and buses run frequently.