Port of Call...Huatulco, Mexico
During the night our cruising to Panama voyage took us to Huatulco where
we awoke to see condos lining the shoreline as we headed to the dock. It is a tourist development in Mexico. It is located on the
Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, south of Acapulco.
Bahia de Santa
Crus is the center of commercial and tourist activities with a large
pier where cruise ships dock. Playa Santa Cruz is the best known of
the beaches here and it has white sand and turquoise blue water. If you
are ever cruising to Panama this is a good stop with numerous optional
The Bays of
Huatulco are made up of a series of nine bays and many small coves
stretching along approx. 15 miles of jagged coastline.
The dock accommodated both of the Celebrity ships. Celebrity
Infinity (ours) and the shadow ship, Celebrity Millennium. Cruising to
Panama seems to include the port stop of Puntarenas (sand point). It is
the capital and largest city in the province od Puntarenas, Costa Rica
at the Pacific coast. Its port is Caldera which is an attraction for
surfers. The temperatures range from 86-99 degrees and it was muggy and
humid when we were there at the beginning of October. Excursion Tours
- Copalita River Float Tour
- ATV Off-Road Adventure …navigate through tropical paths aboard an ATV. Goggles and helmet are provided. Must have a valid driver’s license.
- River Kayaking Adventure
- Temazcalli Prehispanic Steam Experience…A
healthy and mystical traditional steam bath in a prehistoric spa
decorated with replicas of the murals of Bonampak painted on the walls
of the “Temazcalli”.
- Oaxaca's Towns & Villages
…Discover the local culture, history and people of Oaxaca in 2 unique
towns. Walk among the red, thatched roof buildings and visit the town
church of Santa Maria. Relax with a cup of coffee in the isolated
village of Pluma Hidalgo, located in the 2nd finest coffee-producing
region in the world. A snack is included.
- Mexican Cooking Demonstration
- Huatulco Towns & Traditions Off the beaten path you get a glimpse into Oaxaca’s and Mexican roots.
- Ancient Huatulco & La Crucecita…Experience
the best of Huatulco. Visit Copalis Point Eco-Archaeological Center,
the most remarkable archaeological find in the last 20 years,
sightseeing the natural resorts beauty on your way to La Crucecita to
shop independently for 45 minutes.
- Scenic Drive & La Crucecita
Sightseeing tour by motor coach in the Tangolunda Bay Hotel District.
Conejo Bay with its breathtaking scenery and Mescal Plaza for a 30
minute stop for shopping. Next, visit La Crucecita, a quaint town where
you have 60 minutes of free time
- Mexican Folkloric Fiesta Music and dance representation of Mexico
- Walking Tour…This
tour allows you to see La Crucecita at a slower pace. Most of the
walking is in shaded areas and you’ll be able experience the garden
areas of Huatulco, the Central Park and church dedicated to the Virgin
of Guadelupe. There is also time to shop for handicrafts.
- Eco Tour and Crocodile Sanctuary…Experience
nature and learn about the local ecology of Oaxaca. Travel approx.. 85
minutes through Oaxaca’s countryside to La Ventanilla Lagoon and
Crocodile Sanctuary. Take a canoe ride through the vegetation of the
lagoon and observe various species of wildlife. Visit an island where
tree nurseries help the reforestation effort. Explore the island and
learn more about the natural environment. Take a canoe trip to the
mainland for the drive back to the ship.
- Tropical Flowers and Fruit Extravaganza…See
an amazing array of flowers and fruit crops and have the opportunity to
do a dip in a pond. A snack of fruit will be provided. Wear a long
sleeve shirt, long pants, a hat, bug repellant and have good walking
- Bird Watching & Eco Tour…Discover the rich
diversity of the wetland bird life and unspoiled low growth jungle
beauty. The area is rich in wildlife such as iguanas and deer and home
to over 227 species of birds, including 20 varieties of hummingbirds.
You’ll receive a souvenir list of birds complete with a color print of
the 25 most seen species. 20 minute photo stop and a cool beverage
- Huatulco Land & Sea Tour…Experience
Huatulco by land and sea vising the downtown area of La Crucecita, its
Central Park, the church and shops offering handicrafts. The tour
continues on a catamaran to take in more highlights of the shoreline and
- Las Brisas Resort Beach Break…A Las Brisas
day pass allows you to use the facilities and activities (swimming pool,
beach, tennis courts, squash, basketball, volleyball and beach
volleyball courts, snorkeling equipment and gym).
- Two Bays Snorkeling for the Experienced…For
the snorkeling enthusiast, this tour combines two of the best
locations. Mask, snorkel fins, snorkel vest and bottled water are
- Five Bays by Catamaran Cruise & Swim Go by catamaran for a sightseeing cruise to Organo Bay for swimming. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided.
- Sailing & Swim Excursion…set
sail aboard a 44 foot Cutter sloop and cruise some of the best bays. A
45 minute stop will be made for swimming. Margaritas, beer, bottled
water and complimentary drinks are provided.
- Ocean Discovery Beach Snorkel…This
tour is perfect for the less experienced snorkeler. Explore the
amazing underwater world of Huatulco from the beaches of La Entrega and
Upon returning to the ship we'd continue cruising to Panama and the next stop would be Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Details of this port will be in the next segment of cruising to Panama.
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