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La Crucecita, Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca

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Budget travelers often shy away from from Huatulco, thinking that because it is a planned resort room prices will be exorbitant. And, indeed, that is the case for hotels on or near the beaches, especially in Bahía Tangolunda.

The exception is La Crucecita, Huatulco's downtown or Centro, which has a glut of small, inexpensive hotels, making it easy to get a room here most of the year, even during the high season. This oversupply has created a real demand for customer, driving down prices in general, and making even those low prices highly fungible, especially during the off season.

To get the best rates, just show up and visit a few places, noting the prices and amenities. Don't be afraid to haggle, especially if you're staying for a week or more. Standard is in-room wifi, cable TV, which is actually a dish, AC, and hot water. Some places will, however, charge extra for AC, usually around MX$50 night. During high season, for basic rooms with standard amenities expect to pay between MX$200-350 a night.

Misión de los Arcos, $$-$$$

  • Gardenia 902, northwest corner of Zócalo
phone 958-587-0165; fax 958-587-1903; www.misiondelosarcos.com; info@misiondelosarcos.com

Although the accommodations are high end, the prices at this small hotel are mid-range. The 14 spacious rooms all come with white tile floors and beige walls, AC, cable TV, a few come with private patios and balconies. The best overall deal in La Crucecita. Yoga classes and massages are available in downstairs spa. No pool. What's more, the downstairs Restaurant Terra Cotta is one of the best in town.

Hotel Plaza Conejo, $$

  • Guamuchil 208-A, quarter-block east of Zócalo
phone 958-587-1559, 958-587-0054, 958-587-0009; MX$350 s, MX$400 d, MX$450 t, MX$500 q

The hotel occupies the second and third floors of the Plaza Conejo. The first floor of the Plaza is all shops and has the look and charm of a modern strip mall. That said, the location, a stones throw from the Zócalo, and the rooms, with high ceiling and pleasant simple, decor, make this solid low-end choice. Standard amenities include in-room wifi, AC, fan, hot water, and cable TV; extras include in-room safe and telephone. The single rooms are tiny, so try and finagle one of the larger rooms with two beds, even if you're traveling solo.

Hotel María Mixteca, $$-$$$

  • Guamuchil, half-block east of Zócalo
phone 958-587-0060, 587-0990; fax 958-587-2338

Another sweetly decorated and outfitted mid-range downtown posada, this place is good second choice if Misión de los Arcos is booked up. Overlooking the restaurant El Sabor de Oaxaca in the patio below, the hotel's second-story rooms are themed around the Mixteca region of Oaxaca. Decorated in soft colors and tiled floors, the rooms have high ceiling, AC, cable TV, in-room wifi and safe, and hot water, of course.

Luna Creciente Hostal, $-$$

  • Guarumbo #15, west of Bugambilia
958-587-4594; cell 044-958-106-6625; hostalunacreciente@gmail.com

Possibly the best low-end deal in La Crucecita, this small hotel, a block north of the Zocalo, has basic rooms painted bright white, with white tiled floors, hard beds, AC, in-room wifi and safe, and hot showers. Staff is friendly and helpful. Book online through booking.com. Look for it misnamed under Hostal La Creciente.

Hotel Posada Joís, $-$$

  • Chacah, east of Bugambilia
958-587-0781; 01-800-504-3811; cell 044-958-106-2154

Small, 7 room hotel a block off the Zócalo, with modern, tastefully decorated rooms. Five rooms have private baths, while two share one, all come with hot water, cable TV, parking, and wifi. The rooms with shared bath are an especially good deal at MX$200 a night during high season.

Casa Shaguibá, $-$$

  • Bugambilia 503, half-block south of the Zócalo
958-587-0390; cell 044-958-107-6914; www.shaguiba.com; info@shaguiba.com

Occupying the second story of a building off the southeast corner of the Zócalo, this small 13-room hotel is another solid choice among low-end downtown hotels. The decor is simple, but the rooms, which come with hot water, AC, fans, wifi, and cable TV, have lots of little traveler friendly touches, such as copious hooks on the walls and raised flats spaces, for ease in unpacking, making this place a bargain at MX$350 s, MX$450 d, MX$500 suite. Significant savings can be negotiated for stays of a week or longer. For an additional MX$35 per guest, breakfast is included. The only downside to this place, and it's minor, is the red clay tile floors give the rooms a darkish hue.

Jaroje, $$

  • Bugambilia 304, corner Colorin, one block south of the Zócalo
958-587-4801; 01-800-623-4244

This large, three-story hotel, one block south of the Zócalo, has plain rooms with high ceilings, fans, AC, in-room wifi, and hot water -- a solid low-end choice.

Posada Leo, $

  • Bugambilia 302, corner Cocotillo
phone 958-587-2601, 958-587-0372

Budget-minded travelers should consider this small hotel two blocks south of the Zócalo. The half-dozen rooms are spotless, with tiled floors, modern bath fixtures, and hand-woven bedspreads. Amenities include in-room wifi, cable TV, hot water, and AC, for an extra MX$50 per night. The only real downside to this place is that all the rooms are small and have two twin beds crammed into them, leaving virtually no space to move around. High season rates run MX$250 for singles, doubles MX$330.

Casa Huatulco Posada, $$

  • Flamboyán 214, half-block east of the Zócalo
phone 958-587-0211

This tiny five bedroom hotel has some of the nicer low-end rooms in the downtown area, costing around MX$350 during high season. The three nicest rooms have wide balconies overlooking Flamboyán, with views of the Zócalo, though two of them share a bath. Tastefully decorated, all the rooms have tile floors, modern bathroom fixtures, fans, AC, cable TV, in-room wifi, and hot water.

Hotel Flamboyant, $$-$$$

  • Gardenia 902, northwest corner of Zócalo
phone 958-587-0113; 01-800-670-6996

A good fall back if Misión de los Arcos is full, the sprawling Hotel Flamboyant is the other hotel on the northwest corner of Zócalo, with dozens of clean modern rooms with firm beds, tiled floors, cable TV, AC, and balconies. What's more, there's a pool and breakfast buffet.

Hotel Posada Primavera, $

  • Palo Verde 309, just east of Gardenia
phone 958-587-1167

Six bare-ones rooms with baths, hot water, and fans. The wifi only works downstairs. MX$200 a night in the high season for singles.

Hotel Posada Michelle, $-$$

  • Palo Verde 309, just east of Gardenia
phone 958-587-0535

Occupying the second floor above the Mama Mia Italian Restaurant, the Hotel Posada Michelle is solid low-end choice, with clean, basic rooms, which come with fans, hot water, cable TV, and firms beds.

Hotel Amakal, $$-$$$

  • Avenida Oaxaca, east of Blvd. Chahué, just past the Pemex station
phone 958-587-1515; fax 958-587-1500; hotelamakal.com.mx;

Another mid-range option downtown, this hotel's large standard rooms come with king-sized beds and AC, while the smaller non-standard rooms have queen-sized beds and no AC, just fans. All the rooms come with in-room wifi, hot water, modern bath fixtures, red tile floors, cable TV, and hard beds. There's a small pool just off the lobby that's only fit for small children. High season rates for single smaller rooms run MX$380; standard rooms, MX$450. Rates are flexible for stays of a week or more.

Gran Hotel Huatulco, $$$-$$$$

  • Carrazil 1406, corner Blvd. Chahué
958-587-0115; 800-712-7355; www.granhotelhuatulco.com; reservaciones@granhotelhuatulco.com

This three-story hotel on the north side of downtown has nice modern rooms, with white tiled floors, firm beds, hot showers, cable TV, and in-room coffee maker, wifi and safe. High-season rates are MX$900 for singles and doubles. At those prices, you may as well stay Chahué or Santa Cruz, near the beaches. Still want to stay downtown? Take a look, instead, at the hotels Mision de los Arcos and María Mixteca — they're both cheaper and more charming.


Casa Mayor

  • Bugambilla, southeast corner of Zócalo

From its second-story perch off the southeast corner of the Zócalo, this place serves excellent coffee and large portions of classic Oaxacan breakfasts and comidas.

Panaderia Y Pasteleria San Alejandro

  • Flamboyán 213, just east of the Zócalo

Classic Méxican bakery, lots of bread and pastries filled with meats, creams, and fruits.

The intersection of Gardenia and Palma Real, five blocks north of the northwest corner of the Zócalo, is a hotbed of fine Italian food good coffee.

Mamma Mia

  • Gardenia, northeast corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-105-1548; cell 044-958-100-8960

This busy Italian restaurant and pizzeria bakes the finest pies in town in their wood-fired brick horno. Not in the mood for pizza, try one of their pastas, raviolis, or lasagnas; they're every bit as good. What's more, they'll deliver to your hotel.

Giordanas Delizie Italiane

  • Gardenia, southeast corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-583-4324; 10 a.m. -10:30 p.m.

This small Italian restaurant, with no more than a half-a-dozen tables, specializes in tasty baguette sandwiches, excellent for a quick lunch para llevar, and homemade spaghettis, raviolis, and lasagnes, which go nicely with their large selections of moderately priced Italian wines, most of which can be ordered by the glass. Like Mama Mia across the street, they'll deliver to your room.

La Mar Ailine Café

  • Gardenia, southwest corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-583-4324; 8:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m. Mon - Sat, 1 - 11:30 p.m. Sun.

Rounding out the culinary triumvirate of the intersection of Gardenia amd Palma Real , the small street-side café serves up the best coffee and espresso in town, hands down, along with some fine postres.

Los Portales

  • Bugambilias 603, corner Guamuchil, east side of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-0070; www.losportaleshuatulco.com; 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Full spectrum of Oaxacan breakfasts and comidas.

Restaurant Terra Cotta

  • Gardenia 902, corner Guarumbo; phone 958-587-0165; www.misiondelosarcos.com; 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Located in the Mision de los Arcos hotel, this place may have the best breakfast deals in town, serving from a menu full of omelettes and other egg concoctions, hot cakes, and scrumptious French toast.

Tostada's Grill

  • Flamboyán 306, south side of Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 8:00 a.m. - 12 midnight

Here, it's all about the grill and the carnes and seafood coming off of it.

La Red

  • Guamuchil 206, half block east of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 11:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Specializing in all things camarones, with a dozen or so shrimp specials for around US$8, the premier seafood chain in the city Oaxaca has now opened a small restaurant in downtown Huatulco.

Restaurant La Crucecita

  • Bugambilias 501, one block south of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 8:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.

A solid, economical choice, this place serves up large portions of seafood and Oaxacan meals.

El Sabor de Oaxaca

  • Guamuchil 206, half block east of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-0060; 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

If your travels to Oaxaca are going to be confined to the coast and you're wondering what all the hullabaloo is about with the siete moles de Oaxaca, this place is your best bet to find out, with several of the classic seven on the menu, along with chapulines — dry, crunchy red grasshoppers — another delicacy of the state. The prices here are a little steep versus some other Oaxacans downtown, but the quality is high and the ambiance leans to fine dining.


ADO Bus Station

  • Bahía Riscalillo 108, corner Blvd. Chahué
958-582-0259; 800-702-8000; www.ticketbus.com.mx

ADO GL, ADO, OCC, Ecobus, and AU lines runs buses out of this modern bus terminal, nine short blocks north of the Zócalo.

Central de Autobúses Huatulco

  • Carpinteros, just north of Blvd. Chahué
958-582-0259; 800-702-8000; www.ticketbus.com.mx

Estrella Blanca, Turistar, and Futura bus lines run out of this other terminal on Carpintero, about a quarter mile northwest of the ADO station, just north of Blvd. Chahué, across from the large Pemex station, which is closed.


  • Sabali 1504, corner Bugambilla
(958)587-1233; www.hsbc.com.mx; 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Money exchange and ATM withdrawal

Bancomer ATM

  • Corner of Gardenia and Flamboyán, southwest corner of Zócalo

Santander ATM

  • Corner of Gardenia and Flamboyán, southwest corner of Zócalo

Bannorte Bank, ATM

  • Corner of Guamuchil and Chahué

ATM and bank branch for exchanging money.

La Probadita

  • Bugambilia 501, one block south of the Zócalo
(958)587-1641, 587-1186; www.laprobadita.com.mx

Large selection of the best that the state has to offer — mezcals, chocolate, mole pastes, and chapulines, dry, crunchy red grasshoppers, a local delicacy.

Iglesia de la Crucecita

  • Gardenina, west side of the Zócalo

Late 19th-century church with the largest painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe in México sprawled across the length of ceiling of the nave.

Plateréa Maitl

  • Guamuchil, just east of Zócalo

For some of the finest jewelery the silversmiths of Taxco, a small silver mining town outside of México City, have to offer, especially rings, try Plateréa Maitl.

Mantelería Escobar

  • Cocotillo 217, corner Bugambilias, three blocks south of the Zócalo
958-587-0532; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Let the rhythmic thumping of the century-old looms guide you to this this family owned and operated workshop, which spins together high quality bedspreads, curtains, tablecloths, and place mats by hand. Customs orders can be turned around in a few days, so plan accordingly.

Plaza Madero

  • Guamuchil, one block east of the Zócalo

Small modern mall with a food court, a few clothing stores, a surf shop, internet cafe, and a four screen movie theater.

Searching for fares, taxis swarm all over the downtown area throughout the day and late into the night, and can be flagged down anywhere, especially along the main north-south streets — Gardenia, Bugambilia, and Carrizal.

Nevertheless, here's a couple of the important taxi stands to be aware of downtown:

Taxi Stand, Zócalo
The whole east side of the Zócalo, along Bugambilia, is a taxi stand, and the best place to catch a cab back to playas after a late dinner downtown.

Taxi Stand, Plaza Madero Mall

  • Guamuchil, the entire block between Carrizal and Blvd. Chahué


  • Garumbo, half-block west of Bugambilias;
7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon - Sat

Internet Café with long hours

Bancomer ATM

  • Flamboyán, next door to the Tostado Grill, south side of the Zócalo
This abarrote has a small but respectable selection of wines, mostly from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain.

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