An oasis nestled right on the edge of Huatulco National Park
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Bahias de Huatulco National Park was declared a protected area and decreed as a National Park by the Mexican government in 1998. The Park is absolutely stunning and located in our favorite Mexican state Oaxaca, it extends to an area of more than 29,000 acres. Here they have taken great care to leave as much nature as possible in tact, leaving the area thick with greenery and teaming with wildlife. There are more than 9,000 species of plants, and more than 260 species of fauna. This area is known to be a truly eco tourist hot spot and right on the edge of this National Park we found an oasis called Las Palmas.
Las Palmas is a luxurious place where you can surrender into the peace and quiet after day of exploring the beautiful National Park. When we arrived we were surprised where the hotel is actually situated. It is still pretty close to town, but the last 5 minutes drive you will encounter an empty road with almost no traffic. Since the hotel is located on the edge of a cliff close to the national park no other traffic seems to be using this road except for a few taxi's that take people to the nearby playa Entrega. Since we love peace and quiet we already were delighted before we even stepped into the hotel.
This delight became even greater when we took a tour around the property. I am not sure if I ever experienced so much beauty. The villa's have an infinity pool right on the edge of cliff overlooking the national park. In the evening this provided jaw dropping sunsets.
The villa's are often used for weddings and special occasions. I can imagine that this setting and the beauty of the villa's provide the best circumstances for an unforgettable day. We did not stay in the villa's but since one of the villa's wasn't taken the super friendly staff allowed us to use the pool area.
When walking to the villa's we found the stairs with a sign 'Playa Violin'. “Just a 5 minute walk”, said one of the staff members. We grabbed our towels and made the short walk and found this incredible bay with an almost secluded beach.
When we were there only one family was using it with us. This little beach is amazing and the snorkeling here is fantastic. Many bright and colorful fish just a 5 minute walk from your accommodation. Such a gift.
What else to do in the area
There are a multitude of tour boats to choose from like a turtle and crocodile eco tour. If you are in Mexico in the right season you also have the opportunity to see whales (December-April). There are seven beautiful bays to be visited and plenty more small sandy coves that are perfect for seclusion. Also there are tours that will bring you to waterfalls. Of course, the other main draw to this park is the fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving.
Where to eat
Las Palmas doesn't have a restaurant but they do have the luxury that they provide a private chef that cooks the most delicious meals for you on request. We recommend you make use of this unique opportunity. Another recommendation is a restaurant in town called Rocoto La Crucecita. This restaurant has exceeded all our expectations and is by far the best place we ate during our stay in Mexico. The food was an explosion of all the senses.
Best time to visit
This area has an average of 310 days of sun a year. The rainy season is from May to October and even during the rainy season the showers are short and the sun usually comes back out shortly after. Hurricane season is also during the rainy season but the hurricanes normally only increase the amount of rain during the showers. The dry season goes from November to April.
April and May tends to be a bit hot and June and August are the most wet months. Other than that with daily temperatures around 24 to 33 degrees Celsius (75 to 91° Fahrenheit) Huatulco is a year round destination. Click here for more climate details.