it is a beach zone of nostalgic
airs and far from the noise of the large tourist compounds. In old
times it was known as Angel Bay but its name changed in 1868, when
it turned into a free port to export wood and coffee.
The port did not fully developed, especially due to its farness from the large cities; so the zone remained anchored in time for this reason. Years later travellers discovered its welcoming beaches of fine sands and clear waters, becoming a spot of tourist interest, though without excessively changing its bucolic countenance as a fishermen's town.
The most attended beach is The Pantheon, and in spite of its rather gloomy name, it is a beautiful corner of the Pacific with mangroves, fine sand and clear waters that invite to discover its depths. It is suitable for green bathers due to its calmed surf. It has a basic tourist infrastructure.
Another place to take into account is Zipolite Beach, 5 kilometres away from the town, which lures visitors with its fine sand and unsettled surf, which allows the practice of aquatic sports. Travellers will also find a basic tourist infrastructure in here.
Puerto Angel is situated at 230 kilometres of the State capital, being the closest beach destination to Oaxaca; the main access road is Federal Highway 190.
Bays of Huatulco:
it is an ambitious tourist project
driven by the federal government since 1983, on a coastal strip
35 kilometres long integrated by 9 bays, being the main ones those
of Santa Cruz and Tangolunda. The purpose of the project is to have
up to 30000 lodging rooms, but that number has not yet been achieved.
However, there are all ready world class hotels and restaurants,
an international airport, discotheques and nightclubs, a golf course
and a most variegated handicraft market.
- Bay of Santa Cruz: it is one of the most attended
in Huatulco with an extension of 525 metres. It is formed by
three beaches of lukewarm waters: La Entrega, with a landscape
of lower forest, it is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving,
amongst other aquatic sports; Yerbabuena, of white sand and
emerald waters; and Santa Cruz, which is the most attended one,
where you can practice scuba diving and snorkelling at 100 metres
offshore, in order to appreciate coral reefs and a varied marine
fauna (balloon and trumpet fishes, amongst others). Immersions
take you at depths of 2 to 6 metres.
- Bay of Tangolunda: it is the one having the largest
tourist infrastructure; lavish hotels, shopping malls and even
a golf course configure its bright urban panorama; although,
beyond its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its main charms are the
beaches of Ventura, perfect for the practice of snorkelling,
sailing and kayaking; Manzanillo, of calmed waters of emerald
colour; Tornillo, of tempting white sands; Tangolunda, where
you can practice aquatic sports; and Rincon Sabroso, which presents
a moderate surf.
It is located at 282 kilometres of the state capital.
-Lagoons of Chacahua National Park:
its 14187 hectares
are the habitat of a great variety of flora and fauna species that
configure a bastion of ecology and biodiversity.
This park created in 1937 is formed by a series of three lagoons (La Pastorķa, Chacahua and Las Salinas), which occupy 24 percent of the protected area; besides, it presents marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Scientists have determined that there are 246 flora species (with the mangroves standing out) and 189 fauna species (4 amphibious, 26 reptiles, 137 birds and 22 mammals) in this natural paradise, a diversity that has turned it into an area attracting investigators and travellers from all over the world.
There are 34 fauna species that are worth of especial attention, amongst them the sea turtles, such as the carey (Eretmochelys imbricata), the leatherback (Dermochelys coriaceae) and the gulf turtle (Lepidochelys olivaceae), the green iguana (Iguana iguana) and the American crocodile (Crocrodylus acutus), stand out.
Regarding the sea turtles, they arrive to the beaches in the park to lay their eggs, becoming a great natural spectacle. There are also breeding pools for crocodiles and an exhibition of iguanas.
The park is at 60 kilometres of Puerto Escondido. The best way to visit it is arriving in the Town of Zapotalito, where it is possible to find motorboats that go across the lagoons.