The Quiet Side of Mexico
I love to travel. Most likely everyone would say they do, but not everyone has the same idea of what travel is. For me, it's not about ticking boxes or any kind of bucket list. Sometimes it's about a need, other times it's for adventure. But most often, I am looking for places that speak to my soul. And when a place does, I have no problem going back time and again.
Winter is a horror for me. I feel sick and unwell in cold, grey and ice. Others love it, cheers to them. I am finding more and more as the years go on I almost can't bear it. I am not made for Canada, as nice as it is, it's not for me. No place is hot enough. As a result, getting somewhere hot in winter is now essential for my well-being. But it's not quite enough. I am searching for a place to live so I never have to winter again. This isn't the easiest task for a Canadian without endless financial resources, so it will take some doing, but I am determined.
Last year I fell in love with Hawaii. I never thought it would have any impact on me, but it was surprisingly brilliant. There is an energy that speaks to my soul. But it's expensive, so I still need to check out more possibilities. This year we opted for Mexico. I was once there years ago learning about how tequila is made in Guadalajara. That was my only experience with the country and it was an excellent one. I don’t particularly enjoy all-inclusive resorts or too many people. So Mexico is a bit of a hard sell, as are most Caribbean escapes. But with limited funds, Mexico is always good value.
I did a lot of research and thankfully found Huatulco.
Huatulco is situated on Mexico’s Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. This community has an estimated 70 percent of land set aside for preservation as "green zones." In comparison to other tourist spots, Huatulco is relatively small, and the majority of tourists are from other areas of Mexico. This is good news for travellers seeking a more authentic experience who don't want to be stuck in a resort.
In addition, I was delighted to read Huatulco is an extremely eco-friendly community. It was awarded the Green Globe certification as a sustainable tourist area—the first in the Americas and third worldwide to receive this designation. All of Huatulco’s energy is wind-driven—all the hotels, restaurants, and businesses—are run on renewable energy. On top of that, the ocean around Huatulco is supposed to be some of the cleanest to be found around the globe.
We chose to stay in a small hotel in Santa Cruz within walking distance to the main village, La Crucecita. With the marina nearby and myriad beaches to choose from, it was the perfect location. We could easily go by taxi to most beaches but found hiring a small fishing boat for the day was the best way to see all the bays of Huatulco. Many of the best and quietest beaches are by boat access only, so it's worth it. And if you are lucky—and we were—you can see dolphins, sea turtles or even humpback whales while out on the ocean. The water temperature is very pleasant and snorkelling abundant. With perfect, sunny weather on repeat day after day, it is a wonderful place to get in touch with nature and leave the cell phone behind. Fresh, ripe and local coconuts, avocados, papayas and pineapples were daily staples. All that vitamin D direct from the sun, sea water, delicious fruits and vegetables made me feel healthy, fit and alive.
This is not a place for those who like all the bells and whistles of a resort (though there are a few big ones), but prefer a more relaxed and genuine experience surrounded mostly by Mexicans on holiday. In the end, there were many moments that absolutely spoke to my soul. For me, it was quite perfect.