If you’re tired of all those massive Mexican resort towns away from the popular bars and beaches, then small-town Huatulco might just be the perfect place for you.
This burgeoning West Coast resort area southeast of Acapulco is being built from the ground up by the Mexican government, with only about 15 luxury resort hotels surrounded by nine small bays.
The lack of clutter makes for no less than 36 stunning, private, untouched beaches, all around gorgeous scenery you can’t find in many Mexican resort towns anymore. Of course, the surrounding natural habitat is all the more wild and untouched, making for some unique adventures.
Finding myself a few hours north of the coast, I felt like I was in the middle of the Amazon. During a gondola ride on secluded La Ventanilla Lagoon, the iguanas, turtles and tropical birds were plentiful, and so were 10-foot-plus crocodiles nudging by our little wooden vessel.
The area is also home to the Mexican turtle centre where baby sea turtles are hatched and released regularly.
Another hidden treasure worth visiting lies tucked away in the mountains about two hours away from the coast.
The so-called Magic Water Falls are not only beautiful, but legend has it if you bathe in these remote mystical waters, they will magically erase wrinkles and instantly restore a youthful appearance.
If you want to beat the crowds to this obscure paradise, better do it soon. Over the next decade, there are plans to add 10 times the number of hotel rooms to accommodate 2 million tourists a year.