Thursday, February 27, 2014

Huatulco's San Agustin Bay


Located along the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Huatulco is cradled by the Sierra Madre mountains and the Coyula and Copalita rivers. The region's  pinnacle of natural beauty can be found in its nine bays, or the Bahias de Hualtulco.  I visited all nine bays on a motorboat one afternoon and I was stunned by the surreal vistas at every bay. They unfold along 18 miles of jagged coastline, with different color sands and different shades of water. San Agustin is the furthest out and the most difficult to get to. It is also the most beautiful.


The cerulean loveliness of San Agustin's beach grabbed me right away. There were no tourists to be seen, just pristine sand,  a few rustic beach cafe shacks and a smattering of the 100 locals that live in the small village.


The landscape is mostly undeveloped with flowers, cacti and animals covering most of the town.


The San Agustin church sits on top of the hill overlooking the bay and I was rewarded with this view at the top.

Chickens, goats and turkeys roamed around freely and didn't seem to be bothered by the fact that they would one day be turkey tamales and birria or goat stew.


I spotted a few local surfers later in the day and this slogan scrawled on some rocks near the beach made me realize that quiet San Agustin is probably very popular with young singles.  It basically translates to "no condoms, no party."


The sands of San Agustin beach are a soft pearly color but the unshaded shore made strolling barefoot a no go, unless you desire scorched feet.


A tree washed up on the beach shore during a hurricane years ago and now it serves as the symbol for San Agustin Bay. If you can't take in all of the bays, I strongly recommend that you at least stop at San Agustin. The views and glimpses of village life are one of a kind.

10 comments:

Rajlakshmi said...

The place looks so beautiful and the beach refreshing... Wonderful travelogue.

Fly Girl said...

Raijakshmi, thanks so much for visiting!

TexWisGirl said...

it sure looks pretty. love the cacti!

Fly Girl said...

Tex, it was one of the prettiest Mexican landscapes that I've seen!

A Cuban In London said...

Still laughing at that caption. :-) Marvellous shots. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, I thought you might enjoy that!

Sandy Carlson said...

Love the message on the wall! What a beautiful place.

Fly Girl said...

Sandy, that message really caught me off guard!

Andrew said...

It all looks so beautiful. What a wonderful coastline.

Fly Girl said...

Andrew, the landscape in Huatulco is unspoiled and stunning.It's also a great example of how to expand tourism while respecting the environment.