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.